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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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    Hannah Jefferson City, Macau 08-01-10
    Hannah Jefferson City, Macau 08-01-10
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    "Great book, great narration"

    When I downloaded this I wondered if I'd regret choosing a 36 hour listen, but the story sounded interesting and I hate abridged versions. It was surprising and fresh, not your standard post-apocolypse fare. The author used the perspective of several different characters over a period of years. The use of so many points of view affected the cohesion of the narrative a bit but I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure scifi. Can't wait fgor the next novel in this series.

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    David Louisville, KY, United States 07-31-10
    David Louisville, KY, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Novel"

    To be honest if I knew it was about vampires I never would have purchased it and missed a great story. I would gladly sign a waiver to forego listening to any future books by King or Koontz if I could get the next installment tomorrow instead of waiting until 2012. Best book I have heard since Dark Tower - but lately King is falling flat-same with Koontz - this book was fantastic. I cannot comprehend why some readers did not enjoy it

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    David Cartersville, GA, United States 07-28-10
    David Cartersville, GA, United States 07-28-10
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    "Long but good!"

    I was lucky enought to catch this while it was still just 1 credit. It is very long and at times hard to keep up with, especially in the beginning, but it was a good read/listen.

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    Kin cartersville, GA, United States 07-27-10
    Kin cartersville, GA, United States 07-27-10
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    ""The Passage (Unabridged)"."

    Good book a little long but it keeps you at the end of your seat. I would recommend this book

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    Amber Bamber Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-27-10
    Amber Bamber Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-27-10 Member Since 2011

    Mother of twins. No time to read, started listening to books 'n changing diapers at the same time. Been in love with audible ever since

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    "I liked this book a LOT"

    with the possible exception of the post script. It was a jaw dropper. Other than that I thought it was suspenseful and well written. a very enjoyable read.

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    Larry Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA 07-25-10
    Larry Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA 07-25-10
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    "WOW!"

    What a great book. Listened to it twice already. Can't wait for the next one.

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    Lyn Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 07-25-10
    Lyn Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 07-25-10 Member Since 2012
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    "The Passage"

    An excellent story that held my attention through the whole journey. I can easily highly recommend this book. I didn't want it to end!

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    Robert 07-25-10
    Robert 07-25-10
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    I purchased this book with reservations. On the one hand I found the premise interesting, on the other I have no fondness for the main narrator's technique. While I am able to lose myself in the content for pages during action sequences, it is during the quiet descriptive lulls that I cringe. His need to impart each sentence with deep emotional content no matter the appropriateness is, to me distracting.
    > I found the story very good. With a bit more editing to it King fans might feel right at home.

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    cathy bedsole 07-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    This was a great book.. hated for it to end.

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    William winlock, WA, USA 07-24-10
    William winlock, WA, USA 07-24-10
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    "nothing I would spend money on again"

    I read three hours of this because I couldnt believe it was actually bought by a printing/publishing house and sold as a story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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