I'm not a vampire novel fan, generally, but these books transcend the genre. Great narration and a compelling story - couldn't put it aside.
This is another very long book, but so worth the time. I grew so attached to his characters, and completely immersed in this crazy new world, I didn't want the story to end. Great narration, again. As in the first book, I found myself sometimes wondering "what does this have to do with anything?" only to realize hours (chapters) later that it was indeed important. Just fantastic. Can't wait for #3!
This one will take some time to re-read in print form to get the full impact. But Scott Brick gives his customary excellent performance and this is a great story. Looking forward to "The City of Mirrors" when it is published.
Scott Brick is a great narrator. The only minor issue to me is that I couldn't always tell who was talking without the dialogue tags. Not enough voice distinction mostly between the female characters...but that was MINOR.
The book is a masterpiece. Like The Passage, you get back story with characters you care about for the first third of the book before jumping forward in time 100 years or so, catching up with Peter and the rest of the gang. It's an interesting story arc to start with people who are not your main characters, but Cronin makes it work. He's that talented.
You can see where this book is going fairly early on, but only in broad brush strokes. There are plenty of amazing twists and turns along the way to the end. Although I hoped one particular event would not come to pass, I knew it would and was a bit heart-wrenching.
I cared for the characters deeply. We delve deeper into Gray, Lyla, Amy, Peter, Alicia and the rest. Sarah's story was especially well done.
The end comes a little abruptly, but so many action scenes are very fast: life altering and ending episodes are often only seconds long. In the end, I was satisfied and it was believable within the world Cronin has built.
Cannot wait for the next installment as well as the movie.
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Latisha - she was one bad character, always up to something. Always a behind the lines leader.
He keep the audio moving, easily distinguished between the multitude of characters. This was a very interesting audio. I could have listened to it for 100 hours. Never wanted it to end.
It made you wonder what in the world could possibly happen next. There seemed to be a new adventure in each paragraph. It might not be an audio for just everyone however the majority would find it intriguing.
I can't wait to read the next adventure and see where Lish ends up. Probably Presdient of the new world order.
This portion of the review is copied from the reivew of the first book in the series.
The Twelve is the second in The Passage Trilogy (3rd yet to be released) and is simply one of the best series out there. The story is complex and fascinating. These are not uncomplicated people spouting action movie dialogue. They are in-depth characters with view points and character flaws. The world, both before and after the disaster are given real life with descriptions that are wonderfully written.
I had no trouble at all with the shifting narrative that some of the reviewers have such an issue with. It was well done and not all that uncommon for books that span a long period of time and tell many different stories that weave together. I think it works so much better than trying to force the story into either a dispassionate viewpoint or one character trying to account for everything.
This part is specific to The Twelve.
I think I like the Twelve even better than The Passage simply because you get to know the background and lives of some of interesting characters introduced in the first book. You also get to see what other parts of the country were doing while Peter and his people were living a completely different existence behind the Walls.
The characters you knew from the first book are not forgotten, and their stories are all combined and woven together in a believable and amazing way. I wont give any spoilers, but if you liked the first book, you are going to enjoy this one even more.