Read a great review on this book,wish I could remember her name but she suggested going back to read "The Passage". So I did since its been a while. Great idea but made this one a bit confusing at first. Cronin kept going back with character sketches, guessing he did so for readers jumping in at the second book.
I scrolled ahead thinking I had gotten my books mixed. Went back and scrolled ahead with the same result. Finally I came upon the part of the book where the stories moved on and I picked up from there. So, now I'll have to read again to get the full impact.
Knowing that these books are earmarked as vampire, guess I'm simply off track. They seem more awful than just vampires. I listen to an assortment of genres and other than "The Stand", "Dune" and "Stranger in a Strange Land", I think this is my favorite. And yes, I can see similarities to "The Stand" but this is more.
Stumbled across this trilogy while looking for "The Judas Tree", one I read in college which I'll have to re-visit but this caught my eye.
If you're a science fiction fan, dig in. It's long, lots of character sketches and jumps around a bit. Thought I was with the characters a couple of times and locations but zap, we jump to another part of the story. But the ole brain would catch up.
I love the series and as said, will return to this and re-read. With a story like this one, not a chore.
So since this is my review I can't update my second read but will agree with the other reviewer. I strongly suggest reading "The Passage" first if you've not already done so. I have the third on pre-order.
I really enjoyed the first book and was hoping I would like this second just as much.. I did. I can't wait to read the next one.
The story was just as detailed and as well thought out as the first.
The first book in this series was very well done, but getting to the end of an 800+ page book and finding out it was the first in a series was upsetting. Listening to The Twelve started out as a daunting task, and the pace of the story coupled with mundane characters made completing it a downright chore. It had its good parts, but you cannot have an accumulated 3 hours of good stuff when your run time is 26 HOURS.
Hopefully the next one will be better.
tired of surprise endings that are NO SURPRISE AT ALL...... IT'S ALWAYS THE BEST FRIEND OR THE HUSBAND THAT "DID IT"
I tried to read the first in this trilogy years ago- but it started off slow and was long so didn't get into it- with audio you can listen while doing other things and now I'm hooked- starting book 3 right away
I do like to back up my opinions, but I'll be very vague. So no spoilers.
The book first jumps back in time to introduce a bunch of new characters, backstory. (eventually) a whole new situation for the characters of the first book to deal with. This felt like a left turn, but Cronin is an enthralling writer and I got pulled in. (Having flashbacks within the flashbacks was frustrating though.)
Eventually we catch back up to the "current" timeframe and the middle part of the book is suspenseful and satisfying. Great build up.
Unfortunately things fall apart towards the end. The payoff of some storylines is weak, others rely on incredible coincidences. There are frustrating plot holes that I can't relate here, and missed opportunities for satisfying exchanges between key characters. The finale is one of those elaborate set pieces involving a dozen actors, coordinated to give each one a defining moment. One has to wonder if the fact that the books have been optioned for movies influenced the writing.
I do give Cronin mad props for resolving as much as he did, instead of pushing everything to the third book.
Overall, The Twelve is entertaining but uneven, and disappointing compared to The Passage. I'm going to have to read some reviews before deciding whether to bother reading the final book.