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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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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 07-08-10
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    "Don't get it."

    One of the very few books that I quit on. After 3 hours I had no idea where this was going. Boring!!!

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    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 07-05-10
    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 07-05-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting but very long"

    Interesting idea, often very good, but far too long. The book lost its impact near the end.

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    william munsey 07-02-10 Member Since 2013
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    "dont buy"

    This book is terrible on so many levels. First, once again a writer has displayed the military as mindless killers. Guess what, we in the military are people just like everybody else. You probably know many in the military as friends or family and if you do, you know we are normal people. The military doing what is suggested in this book is impossible. Too many checks and balances and the reason we fight is because of the soldiers and sailors beside us. That’s the main reason that this book’s crack at super mindless military machines’ is not reasonable. I expect writers to be more creative. The copout is to portray the military as the bad person.
    Next, his graphic description of a pedophile’s thoughts is disquieting and sickening. It worries me that this author needs to describe the thoughts in such detail. Sometimes just telling us a charter is a certain person is enough; please don’t waste time in the weeds. Also, so many things that supposedly take place in the book are unbelievable. The fact is that if you were carrying out human studies on a drug, it would be better to do it in a foreign country where you could pay off the government and no one would notice people missing. That comes to mind as more believable than government agents trying to snatch people without other government agencies, let alone the media, finding it out.
    This is terrible book that I could not finish. I would like my money back but it was my mistake. Please don’t make it your mistake. Spend your money on better books.

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    This book was excellent! Lots of suspensful twists that leaves you turning pages for more! You just can't help becoming entangled in the characters' conflicts. You feel as though you want to step into the pages and help them--or at the very least tell them what the bad guys are up to. I am waiting for the sequel!

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    just awesome............

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    Thomas Naples, FL, United States 07-06-10
    Thomas Naples, FL, United States 07-06-10 Member Since 2005
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    I thought it was weird and lost interest rather quickly.A waste of time and money.

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