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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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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 07-01-10
    Kevin 07-01-10
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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 06-29-10
    Aubrey 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.

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    David Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 06-28-10
    David Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 06-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Passable"

    Though overhyped and much, much too long, there's enough here to keep you tuned in for the full 20 hours of narration.

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    Melissa Peoria, AZ, United States 06-25-10
    Melissa Peoria, AZ, United States 06-25-10
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    "long but good"

    Great book, although a little lengthy. Also, felt the ending left me hanging a bit...maybe a series in the making.

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    LeeAnn Youngwirth 06-25-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Should have read it myself"

    I usually love Scott Brick but he was an awful choice for this book. His cadence is weird. I probably would have liked the book better had I just read it myself, although even then I'm not sure. Its like two different books contained within one. Not only is the first part about something completely different than the second, they are written in two completely different narration styles. I will finish the book only because I suppose I should, but not because I want to. Very sad.

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    Julie Salem, OR, USA 06-23-10
    Julie Salem, OR, USA 06-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Irresistable. I hated having to turn off my IPOD"

    This is an absolutely terrifying book, and yet I looked for opportunities to pick it back up.

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    Robert Oakland, CA, USA 06-19-10
    Robert Oakland, CA, USA 06-19-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Listen First"

    I bought this based soley on the Audible promo featuring Stephen King's Review. Big mistake. I could only listen for about one half hour and gave up. To me, the writing style is amateurish and the narrator reads as if he is addressing an audience of pre schoolers. I strongly suggest sampling this before you buy it. The 3 stars is a guess. Could be better, could be worse. I will never know.

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    Victoria Pacific Grove, CA, USA 07-08-10
    Victoria Pacific Grove, CA, USA 07-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Spoiler alert!!!!"

    Please stop if you don't want to know my review re: END of book !!!! Ok, you've been warned... Horrible, stunning ending. To slog through all that "poor man's Steven King" and have it end like that!? Cronin has moments of beautiful prose but shallow characters that I didn't care about. A great premise that never got there. Too nuanced with too many loose ends. I'm feeling ripped off and done dirty with the crappy ending.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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