“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 fear—of 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 he’s 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 odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
Audiobook, Unabridged , 37 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Random House Audio
Five Stars: An epic read. Masterful story telling. Set aside some time for this one.
Nothing good ever comes when man decides to play god and tamper with nature. When a science experiment using convicts goes terribly wrong, an apocalypse is released upon the earth. A vampiric type virus spreads quickly wiping out humanity. A few stragglers manage to survive, including a young girl, Amy, rescued from the same facility that unleashed the world ending horror. Amy isn’t an ordinary girl anymore, and ninety some years into the future, she discovers a colony of humans, living under the lights. Can Amy help save the remnants of humanity? What I Liked:
- The Passage is a book that languished in my To Be Read Pile for far too long. Once I plunged into this story, I was hooked. This book has everything you love in an epic book: exceptional story telling, interesting characters, apocalyptic horror, gripping suspense, nail biting action and danger, culminating into a fantastic experience. I have long been an avid reader of Stephen King, and I had to remind myself while reading this that it wasn’t a King book. Mr. Cronin rivals King’s great story telling. This is one not to be missed.
- Mr. Cronin reinvents vampires. You think you have read it all when it comes to vampires, but you haven’t. I enjoyed this new, dangerous and terrifying type of vampiric species. The Flyers or the Smokes are unlike anything I have experienced. I love the originality.
- This is a massive and epic story. It takes its time to unwind. Slowly, cautiously it reels you in with its compelling story and horrifying events. Before you know it, you are deeply invested in the tale. I loved seeing how the pieces fit as the story wore on. It was amazing!
- The characters are fantastic. Mr. Cronin takes his time to develop each and every one of them. You get their back story so you understand what makes them tick, and you learn to care for them. I love it when an author takes the time to mold and shape the characters.
- The audiobook narrated by Scott Brick, Abby Craden, Adenrele Ojo was outstanding. I thought Mr. Brick did a phenomenal job with the characters and the voices. I also appreciated that the female narrators were brought on board to narrate the journals by the female characters. The whole thing is well done. At over 36 hours long, this is a time consuming audiobook, but so worth it.
And The Not So Much:
- The Ending! No! What a cliffhanger. I need the next book immediately. Luckily for me, my procrastination means that I can binge read the series. Glad I waited.
- Even though I liked that Mr. Cronin took his time with the story and characters, there were times when the story got confusing because it moves back and forth in time. You have to pay attention.
- I am still confused over how the events at the very beginning fit into the story? Maybe it’s just me?
The Passage was an amazing reading experience. I loved this epic story with its tremendous characters, outstanding story telling and its thrilling suspense. This is a book not to be missed especially if you are a Stephen King fan. I am tearing into the next book immediately!
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this book.