“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
“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)
Part futuristic vampire sci-fi, part mystery thriller, part psychological drama, I had no idea what I was buying when I downloaded this book for an upcoming long road trip. But while the narrative can feel tedious at times, the story was compelling enough to keep me occupied and oblivious to the passing miles for my two 15-hour-long drives. The characters are well-developed and the story, if not exactly unique, is at least original enough to offer a few new twists along the way. If an audiobook can keep me riveted for that long, and make me want to take more long drives just to finish it, it's done its job.
With all the positive buzz about the book this summer I really thought it would be great and really wanted to like it. However, I can only echo many of the previous reviews--there were very brief moments of excitement followed by long, tedious, mind-numbing lulls in the story. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this book to anyone.
For whatever it's worth I thought the narration was good. I can't believe I'm saying it, but maybe I should have gotten the abridged version.
This story grabbed me right away and took off picking up steam the whole way until about 8 hours in, then everything changed. It slowed way down, the characters became thin and stereotypical. It became fairly predictable with chapters building up to suspenseful spots and you new that the next chapter was going to start off with something new and slow, leaving cliffhangers, that got old. Several major plot threads did not make sense. By the end of the book I was not very interested in the story just trying to finish it, maybe the next book will be better.
This one has much meat to it. I liked it but I there where times that I wanted to call if quits. The story was top notch and the character development i liked but if you tire of the use of heavy doses of profanity then you may wish to let this one pass. A good story does not need the profanity
This is my first Justin Cronin novel - purchased solely on Stephen King's review. Impressive writing from beginning to end! Some writers, Tami Hoag for example, come up with a good story, but are not particularly talented in choosing the right words or expressions to maximize the effect. This author is immensely gifted in using the right words at the right time - breathing life into every movement the characters make, every thought they think, every smell, every breeze, every step of the way is alive in prose. A most excellent book through and through - and the narrator was great, as well.
I kept waiting for all the pieces of this story to pull together and make some sense - but that really didn't happen. As long as it was (and I DO love long books), you would think that there would be some meaty and satisfying ending, but it just seemed as if the author got tired of writing, or had a deadline or some other issue that had nothing to do with the story (truly, there wasn't much of a story - just lots of rambling). Anyway - it ended abruptly and I said to myself, WTF! Not only that, but what a depressing, hopeless and non-redeeming environment. Well, it passed the time on the freeway, but I would not recommend this book - rather boring, rambling, pointless and without a logical or reasonable conclusion. I will give it two stars for the sheer effort - possibly mine, not his, lol..
From my reading history my perfect book would include; a space ship piloted by Ender Wiggin, that is infested by Zombies, who are being hunted by Drizzt Do'Urden and Lestat, while Joe Ledger and Amy Harper Bellafonte try to keep the ship from distroying Middleguard. The Sequal would be from Bean's perspective, with an epilogue by Malcolm Gladwell.
If you like post-apocalyptic zombie books and movies you will love this book. I know it's about vampires but it wouldn't take a lot of rewriting to make into a George A. Romero Movie.
I didn't know this was a "vampire" book. If I had known, I wouldn't have bought it. That said, I was totally engrossed about a third of the way through. Not very happy about the ending... but a really good listen.
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