“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, 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 that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
From the Hardcover edition.
Justin Cronin posits a horrific post-apocalyptic scenario in which a military experiment implodes producing a breed of timeless blood-sucking creatures that ravages the United States, decimating the population. Light is one of the only things that can keep the vamps, or virals, at bay, and a desperate colony of survivors forms, their lives barely protected each night by huge light array. Amidst this chaos, renegade FBI agent Brad Wolgast has rescued the young Amy Harper Bellafonte from the military human-experiment base. Somehow she has survived: she is cursed with the virals' eternal life-after-death, but blessedly she has none of their need for blood. Amy might just hold the secret to salvation in this god-forsaken land, but only if she can survive long enough for the answers to emerge. PASSAGE is the first book in a proposed trilogy, and upon its publication, it was immediately optioned for the big screen.
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