In January, The Wall Street Journal named The Passage by Justin Cronin as one of the top books that’ll be published this year, and the writing has been compared to the works of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Margaret Atwood, among others.
In fact, Stephen King was so impressed with the novel that he mentioned it in his Best Books of 2009 column in Entertainment Weekly even though it wasn’t even published yet: “One that doesn’t appear here is Justin Cronin’s forthcoming novel, The Passage. This epic vampire novel won’t be out until summer 2010, but you’ll want to mark your calendar. Take it from Uncle Stevie, this is your basic don’t-miss reading experience.”
Here is what Stephen King said about this book:
“Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”
The Passage is a massive book, coming in at over 1,200 manuscript pages, and the scale and scope resembles The Stand by Stephen King or Swan Song by Robert McCammon. So just imagine owning a signed Limited Edition of one of the aforementioned books before the world discovered how important they were. This is a rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new voice in the genre!
Special Features Exclusive to this Collector’s Edition:
– epic cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin to be unveiled next month
– color and black & white interior artwork by Jill Bauman
– special afterword by the author detailing why he wrote the book
– incredible photo gallery of research trips the author took for the book (including notes from the author discussing his inspiration for key scenes)
– map of a key location hand drawn by the author
– printed on a heavier paper stock
– deluxe oversized design
– extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of copies of the edition you’ll see in bookstores — and you WILL NOT see this edition in chain bookstores!
About the Book:
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
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 the 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.
About the Author:
Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Awards for his fiction include the Stephen Crane Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.
Available in two states:
– Deluxe Oversized Limited Edition of 750 signed and hand-numbered copies ($75)
– Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and hand-lettered copies ($500)
Ordering information can be found HERE for this important book.
UPDATE: Sorry, the Special Deluxe Signed Limited Edition of The Passage by Justin Cronin sold out in half a day! You can read more about the book or join the Waiting List in case a copy becomes available on the product page on this website.
Please note that this is not the book cover. The exclusive limited edition book cover will be unveiled next month.