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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  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,083 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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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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By Booklover130 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 April 2016
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What a terrific read this book is. A big, epic adventure/ saga. It starts off as a fairly conventional sci-fi thriller, but then you get completely sucked in and the story just takes off. Yeh, so in some sections it's a bit derivative of Stephen King's The Stand. So what? Cronin's not ripping King off IMO. In some ways it can be seen as a complimentary tribute to King. Just makes you want to go and reread The Stand, anyway.

Besides, this book definitely has it's own flavour and spirit. It's well written, has great characters, and is very involving. Good combo of sci-fi, vampires, post-apocalypse. I'm not usually a vampire fan, but in this book it works so well.

If it gets made into a film, I hope it's done well. This book is a cut above, and I'd hate to see the film become just another 'meh' post-apocalypse adventure.
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Why did I pick this up now? Well, vampires! Plus, I got caught in the hype machine marketing the latest novel and figured I had to start at the beginning.

To be completely frank, this book gets off to a cracking start. While I didn't find Cronin the most engaging writer, the plot and story had more hooks than a pirate party.

But halfway through the book, with all the subtlety of "From Dusk till Dawn", you are slapped in the face with a dystopian future drama that feels very high-school.

It was a slog to finish this book and I only got there because of some inane compulsion to finish everything I start. Sometimes I want to give myself an upper-cut.
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By Rianni on 26 September 2016
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I've read and loved many books that flit between times and characters but I didn't love this one.
The characters never connected -I never laughed with them or cried for them -even when they died.
The book is unnecessarily long, a lot of the phrasing is clunky and frustrating and none of the 'twists' feel at all surprising.
I'm sorry to say it but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend and won't be buying the next one in spite of what was supposed to be a cliff hanger ending.
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