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The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1 | [Justin Cronin]

The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
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Publisher's Summary

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

©2010 Justin Cronin (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” (Stephen King)

“Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bona fide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad)

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    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 08-10-10
    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Waiting for the sequel!"

    Sometimes a bit confusing, but stick with it. The author ties up loose ends nicely. The only reason this did not get 5 stars is at times the author provides a list of details that tends to drag on, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this book.

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    Jose HOUSTON, TX, United States 08-08-10
    Jose HOUSTON, TX, United States 08-08-10
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    "I am hooked!!"

    I have never been a fan of vampire novels, but "The Passage" retools the vampire concept and gives it an entirely intelligent, creative, and satisfying twist. Combine "The Road" with "Frankenstein." The story is literature that combines science fiction and horror interspersed with political thriller. There is a subtle undertone of evil that follows the story from beginning to end. I believe this book will become a classic. Mr. Cronin's story is nearly 40 hours long. I listened to The Passage while studying, getting ready for work, and before I went to bed. I strongly recommend listening to the unabridged version. Listening to the abridged version would be like having two or three sips of the finest wine when there is the opportunity to enjoy a full glass of that wine with a nice dinner. Skip the abridged version. And yes, I plan on reading the actual 700 page plus book in the very near future.

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    Tara Culbertson, MT, United States 08-07-10
    Tara Culbertson, MT, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A good listen."

    I enjoyed the book and the narrator. There were times when the character development stopped short but the worst was the ending. I don't have to have things all wrapped up and tidy, but I do like to have a conclusion.

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    Heather Springville, IN, United States 08-07-10
    Heather Springville, IN, United States 08-07-10
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    "Enjoyed this Audio Book"

    Very long and your really get your moneys worth with this one. I really like the "Armegedon" type of books and this is definatly a end of the world type book. The readers did a great job also.

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    John K Stratmann 08-07-10 Member Since 2002
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    "I really enjoyed this one"

    This is like a great cheesburger. No, it's not a rib-eye at the fanciest steakhouse, but a really good, satisfying, literary meal.
    And the ending? .... Wow. Did I just get hit with a baseball bat?

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    Robert Louisville, KY, United States 08-06-10
    Robert Louisville, KY, United States 08-06-10 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "36 Hours."

    This book is very long. Not only is the book long but the narrator reads a little on the slow side so I am sure that it could have been shorter. This book is, as others have said, hard to review because while the story does not go as you would think or even like, it is still interesting. Since I find reviews most helpful when I know the reviewers taste in books, I will list some of my favorite authors and series; Wheel of time by Robert Jordon, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Codex Alera and Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. While I tend to stay in the fantasy genre, this post apocolyptic caught my attention however, it was dissapointing and depressing. If you don't like the first couple of chapters then you will not like the book. Remember; 36hours.

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    jonathan Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, United States 08-06-10
    jonathan Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, United States 08-06-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow a fantastic book"

    It took nearly a month for me to listen to this book. The narrative was wonderfully done by Scott Brick. The world Justin Cronin has written is enthralling detailed. The book was slightly depressing but I think all post apocalyptic / horror / sci-fi book are, aren't they? This book is combination King / Crichton novel. Now that it is over I am sad it had to end. The ending seems to indicate that this will be a series but who knows time will tell.

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    Robert Berkley, MA, United States 08-02-10
    Robert Berkley, MA, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Don't waste your time"

    I don't write review's often but I felt I must as a public service. Don't waste your time with this one. It was a complete waste of time. Many characters left entirely undeveloped and those major characters were mostly underdeveloped. Plot line was sparse for such a epic topic.

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    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 08-01-10
    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The Passage"

    WOW! What a story. Was never sure where we were going next but very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to another epic from Justin Cronin. Scott Brick is my favorite reader - in fact, I listen to spy novels (do not normally care for) just because he was the reader. Enjoy!

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    A.J. Cortaro, AZ, United States 08-01-10
    A.J. Cortaro, AZ, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    ""Swan Song" (McCammon) meets a vampire apocolypse"

    This is the book I have been waiting for. I love a good "what would you do if you were a survivor of a global catasthope" book. Trust me on this: Section one is a bit slow, but the final 5 sections are white-knuckling ! Also, this is about the 20th audiobook I have listened to, and the reader is BY FAR the best that I have listened to.

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