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.
"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)
Mr. Sigler has written a pretty engrossing story, here; but I wish he had allowed a professional actor narrate it. In his afterword, he even apologizes for his attempts to voice his female characters. In general, I don't think authors make good audiobook narrators -- even for their own stories. They don't appreciate the skill and training that professional actors bring to audiobook narration. For me, a good narrator contributes at least half of my enjoyment of an audiobook. While I was listening to "Infected," I kept thinking how much more I would have liked this audiobook if George Guidall or Ron McLarty had been narrating it. For this reason, I have docked a star from my rating of "Infected." Otherwise, Mr. Sigler has delivered to us a pretty exciting, scary, genre-bending story. The fact that "Infected" keeps us enthralled to the end -- despite its sci-fi far-fetchedness -- testifies to Mr. Sigler's good writing and researching. He lays down the premise that some alien, plant-like civilization has sent spores to Earth that infect humans, using us for their gestation. This premise generates a somewhat gory and horrifying scenario, which Mr. Sigler describes so skillfully that we have to keep listening. However, people who are offended by graphic descriptions or profanity should probably bypass this audiobook.
The story wasn't that bad, but the narration and "special effects" just killed it.
Get rid of the idiotic sound effects, amateur female character vocalizations, is there anyone reading a book with such a small imagination they don't know what a door knock sounds like. There was a knock on the door (SFX door knocking sound) We don't need this distraction. These are audio books not radio versions of movies. People who listen to audio books are still readers at heart, trust your audience.
I know this author pod casts his books and I can forgive the weird female voices but I bet he didn't add sound effects and heavy metal music to his pod casts. If he did at least you're getting them for free.
It was a very good story with a credible SF foundation and the author structured his story very well. Read the printed version or Kindle version.
Read the printed version or Kindle version.
I very much enjoyed Noctural by him. The reader was very competent and I cared about the characters. Not so much in this one.
The fact that I enjoyed a different book by him. There was no character in the book I cared about. Much was made about the female doctor being not good enough for the big time BUT she was hot and frequently imagined having sex with her bodyguard. Seriously?
Stereotypical. Annoying. Rough.
A bunch of the repetitive science. Tell me once and I get it, you don't have to keep telling me the same thing. Use that space to make me care about at least one character.
I do recommend Noctural by this author. It was great.
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.
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!
Aliens using human hosts is not a new idea. The visible, unmitigated violence seems to somehow be ignored by all but the lone, mousey female scientist that suddenly becomes an unstoppable force in the nick of time to save the planet.
There, now that just saved you all 11 hours of time better spent on new ideas, cleverly portrayed. This book is fine if you're a freshly pubescent male, not so sure about the rest of us.
Read for review and found myself laughing out loud listening to Perry and his bff, I really enjoyed learning about them and their friendship. Storyline is original but became pretty strange and far fetched after the first half. The narration did not help matters. I don't usually read fiction read by the author because they're never as good as they think they are. Weird enough for me to stick with it to the end and look at other books by Mr Sigler!
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Scott Sigler writes and narrates this great story. Character development is excellent. Narration is excellent.
The story is way out there, great imagination and has me finishing this review quickly so I can listen to book 2. Which is what speaks volumes of a great book.
One fun piece, Mr Sigler is right about the girl voices... To understand that you have to hear his comments at the end of the book.
I am not sure what I thought I was going to be listening to but it was pretty good. I read the reviews and was expecting a little more creepy but in all it was interesting. The characters were good and the author did a great job narrating. This book will give you a huge dose of sci fi if that's what you're looking for.
"Formula melodrama lacking conviction and tension"
Lack of any real tension and conviction.
Shallow characters - do I care what happens to these people? NO.
Over melodramatic, tried to make up for the lack of any real tension in the writing.
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.
I enjoyed the possibility of it happening. Not the usual type of disaster type novel.
No one specifically.
Good performance of all characters.
No. I tend to listen an hour at a time while doing housework.
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.
"Not for the squeamish......"
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.
"Punchy, Gritty, Hard Hitting and often Gruesome"
Triangles ARE SCARY
The narration - by the author - was brilliant although the strange piece of music between scenes became a little bit annoying.
The numerous triangle explorations (not giving things away too much)
The interesting way - with kitchen appliances and utensils - the main character engaged with the triangles. Once again, YOU GOTTA READ THIS.
It was great. Enough said.
"new take on a old premise"
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!
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
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.
Are you paranoid? Or is it the voices in your head telling you the man is out to get you right?
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.
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