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Infected: A Novel | [Scott Sigler]

Infected: A Novel

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.
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Publisher's Summary

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

Working under the government's shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim.

With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common - they've been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.

Meanwhile, Perry Dawsey - a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey - awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices....He is infected. The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.

Infected was the first major print release from Internet phenom Scott Sigler, whose podcast-only audiobooks have drawn an immense cult following, with more than three million individual episodes downloaded. Now Sigler thrills listeners with this cinematic, relentlessly paced novel that mixes and matches genres, combining horror, techno thriller, and suspense in a heady mix that is equal parts Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King.

©2008 Scott Sigler; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down." (Lincoln Child)
"Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense....Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart....You've been warned!" (James Rollins)

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    Jessica 01-14-09
    Jessica 01-14-09
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    "Confused? This review might help."

    Listeners who are unfamiliar with Scott Sigler might be wondering about all the strange reviews of this novel:

    A few years ago, when Mr. Sigler was an aspiring author, he began publishing his novels online in podcast form. Every week, he read a chapter aloud and made it available to his podcast subscribers for free. The stories were pretty damn entertaining, and his podcast became one of the most popular feeds on the internet. His fans call themselves "junkies" because of their addiction to Scott's weekly fiction "fix". He produced several free online audiobooks in this fashion, and all were eventually printed by small publishing houses.

    "Infected" was his first novel to be picked up by a major publisher. Marketing an audiobook was problematic because Scott had already read the book on his podcast for free. Hence, this Director's Cut. (If you look in the pupil on the cover, it says "Director's Cut" in blue letters.) This version contains several scenes that are missing from the free podcast version and the print novel. They're not crucial to the story, but they are entertaining.

    As other reviewers have stated, this is a horror novel for listeners with a strong stomach. Don't expect a Robin Cook style medical thriller. What porn is to sex, this book is to violence and vulgarity. Having stated those disclaimers, let me say it's a damn good page-turner. Imagine a good Michael Crichton book crossed with Stephen King, as told by Quentin Tarantino. In my opinion it's worth the credit. (Actually, I spent cash for this, and I don't regret it.)

    The book contains graphic violence, constant swearing, non-sexual violence against women, male genital mutilation, and a racial slur. It does NOT contain: sex, drugs, rape, animal cruelty, gang violence, or hate crimes.

    If you've made it this far, thanks for looking at my wordy review of "Infected." Who says audiobook lovers can't read?

    131 of 131 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 07-17-09
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 07-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story Listening to the Sequel Now"

    I thought this book was a great story.

    People complained about the voices he does but he's just getting started. The voices are much better in Contagious (the second book).

    Parts of this book had me laughing out loud and other parts had me cringing.

    I have started and not finished a lot of audio books because I lose interest. This book kept my attention all the way through.

    I have the Contagious halfway finished and I'm looking forward to more titles from this author.

    Keep 'em coming Mr. Sigler!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Georgetown, TX, USA 10-06-08
    Bob Georgetown, TX, USA 10-06-08
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    "Violence?? - yeah, LOTS AND LOTS!!!"

    Ok, yes, I'm a Sigler Junkie. I was over-joyed to see this on Audible. I listened to the podcast, I bought the hardcover (I'll be donating that to my local library.). I cannot wait to see Contagious (the sequel) come out. I would love to see Scott's other books on Audible as well. As always, his production is top-notch. His enthusiasm for the story comes through in this performance. My highest recommendation for this book.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Rhianna Hagerstown, MD, USA 11-08-08
    Rhianna Hagerstown, MD, USA 11-08-08
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    "The new Stephen King"

    This story is totally addictive. You won't want to stop listening. It's disgusting and terrifying and perfect! This is absolutely amazing. I have been a Stephen King fan for ever and I have never come across anyone that can entertain me like he does. Until now - Scott Sigler is the new Master of Horror!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 09-28-08
    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 09-28-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing!"

