The Passage by Justin Cronin

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.
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    Jun-2010 (Hardcover)
    May-2011 (Paperback)
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A new virus is discovered. On one hand, there is a fast recovery and healing period and could have military benefits. However, the life span of those inflicted is brief.

At the military facility were this is being experimented on, convicts from death row are used as the subjects of the study. However, soon after being subject to the virus, vampire like symptoms develop.

One day, the worst fear is met, the monsters get out. They kill the gurads and other officials. Only a precocious six-year-old child named Amy Harper Bellafonte and a former FBI agent, Brad Wolgast, survive. Brad takes Amy to his mountain cabin in attempt to find safety.

The vampire like beings spread their terror, traveling at night and possessing incredible strength and speed. Chicago and other eastern cities fall and eventually California declares itself independent and becomes a safe haven for humans and a barrier for the monsters.

Similar to Stephen King's classic, "The Stand" it is a battle of good versus evil. Years go by and Amy and a few other survivors must risk their lives to save the world.

The author does a good job in making the reader interested in the story and in Amy. The first part of the novel speeds along, then it slows down, only to gain momentum in the final portion of the novel. Because of the author's skillful plotting, this vampire, world threatening novel is a very entertaining read.
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