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The Passage (The Passage Trilogy) by [Cronin, Justin]
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An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil - now a global bestseller.

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world.
She is.

Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
He's wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
It is.

THE PASSAGE. Soon to be an epic drama on Fox from writer Elizabeth Heldens and executive producer Ridley Scott.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2744 KB
  • Print Length: 785 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (22 June 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883305
  • ASIN: B003TJA8Y2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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It is 2019 and an expedition travels to the heart of the Bolivian jungle in search of the secret of eternal life. Well, the expedition has been organised by the Special Weapons division of the US Army, so you can probably start filling in the blanks from here. The secret of eternal life turns out to be a zombie vampire virus, the test subjects back in the US are condemned criminals, the biohazard containment facility has a fatal flaw (You'd think by now they'd have been able to design a containment facility that works, wouldn't you? Have these people never seen Jurassic Park?), yada yada yada. Ninety years on, the last survivors on planet earth are struggling to keep going in the face of zombie attacks, decaying resources and internal conflicts. Their only hope is Amy, an apparently immortal teenager, remnant of the original experiments and key to the survival of the embattled human race.

The Passage has been likened to Stephen King's The Stand and indeed a less than charitable analysis might suggest that it is a straight rip-off. In fact, there is much more here that will be familiar to a well read King fan and there are also strong resemblances to Firestarter as well as Salem's Lot, Cell and so-on. However, this is ground that has been well trodden by many a story teller and there's a goodly helping of Resident Evil,
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I doubt I'll ever say this again about a vampire or a post-apocalyptic novel, but you must read this book!

I've been reading a lot recently, mostly works from some of the big names in speculative fiction. So it surprised me when I saw The Passage by Justin Cronin on my Goodreads list. I don't recall where the recommendation came from, and the synopsis read as a post-apocalyptic novel with vampires. That did not instill confidence in the book: two of the most overdone sub-genres. Combining them seemed like a recipe for disaster. Throw in its almost 800 page girth and I was worried. But for some reason I gave it a go. And it was worth it.

The Passage is the first in a trilogy, and begins in modern times. It's a fairly standard plot, with the military trying to create super soldiers and I doubt I'm spoiling much when I say it goes awry. The story then jumps forward a hundred years and we see how the world has devolved with a small cluster of survivors eking out an existence amongst the hordes of roaming vampires. So far, nothing inspiring. However, what sets this story apart is the characters. From the very first chapter, I was invested. Each character is so well developed and rounded that you can help but become attached. You know their desires and their weaknesses. They become real. This is the mark of a masterful writer and was exceptionally surprising to find in this genre.

As you would expect, life in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by vampires isn't particularly pretty. The world is well developed, and everything feels like it belongs. Given that it's set only one hundred years after the event, there are no crazy technology leaps to worry about, it's an easily accessible world. It's gritty without being overbearingly dark. It's violent without being gory.
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By Leonard on 24 September 2016
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The Passage is an excellent crossover novel, and it shouldn't be a surprise that it's done so well in the bookstores, since it appeals to so many different readers, and is so well executed.

At its heart this is a blockbuster novel, in the style of Stephen King, and in much the same way as King it mixes elements of the horror genre with elements from literary fiction in a very readable way. Of course, in doing so it has the potential to upset some fans of genres, but such is the cost of the crossover novel. You can't please everyone.

I think that what makes this a blockbuster novel, as opposed to a literary one, is the melodramatic nature of its themes. As some have said here, it's sometimes like a soap opera. But a very good soap opera. Cronin tugs at our heart strings and he tugs at them hard. He's also a fan of the cliff-hanger moment, which he uses to great effect, if perhaps a few many times. In the end the reader always knows what's coming: the character will survive; we just have to wait a while.

What prevents the Passage from being pastiche is the quality of Cronin's writing. As a trying writer (in both senses of the word) I envy Cronin his skill. His character building is excellent, as is his dialogue. There are also many seperate individuals, the best sign of a wonderful storyteller.

For me, this is a five-star book. I can live with the way in which it misses the pursuits of some genres, to help further the pursuits of others, because what it does well, it does very well indeed. My heart strings really were tugged. I really cared, from the start to the end. And I was often on the edge of my seat.

I'm definitely one of Amy's.
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