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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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    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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    david marysville, WA, United States 12-14-10
    david marysville, WA, United States 12-14-10
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    "infected"

    this is the worst audio book i have come across. there is no way in can finish it. as others have stated the narrator ( the author ) is as bad as they come. JUST READ THE BOOK. stop with all the voices. do not waste a credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Tracy, CA, USA 03-07-10
    John Tracy, CA, USA 03-07-10
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    "Sigler is a rising STAR"

    A BOLD author and amazing story teller you will greatly enjoy this book .

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States 08-01-09
    Lee Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2008

    Love scary stories and thrillers.

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    "Really Great Listen"

    Yes, his female characters sound horrible, however it's STILL a great story. I really enjoyed it. I plan to buy the sequel as well. I love the horror and sci-fi genre, and this book was just what I was looking for.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K FORT COLLINS, CO, USA 03-18-09
    K FORT COLLINS, CO, USA 03-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "GOOD STORY... BAD VOICES"

    THE FEMALE TAKE ON THE VOICES REALLY TOOK AWAY FROM THE STORY. THE PLOT IS GOOD, THE TRIANGLE VOICES ARE VERY GOOD.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrice Mesa, AZ, USA 09-23-08
    Patrice Mesa, AZ, USA 09-23-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Get Infected"

    At first I was put off by all the different voices the author used but then the story got so good I hardly noticed. I cant wait for the next part to come out. Great imagination The echoing voices of the triangles were the icing of the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Krajcik 04-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Why do writers think they are narrators"

    The narrator (also the author) gave a sort of weird combination of both over acting and underacting with very little variety. What variety there was seemed more like caricatures as opposed to characters. I'm on the edge of returning the book, it's so hard to listen to.

    Please Authors, hire professionals.

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    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 03-29-14
    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 03-29-14
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    "Good story, terrible narrator!"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sigler?

    Anyone else!! This narrator sounds very inexperienced. He is sing songy, all his sentences ending with a down lilt. The voice of Margaret is the worst hispanic accent I've ever heard Even the southern accent of Dew makes him sound goofy instead of smooth & dangerous.
    I am finding their voices distracting from the story. Scott Sigler is an awesome writer, but a narrator he is not!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Jacobson Southern California 04-20-13
    Laura Jacobson Southern California 04-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Trash - but I couldn't put it down."
    What disappointed you about Infected?

    The author reading was horrible. It was very simple, gross can't look away trash. It got me regardless of my better judgement.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Orphan Master's Son - gotta get some kind of education this time round.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was terrible. His female voices were laughable.


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

    Would have changed the ending to something more surprising and gratifying. Something that made you feel ok about reading all the trash you just for some reason couldn't turn away from.


    Any additional comments?

    It made my 1.5 hour ride on the 405 to and from work go by very fast. It did the job and well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Veglandia Tehachapi, Ca United States 09-10-11
    Veglandia Tehachapi, Ca United States 09-10-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Smart readers don't waste your money"

    I have to say this was the worst book I have ever downloaded from Audible. So much so that I have to write this review. I love a good science mystery and have enjoyed several through audible. But this book was truly awful. Bad writing and bad narration (both done by the author). I know there are those who will love this book - but it is so cliched it is almost satirical. Unfortunately that was not the authors intent. Scott Sigler has his followers - I definitely (and defiantly) will not be one of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Iain
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    3/12/13
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    "Well paced, gripping and VERY gory."

    When I first started Scott Sigler’s Infected, I must admit to being a little disappointed in the narration. Scott narrates the books himself, but I’d just finished a series of great books with truly amazing character actors narrating, so with hindsight it was a little unfair.



    Scott uses some light voice effects to differentiate between some of his characters voices, and also uses sound and music to really bring the story and some of the characters alive. Whether it’s to counter limitations in his own vocal ability or not, it’s a good technique and I grew to love it.



    Let me say upfront, Infected’s story line is in a genre I love, but it’s right up there with the best of them. Believable characters which are well developed, a story which is well paced and (sounds) well researched, nice twists, and is a real (metaphorical) page turner that keeps you gripped right up to the very end. Oh yes, and really really gory, with his descriptions painting such an immersive picture, I squirmed several times.....and I'm not in the least bit squeamish. (Chicken scissors anyone?!)



    If you like this genre, I say go for it. If you don’t then I’m sure Mills and Boon books are also available.

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  • MsRanPan
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    "BUY THIS BOOK"

    This was my first SS book, I love how he narrates, he can not sing, it almost put me off but otherwise it's great. I love the triangles voices, nice little touch. This is a great book, you get completely invested and care what happens and it's so so involving . Buy this, it's so so so good, you won't regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/22/13
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    "Punchy, Gritty, Hard Hitting and often Gruesome"
    If you could sum up Infected in three words, what would they be?

    Triangles ARE SCARY


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration - by the author - was brilliant although the strange piece of music between scenes became a little bit annoying.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The numerous triangle explorations (not giving things away too much)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interesting way - with kitchen appliances and utensils - the main character engaged with the triangles. Once again, YOU GOTTA READ THIS.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great. Enough said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    8/9/14
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    "Starts off great, but goes downhill - it's ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you'd asked me that half way through I'd have said yes. After reading the whole book, no I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Rubbish, but in my opinion the second half pretty much was.


    What aspect of Scott Sigler’s performance might you have changed?

    I really didn't rate the narration, very monotone. There are worse out there but it did take me a while to get into it.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Although I am aware there are some out there already.


    Any additional comments?

    It starts off really well and follows a couple of characters all experiencing something bad. It's well written, graphic and very immersive. It then gets silly and very average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Mckenny
    Bristol , UK
    7/4/14
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    "Started well but became... tiresome."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

    Always, Audio is always better imo


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was ok, the author narrates and he openly admits that some of his narration is wanting, the voice acting is bloody awful. I know it adds to the story to be able to differentiete between characters but i think it could be toned down a bit. Sound effects sometimes make it hard to actually hear the words (when driving at 70mph anyway). His women's voice.. my god, just stop doing it. I was close to skipping sections.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes makes your cringe when describing various self 'harm' shall we say.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the last 30 minutes of the book a struggle and the ending felt rushed. I am not sure if i will bother with book 2 in the series.. I'm looking for a new stephen pacey narrated book :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corky
    6/7/14
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    "Good listen!"
    What did you like most about Infected?

    I enjoyed the possibility of it happening. Not the usual type of disaster type novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one specifically.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sigler – was your favourite?

    Good performance of all characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I tend to listen an hour at a time while doing housework.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of work put into the characterisation of the authors characters. Did a good job as far as I'm concerned on making all of the people believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    4/28/14
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    "Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "Not for the squeamish......"
    Where does Infected rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although not in my top five it's still a good book, but defintely not for the faint hearted there are some quite graphic scenes dealing with the......outbreak (not wanting to spoil anything). At times I did think about throwing in the towel but it does pick up pace and in the end it left me wanting to get the second in the series. It's a genre that has beeen covered quite a lot but I felt this was quite a unique take on it.

    The author narrates the book and at the end he gives an honest review of his performance, especially his attempt at the female characters, overall I think his enthusiam for the story came through. There's also some nice musical touches that add drama to the overall performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    8/22/13
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    "new take on a old premise"
    What did you like most about Infected?

    I love a good disaster tale, day of the triffids, world war z, and this was a new way to connect the maker of the disaster with the end. I will not give the plot away, but there is enough elements of science and it could happen to make the paranoid amongst us say see, it could happen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a little slow to get started, but was all character development, by about halfway the plot ticked along nicely, the character voices were clear, and despite the disclaimers about the voice from the author at the end, they were all clear, keep it consistent and the listener will keep listening! Some of the detail is little graphic, for men some scenes will make you twitch at the main characters solution to a painful problem, ends on a cliff hanger as all good disaster novels should end


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sigler – was your favourite?

    its all about Dawsey, his journey and triumphs and well not so well thought out plans, but the creepy triangle voices also helped with the atmosphere, this book is presented more as a play and is better for it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Are you paranoid? Or is it the voices in your head telling you the man is out to get you right?


    Any additional comments?

    worth a listen, a sequel would be nice, what does the device in the woods do? Those creepy triangles will keep me checking my skin! Will listen again I am sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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