Read this book: The Passage

Scanning through the blogs I follow, I came across my friend Kevin’s blog, Read by Kevin, and his most recent post on Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Have you read The Passage? If you have, then you know it is amazing. Easily my favorite book of 2010. If you haven’t read it, then read Kevin’s post and then grab a copy. It’s worth its weight.

Read by Kevin

This literary/genre juggernaut is worth the hundreds of pages.

passageIf you picked up The Passage without knowing the plot, you would quickly know that dark times were ahead. It starts out with a deadly virus culled from South American bats, adapted and tweaked by government scientists to create super soldiers. Of course they test it out on twelve vicious killers on death row. And of course the outcome is worse than these scientists could ever have imagined.

So begins The Passage, Justin Cronin’s cinder block sized novel about vampires, the first of a trilogy. In other hands this setup might have been just another soon-to-be-forgotten pulp read. Cronin has the skills and literary background to create a lush, sprawling tale that spans genres and centuries.

The Passage, like the monsters it portrays, mutates and grows. It starts off as a technothriller that follows FBI Agent Brad Wolgast and…

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