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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 | [Justin Cronin]

The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.
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Publisher's Summary

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...

The Twelve

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"[A] blockbuster." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." (Time)

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 11-17-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The Scope Widens"

    Having read "The Passage," the first installment in this trilogy (which, although it's by no means necessary for your enjoyment of "The Twelve," you should, of course, read first), I had high expectations for the follow-up, and "The Twelve" delivered admirably.

    "The Twelve" spans the century since Zero Year, and author Justin Cronin does an excellent job of creating a plausible (given the whole "vampire earth" thing, I mean), readable and consistent history for his world, which begins to be realized in this book.

    Cronin's characters gain much depth in this installment. There is heroism and good in this book, but they are tempered by human frailties and shades of grey. I enjoyed "The Passage" immensely, but this is a more mature work.

    Unlike the first book, which functions well as a single novel, this book feels incomplete. This is not a negative by any means, but leaves the reader aching to continue the stories of these characters with whose fates we have become entwined.

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    wendy CONROE, TX, United States 11-15-12
    wendy CONROE, TX, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Hurry and finish the next one!"
    What did you love best about The Twelve: A Novel?

    Great character development. I really feel close to every one of them.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Probably Alicia. It's hard to judge. He did a great job overall.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Magnolia, TX, United States 11-13-12
    Diana Magnolia, TX, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2008

    Love to read and listen to books. The spoken word is magic for me.

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    "Couldn't Put It Down!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would reccomend it to a friend.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

    The Stand


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Peter, Kitteridge


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any scenes between Amy and Wolgast


    Any additional comments?

    Am waiting impatiently for the next in the series!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Bickham Orlando, FL 11-13-12
    Mark Bickham Orlando, FL 11-13-12 Listener Since 2006

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    "Great sequel."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Scott Brick brings the characters to Life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve: A Novel?

    Amy leading Wolgast Home toward the end of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, The Passage, he's incredible.


    If you could rename The Twelve: A Novel, what would you call it?

    The Shedding.


    Any additional comments?

    Lilah's crazy moments were very funny... She was one of my favorite characters. This was a royal treat, I'm very much looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard KAMIAH, ID, United States 11-13-12
    Richard KAMIAH, ID, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is riveting.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As always Scott Brick excels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to list!


    Any additional comments?

    Get it you won't regret it. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Savage, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-12-12
    Robert Savage, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "As good as the Passage!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the story, awesome narration, never wanted to turn it off!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve: A Novel?

    No spoilers here


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Last man standing in Denver


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Marietta, GA, USA 11-11-12
    Ray Marietta, GA, USA 11-11-12 Member Since 2013

    Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was not up to Justin Cronins first book. The first one was great but I could not finish this one because it was so disjointed. I could not follow the story line if there was one. Don't waste your credits.


    Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick was the only redeaming thing about this book. His performance was great but a poor story line. I very much enjoy listing to him,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

    all of it


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marg224 11-09-12
    Marg224 11-09-12

    keep on keepin on

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    "The twelve"
    If you could sum up The Twelve: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Too darn LONG.


    Would you recommend The Twelve: A Novel to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good naration


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare for a long ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the book went pretty fast, some parts just dragged on and on and on and all the skipping around got a little confusing at times. I had to go back and listen again...all in all it was worth the credit, but, if I had the printed version I probably would not have finished it, at least not for a long time.

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    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 10-31-12
    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 10-31-12 Member Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "The Twelve lives up to The Passage!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Passage.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Compelling plot and calendars, excellent writing.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Alicia.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I lost sleep giving in to the temptation to listen to just 15 more minutes, then 15 more . . . and before I realized it I had given up hours of sleep to continue this book. Calling this a "vampire novel" really isn't fair to the monummental nature of the story line, the sweep across a century of "history," and the uniquely horrifying and complex nature of the creature who prey upon and virtually destroy humanity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Sherwood, OR, United States 10-31-12
    Kevin Sherwood, OR, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Justin does it again with The Twelve"
    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have 2 other books that I consider perfect they are in order The Passage written by Justin Cronin and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. My follow ups are Roboapocalypse and World War Z. Now that you know a little bit of what I like, I can tell you that The Twelve (Currently listening to and almost finished) lives up to the well thought out story we were used to in The Passage. Where his first book introduces us to some of the main characters we have grown to love and miss in the twelve Justin takes them all (including some new lovable ones) to new levels. His balance and descriptive writing coupled with Scott Bricks voice lends brilliance to this followup novel on so many levels. LIke the first book i find myself partaking in the listen in small tasty nuggets not wanting to make a gluten of myself and find myself on the last page too soon. Justins writing is compariable to the great Sci Fi writers (or Horror) of our day and i recommend this followup book immensly.


    What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

    Very similar to his first book but gives you much more bredth and width of the story of the years after year Zero


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He does not so much change his voice between characters instead adding subtle inflections in the voice to lend credence to the character in question.I could not ask for a better narrator.


    If you could take any character from The Twelve: A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe Peter Jackson to find out more about his family, particularly his brother and his feelings towards Amy.


    Any additional comments?

    YOU gotta listen to this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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