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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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    A.L. Hernandez Rodeo, CA, United States 06-24-14
    A.L. Hernandez Rodeo, CA, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I LOVE this author/narrator!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Infected the most enjoyable?

    This guy has got to be one of my favorite writers of all time. I remember getting the "podiobook" version of this years ago and falling in love with the story and the voice! If you don't mind the graphic violence, and love good science fiction, you'll love this book as well as most of his others!


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    Abbie brisbane, Australia 06-23-14
    Abbie brisbane, Australia 06-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.

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    "Grossly Great"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i would recommend this to friend if they had a strong gag reflex. I did really enjoying this book tho there is a cast of great charecters that draw you in and wanting more and hoping for the best in a bad situation. i am def going to have to give the rest of this series a read. And please be careful if you are going to eat and listening to this at the same time, no seriously it has it's moments few and far between when it's got some grisly descriptors. Give it a go.


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    Karen United States 06-12-14
    Karen United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2011

    BigZ's Mom

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Scott Sigler and/or Scott Sigler?

    I very much enjoyed Noctural by him. The reader was very competent and I cared about the characters. Not so much in this one.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    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?


    What three words best describe Scott Sigler’s voice?

    Stereotypical. Annoying. Rough.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Infected?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I do recommend Noctural by this author. It was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal West 04-12-14
    Crystal West 04-12-14 Member Since 2012

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "Totally gross...........bring a barf bag"

    I am having a love/hate relationship with this book. I hated it's descriptive, disgusting nature but also found it to be a page burner.........so go figure.

    Giving it 4 stars on the notion that the folks that are reading this review ALREADY like really creepy books, and I would definitely recommend it. However, if by chance, you get an upset stomach or a bit queasy when reading bloody and gorey stories, close this book and move on to another, more light hearted story. This one will definitely gross you out. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, up pops the weirdest and nastiest of all body-snatchers and Ziegler has spared nothing with his description.

    The only thing that bothered me with this book was the voice used for Margaret.......bothersome, too fast and it just didn't do the character justice. Hope that changes in future books.

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    Se San Diego 04-03-14
    Se San Diego 04-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    "pretty good, like the fact the author narrates"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

    yes,


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was it nice to hear the author narrate the whole book with characters.


    Any additional comments?

    one problem I had was the sound in-between chapters. After a while it just became annoying...every chapter, or every change of scenes...Boinnggggg

    0 of 0 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Martin NEWBERG, OR, United States 01-23-14
    Martin NEWBERG, OR, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day

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    "Oh perry you poor sod"

    You know an author is good when he can make some thing happen to his character and you feel their pain.

    This book is Amazing.
    Buy it.

    I'll admit, I have a man crush on Sigler now.

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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 08-21-13
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like King & Cook, this one is for you"

    Robin Cook meets Stephen King. Creepy, freaky and totally enthralling. I couldn't put this one down.

    What ARE those little triangles?

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    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 01-29-13
    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty disappointed"

    I don't know if it was the story or the writing style, but I just didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped. It may boil down to the fact that I didn't really make a connection to any of the characters, who were mostly not very likable.

    Performance was ok. It was more then a standard reading with sound F/X. I hated the music transitions, which really took away from the story.

    I won't be reading the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 01-05-13
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good"

    Not what I expected but not bad. I don't really like stories about aliens so I was a little disappointed when this one turned out to be just that, but the characters were so interesting that they made up for it. I don't think I will care to listen to the next on, maybe, maybe not, but this one wasn't bad at all.

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