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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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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-24-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Comic-book fun"

    The author warns you that there will be "violence, lots and lots of violence" -- and there is. Just when you think nothing more horrific can happen to the characters, it does. That said, the horror is riveting! I could not stop listening! Not even the author's voice (his female characters are particularly cartoon-like) will stop you. Actually, after a while, his voice becomes part of the 'mood' of the book.

    If blood and gore don't turn you off, you won't be able to turn off your iPod. (I already downloaded the sequel but am saving it for a long drive I have to do next weekend.)

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    jax 04-11-12
    jax 04-11-12
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    "Interesting story"
    Where does Infected rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's ok, maybe even good. Really distracted by the narration.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was good. Action kept moving.


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

    I think I would rather have had a different narrator. I saw the earlier reviews that had issue with his style. I don't consider myself very picky in this category. I usually get used to the each narrator's style within a few minutes.The problem I had was with this was his overall tone. It's hard to explain, but each sentence ends with a little rise in his voice. Almost overly enunciated, and over the top like a children's book reading. There were several times I got wrapped up in the story and then would just all of a sudden hear that tone or whatever it is and remind me he was talking. It was annoying and made me not want to listen to more.


    Who was the most memorable character of Infected and why?

    The character's voices were great. There was never any doubt who was talking. Much better than most in this aspect.


    Any additional comments?

    I have about an hour left to finish this book. I want to know the end, but don't really want to listen to it. I will though, eventually. What can I say.... I have to know. Not sure if I will try another in the series. Not right away for sure. Need a break.

    0 of 0 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 2012
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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.

    1 of 2 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Hooker, OK, United States 12-07-10
    Terri Hooker, OK, United States 12-07-10
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    "Great Book BAD NARRATION!!"

    This was such a great book but the narration was horrible. I contemplated only giving it 3 stars because of that, however, I really loved the story. I have read other reviews for the sequel "Contagious" and everyone says that Mr. Sigler does a better job narrating it, I truly hope so. Still, all in all, the story is good just buy the book with an open mind!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 08-13-10
    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 08-13-10
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    "A little over the top.....but fast pace."

    This being my first Scott Sigler book I thought it was fast paced and the characters were well thought out for the most part. That being said I also thought it was a little over done and Sigler added gore just to shock instead of bettering the story line.

    Lastly a bit of advice for Mr. Sigler.....please do not narrate anymore of your books, it is simply not good. Stick to writing.

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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.

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    Laurie Keokuk, IA, United States 09-07-09
    Laurie Keokuk, IA, United States 09-07-09 Member Since 2014
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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.

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  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Formula melodrama lacking conviction and tension"
    Would you try another book written by Scott Sigler or narrated by Scott Sigler?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    Lack of any real tension and conviction.
    Shallow characters - do I care what happens to these people? NO.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over melodramatic, tried to make up for the lack of any real tension in the writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yawn, yawn


    Any additional comments?

    A really annoying listen. Lack of any tension or conviction in the storyline or writing. Shallow stereotypical characters written perhaps with the hope of a film deal.
    Overdramatic reading trying to compensate and that mind numbing melodramatic music
    A poor mans (a very poor mans) Stephen King
    The author/writer probably had great fun with it but it's all rather indulgent, gosh aren't I cool and violent (even has a warning at the beginning about how violent it is) . . . . yawn.
    Clearly not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
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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.

    1 of 1 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 :)

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Lanark, United Kingdom
    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MsRanPan
    UK
    12/29/12
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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 3 people found this review helpful
  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    4/26/15
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    "Stomach Churning"

    Great thought has been put into this story with a lot of incredible detail that is so graphic at times that you can't help but feel just a little ill. But what the triangles emerge into is slightly disappointing and I felt the whole tale lost something at that moment.

    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
  • 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
  • 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 2 people found this review helpful

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