    This audiobook seems like an action-packed movie. While violent and gory, the story progresses rapidly and the reader is gripped by the suspense and tension. Very entertaining. I eagerly anticipate his next novel. Definitely buy this one if you would like to be entertained and would not be put off by the graphic violence.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Benjamin 09-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "JUST PURE FUN!!!"

    OMG! A GREAT "what if" ride! I don't care how "bad" folks thought the author read this book. (I don't like the way Stephen King reads his books either but it doesn't stop me from listening) I enjoyed this book soooo much! I drive for a living and I listen to LOTS of books and there are some I have by very popular writers that I have had to turn off because they were putting me to sleep...not this one though...I had to force myself to stop. Am posting same review on his other book cuz I feel the same...hope he writes lots more...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-19-12
    Scott Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-19-12
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    "AMAZING"
    What made the experience of listening to Infected the most enjoyable?

    It took a few chapters to capture my attention and to get used to Scott's voice and style of narration...but WOW, I am really glad I gave it a chance. One of the most interesting and creative plots I have ever


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire thing


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 12-20-09
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 12-20-09
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    "Creepy"

    Love these books! I am a big fan of plague and Zombie books and thought this was well written. Alot of you are commenting that you did not like his vocal version of the book, but I thought he did well. Some parts were even funny to me and some parts made me flinch! Thanks Scott for these really entertaining books. I was absolutely addicted.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-23-11
    Judith Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2005
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    "my all time favorite book - Go Scott!"

    This book was totally enjoyable and creepy but just loved it - became a huge Scott Sigler fan and have read everything but love this one the most. I keep hearing the "feed me..." in my head all the time. I tell everyone about this book! Just loved it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oxford Junction, ia, US 02-28-10
    Amazon Customer Oxford Junction, ia, US 02-28-10 Member Since 2006
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    "FDO"

    Scott Sigler is a pure inspiration. For those that want to comment on his voices for character;
    1) He puts out ALL his own stuff, he writes and records and posts it to his site, and has new stuff out weekly 2)Do you think you could do better? Thought not.

    Sigler is GREAT at what he doese, he realy grabs you by the face and throws you into the story, from a fast paced intense thrill ride of a story line, to well developed and realistic characters.

    If you're into Zombie/Infectious Disease/ What If Sci Fi horror, this is a must have, and check out his other books too!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Iain
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    "Well paced, gripping and VERY gory."

    When I first started Scott Sigler’s Infected, I must admit to being a little disappointed in the narration. Scott narrates the books himself, but I’d just finished a series of great books with truly amazing character actors narrating, so with hindsight it was a little unfair.



    Scott uses some light voice effects to differentiate between some of his characters voices, and also uses sound and music to really bring the story and some of the characters alive. Whether it’s to counter limitations in his own vocal ability or not, it’s a good technique and I grew to love it.



    Let me say upfront, Infected’s story line is in a genre I love, but it’s right up there with the best of them. Believable characters which are well developed, a story which is well paced and (sounds) well researched, nice twists, and is a real (metaphorical) page turner that keeps you gripped right up to the very end. Oh yes, and really really gory, with his descriptions painting such an immersive picture, I squirmed several times.....and I'm not in the least bit squeamish. (Chicken scissors anyone?!)



    If you like this genre, I say go for it. If you don’t then I’m sure Mills and Boon books are also available.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MsRanPan
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    "BUY THIS BOOK"

    This was my first SS book, I love how he narrates, he can not sing, it almost put me off but otherwise it's great. I love the triangles voices, nice little touch. This is a great book, you get completely invested and care what happens and it's so so involving . Buy this, it's so so so good, you won't regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/22/13
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    "Punchy, Gritty, Hard Hitting and often Gruesome"
    If you could sum up Infected in three words, what would they be?

