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)
I read this in high-school, meant to re-read it but the audio version makes me wish I had. I like the author but him reading it was terrible. I can't blame him for wanting to have a lot of production value but it only serves as a distraction. One of the characters just seems like he lowered the pitch which makes it sound ridiculous. I would recommend this, not because of the story, but the narrator. I really wanted to listen to this series, but now I think I'll pass.
I live to ride my bike.
This is so gripping. While I was not impressed with Scott's narration, he can write a story. It was the suspense that caught me rather than the gore. If you watched The Stain on FX you can deal with this.
I am not going to give a re-telling of the summary. It is a fast short read being 11 hours. Usually I listen to my books while doing other things. I was folding the cloths and stopped, made me lunch and just sat and finished listening to this book.
There is the war of the bureaucracy while a pathogen is raging in the college town of Ann Arbor Michigan.
Bureaucratic incompetence alone contributes to the suspense of the book. You are following Perry’s descend into insanity while trying to guess where Scott is leading you. Don’t waste your time trying to predict the course of the book. Scott is a master.
Perry is the only character you follow from the conception to progression of the disease. Much of Perry’s interaction with the virus is based upon that male chauvinistic crap of, suck it up, play through the pain, getting your ass kicked will make you a man. It is because of that, which makes each of us cringe. I don’t know about you but I would take a long pause before I resort to making a rump roast of my ass. But I am a female bicyclist who attended Michigan State University.
If you are a Michigander, you will recognize some of the University of Michigan saying. While in the grips of ragout e, Perry declares, “You are in my house now.” That has all the correct feel for a UM football player.
A book lover who loves her beautiful family and animals.
I like the story but not the characters. If that makes sense? I just wanted to root for someone. The main characters were not like-able at all. But other than that the story went fine.
I might? I did like the plot. And I wanted to know more about the Triangle's.
There was not one scene that I enjoyed over the others. I really wanted to like the character Perry in the beginning I liked how he struggled with who he wanted to be and who the Triangle's were making him become.
I think the title is fitting.
The story was pretty good. Some parts actually made me cringe and gasp, almost experiencing the gruesome details for myself! I had read complaints about the author being the narrator. He wasn't that bad. In fact, I felt he narrated the characters quite well, it was the rest of the narration that was a bit more amateur. however, I am intrigued enough to listen to the next book, Contagious.
A clever twist on some tried and true themes, but a very fun listen. Extremely likable and interesting characters, powered by Sigler's entertaining vocals, along with a creepy and suspenseful story will leave you wanting more. I really enjoyed this, and hope you do too.
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
I would recommend it if they were already fans of the horror genre. I wouldn't try to win over people to horror because it's WAY TO SCARY for a newbie (who was that? is Columbo here to killllllll us?)
When Perry finally uses his chicken sheers. Poor poor Perry...
No, it was my first one so I have nothing to compare it too - yet. Although Mr. Sigler does explain why he narrated the book, it was different having the author narrate his own book.
Beware the seeds of Heaven....
I have to confess that I read the synopsis' of the rest of the series, I HAD to see which characters made it to the next book
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
It's definitely different and the gore and violence might be a put off for most, however; behind that is a really great story. I found myself rooting for characters and laughing out loud at times. The author needs to take some lessons on narration but after awhile I didn't even notice anymore. The only thing I found the story to be missing was some kind of romantic relationship in there somewhere.
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