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 fearof 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 hes 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 odysseyspanning miles and decadestowards 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.
There's no getting around it; Justin Cronin's first novel will give fans of Stephen King's classic, The Stand an acute sense of déjà vu, with its notable similarities in plot, characters and settings. What makes this arguably forgivable is that Cronin's writing style is more refined than King's, and his characters more likable and well-rounded. Despite the derivations, I was able to enjoy The Passage in its own right.... it has depth, literary appeal, mysticism, creepy, low-key horror (it isn't a gore-fest), a good vs. evil theme, and interesting characters. It is not so much a "vampire" book as it is a story about human beings in a post-apocalyptic battle for survival. (Reviewed by Cindy Anderson).
The young girl as heroine and role model is a nice touch. Otherwise a pretty ordinary production, with little that hasn't been seen before.
This door-stopper of a novel is such an homage to Stephen King’s The Stand (in length as well as plot), along with Firestarter and even Salem’s Lot, that it required some fact-checking to ascertain it was not written under a new King pseudonym.
Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
Starred Review. Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America.
Starred Review. Although the novel runs 700 pages, Cronin is a master at building tension, and he never wastes words.
Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.
Recent Reader Reviews
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by Reggie A Must Read Excellent from beginning to end. Do not let the length of the novel deter you. Just dig in and let the pages turn. You will find yourself recommending to fellow readers.
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