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Contagious | [Scott Sigler]

Contagious

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.
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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity's secret battle against a horrific enemy.

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease's hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation's best hope and a terrifying liability.

Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they're going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors.

These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that's not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat - one that comes from a most unexpected source - may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all.

Catapulting the reader into a world where humanity's life span is measured in hours and the president's finger hovers over the nuclear button, rising star Scott Sigler takes us on a breathtaking, hyper-adrenalized ride filled with terror and jaw-dropping action. Contagious is a truly grand work of suspense, science, and horror from a new master.

©2008 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"An inventive, amped-up yarn . . . full of pressure-cooker mind games." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Riveting . . . leads the reader from one startling detail to the next . . . a terrifying page-turner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    D. Marie 05-12-15
    D. Marie 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun follow-up, but falls short of Infected."

    Less cringe-inducing than the previous book, which made it less compelling. Not as good as Infected, more generic, but still a fun read. It answers those lingering questions from book 1, like Does Scott Sigler get better at doing women's voices? (yes), or Is the world safe from the triangles? (clearly not), and What the heck happened to Perry's balls...

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    David A Wier 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!"

    I loved this series! Sigler is an exceptional writer showing real maturity and growth every book I pick up. Read. This. Series.

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    masterreign 02-04-15
    masterreign 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perry mof%&*in dawsey"

    story is great. plot is good. Not enough Perry dawsey in my opinion but I really enjoyed this installment

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    Roth 02-03-15
    Roth 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome book loved it"

    Great story night with good ending at all the right parts beginning middle it end and Great character development boom

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    Stefan 01-07-15
    Stefan 01-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it"

    I really enjoyed the story was everything I hoped for in the Part 2 of the Siri

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    New J.C. Fan after this movie 01-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book different point of view from the usual"

    Excellent book I love this series. Very different from the norm. I've been tired of the same old same old storylines and predictable endings.

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    Caitlin rudy, AR, United States 02-16-13
    Caitlin rudy, AR, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "ugh"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    different story different reader


    What didn’t you like about Scott Sigler’s performance?

    tried to use different voices audible didnt match description to book so most of my review is their fault will be returning only listened to first chapter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-20-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Gory Goodness!!!"

    I just love Sigler's ability to make me cringe with his gory tales. I think these are great reads, but not for the weak stomached, or faint of heart.

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    Scott Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-29-12
    Scott Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "SIGLER is a GENIUS"
    What made the experience of listening to Contagious the most enjoyable?

    EVERYTHING


    What other book might you compare Contagious to and why?

    As good - if not better than Infected. Awesome - even seems to be a word that falls short


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sigler – was your favorite?

    Dew


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The most imaginative and thought-provoking story EVER told!


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Sigler is the Author to pay attention to. Read Infected first, then Contagious, (Pandemic should be released in 2013, the third book of this trilogy), in the meantime checkout Ancestors and Nocturnal. You're welcome. :)

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    David Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 04-13-11
    David Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 04-13-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have hired a professional reader"

    I'm only about a half hour in to this listen, but I'm not sure I can go any further -- the narrator (the author himself) is so bad as to be almost unbearable. Sounds like a grade 4 student reading in front of his class.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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