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Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world.
Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.
FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.
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.
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Cronin's massive novel transcends its clichés and delivers a feverishly readable post-apocalyptic-cum-vampire chiller. It's not only a brilliantly told story, with thrilling plot twists and graphic action sequences, but a moving psychological portrait of survivors facing up to the poignant fact of a lost past and a horrifically uncertain future. (THE GUARDIAN)
For most of this enthralling novel, it's not difficult to discern why the publisher is so excited. Cronin writes with verve and versatility, and is just as good in action scenes as he is in handling more literary material. His reinvention of vampires niftily ditches Transylvanian clichés and his future world is richly imagined. Above all, Amy is a superb creation, believably human yet beguilingly enigmatic. (John Dugdale THE SUNDAY TIMES)
If you only take one book away with you this summer, make it The Passage. It's an absorbing, nightmarish dream of a book, a terrifying apocalyptic thriller, populated by believable, sympathetic characters. Once you start reading it, you won't want it to end. (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES)
This epic tale is truly exhilarating stuff but what makes The Passage work so well is not its massive canvas, but the concentration on its human characters, notably six-year-old redhead Amy Harper Bellafonte. (Barry Forshaw THE DAILY EXPRESS)
Epic, apocalyptic, heart-wrenching, catastrophic, mesmerisizing... (Henry Sutton THE DAILY MIRROR)
Interweaving the stories of a six-year-old girl abandoned by her mother, a death row murderer and a Harvard professor on a dangerous trip into the South American jungle, this immense brick of a retelling of the vampire myth more than satisfied. (Alison Flood THE BOOKSELLER)
It more than lives up to the considerable hype. The Texas-based author delivers an exhilarating epic that easily rises above the flood of run-of-the-mill vampire tales. To Cronin's credit, the pace never falters, despite the near 800-page length. The breathtaking plot eventually circles back around, and the conclusion will leave you gasping. A modern classic in the making. (SFX)
Every so often a novel-reader's novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Read 15 pages, and you will find yourself captivated; read 30 and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It had the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears. (Stephen King)
Dense stuff with intriguing characters, Cronin's story of a supernatural government experiment that gets out of hand is surprisingly gripping. Full of plot twists, action and vampires. It's a dark epic that matches the best of Stephen King. (HEAT)
The Passage is a superbly-written, well-paced and convincingly-characterised novel where the situation and characters remain in the imagination long after it is finished. This could be the start of something major indeed. (WERTZONE blog)
An epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil. The most talked-about book of 2010 and a global bestseller.
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Book Description Orion Books, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110752897845
Book Description Orion Publ. Grp, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 9.49x6.30x1.97 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0752897845
Book Description Orion Books, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0752897845
Book Description Orion, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Signed to the title page by the author and not a tipped in page like the Waterstones edition. Both the hardcover and dustwrapper is in fine unread condition. Also includes an A3 chapter sampler of the first six chapters of the book. .Shipped in a box with plenty of protection. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 4876533
Book Description Orion Books, London, England, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First UK Edition. An Outstanding Copy - Signed & Dated By The Author On The Title Page. Author'S Signature Only. A First Uk Edition, First Printing, With The Corresponding Number Line. Book Is In Fine Condition. Boards Are Clean, Not Bumped. Fore Edges Are Clean. Interior Is Clean And Legible. Not Remaindered. Dust Jacket Is In Fine Condition. Not Chipped Or Crinkled. Not Price Clipped. Dust Jacket Is Covered By Mylar Brodart. Thanks And Enjoy. Signed by Author(s). Book. Seller Inventory # 006194
Book Description Orion, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Signed, lined with a quote from the book & Dated "7.6.10." by Justin Cronin to the title page. The author used the American dating system to record the date of the signing: 6th July 2010. This edition also comes with a free chapter sampler made available through Waterstones. Both the hardcover and dustwrapper are new in fine unread condition.Please note that we have more than one copy of this book signed by Justin Cronin, so the quote you receive may differ slightly from the one pictured. .SHIPPED IN A BOX WITH PLENTY OF PROTECTION. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000357
Book Description Orion, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Set of three books in THE PASSAGE trilogy. Each book is a first edition, first printing. Each book has been signed to the title page by Justin Cronin. All the books are in new and fine condition. Also included are the following promotional items: Chapter samplers of THE PASSAGE & THE TWELVE and a CITY OF MIRRORS bookmark.*********SHIPPED IN A BOX WITH PLENTY OF PROTECTION. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 63514