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 • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy-abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape-but he can't stop society's collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world. "Enthralling . . . You will find yourself captivated."-Stephen King "Magnificently unnerving . . . The Stand meets The Road."-Entertainment Weekly "Great entertainment . . . [a] big, engrossing read."-The Dallas Morning News "Mythic storytelling."-San Francisco Chronicle The story of Amy continues in The Twelve, coming soon. Look for a special preview in the back of the eBook.
A human-created virus has infected humankind, mutating most into superstrong, near-immortal vampiric creatures. The "virals"-also called "jumpers" and "dracs" (after Dracula, of course)-can leap 20 feet through the air at a bound and split a human (or a horse, or a cow) in half with their bare hands. A small band of men and women embark on a cross-country trek, looking for a way to protect the few remaining uninfected humans from extinction. With them travels an enigmatic prepubescent girl who talks to the virals with her mind and seems to have been born 100 years before. VERDICT The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King's vampires in Salem's Lot. Although the novel runs 700 pages, Cronin is a master at building tension, and he never wastes words. Shout it from the hills! This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere. [See a profile of Cronin in "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/10; see also Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/10; 15-city author tour.]-David Keymer, Modesto, CA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Showing 1-10 of the 23 most recent reviews
1 . A very long Passage -but worth the journey
Posted March 17, 2011 by Bob Rose Jr. , Kansas CityThe Passage is one of the most literary horror novels I've ever read. Cronin blurs the line between literature and genre, much in the way Puzo, Vonnegut, and Heller did in decades past. His characters are unforgettable and his landscape is a perpetually worsening nightmare for all those involved. Yet, what sets Cronin's book apart from so many others in the horror field is an optimistic undercurrent of loyalty, love, and faith. The Passage is as much a treatise on hope and perserverence, as it is a vampire novel.
2 . Great - little boring - SUPER!!!
Posted February 04, 2011 by Pinkmagic , Where my heart isPlease be patient as this is my first review and english not my mothertongue. We went for honeymoon to Mauritius and I loaded my Reader with approx 25 books for three weeks ;o) PC Cast, Kathy Reichs and so on. First I was scared off by +/- 900 pages - as this seemed a lot to work through between sunbath, beach and Piny Coladas. But then I started reading and was fascinated- Unfortunately the whole part with Amy and the FBI Agents did not meet my taste and I almost quitted (?). But stobborn as I am, I decided to through it til the end - and was really whiped off my feet. If you try to forget the approx. 200 pages with the FBI yakyakyak You will find yourself in an apocalyptic nightmare with a lot of good survival ideas and develop sympathy for the characters. If you like that kind of stories get yourself World War Z - you will digg that too. So with some long hours on the middle part, I was glad I had bought myself a booklight on Dubai Airport during transfer, as I kept reading through some nights, too. I can only say: ENJOY!
3 . Good, would have been great if it was shorter.
Posted November 07, 2010 by Levi , Lansing, MII started this book at a blistering pace but began to fizzle of in the middle. Others have said that this could have been left out but everything ended up working together in the end.
I love apocalyptic stories and was excited when I saw King endorsed this one. Theplot was great and the characters were even better. This is a good read for someone looking for a different take on the usual vampire novels. The ending will leave you wanting more and waiting for book 2 to come out.
4 . Excellent Read
Posted October 22, 2010 by Paul Simpson , Mesa, AZThis one was hard to put down, and I gave up many hours of sleep for it. Cronin blends conspiracy theories with biotech, vampires, sci-fi, and post-apocalypse all into one book. How will the remains of the human race survive after a supervirus wipes out North America? This book, in my opinion, comes close to describing it! Some fantasy, some reality, with an undercurrent of romance thrown in... Cronin delves deep into the human psyche with this novel, and makes me want to read his other works as a result. Thought-provoking, and full of action. A MUST READ!
5 . I fell in love...
Posted September 20, 2010 by Audrey , Yuba City, CAThis is a review from another reader and I could not have said it better myself -
"Every once in a while, a book comes along and it ruins all other books for a time. This was one of those books for me. Beautifully written (easy yet poetic), great characters and believable dialog. I breezed through the 800 pages in less than a week -- so don't let that scare you off. The book is like a mix of Stephen King's The Stand and Richard Matheson's I am Legend, but with more finesse. His suspense is wonderfully mastered....Best fiction I've read all summer too. "
6 . A view to a post-apocalyptic world.
Posted September 04, 2010 by Panos Karmiris , AthensBrilliant! Just brilliant. A captivating story about what our world could turn to. A must read!
7 . LOOOONG
Posted August 29, 2010 by Heather , louisvilleI thought this book sounded like a book I would really enjoy and at 1st I was right. Then it went on and on and I just could not wait for it to be over. I only finished it because I paid for it and that was so disappointing!!!
8 . Boring
Posted August 28, 2010 by Mike , Baton Rouge, LAI suppose, in all fairness, one should not review a book one does not finish ... but I just couldn't! I quit half way through it because it became dull and unfocused for me ... whish I had my money back!
9 . Started out good but then...
Posted August 27, 2010 by Paula , TucsonI was riveted for the first half of the book. But by midway through, the entire story line had become boring and pointless. The author droned on and on about the same things, but never actually moved the story forward. It got so bad, in fact, that I put it down several months ago and have not returned to finish. And I doubt I will. In my opinion, read the first part but skip the last.
10 . Could not put the book down
Posted August 19, 2010 by Dawn , TampaThis is the best book I have read in a long time. I finished it in 2 days! The characters are rich and the story plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. I hope t here is a sequel. Amy and Peter must destroy the other Virals!
June 07, 2010
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