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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.

17 of 17 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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Not for me

It felt like a slog. I did not finish it. The writing isn't bad, but nothing about this felt original. I had just finished listening to M. R. Carey's "Fellside", which succeeded in every way that this book failed, which probably made "The Passage" seem worse.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Would be twice the book if it were half the length

Overlong, turgid, hackneyed post-apocalyptic vampire novel. Romero covered much of the same ground in "Dawn of the Dead" (infectious zombies, looting shopping malls, zombies returning to shopping malls, futile army) in two hours - which corresponds to 100 written pages - with spot on satire, which this novel lacks. "28 Days Later" covered the failed-scientific-experiment-gone-wrong plot much better - even with its rogue army unit plot diversion.

Was Cronin paid by the word? There are many, many, many, many, many (do you get the point) instances of seemingly incessantly repeated words/phrases. There are literally pages of the listing of surnames. Is this supposed to make this more profound?

This, from a university English professor? He should know better. This suffers from the modern malady of confusing length/quantity for quality.

Apparently the movie rights for this novel have been taken up. The Passage will make (if it's kept to 2 hours) for a better movie and a better investment of one's time.

This was a real slog to listen through to the end. I seriously thought to drop it many times because it was *so* tedious.

I have absolutely *no* interest in reading the sequels.

On a positive note, Scott Brick (as usual) and Co. do a laudable job of narration.

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

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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.

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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...

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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

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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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Generic. ...a rip off of "The Stand"

This a 100% a rip off of Steven King's the stand + zombie vampires. It's only simple 10th grade language and plot will keep any 13 year-old excited. Be careful not to twist you angle in all the plot holes as you bravely push through the book. Seriously the worst read I've had on here in 3 years. I like Scott Brick from the Dune series his performance was the only salvageable thing about this whole experience. Buyer beware!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful