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)
Story started out good. But went downhill. The alien twist was frustrating and the narration was not the best. I won't get the next one. Also found the authors description of some characters demeaning and cruel.
Gotta give him credit, the narration was terrible but he's a writer not a narrator...he rushed through the sentences and the character voices were terrible BUT the story plot was GREAT. I'm looking forward to trying the next book although I pray he can nab RC Bray to narrate it this time.
A little vulgar but fairly warned. I was on the edge of my seat, enthralled with the story. The author narrating was a special treat. I loved the sound effects and different voices.
The best part about this audiobook is that the author narrates it himself. It is easy to understand his intended tones and inflections and it makes for a compelling- if unrealistic - horror remniscent of a tasty mix of HP Lovecraft, 1950/60s Drive-in, B movie monsters, and modern Da Vinci Code-esque rapid pace, anticipation, and suspense. Overall quite impressed and glad this poppedup on my recommendation list.
The book had an okay story to me. It was slow to start. I did enjoy it more towards the end and am hoping the next book is better. I loved the story his author wrote called "Nocturnal" so I decided to try this.
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
Honestly, it wasn't the story as much as it was the way it was narrated. Sigler did an excellent job. The sound effects, the "we're huuuuuuungry" voices, all were perfect, and lemme tell you... you don't want to fall asleep with this book playing. Waking up hearing those whispery voices will freak you out!!
Any of the infection mutilation scenes were pretty awesome.
I wouldn't. Infected works well.
How people can compare this author to Stephen King or anyone of that caliber is truly amazing. The story just wasn't put together neatly and the narration ruined it. Thank goodness for returns!
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