I don't have too many books in my F'ing Awesome shelf, but this one is definitely in. The Twelve is book two in The Passage trilogy, and it is simply exceptional story telling. This book hops through time a bit, from day one of the Vampire Apocalypse to the "time before" to 80 years in the future. The author does this with such mastery that I easily followed the story lines and the time traveling came at exactly the right time.
So we pick up five years ahead of where The Passage left off. Our heroes have moved on with their lives, at least the ones still living. They know that they can kill the Twelve, and doing so will kill their drac followers, so they set out to do just that. But the powers that be continually impede their efforts. Several tertiary characters in The Passage are brought to light in The Twelve and take thier places in the final battle. I was reminded of the high priest in Raiders of the Lost Arc when Guilder thought he could control the twelve. It didn't work out for him either.
Most of the loose ends were tied up at the end of this story, AND the set up for the final book was very well done. I will be starting book three (The City of Mirrors) immediately.
Scott Brick is absolutely awesome.
I know there are a lot of negative reviews of these books. I think if you don't analyze it over our world, it will take you to someplace different. Over The Passage and The Twelve, I've grown very attached to some of the characters and their stories. Since its been four years, I had to go back and read them so I can move on to The City of Mirrors. Here's an idea though-if you don't like the narrator, read the book without audio. I'm kind of meh about his voice but didn't let it stop me from devouring both books in a week.
J and D Blessings
The writer sucker punches you each time he gets you to fall in love with a character only to have something happen. Never have I cried and whooped with joy and felt pain and anger as I have as the story unfolded around these characters I could almost call family as I listened to the audio book. The story combined with the audio actors were excellent.
I think Scott Brick did an excellent job in narrating The Twelve and the Passage. I had a hard time getting into this book and didn't feel like it kicked in till about the middle, but well worth the read.
The Passage was so engrossing that I couldn't wait to start on The Twelve. Alas, I found that I was annoyed with some of the characters always meandering and thinking and over-emoting. This could have been Scott Brick's tendency to mournfully emote at times, which I found eye-rolling.
I also found the insertion of a magical horse ridiculous. I have horses and do understand how they communicate with people, but I could find zero reason for this horse to be inserted into the story line.
I struggled a bit to continue with this one. I wanted to like it as much as I did The Passage, but a lot of times I just wanted it to get on with the story.
I won't give you spoilers and flaws, I will only tell you that if your heart strings are easily tugged, you may need tissues on occasion. I come in to this trilogy having read a few mixed reviews, so had no real expectations. In doing so, I have not been let down. I have caught myself laughing out loud, and wiping away tears. This story, up to this point, is not a happy go lucky kind of story. It also deals with vampires in a nonsparlkey nontraditional kind of way. Not what you would think exactly. And I shall leave you with that.
I just finished this book for the 2nd time. I read it the first time and decided to listen to the audiobook again before I read the 3rd book I the series. I remember thinking these 2 books are probably in my top 5 of all time. I enjoy fantasy and paranormal genre and have read tons of it. This storyline is totally different than anything I have read before.