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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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    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-02-13
    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I don't give spoilers

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    "dig the sig"
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    I have to give Scott Sigler high marks I would of never considered audio books without him and a Zune hd. Not being a reader type, I got a Zune to watch movies at work and it's podcast folder made me curious and I found his podcast novels and fell in love with audio books. Anyways great books Infected, Contagious and soon to be released Pandemic are about aliens trying to take over, I don't do spoilers so I'll leave it at that. The Sig all so narrates all his work and does a great job at it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan SLINGERLANDS, NY, USA 09-09-08
    Alan SLINGERLANDS, NY, USA 09-09-08
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    "the best new writer of this type of medical horror"

    Scott takes you to a place in your mind so you can experience all the action as if you were there, this is the best book of this type I have read in the past 3 years. I recommend you give it a try I know you will not be disappointed at all.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 04-14-14
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 04-14-14

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Hackneyed concept drowning in gratuitous violence"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin San Clemente, CA, United States 02-15-14
    Kevin San Clemente, CA, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The Worst Narration Possible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A complete rewrite by another author. The basic concept was interesting, but there was nothing else redeeming about it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Sigler? Why or why not?

    No. He had a decent idea which he ruined with a ton of gratuitous gore.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His female voices were so comically ridiculous, I kept thinking that he patterned them after old Monty Python skits. Who allowed this guy to narrate? I thought that I had heard the worst narrators on Audible, but this guy is beyond belief.


    What character would you cut from Infected?

    There weren't any characters worth keeping. They were all caricatures and stock personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is really just an opportunity for the writer to live out his sick fantasies, misogyny and right-wing nutjobbery.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Different but good!"

    I went into this book thinking it was a zombie type story. It’s not a zombie story but once I got into it, I liked it. It has some pretty disgusting moments in the book. Overall I would recommend this book. If anything to get to the second book which is just AWESOME!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 06-04-09
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 06-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Pulp Fiction"

    As someone who grew up reading Robert E. Howard novels or other graphic yet intelligent novels like Rogue Roman or Aztec this "Infected" by Scott Sigler made me feel like I was listening to classicly written modern pulp fiction.

    The story is fun, and the character development builds up good suspense. I couldn't wait to get the sequel (Contagious) after finishing this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Rockaway, NJ, USA 12-11-08
    Kendall Rockaway, NJ, USA 12-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Listen"

    I enjoyed this book very much once it got going. The voices of the triangles gave me the chiils at some parts. I look forward to more from this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Parusski Jackson TN 08-09-09
    Parusski Jackson TN 08-09-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Worst narration of 846 audiobooks I have"

    My GOD. In 12 years membership with Audible I have acquired 846 audiobooks. Some have had bad narrators. But never so bad as to make me cringe. Sigler has a great voice, and in the beginning I thought all was well-for a few seconds. His voices are like fingernails on a blackboard. Seriously, I have listened to 846 Audible audiobooks, all unabridged and this is so bad I want to cry. The narration destroys this great story, which I read and loved. The narration may make you as sick as the disease in the book.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-30-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Difficult to get through"

    I stopped listening after the first three hours, which was probably longer than I should've given this one. The narrator is ridiculous, and tries too hard to give each "character" their own voice. Also, the story is just slow as hell at times, almost as though the author is too consumed in how clever he thinks he is. Pass on this one. "Day By Day Armageddon" is where you need to go, if you're looking for a TRULY CLASSIC Zombie story!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    droolybasset 11-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good plot but bad narration"

    I am enjoying the story line and the gore-filled details but the narriation is horrible. The character voices are so bad it distracts from the substance. The author should of simply read it without trying so hard to maintain different voices for each character. His voice itself is nice but his female characters and main CIA agent are unbearable.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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