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)
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.
while scotts performance is not all that, the story is great.
Sometimes making my stomach want to turn in horror.
A very unique experience overall but not found recommended for everyone.
Decent sci fi story- different twist on the usual, fun to listen to. I almost passed this up because normally when authors narrate their own work it's notoriously bad. Siegler is a real bonafide narrator though-he could make a living doing just that. So I thought that was pretty darn cool.
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