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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DanH 07-08-09
    DanH 07-08-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great concept.....however"

    When I heard about this series on Book Radio, I got excited. I'm now rather sad that I bought it. The story concept excited me, however, this writing is not that good....the author obviously didn't do extensive research into what he wrote about....and the voices he uses in the narative are extremely bad. I've listened to three hour, and have decided to delete the whole thing from my comp. Yes....it's that bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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