The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
Written by Justin Cronin
Narrated by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden
It is pretty much a thirty hour journey into this thirty six hour work of art to find out what the passage is and I’m not really sure I understand the usage yet. The journey, however, is a fantastic epic covering one hundred years of storyline. It begins with the US Army undercutting an academic expedition they funded into Bolivia in search of a miraculous breakthrough to make super soldiers. Typically that is how a lot of nightmares in this day and age begin. What it turns into is a story of survival for humankind in an environment that rivals those of ‘I am Legend’ and ‘World War Z’.
The story begins in two places. The tale of a mid-western, down on her luck, waitress who has to do, what a lot of judgy-types might consider unspeakable, things to provide for herself and her daughter. The tale of a research Doctor who, lost his wife early in her life, wants to find solutions to keep humanity from experiencing that kind of pain. He organizes an expedition with the help of the US Army into Bolivia chasing something that should have been left alone.
The action and ruthlessness displayed in the scenes of this novel really bring home just how depraved governments and people can be when they really want something badly enough. I found all the storylines captivating and moving. There were times when I cheered, ‘yeah, eat shit vampire’; times when I cringed ‘damn, did that have to be that descriptive’; and times when I raged ‘you idiotic fucktard, you deserve a low branch on the Darwin tree’. It was all fun especially since the author didn’t get into trouble with hand wavy science. Viruses can cause crazy things to happen.
Not sure when I will get to the rest of the series but there does seem to be an indication it might go to TV or Movie. Think I’ll continue with the audio as long as the quality stays up there. Four out of five stars.