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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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    martha schuylkill haven, PA, United States 07-05-10
    martha schuylkill haven, PA, United States 07-05-10 Member Since 2006
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    "abrupt ending"

    very good listen until the final few minutes. it seemed like someone said "time"s up! finish now!" i guess there will be a sequel?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Bristolville, OH, United States 07-04-10
    Sarah Bristolville, OH, United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2009

    Reader, writer, listener. Thank God for audiobooks!

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    "Good until the end"

    The narrator did a good job with voicing different characters, did not distract from the story but the story itself was long (which is fine) but the ending was so abrupt it was a disappointment for me. If you're going to write a long book why end it with little to no resolution???

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    Methos NC, USA 07-04-10
    Methos NC, USA 07-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    "1/2 Awesome, 1/2 Garbage"

    About half of this book is freaking awesome. Its as good as they get. Unfortunately the other half is so freaking pointless that I had to fast forward or quit listening all together. I think you could cut out all the crap, add about 50 lines to tie it together and have a really good book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 07-04-10
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Vampires I just don't get it"

    If I had any idea this was a vampire book I wouldn't have used one of my credits. I do not get the facination with vampires, I will be glad when it passes.I think there should be a RED star on these books to let you know what you are getting into.The story may have been good, it was lost on me when the vampires arrived. The male narrator is a good reader but the cadence of his speech is...depressing? At 1st bothersome, then iritating,arriving @depressing. I look forward to epic stories,so 5 dnloads were tempting. Not for me at all, very disappointing.

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    Nor'easter NH 07-04-10
    Nor'easter NH 07-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "don't believe the hype"

    2.5 stars mostly because I really enjoyed Scott Brick reading this. I read this before... it was called The Stand. This book is long and jumps all over the place. I love a good dystopian/end of the world novel but this felt so unoriginal and sooooo long. There are wonderful bits and pieces but they are surrounded by seemingly endless build-up that lead to emotionally manipulative and predictable resolution. Even though the story is unoriginal, it could be a really good book if the editor had a heavier hand.

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    B. Cable Louisville 07-04-10
    B. Cable Louisville 07-04-10 Member Since 2004

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    "60% Good."

    This book was delivered in five parts to my ipod. The first part was great, the second and third parts were overly long to the point of almost being boring; I almost gave up! I'm glad I didn't because the last two section's were good, and in the end I was satisfied.

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    07-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good until the ending"

    I was completely into this book from start to finish. The narrator did a very good job. The ending let me down a little but that is just one opinion. In my opinion, the story was awesome except for the last 10 minutes. Considering the length of the book, that is still pretty good.

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    Kevin IRVINE, CA, United States 07-01-10
    Kevin IRVINE, CA, United States 07-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A heavy fog with brief hints of sunshine"

    This book is takes us back to the heyday of King and "The Stand". The undercurrent of vampiric infection is delivered well enough. The book is performed in a slow droll that can be trying from time to time. It felt that within the vastness of the novel there would have been a little more text dedicated to suspense or action. Instead it's a lot of back story character development that feels wasted on supporting cast and moments. 3 stars because I wasn't blown away by it, just entertained.

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    Aubrey Norco, CA, United States 06-29-10
    Aubrey Norco, CA, United States 06-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "It was good but not what I would call great."

    Did you write this Mr.King ;)? No, but it does feel like a S.King book. Which is a good thing I think. It was a good story. But.. Warning it does just drop off at the end. Im assuming there is a second part to follow. The book was good but not what I would call great. It drug on at times, and at other times I must admit I was lost for some time. If I was able I would rate this at a 3.5. Worth a listen, but warning you really need to pay attention if you don't want to get lost.

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    Susan Atlanta, GA, United States 06-28-10
    Susan Atlanta, GA, United States 06-28-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Variant on the I Am Legend plot."

    If you can put up with Scott Brick's delivery this isn't a bad listen. But it seems to me like a variant on the I Am Legend storyline - a hero struggling to survive in a world overrun with mutants. The author devotes just a few paragraphs to barely hint at the genesis of the virus. I would have enjoyed more details. Regarding the narrator, I've listened to many of his narrations and he's gotten more breathless and melodramatic with each one. Listen to a sample before getting into this one because his style drives some folks to distraction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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