    Triangles ARE SCARY


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration - by the author - was brilliant although the strange piece of music between scenes became a little bit annoying.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The numerous triangle explorations (not giving things away too much)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interesting way - with kitchen appliances and utensils - the main character engaged with the triangles. Once again, YOU GOTTA READ THIS.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great. Enough said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Formula melodrama lacking conviction and tension"
    Would you try another book written by Scott Sigler or narrated by Scott Sigler?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    Lack of any real tension and conviction.
    Shallow characters - do I care what happens to these people? NO.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over melodramatic, tried to make up for the lack of any real tension in the writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yawn, yawn


    Any additional comments?

    A really annoying listen. Lack of any tension or conviction in the storyline or writing. Shallow stereotypical characters written perhaps with the hope of a film deal.
    Overdramatic reading trying to compensate and that mind numbing melodramatic music
    A poor mans (a very poor mans) Stephen King
    The author/writer probably had great fun with it but it's all rather indulgent, gosh aren't I cool and violent (even has a warning at the beginning about how violent it is) . . . . yawn.
    Clearly not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    8/9/14
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    "Starts off great, but goes downhill - it's ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you'd asked me that half way through I'd have said yes. After reading the whole book, no I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Rubbish, but in my opinion the second half pretty much was.


    What aspect of Scott Sigler’s performance might you have changed?

    I really didn't rate the narration, very monotone. There are worse out there but it did take me a while to get into it.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Although I am aware there are some out there already.


    Any additional comments?

    It starts off really well and follows a couple of characters all experiencing something bad. It's well written, graphic and very immersive. It then gets silly and very average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Mckenny
    Bristol , UK
    7/4/14
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    "Started well but became... tiresome."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

    Always, Audio is always better imo


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was ok, the author narrates and he openly admits that some of his narration is wanting, the voice acting is bloody awful. I know it adds to the story to be able to differentiete between characters but i think it could be toned down a bit. Sound effects sometimes make it hard to actually hear the words (when driving at 70mph anyway). His women's voice.. my god, just stop doing it. I was close to skipping sections.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes makes your cringe when describing various self 'harm' shall we say.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the last 30 minutes of the book a struggle and the ending felt rushed. I am not sure if i will bother with book 2 in the series.. I'm looking for a new stephen pacey narrated book :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corky
    6/7/14
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    "Good listen!"
    What did you like most about Infected?

    I enjoyed the possibility of it happening. Not the usual type of disaster type novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one specifically.


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

    Good performance of all characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I tend to listen an hour at a time while doing housework.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of work put into the characterisation of the authors characters. Did a good job as far as I'm concerned on making all of the people believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    4/28/14
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    "Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "Not for the squeamish......"
    Where does Infected rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although not in my top five it's still a good book, but defintely not for the faint hearted there are some quite graphic scenes dealing with the......outbreak (not wanting to spoil anything). At times I did think about throwing in the towel but it does pick up pace and in the end it left me wanting to get the second in the series. It's a genre that has beeen covered quite a lot but I felt this was quite a unique take on it.

    The author narrates the book and at the end he gives an honest review of his performance, especially his attempt at the female characters, overall I think his enthusiam for the story came through. There's also some nice musical touches that add drama to the overall performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    8/22/13
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    "new take on a old premise"
    What did you like most about Infected?

    I love a good disaster tale, day of the triffids, world war z, and this was a new way to connect the maker of the disaster with the end. I will not give the plot away, but there is enough elements of science and it could happen to make the paranoid amongst us say see, it could happen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a little slow to get started, but was all character development, by about halfway the plot ticked along nicely, the character voices were clear, and despite the disclaimers about the voice from the author at the end, they were all clear, keep it consistent and the listener will keep listening! Some of the detail is little graphic, for men some scenes will make you twitch at the main characters solution to a painful problem, ends on a cliff hanger as all good disaster novels should end


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

    its all about Dawsey, his journey and triumphs and well not so well thought out plans, but the creepy triangle voices also helped with the atmosphere, this book is presented more as a play and is better for it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Are you paranoid? Or is it the voices in your head telling you the man is out to get you right?


    Any additional comments?

    worth a listen, a sequel would be nice, what does the device in the woods do? Those creepy triangles will keep me checking my skin! Will listen again I am sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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