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. Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, ...Read MoreAmy 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. Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he's been searching for - and wishes to God he hadn't. In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her. In a maximum security jail in Nevada, a convicted murderer called Giles Babcock has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection. In a remote community in the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home, so he can kill him. Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined. And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man's darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human. And beyond. THE PASSAGE.Read Less
The service awesome and in excellent condition. Haven't started material yet but an upcoming book club pick, so will get started soon.
Dec 27, 2012
Reading now, starts interesting enough to make me want to keep reading.
Aug 2, 2012
Love this book and the author. Don't let the length of the book scare you away. Every page is stellar.
Sep 22, 2011
Getting totally into Book=over 700 pages
Is really worth reading all pages 2 hit the reasons for reading this book. The 700+ pages 2 get to the meat... Is worth it!
Right now husband & I are hoping 2 get next book [before end-of-world 2012 (giggle)] very soon. Hopefully, won't have 2 go through stand alone style (history) of book and it will give us the grist [meat] of final story.
Sep 30, 2010
Something borrowed, something new.
A young writer writes two well-received, but poor-selling literary novels. What does he do for a follow-up? Pens an epic-length, post-apocalyptic, vampire extravaganza!
Though I found The Passage to be highly derivative (Mr. Cronin seems to borrow often and shamelessly from many popular and literary sources), the story only picks up steam as it hums along. Though the beginning dragged a bit, I really felt he hit his stride by Part III. The outpost of humanity hanging on by a thread, while hope and ancient technology slowly fades, was simply un-put-down-able. The characters, also, were well fleshed out and sympathetic-- even, to some extent, the vampires.
The ending? Well let?s not spoil things, shall we? Read The Passage for the adventure and suspense if nothing else.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-03-22 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). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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