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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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    Joan 07-09-10
    Joan 07-09-10 Member Since 2006

    Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!

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    "Not A Junky Thriller, Not an Intellectual Exercise"

    For those who hate to read a book without the entire series being available, take heart, I listened to this entire novel without realizing there would be, or seeing the need for, a sequel. Yet, I still liked it. It is not one of the all too common "Gee, aren't Vampires cool"! novels that seem to have saturated the bestseller lists, it isn't a thriller that describes slice & dice horror in such detail that you may as well attend an evisceration. The author (Cronin), could have spent more time on character development, especially on little Amy, who lives a long life and yet never seems to change or to overcome any of her childhood experiences. Cronin explores an interesting idea, although, as one reviewer points out, I Am Legend does the job in part already. However, this novel has a much broader scope. Where the idea that ALL of humanity would be easily (as in I Am Legend) destroyed really belongs in the 1950, 60's and early 70's horror genre, along with giant ants, brain-eating Zombies and mask-wearing Slashers. Cronin does do a good idea of exploring certain ideas. E.G., the medical abuse of prisoners, and its possible results (in horror). Or questioning the ethical responsibilities of Doctors and Scientists in Government pay. The effects of an apocalyptic event on survivors, especially if the the majority of the survivors are children. What is and isn't important to a society that must live as prey, and only in light. What will become of technology when those who understand the technology die? What will death mean to people who cannot be sure if their loved ones are dead? (Cronin here may have garnered ideas from the treatment of Aids victims in various African countries). All in all, it's both a great beach listen as well as a book you'll be able to discuss with your friends. One only hopes Cronin will aviod the deus ex machina of a suitcase nukes in future novels.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David L Horwitz Dallastown, PA, United States 07-09-10
    David L Horwitz Dallastown, PA, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This reminded me of Stephen Kings Dark Tower. I loved the way it went from one group of people to another so you followed along the time line of all the people. Even though it was a long one I wanted it to keep on going. This and Under the Dome have been my favorite books this year.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 07-09-10
    Mike 07-09-10
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    "Really bad!"

    This book is worse than a made-for-TV movie. It's like a low-grade Stephen King, but it's closer to the R.L. Stine teen thrillers. The author has mid-level descriptive powers; that is one plus. But the characters are stereotypes, each operating within the scope of one or two defining qualities. And even though it's a horror story, the action lacks any kind of authenticity, so one's willingness to suspend disbelief is constantly challenged. Improbable rescues occur predictably, like in a silent-picture melodrama. Only the quirky, evil, or peripheral characters die, except for one whose end comes with a suitcase nuke. That's a pretty big clue right there. But the worst part is the incredibly slow pacing of the story, making it boring on top of its other flaws. This includes at one point a dry recounting of those "taken up" -- dozens of names, maybe scores. Couldn't we have been spared this and so much more? It's sort of an interesting story concept although I Am Legend preceded it. I just wish the author who wrote World War Z had done the writing, or else Cormac McCarthy.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karla Lordsburg, NM, United States 07-09-10
    Karla Lordsburg, NM, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed listening to the book, but was disappointed by the ending. I like Scott Brick, the narrator very much.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-09-10
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Can't wait for the next one!"

    This book was easy to get into and starts off fast! its one of those books you really shouldn't read until all of the series is out because it will drive you crazy waiting for the next one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 07-08-10
    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 07-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent Book, Bad Narrator"

    This is a decent story. Very similar to Stephen King. Scott Brick is a terrible narrator. He has a nice voice but his performance (as always) is WAY too melodramatic. It really distracts from the story for me. I almost didn't buy it when I saw he was narrating but the book intrigued me.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Imperial Beach, CA, United States 07-08-10
    Tara Imperial Beach, CA, United States 07-08-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Glad I stuck with it"

    I really enjoyed Part 1 but found the next few to be a little slow. However, things started to pick up in Part 6 and didn't stop. I appreciated the narration and the writing style.

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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???

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Methos NC, USA 07-04-10
    Methos NC, USA 07-04-10 Member Since 2012
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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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