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Publisher's Summary

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...

The Twelve

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[A] blockbuster." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." ( Time)

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FanFreakinTastic!!

The story, narrator and pace were topnotch! I can't wait to read the final book in this trilogy.

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Another boring vamp book

The first book made me think it would not be another vamp book. Wrong! I'm mad I paid for this book, and listened till the end.
I can't believe vampires or the divergent maze runner is the best you can come up with I kept my hopes up it would not be geared toward teen mentality. Disappointed

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Excellent Series!

I loved the characters and the storyline and the narrator was great! I recommend this book.

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Great!!!

impressive storytelling and a narrator that I've grown to love to boot. If you enjoyed the prior work The Passage, you will absolutely love this entry.

Bring on book 3!

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  • Dylan
  • BOTHELL, WA, United States
  • 03-03-16

should be a movie

this book is great they should make it into a movie it would be nice if they came up with something original for once when making movies and this is the perfect fit I definitely recommend it

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can't wait for this to be a movie

everything about this book was awesome I truly enjoyed it and can't wait for more maybe a TV show or a movie something like that would be awesome I just want more give me another book doesn't even matter love it thank you

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  • Angus
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 02-27-16

Excellent Vampire Apocalypse Story

The original virals from The Passage are still making the rounds a century later with a type of human, Red Eyes, helping them. These Red Eyes, aka collaborators shortened to Cols are a special type of depravity. The sacrifice their own species for snippets of power.
In Texas, the Expeditionary is about run out of wind for the hunt and destroy missions. The government there feels that it is almost more important to keep the fossil fuel sources protected than to go on the offensive against the remainder of the Twelve. There are some dissenters however. Survivors of The Colony, Amy the ageless hybrid, Alicia Denardio – protégé of Col. Coffey and others. They know there can be no end until patient zero and the eleven other original virals are ended.
Book 2 is quite a bit more raw than the Passage in some respects but you knew it would have to be. The blending of fiction and science to paint this post-vampire-apocalypse North American quarantine zone is top notch world building. One detractor for me was the author trying to juggle so many story-lines at once that the reader, or listener, can easily become confused in time and place.
This one gets four out of five entertainment units of your choice. Enjoy!

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I cannot wait for the release of the final book.

Love, family, mortality, evil, courage. generosity, are themes woven together in this epic tale of survival. Loved it.

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Simply Superb

Extraordinary storytelling and writing. The author created characters of realistic depth, complete with the fallible human parts to balance the good that you feel them yearning to possess.
The narrator is amazingly gifted as a story teller. The best books can be ruined by a bad reader, but when the best books are read by the best readers, then magic happens.
That's what you'll discover here.

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Can't wait for the next

I have read and listen to these books and I just want to start over and listen again, the only thing I'm disappointed with is how long it takes him to write these books! And I sure hope Scott Brick is the narrator he is just awesome, I wish I could have him permanently narrate my whole life in my head😆