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The Passage

A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 22, 2010 – 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 overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals agelessness, but not the virals mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it s already under development by director Ripley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz (Retail Nation, Mar. 15).

Customer Reviews


Although I didn't buy this book from iBooks, I have read it and think it's probably one of the best books I've read in the past couple of years. The second part of the book seemed a bit disjointed but the authors second book in the series goes into more detail about the 'middle' part of the story. Anyway, read it, you'll be staying up late on a night to get through it as quick as you can. Five out of five. Looking forward to the next installment.

700 pages goes quickly

This is a fast-paced, entertaining read. A good, more catastrophic vampire story. The vampires are scary, but you should only lose sleep over it because you don't want to put the book down and are busy remembering what you read and anticipating what comes next.

I did keep getting the feeling that I was reading a movie, and as I was reading the story seemed familiar. It finally came to me that this story is very similar to the movie with Will Smith, I Am Legend. I think that's the one. I only saw it once, so I vaguely remember the details. If you haven't seen it or don't remember it, don't go spoiling the book by renting it and watching it first. Try reading the book then renting the movie. It's not exactly the same, just similar characteristics.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it. There's a Book 2 due out in 2012, so if you hate waiting for the sequel, you might want to wait a little while before starting the first book.

Greatest book EVER

It truly is the best book I have ever read!!

The Passage
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jun 08, 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 800 Pages
  • Language: English
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