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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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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-04-10
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-04-10
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    "Good story, bad narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Peterson Dallas, TX USA 04-23-10
    David Peterson Dallas, TX USA 04-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't Finish It"

    I listened to the first 5 hours or so of this book, but had to give up.

    The story had potential, but the author's narration killed it for me. The main CIA agent sounded like a bad "Dirty Harry" impersonation and the two main CDC doctors sounded like Pops and Trixie from the old Speed Racer cartoons.

    I tried to fight through it, but I just couldn't. Maybe somewhere down the line I'll try to revisit it.

    It's a shame. The author should have hired a professional to read the audio version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Mound, MN, United States 02-21-10
    Suzanne Mound, MN, United States 02-21-10

    I am an avid reader! I'm 49 mother of 2 daughters and a trucker. I listen to audio books 5-8 hrs a day 5 day's a week. or 2500 miles which ever comes first. I love scifi, mysteries and all things J.R WARD.

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    "Captivating"

    Within a few moments your shivering.I was captivated.
    Excellent character development, yet not to long winded. I was intrigued by the depth of understanding Sigler has of the panicky, willful creatures we humans are. I couldn't wait for the next chapter.
    Beware 1 sitting will be hours you won't be able to turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Keokuk, IA, United States 09-07-09
    Laurie Keokuk, IA, United States 09-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Don't ignore because of reviews"

    I put off buying this book because of the reviews saying the narration was terrible. I disagree. I didn't find it distracting at all. Some of the voices weren't great but I thought the author did a good job with it. If you like this genre, get this book because it is worth it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas woodstock, GA, United States 09-01-09
    Thomas woodstock, GA, United States 09-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story, great narration"

    I haven't listened to 800+ audio books, but I have listened to a lot of audio books read by the author. When done so, it is always the best reading as nobody conveys the ideas of the author better. Sigler does a good job of 'performing' the book for the audience. Good story, lots of action.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Garret Valley Village, CA, CA, USA 07-28-09
    Garret Valley Village, CA, CA, USA 07-28-09
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    "DISREGARD..."

    ...the one sentence reviews that say this book was horrible because of the narration and only give it one star. At first the narration was a little silly, but once the story got going I didn't care. Perry's story is probably the most interesting and I like that the author went into detail on how the infection grows and mutates. It reminded me of something David Cronenberg would come up with - horrors of the flesh kind of theme. The story has a lot of horror, suspense, and action. Kind of reminded me of CSI or 24, with a horror/sci-fi element added to it. If you're into those kind of shows, you'll definitely like this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DanH 07-08-09
    DanH 07-08-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great concept.....however"

    When I heard about this series on Book Radio, I got excited. I'm now rather sad that I bought it. The story concept excited me, however, this writing is not that good....the author obviously didn't do extensive research into what he wrote about....and the voices he uses in the narative are extremely bad. I've listened to three hour, and have decided to delete the whole thing from my comp. Yes....it's that bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drew St. Louis, MO, USA 01-26-09
    Drew St. Louis, MO, USA 01-26-09
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    "Save some money..."

    ...and don't get this book. I was extremely dissappointed in this title. I'm a big fan of the zombie-esque genre and was really excited to listen to this book. The plot sounded exciting and entertaining, only to find out that the production ruined everything. The dialogue is out of a middle school theatrical production and the voice changing is obnoxious and extremely distracting. I wish I would have read the actual book instead and saved my credits for something else.

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    Linda B Northeast USA 10-25-08
    Linda B Northeast USA 10-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit much"

    I suppose to be fair, I have to say it is entertaining, for the most part. THere's lots of action and a fairly decent plot, and some very memorable moments. However, the low brow humor, excessive gutter talk, and very unfunny, guyish jokes, gives it a bit of a dopey, stupid feel, like the lowest common denominator is clearly the intended audience. Not that it has to be smart, but it just seems like some dumb formula after a while - and it is so relentless in its vulgar, dumb jokes and mind-numbing tough guy lingo... It becomes tedious and repetitious and predictable in that way. Also, toward the end, the "hero" is so completely unlikeable that you just really don't care at all what happens to him, or to the creatures tormenting him - you just want them to stop spewing all the repetitive, predictable nastiness after a while - It really does kill the story in places. That said, it is a more or less fun story, though I think a condensed version with some of that annoying nonsense weeded out would have been a lot better. Though in the end, I suppose it ia a matter of taste.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    waylon los angeles, CA, United States 12-17-10
    waylon los angeles, CA, United States 12-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "good news, bad news"

    good news is the description of this fictitious disease is very detailed and imaginative, Crihtonesque for sure, and there are descriptions of things that truly made me nauseous, so that was fun.
    The bad news is that to get to these clever moments you have to endure simple brained dialogue not fit to come out of a purple dinosaur on a kid's program. To call these characters in this book caricatures would suggest that these people have been formed more fully with convincing personality, however cliche. This isn't the case. Whatever the author has been observing to inspire this tome, it wasn't conversation.
    Add the cruel fact that this man soils his own book by narrating it himself, doing himself and my ears a true disservice, then you can see why two stars is all i can give this nonsense.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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