The Passage

The Passage

Large Print - 2010
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"The Andromeda Strain" meets "The Stand" in this startling and stunning thriller. At an army research station, an experiment is being conducted by the U.S. Government: twelve men are exposed to a virus meant to weaponize the human form by super-charging the immune system. But when the experiment goes terribly wrong, terror is unleashed. Amy, a young girl abandoned by her mother and set to be the thirteenth test subject, is rescued by Brad Wolgast, the FBI agent who has been tasked with handing her over, and together they escape to the mountains. As civilization crumbles around them, Brad and Amy struggle to keep each other alive, clinging to hope and unable to comprehend the nightmare that approaches with great speed and no mercy.
Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Wheeler, 2010.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410432872
Characteristics: 1181 pages (large print) :,map ;,25 cm.


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Jun 18, 2018

I didn't love it. I borrowed it because there was a lot of hype and a waiting list, so I figured it was good. Also, a critic had compared it to The Stand which I thought was excellent. I am always reluctant to abandon books so I stuck through it to the end, and now feel like there are hours wasted that I cannot get back, where I could have been reading something more engaging. I found the characters to be somewhat flat. In 784 pages, there should be enough character development to make me care about them. I could not tell the difference between the protagonist and his brother. Amy was an empty shell. The book is filled with descriptions of fighting and slaying, so if you're into that, you might like this. The science wasn't very sciencey, and the plot wasn't very intricate. Remember on the Walking Dead where they just hung out on that farm and blah blahed for a whole season? It's kind of like that.

Mar 26, 2018

I checked this book out based on the many good reviews I read. I have to admit, I didn't really love it. Granted, this is not a genre I read often. That being said, I was really engaged for the first part of the book. I felt like much of the middle really drug. I found myself just pushing to get through it. It did really pick up toward the end and captivate my attention again. I became more invested in the characters but still found them to be somewhat forgettable once i finally finished this book. Given that I had to renew this book twice and still went over my time to slog through it, I don't see myself checking out the next one.

Nov 18, 2017

Well-written, beautifully told saga that had me racing through the pages and wanting more.

Oct 25, 2017

Well written book with good story, but long and since it took over 6 weeks to read with no urgency.... it is only good.

Oct 03, 2017


Feb 24, 2017

I really tried to like this book, but it was a trudge through mud. There were moments of interest and I would become hopeful ... and then back down the author took me, into a mire of irrelevant detail. After an interesting start, the story melts into tedium ... day after day, year after year, onward through time without a true a reason to care much about what happened next. I finally gave up three-fourths of the way through -- but still what felt like a long way from the end. I can't remember the last time I've given up on a book. Admittedly, this is not my typical preferred genre; usually I go for historical fiction. Yet, I've enjoyed a good thriller here and there and thought this would be a fun dip into something different. I tried this book based on the recommendation of a friend who loved it. So there you have it - a big hit with some but alas, not with me.

Aug 02, 2016

The story drags on for a long time with lots of less important details (plenty of killing and weapon stuff).

TSCPL_ShariS May 27, 2016

I love/hate this book. The beginning was excellent and then the jump ahead was jarring; but I got into that part as well. Overall I really liked it. It was just too looooooong. I've been staring at book 2 on my shelf for a while now.... Maybe this summer?

May 06, 2016


1/3 - This book is GREAT. It's no longer a dark, stormy night (cold but sunny, for the first day of March that is), but that hasn't stopped me from continuing to devour this all day (thank goodness it's Sunday). There's a creepy little girl (why are little girls creepier than little boys?), some kind of facility where they're 'making' vampires while attempting to perfect a 'fountain of youth' virus, and at least two strangers with what seem to be just the right backgrounds willing to put their lives on the line for this little girl who they've only just met. From a comment on another review I thought this was going to be about vampires, but the 'vampires' really aren't doing anything suspicious yet, they're just 'hanging around' in their cage eating the occasional rabbit. What seems to be the more worrying evil is this shadow, or feeling, that comes over a character that they are being watched and suddenly they are gripped by fear that 'he's coming'. Whoever/whatever he might be. Maybe 'he' is one of the vampire's using some kind of psychic power to terrify the main players in the story? Maybe that's the real reason for Doyle and Wolgast to be picking up Amy, one of the 'vampire's' is controlling Lear's mind and using him to get what he wants...or something. Nothing's really clear yet. Except that I'm enjoying it and should finish it in about a quarter the time of Genocide of One. To be continued...

2/3 - What happened to Wolgast? And Amy?! I accepted it when every character bar two was killed off, but what's he done to those remaining two? I really enjoyed listening to Wolgast's PoV and I was looking forward to seeing how Amy would, evolve I guess is the best word for it over the years. I thought maybe she would be able to go out into the world and calm the 'vampires', or maybe even make them like her. Now we've jumped at least 92 years into the future and everything's different, suddenly I'm reading a dystopian with a language I don't really understand. The people of this awful vampire-filled future have made some really weird changes in their vocabulary for unexplained reasons. Anyone under the age of eight is kept in a 'sanctuary' away from the rest of the population of the small barricaded community that most believe is the only one left. They are kept completely innocent of all knowledge of what's going on outside the wall until they turn eight when they are put into one of seven trades (whichever is needed by the community at the time). These people are called 'littles' rather than children or kids. That seems an incomprehensible word change. It's not like a whole generation of people was lost and therefore all the language from before the vampire apocalypse happened was lost with them. They don't remember the word child, but they do remember 'pickup truck' and 'highway overpass', two pieces of technology that haven't been used since the cars ran out of petrol over 92 years ago. 'Pickup truck' and 'highway overpass' wouldn't be part of the everyday language of a small band of survivors who no longer have a use for cars or roads. It just doesn't make sense to me.
8/3 - I can't believe Cronin has more in him on this subject/these characters. You would think 766 pages would be enough to tell the story in its entirety, but no there's a sequel and then an expected third book after that. Regarding the book (the thought of all those ideas swishing around in his head was on my mind for the final 200 pages or so, so with it grabbing that much of my attention I wanted to add it to my review), pretty good (3.5 stars, although I'll round it up to 4) overall with a few disappointing, overly dragged out sections in the middle. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book - Peter was talking about going to war and that sounds like it'll be an exciting plotline.

Zoombies are a complete no-no for me on TV. They look really disgusting with all the special effects. But in books, I love them, May be I tend to imagine them with not-so-bad looks and piercing eyes(Blame the twilight series). The passage confirms my imagination of their eyes, they do have penetrating eyes with the ever eternal question “what am i”.
Its a gripping novel with a different play of timelines. Its not a linear narration. Forms of narration wary and it’s kinds of ups the suspense factor. you miss a date and you are off the route for a while. Main protagonist Amy and her Peter pair is lovable. There is an array of cliched characters as well, just like any other world-saving teams and all of them are likable. Its been a while since I read a gripping series like this so would go with a four.

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Jun 30, 2011

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enigma122 Jul 17, 2012

Good,I do enjoy post-apocalyptic stories this one doesn't dissapoint BUT a bit long let us see what's coming next.

Jul 01, 2012

dystopia: the world is depopulated by deadly vampirish virus


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