The Passage (Paperback)

Author: Cronin, Justin

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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. Brad 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.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780345504975
SKU 217116319
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345504976
Release Date 5/17/2011
Praise
"[E]ngrossingly horrific....[Cronin] manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style." (starred review)
"[I]t's possible to write a novel that revels in narrative momentum and pop mythos while still honoring the textures of real people, places and things. In fact, the novelist who can successfully fuse these two seemingly opposed strains of contemporary fiction can often win a large, devout audience....Cronin has set his sights on that peculiarly American genre best epitomized by Stephen King's THE STAND. [But] Cronin's novel isn't about the clash between good and evil, but about humanity's struggle to forge a better world in spite of our own worst mistakes."
"The writing quality is really what makes the novel worth reading. Whole sections of THE PASSAGE could be plucked out of the book and inserted into a Best New Horror anthology. Cronin's insight into human nature provides a neat contrast to all the spewing blood...."
"Cronin leaps back and forth in time, sprinkling his narrative with diaries, e-mail messages, maps, newspaper articles and legal documents....he artfully unspools his plot's complexities, an seemingly superfluous details come to connect in remarkable ways."
"THE PASSAGE has plenty of building-exploding excitement, and a few interesting ideas besides."
From the Publisher
Annotation Justin Cronin posits a horrific post-apocalyptic scenario in which a military experiment implodes producing a breed of timeless blood-sucking creatures that ravages the United States, decimating the population. Light is one of the only things that can keep the vamps, or virals, at bay, and a desperate colony of survivors forms, their lives barely protected each night by huge light array. Amidst this chaos, renegade FBI agent Brad Wolgast has rescued the young Amy Harper Bellafonte from the military human-experiment base. Somehow she has survived: she is cursed with the virals' eternal life-after-death, but blessedly she has none of their need for blood. Amy might just hold the secret to salvation in this god-forsaken land, but only if she can survive long enough for the answers to emerge. PASSAGE is the first book in a proposed trilogy, and upon its publication, it was immediately optioned for the big screen.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0784
Publisher Ballantine Books

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