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Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has written several books including The Summer Guest, The Passage, and Mary and O'Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. He taught creative writing and was the author in-residence at La Salle University from 1992 to 2005. He is currently a professor of English at Rice University.
Cronin's sequel to his 2010 best-selling The Passage is not a straight continuation of that novel. Here, he introduces new characters and a new plot line while advancing the story about the spread of a human-made apocalypse. A foreword neatly recaps the first book's highlights, allowing listeners to jump right in. Scott Brick's deliberate narration is serviceable but suffers from a monotonic delivery and lack of emotional range.
Verdict: Fans of The Passage and of horror will not be disappointed. vast scope of his story begs favorable comparisons to epics such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Stephen King's The Stand", read the review of the New York Times best selling Ballantine Ac, LJ 9/1/12.-Ed.
In this second book of his epic vampire trilogy (after The Passage), Cronin once again deposits readers on the front lines of a human-made apocalypse. On the North American continent, a failed government experiment has turned most of humanity into lethal, vampire like creatures called viral's and destroyed the world as we know it. Cronin's story follows the human survivors, moving smoothly between "Year Zero", when the outbreak began, and a period 97 years later, when the remaining pockets of humanity seek not only to survive but also to eradicate the viral plague and defeat a despotic regime that has risen to power.
VERDICT- Cronin's masterly prose and intricate plotting bring an entire world to life; his cast features both the flawed and the heroic, including an impressive number of strong female characters, and the vast scope of his story begs favorable comparisons to epics such as J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings and Stephen King's The Stand. Readers left hanging at the end of the first book will find some resolution here, but also twists, turns, and new developments that will make them desperate for book three. Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy- thrillers, science fiction, and epic adventure tales.
[See Prepub Alert, 4/16/12; library marketing.] - Amy Hoseth, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The end of the world was only the beginning.
In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child's arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned--and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind's salvation... unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man's extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.
Praise for The Twelve
"[A] literary superthriller".-- The New York Times Book Review
"An undeniable and compelling epic... a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope".--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The Twelve is even better than The Passage".-- The Plain Dealer
"A compulsive read".--San Francisco Chronicle
"Gripping... Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology... Enthralling, emotional and entertaining".--The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Fine storytelling".--Associated Press
"Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills".-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From the Hardcover edition.
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