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
"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)
Bummer. Don't waste your time. This one is a yawner and the plot is predictable and contrived.
"Contagious" follows immediately on the heels of "Infected," by the same author, forming a single story in two parts. I don't think that a listener would pick up on what is happening in "Contagious" very well if she hadn't listened to "Infected" first. With both of these books, Mr. Sigler has given us a pretty engrossing sci-fi-medical/technical/military thriller-horror story that keeps us enthralled, despite its unlikely premise. Mr. Sigler skillfully leads us into an untenable predicament (which I probably shouldn't reveal here, for the sake of preserving the suspense). At the end I was asking myself: How could the plot have gone any other way, given all the difficulties laid down by the alien intelligence? I can see why Mr. Sigler's books have become podcast sensations. If only he hadn't insisted on narrating his audiobooks himself! Please, Mr. Sigler, please, please allow professional actors to narrate your subsequent audiobooks. Then they would warrant five stars.
Great theme, but the character and plot development and did not meet expectations. I was disappointed.
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