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A man wakes up on a Baltimore City bus with no memory of who he is, where he is going, or what has happened to him. His head is recently shaved. His clothes appear new. And written on the palm of one hand is an address. Passenger is a haunting journey of discovery, where the protagonist stumbles through Baltimore's crumbling streets and a collection of strangely wonderful ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Delirium Books
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Lou
Jan 15, 2012 Lou rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, paranormal
An engrossing, visceral first person story that really hooks you in, and intrigues you with the need for an answer to, Who is He?
This story is written so well and has some really good passages incorporating the protagonists thoughts and feelings. The main protagonist finds himself in a dilemma that he cannot remember who he is and failing to recollect memories except a few snippets here and there and an address written down on his arm. It must be a harrowing experience this Amnesia state of mind
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Lou
Sep 30, 2011 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-read-list
An engrossing, visceral first person story that really hooks you in, and intrigues you with the need for an answer to, Who is He?
This story is written so well and has some really good passages incorporating the protagonists thoughts and feelings. The main protagonist finds himself in a dilemma that he cannot remember who he is and failing to recollect memories except a few snippets here and there and an address written down on his arm. It must be a harrowing experience this Amnesia state of mind
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Jason Pettus
Oct 03, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

(Don't worry! I won't be revealing any spoilers today!)

As I've said here before, I have an ambiguous relationship with the literary genre known as horror; I neither love it nor hate it, neither seek it or nor ignore it. After all, I'm an avowed fan of genre work, just other ones like science-fiction
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Trev Twinem
Apr 12, 2015 Trev Twinem rated it really liked it
I enjoy anything written by Ronald Malfi and this is no exception. A man wakes up on a Baltimore bus with no memory and the story therefore is a voyage of discovery as he tries to unravel the block in his life. This is best described as travelling down a dark tunnel with only a small light for company and meeting various people/characters and situations along the way. Although this may not be an original concept Mr Malfi does a wonderful job of showing the fear and mistrust prevelant within our ...more
Ronald
Jun 30, 2015 Ronald rated it really liked it
I noticed that a goodreads friend obtained the book _Little Girls_ by Ronald Malfi, and that caused me to remember that I read this book, _Passenger_ by the same author a few years ago.

This book is well written. A man on a bus awakes and has memory loss about his identity. No IDs on him. The plot in the book consists of this man trying to figure out who he is, and what caused the amnesia. However, this man retained his excellent piano playing skills, which assists him in his investigation.

I thin
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Jennifer
Oct 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Passenger is a novel carved from one solid block of stone. Malfi the sculptor chips away intently revealing a sharp plane here, a smooth curve there, but doesn't unveil the resulting form until the final pages of the book. The novel's concept is deceptively simple, a man wakes up on a Baltimore city bus with no memory and no ID, only an address written on his hand. This allows for plenty of mystery, suspense and even a few comic moments. The plot and main character can wander in a seemingly aiml ...more
Scott
Aug 15, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of novel that I don't want to say much about for fear of ruining it. A man wakes up on a bus with no memories, and the story is his quest to discover who he is. It does not disappoint and the ending is unforgettable. 5 stars for sure.
Becky
Feb 09, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
Nicht zu wissen, wer man ist, bringt so manchen um den Verstand. So auch den namenlosen Passagier, der in einem Bus in Baltimore aufwacht und nicht mehr weiß, wer er ist. Verzweifelt auf der Suche nach dem „Wer/Was/Wie bin ich“ erlebt man die verschiedensten Wandlungen im Laufe der Geschichte. Die anderen Protagonisten im Buch stellen Vermutungen an, wodurch man leicht in die Irre geführt wird. Die eigentliche Geschichte, die am Ende dabei herauskommt, ist sowohl schockierend als auch entfernt n ...more
Jeff Heimbuch
Jun 11, 2015 Jeff Heimbuch rated it it was amazing
I can't even describe to you how much I enjoy Ron's work. And this is no exception.
It was not what I expected it to be at all, not that that is a bad thing. In fact, it was even better. Ron has a way of creating deeply interesting, three dimensional characters...even if they have no memory of who they are.
Really, really good read.
Nenatie
Jan 12, 2016 Nenatie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Die Rezi gibt es hier
Kevin Lucia
May 14, 2011 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing
SO good. Such a great voice, such smooth prose. And the twist...like a hard gut punch.
Julie Carter
May 20, 2015 Julie Carter rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story. It is very well written and I found myself completely engrossed in the story. It is a bleak story with characters who are far from perfect. This is my first time to read this author. While I liked his style of writing, I was reading him as a recommendation for a new horror writer. This story is a lot of things, but horror is not one of them. I will try another story before I make up my mind. SPOILER ALERT:

