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Saturday, October 5, 2013

"The Passage" by Justin Cronin~The Best of Apocalypse Novels!


The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR’s On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • BookPage • Library Journal

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
USA Today has named The Passage as a must summer read: Booksellers across the country are buzzing about this novel, which features a jacket blurb by Stephen King. Film rights have been bought by Fox 2000 for Ridley and Tony Scott.


Published by:  Ballantine Books
Pages:  766   Plus Excerpt of 2nd book in the series The Twelve
Genre:  Fiction/SyFy/Apocalyptic/Thriller
Author:  Justin Cronin
Website of author:  http://www.justincronin.com
Purchase this book:  Barnes & Noble    Amazon


Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award. He lives with his family in Houston, Texas. - See more at: http://enterthepassage.com/author/#sthash.0IbItywA.dpuf

You can find Mr. Cronin on Facebook and Twitter!


Every once in ten years an absorbing, heart-stopping thriller comes along that keeps you reading for a non-stop week.  "The Passage" is such a book.  It's one of those books that you put everything in your life on hold to read because you can't wait to turn another page.  It's one of those books that keeps calling to you even when you'd like to ignore it.  "The Passage" is so addictive you'll lose sleep and forget to shower!  I suggest you just block off several days for it right off the bat.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I sat down with this novel.  I actually thought it might be one of those heavily touted but mildly forgettable ones.  This is anything but that.  Set in current times and then a near future, you'll be able to easily relate to the people and situations.  I found it just gripping.  And the plot is unique, as well, though it may seem from the simplistic cover summary that
it isn't.  The book is just difficult to summarize...you've read those types.

Although Amy is supposed to be the central character, I found myself more caught up in the adult survivors of the horrendous "experiment gone wrong" in their make-shift society.  Cronin digs deep to give us vivid characterizations of people living and trying to survive in an impossible situation.  The relationships they forge are tenuous at best, but loving and strong, nevertheless.  It made me keep tracking with them, and it made me have hope for what could happen to us if we ever faced an earthshattering situation as a contemporary society.

Cronin is an author whose time has come.  He's the storyteller of our century with a tale that seems unbelievable and plausible at the same time.  Think of Stephen King only more literary.

You can't miss this one this year.  I can't recommend it highly enough! I've already purchased "The Twelve."

5+ stars                  Deborah/TheBookishDame




Hi Deb:
I enjoyed your review of "The Passage" it's one of the best I've read.
Hope you're well. I start a new program with my cancer treatment next Friday. Thank God the budget on this wasn't cut.
If you get a chance, please stop over at my blog and comment on the James Lee Burke review and if you have a good thriller that you recommend, let me know, if you want to send it, I'll pay the postage. (Other than "The Passage," which I've read.
Take care, my friend.


Dear Mike, I just finished my radiation treatments for a benign brain tumor that has made me go nearly deaf in my left ear. Fortunately, nothing else has been affected. I will send you any books I have that I think will be of interest.
Love and hugs, Deb


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