“The ancestors are out there…you have to believe me.”
From acclaimed author Scott Sigler—New York Times best-selling creator of Infected and Contagious—comes a tale of genetic experimentation’s worst nightmare come true.
Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney. Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee...and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology.
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, P. J. Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering the genomes of thousands of mammals, Colding's team has dialed back the evolutionary clock to re-create humankind’s common ancestor. The method? Illegal. The result? A computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, and with no chance of transplant rejection.
There's just one problem: these ancestors are not the docile herd animals that Colding's team envisioned. Instead, Colding’s work has given birth to something big, something evil.
With these killer creatures on the prowl, Colding and the woman he loves must fight to survive — even as government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research proves to have its own cold-blooded agenda.
As the creators become the prey in the ultimate battle for survival, Scott Sigler takes listeners on the ultimate thrill-ride—and offers a chilling cautionary account of what can happen when hubris, greed, and madness drive scientific experimentation past the brink of reason.
©2010 Scott Sigler (P)2010 Random House
“A tremendously entertaining horror novel…the premise is thought-provoking; Sigler populates the novel with a lively cast of characters (unlike many thrillers, the heroes are as interesting as the villains), and the action is virtually nonstop—and, at times, quite graphic. If you combined Michael Crichton’s scientific exploration with Matthew Reilly’s lightning-fast pace and colorful characters, you might get something that feels like this book, which, incidentally, would make a great movie.” (Booklist)
Audiobook = 3 stars (having listened to the podcast, likely 5 stars if you haven't podcasted). Podcast = 5 stars, albiet much, much shorter duration.
I LOVE the original Sigler podcast, although its not as good as Earthcore. I dragged my feet purchasing the audiobook. There is clearly more depth of story, more back story, and no bump music between chapters. However, there are significant changes in the way some of the main characters interact - I had a lot of difficulty with this and it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Sigler is his own best narrator regardless of which version you patron. If you haven't heard the podcast, then by all means PURCHASE THIS TITLE. If you fell in love with the podcast, then buyer beware.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
All Scott Sigler books are riveting! He is even more demented than Stephen King. Full of surprises and never disappointing. What a ride!
I have listened to his Infected Series and all of the performances are great. At first it's a little strange to hear him do the females, but then you get used to it and even enjoy it!
The whole thing was disturbing, does that count?
Check out his Infected series too, freaky good stuff.
Mr. Sigler is a delightfully twisted man who brings entertainment as well as horror. I would recomend any of his books! Check out The Rookie or Infected! It seems Sigler has cut his teeth on old school authors, and it's nice to see him taking up the mantle. No, I mean he has shed today's "man-gina" popular "soft" horror...and strives to produce the real thing. Nicely done...again!
rage against the machine
This novel starts off rather slow as you are introduced to one of the main characters is going through a psychotic episode; only to find herself as an iatrical part of a research team. I have listened to the other two titles available by Scott Sigler and found that this novel was more sedate in comparison the pace was ¾ of the others. Over all I did enjoy this novel as well; it is filled with intrigue and kept me interested.
I don't understand the high reviews for this book. Sure it's fast pace and the author uses science to tell his story. But, come on, it's awlful dialogue filled with cliche after cliche. In my opinion the author needs to slow down on what he's trying to tell and come up with real original dialogue and narrative.
Scott Sigler's story starts out promising but fails to deliver. Although the premises is intriguing, it quickly disintegrates into extremely short segments that fail to adhere together. Too much bouncing around between characters and scenes leaves the reader feeling like he's watching 30 movies at once where the channel changes every minute.
I understand that switching back and forth between characters and scenes is supposed to help build the plot, but I thought it destroyed my ability to grow attached to any of the characters and care about what happened to them. I needed to spend more sustained time with them to want to keep reading about them.
In the end, I quit listening about half-way through the book, and being a die-hard reader, I NEVER do that unless I'm really disappointed.
The Good Sound Guy
man made monsters
When the C5 crashes.
As the author he brings the right emotion into it.
I laughed where appropriate and was upset when innocent islanders were eaten.
If you like this, read everything else by Scott.
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