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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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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 08-27-10
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 08-27-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent listen!"

    I have never written a review, but I had to for The Passage. I was hesitant to buy this book because of the length. Frequently, long modern books seem to use a lot of words that really add nothing to the story or characters. This writer did not do that. The story was intriguing and well-told, and the characters were very believable. I was sorry to see it end. It could be the beginning of a series; in fact, I hope it is. I would very much like to read more about this post-apocalyptic world.

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    Hendrik SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 08-24-10
    Hendrik SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "It grew on me"

    I have never read a Steven King novel and picked The Passage looking for a long book. I was so disappointed after the first part and then the story started growing on me. I actually found myself part of the story, however stupid that may sound. I am sure I would not have listened to this book if I had read the Audible reviews first. I am glad I listened before reading some of these reviews.

    I certainly am no literary master and that may be why I like this book so much.

    Not bad at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SUZANNE United States 08-22-10
    SUZANNE United States 08-22-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Long yet very interesting"

    This very long story held my interest but about 10 hours in to it the whole story seemed to change. It was almost like it was two or three seperate stories. It was entertaining and "made me think" and I would recommend it to my friends.

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    James Ch, GA, United States 08-21-10
    James Ch, GA, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally Spot On"

    I was enthralled with this piece of work and Scott Brick's rendition of the narrative. I couldn't wait until I could find the time to listen to the next segment. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it had to end.

    I am looking forward to more stories from Mr. Cronin.

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    Chad Independence, MO, United States 08-21-10
    Chad Independence, MO, United States 08-21-10
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    "An instant fan"

    I really enjoyed this book...and having some of my favorite narrators on board didn't hurt. I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic lit. and this book doesn't fail. Character development is strong, which a book of this length affords the author. Some complain that the ending was a disappointment...I don't agree. I am also fully anticipating the subsequent volumes!

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    canadad 08-18-10
    canadad 08-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty Good!"

    This was an "Excuse Book" for me. I would look for any excuse to listen to it, whether it was extra gardening, cleaning, exercising or driving. I really enjoyed it!
    I have read and listened to so many books with grey('gray' for my American friends) characters lately, it was refreshing to actually care about the people in the story. Scott Brick is a good narrator, at times I have thought his voice was not a good fit for some of the material he has done, but this was a good fit. I thought I was disappointed when the gears completely switched part way through the story, however it turned out for the best. So many unanswered questions, it left me wanting more. I am happy with my purchase.

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    Cory Peru, IL, United States 08-17-10
    Cory Peru, IL, United States 08-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read - Sopranos Type Ending"

    Let me first say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was no shortage of excitement and the book made you want to keep reading. I will say that the ending leaves me reminiscent of the final episode of the Sopranos. Even though the book was considered long by some I felt that a sequel is warranted and quite frankly expected. Bravo to Mr. Cronin. Narration was excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kareen E. Lawson Northern Virginia 08-16-10
    Kareen E. Lawson Northern Virginia 08-16-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Summer Read!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book over the last couple of weeks. I've listened to it while exercising, while driving (through my radio!), during pedicures and while waiting in numerous waiting rooms. The narration was great and I enjoyed the story. My favorite book of all time is "The Stand" by Stephen King and this book has a similar feel to it, though it is a completely different story.

    I would say that you wouldn't want to listen to part of it and then take a long break before listening again. You might forget important details.

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    Dumbledore New Jersey, USA 08-15-10
    Dumbledore New Jersey, USA 08-15-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Book 1 of 3"

    My wife and I listened to the entire 32 hours while driving on vacation. After 32 hours, we couldn't believe the book had ended. Well, it kind of ended. I was not aware that this is book 1 of 3 and Cronin intends to write a trilogy (books 2 and 3 don't yet exist). This is the cleverest vampire story I've ever run across in many years. Yes, the author throws in a lot of superfluous information (akin to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series in its seemingly endless story telling). Yes, the story line is depressing at times, but the most depressing part is waiting for the remaining 2 volumes.

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    Eli 08-15-10
    Eli 08-15-10 Member Since 2015

    Graphic Designer Live in Tel Aviv

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    "What a voyage!"

    Having English as my second language, I was afraid I won't be able to go through all five parts, but I enjoyed it so much, every second of it! I really hope the story will continue.

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