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The Passage

by Justin Cronin

Doubleday Canada | July 31, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

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"Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."-Stephen King  

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, turned to hell. All that remains is the long fight ahead for the stunned survivors faced with a future ruled by fear--of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse. 

As civilization crumbles, two people flee in search of sanctuary. 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, and Brad is determined to protect her. But, for young Amy, escaping is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey--spanning miles and decades--toward the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun in the first place. 

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 912 pages, 2.72 × 1.64 × 0.6 in

Published: July 31, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400026253

ISBN - 13: 9781400026258

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The Passage

by Justin Cronin

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 912 pages, 2.72 × 1.64 × 0.6 in

Published: July 31, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400026253

ISBN - 13: 9781400026258

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Wolgast had been to the Compound only once, the previous summer, to meet with Colonel Sykes. Not a job interview, exactly; it had been made clear to Wolgast that the assignment was his if he wanted it. A pair of soldiers drove him in a van with blacked out windows, but Wolgast could tell they were taking him west from Denver, into the mountains. The drive took six hours, and by the time they pulled into the Compound, he''d actually managed to fall asleep. He stepped from the van into the bright sunshine of a summer afternoon. He stretched and looked around. From the topography, he''d have guessed he was somewhere around Telluride. It could have been further north. The air felt thin and clean in his lungs; he felt the dull throb of a high-altitude headache at the top of his skull. He was met in the parking lot by a civilian, a compact man dressed in jeans and a khaki shirt rolled at the sleeves, a pair of old-fashioned aviators perched on his wide, faintly bulbous nose. This was Richards. "Hope the ride wasn''t too bad," Richards said as they shook hands. Up close Wolgast saw that Richards'' cheeks were pockmarked with old acne scars. "We''re pretty high up here. If you''re not used to it, you''ll want to take it easy." Richards escorted Wolgast across the parking area to a building he called the Chalet, which was exactly what it sounded like: a large Tudor structure, three stories tall, with the exposed timbers of an old-fashioned sportsman''s lodge. The mountains had once be
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"Read this book and the ordinary world disappears."-Stephen King  

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, turned to hell. All that remains is the long fight ahead for the stunned survivors faced with a future ruled by fear--of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse. 

As civilization crumbles, two people flee in search of sanctuary. 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, and Brad is determined to protect her. But, for young Amy, escaping is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey--spanning miles and decades--toward the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun in the first place. 

About the Author

Born and raised in New England, JUSTIN CRONIN is the author of The Summer Guest - a Booksense national bestseller - and Mary and O''Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize, both for best debut fiction of the year. Other honours for his writing include a Whiting Writer''s Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation, the National Novella Award, and an Individual Artist''s Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His short fiction, book reviews and essays have appeared in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. He is a Professor of English at Rice University and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.


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"Every so often a novel-reader''s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin''s The Passage . Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has 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 "The monsters in this compulsive nail biter are the scariest in fiction since Stephen King''s vampires in Salem''s Lot … This exceptional thriller should be one of the most popular novels this year and will draw in readers everywhere." — Library Journal , starred review "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… [Cronin] manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style." — Publishers Weekly , starred review “[A] breathtaking, late-night-with-all-the-lights-on page-turner.”  — Cleveland.com   “Cronin’s vivid descriptions light the reader’s imagination, the scenes coming alive through his smooth writing. “ The Passage ” is an absolute page-turn
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