There is a scene towards the end of the book that involves do
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Chrissieskleinewelt
Mar 04, 2014 Chrissieskleinewelt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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Rezi: http://chrissies-kleine-welt.de/?p=1293

Was würdest du tun, wenn du in einem Bus in Baltimore erwachst. Du erinnerst dich an all das Erlernte in deinem Leben, wie man spricht, wie man läuft, wer der aktuelle Präsident ist. Du kannst dich aber nicht mehr an dich selbst erinnern, weder an deinen Namen, deinen Charakter noch an irgendein Teil aus deiner Vergangenheit. Dem namenlosen Protagonisten in “Passanger” ergeht es genau so.
Als er das erste Mal sein abgehärmtes Spiegelbild erb
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Jeff
Jan 22, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it
A man wakes up on a Baltimore city bus with no memory of who he is or how he got there, and address written on the back of his hand. So begins The Passenger, the dark and paranoid new horror-thriller from Ronald Damien Malfi and Delirium Books. Malfi has written in a wide variety of genres and The Passenger will be many horror fans first introduction to his heart-pumping work.

The story starts off with a very simple premise and to say more would spoil the tightly-knit tale. Malfi writes tension
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Patricia Esposito
Mar 03, 2012 Patricia Esposito rated it it was amazing
Which struggle is greater? To find lost memory or to lose a memory found? To do either, how far backward would a person have to go and how much of present living would be sabotaged in the process? These are the sad and cyclical questions eventually confronted by the protagonist in Passenger by Ronald Damien Malfi. But to say too much on that would be to reveal what the reader begs to have answered throughout the entire reading.

After waking on a bus with only an address scrawled on his hand and n
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Leanna Lomanski
Aug 29, 2015 Leanna Lomanski rated it really liked it
I found it a bit hard to get into at first but once I was into it I became thoroughly invested. The intricacies of the main character's mind as he unravels his identity and the gritty and interesting characters he meets along the way were totally engrossing. I loved that I wasn't able to predict the ending. This was my first book by this author but I will definitely read more of his work.
Chuck Rios
May 03, 2012 Chuck Rios rated it liked it
Ronald Malfi has done it again! PASSENGER was a fantastic read, so good, in fact, I read it all in one sitting.
The description of the book says more than I ever can about the set up but what it dosent tell you is how you will feel after finishing this peice.
contemplative, thought provoking. A errie mystery in the horror vein. I really cared for the main character. As you read, he develops and we understand more about his memories. So, in a sense, we see the main characters development progress
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Laurie Mcclary
Jun 17, 2015 Laurie Mcclary rated it did not like it
This was a dark boring story with a disappointing ending. The only reason I finished it was because I am on a trip where reading selections are limited, apparently reading it was better then nothing.
Karl
Oct 23, 2014 Karl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is copy 18 of 150 signed numbered copies.
Dan Corley
Jun 15, 2015 Dan Corley rated it liked it
This was an odd read for me. Each chapter would alternate whether I liked it or didn't, but overall I enjoyed it. It has a simple premise with a man who wkes up on a bus and doesn't know who he is or anything about his past. I am a family man, so the ending crushed me to a degree. This is a short read, but worth th $0.99 I spent on the download. Everything by Ronald Malfi or "The Malfinator" is good
Diane
May 01, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Wow, interesting book. I didn't really get the ending, I hate when that happens!!!
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Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Little Girls, this summer’s 2015 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awa
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