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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

Critic Reviews

“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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A new type of vampire


The Passage is a well written novel about vampires, with a new and creative twist. I thought the first several hours laid out a good foundation to the rest of the story. Justin Cronin did a wonderful job in the introduction of all the main characters. They were well thought out and interesting. Overall the book was pretty good. I look forward to book number two.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Meandering muddy morass of minutia

Very long, so many details about nothing. Flashbacks within flashbacks that flash forward. Oh and there are vampires.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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WAY TOO MUCH FILLER

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book has way too much filler, the author goes into character background too much and takes away from the main story. Even characters that end up being irrelevant and one that get killed off. If you trim the fat then the main course is a good story line.

Was The Passage worth the listening time?

Worth the listening time? The main narrator brings life to the story. If I sat down to read this book I would have never finished it. Kuddos to Scott Brick keeping me somewhat interested

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Still in progress // early buyer's remorse

Just into this and already I'm rolling my eyes at how melodramatic it is in spots (the chapter of emails, especially. Jesus Christ, man). And, having gone to SHSU in Huntsville, I laughed out loud when he mentioned a Costco and Best Buy being there. There was a Wal-Mart in town when this book came out and nothing else, lol.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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too slow

after reading the extinction series, I thought this one would be just as intense and edge of your seat exciting. it wasn't. the action scenes mounted up to equal about an 2 hours total and this book is 36hrs long! I need more...

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Too slow at start

Actually fell asleep listening to this one. The build up of the characters took almost half of the book.
Use fast forward and 2.5 speed for most of it.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Tabitha
  • DALLAS, GA, United States
  • 10-20-16

it droned on and on ceaselessly!!!

while the story was great it could have been buttoned up much quicker parts of the book just seemed to drone On and On Without End unnecessarily

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Engaging, but too much foul language

Unique apocalyptic concept with too many unnecessary f words. Reading can skip, listening was offensive.

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blah blah blah

good concept, bad exicution .
drags on and on. a good editor would have made a big difference.
and what an ending. really. ? terrible
if your a young or new reader you may be able to enjoy this . it's aimed at young people.
I'm an old hand who goes through a book a week

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • CJ
  • Houston
  • 04-09-17

Awful… Just plain awful!

I am a major sci-fi fan… This book is just ridiculous. It was recommended by friend, and I usually trust her recommendations, however this book to me is just a laughing stock! I knew a lot of people liked it and I respect that, however I did not feel there was any cohesion between the characters; it was just a replay of apocalyptic stories that have been told before; absolutely nothing original in my opinion. I couldn't even finish it… So what does that tell you?

13 of 13 people found this review helpful