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Image of The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)


Image of The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)

If you liked Stephen King’s The Stand, you will love The Passage. Cronin is a master at characterization; even minor players in this epic drama are memorable. His take on vampires is refreshing — no sexy heartthrobs here! In this world, the vampires are the bad guys. Although slightly too futuristic and fin de siècle-esque for this reviewer’s personal taste, The Passage is a great read.

In an attempt to explain the vampire legend that is part of nearly every culture in the world, Dr. Lear, still grieving his dead wife, inadvertently unleashes a vampire virus that could destroy humankind as we know it. When the military discovers Dr. Lear’s research, they try to turn the virus into a weapon. Unfortunately, the “weapon” (soldiers who have been deliberately infected) lives by sucking human blood. One small orphaned girl has the power to stop the menace and save the world. (BALLANTINE, Jun., 784 pp., $27.00)
Reviewed by: 
Rhomylly Forbes