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Pandemic: A Novel | [Scott Sigler]

Pandemic: A Novel

The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.
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Publisher's Summary

Scott Sigler's Infected shocked listeners with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one man's desperate fight for sanity and survival, as "Scary" Perry Dawsey suffered the impact of an alien pathogen's early attempts at mass extinction. In the sequel Contagious, Sigler pulled back the camera and let the listener experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm.

And now in Pandemic, the entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares.

To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil.

All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands. Guilt and nightmares have turned her into a shut-in, too mired in self-hatred even to salvage her marriage, let alone be the warrior she once was.

But she is about to be called into action again. Because before the murderous intelligence was destroyed, it launched one last payload - a soda can-sized container filled with deadly microorganisms that make humans feed upon their own kind.

That harmless-looking container has languished a thousand feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, undisturbed and impotent...until now.

Part Cthulhu epic, part zombie apocalypse and part blockbuster alien-invasion tale, Pandemic completes the Infected trilogy and sets a new high-water mark in the world of horror fiction.

©2014 Scott Sigler (P)2014 Gigantic Productions, LLC

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-07-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "buckle your seatbelt!"

    Scott Sigler’s first two books in the Infection trilogy mix action, blood and gore , and “Pandemic” is no different. Non-stop action with gory details put you in the middle of the action right from the start. Not for the faint of heart, this book will have you floored from cover to cover.

    I'll admit I'm not a big Phil Gigante fan. Every time he does a woman's voice they all sound the same and I just don't think he does that good a job with the non-dialog stuff. That said his voices are pretty good and the production value is pretty good, but I'd much rather the author read this book like he did with the first two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 03-17-15
    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 03-17-15
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    "Not my favorite Sigler book"
    Any additional comments?

    (spoiler alert for previous books)



    I don't think Pandemic lived up to Infected and Contagious. I don't know if it was a matter of the scope being too big or just the lack of the two best characters from the previous books ("best" in my opinion). I really felt the lack of Perry Dawsey and Dew Phillips in this one. The first third or so of the book really dragged for me. I think that may be due to there being such a large period of time between the end of Contagious and the beginning of Pandemic. The human race had to rev back up to get to pace with the threat. Everything had to restart, and I feel like that hurt the narrative.



    After the disease started to hit again, things really jumped into gear. It did it so fast I was enthralled with the book again before I had time to blink. That's the Sigler I know. The pace kept up, and for the last two-thirds of the book, it was a blast that I think really fit in with the two previous books in the trilogy.



    Then there was the epilogue. I was honestly left with the feeling of, "Wait, that's it?" And sure enough, that was the end. I was really disappointed with it. I don't know that I would say I feel like I was left hanging, as everything was wrapped up well, but the epilogue felt stilted and stale, like it was tacked on for a sort of feel-good moment. It didn't feel good. I could have done without it, really. I'm really just talking about the last exchanges of the characters 9the ones that survived, anyway). It either needed to be more definitive or left out altogether, in my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna M Silver Spring, MD United States 02-27-14
    Shawna M Silver Spring, MD United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2014

    During my commute Audible keeps me from going insane. I like books that keep my mind awake. No slow moving books here.

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    "A Good Ending to the Series"
    Where does Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    During the time the audiobook was being complied all I could think of is, "How can Scott Sigler make the evolution of this alien species even creepier than triangles and sub-human kissy-face monsters?" Well he took it up a slight notch and I was not disappointed.

    Audiobook-wise, Scott's stories always take you into a place your mind that makes most people uncomfortable. Sit in a car and listen and you will be asking yourself, "Could I take on the seemly nice lady in the car next to me if she got out of her car brandishing an axe?" "Would I be able to escape a horde of blood-thirsty teens waiting for me when I stop next to the bus stop?"


    What other book might you compare Pandemic to and why?

    Anything in the Scott Sigler universe..


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I wasn't thrilled to not hear Scott Sigler perform but Phil did a okay job in his place.


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

    Sit in a dark room, turn on this audiobook and let the book help you create the scenes in your head. You will laugh, tense up, yawn (sorry there are some conversations that will make you want to fast forward) and many moments you will ask yourself, "could you deal with all of this?"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Fletcher, OK, United States 02-07-14
    Debra Fletcher, OK, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2010

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    "I will never look at Triangles the same again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pandemic to be better than the print version?

    I am a fan of the audiobooks. Due to my schedule and on the road a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Margaret throughout the series. And she steps out more fully as a character in the third book.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Phil Gigante is one of my favorite narrators. Although Scott Sigler did the narration on books one and two in this trilogy, I had no problem with character identification in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy grabs you and takes off like a rocket, but definitely should be read in order. 4 STARS

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 04-15-15
    Calliope 04-15-15
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    "good story in need of a good editing"

    This is twice as long as it should have been -- it would have been much better and more powerful if it had the benefit of tighter writing and a strong editing. Good characters, a good sci fi story, but overly long......by the time I got to the conclusion that should have been exciting and suspenseful, I was bored with it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margo 04-19-14
    Margo 04-19-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "hard to stomach, but very well told"

    The whole trilogy is very entertaining. At times it's quite foul, disgusting, disturbing, stomach turning, vomitous…but overall entertaining and well paced.
    I do cringe at the sight of a sign post.
    Scott Sigler ruined BBQ for me as soundly as Training Day put me off chunky peanut butter for life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kandie Huntginton Beach, CA, United States 03-21-14
    Kandie Huntginton Beach, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    I truly enjoy Scott Sigler's books. This final book in the series is predictable yet still enjoyable. I wish Mr. Sigler would have read this one as with the others but still narrated very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Scott Sigler at his best. "

    Great performance. Initially I was sad that Scott didn't read it himself but the reader was amazing. Best of the infected trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    calscigal 06-11-15
    calscigal 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent story with a great narrator"

    This was a great Sci fi story, very realistic with good transitions between points of view to show you the scope of the events. the narrator did a good job of brining it to life.

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    Meno Telljoo 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A story the series could have done without."

    Overall the book was ok, but the ending of the previous book would have been a much more satisfactory ending. It felt drug out and villainized some characters that it didn't really need to.

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  • robert
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    2/20/14
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    "what a way to go!"
    Where does Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    best audiobook of 2014 so far


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    doctor feely good! such a contrast of characters traits all mixed up in one person makes for unexpected twists in the story


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    I first heard Phil Gigante perform Scott Siglers NOCTURNAL and it took me a couple of episodes to get used to his voice as its so deep, but he is very professional and draws you into the narrative until your fingers are clenched and your waiting with baited breath for what's coming next!


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

    its an apocalyptic story so its going to have its gory moments that fill you with revulsion and fright , but it also has its lighter side that made me laugh out loud and a few where the story brought a tear to my eye


    Any additional comments?

    this is the 3rd in a trilogy so if you haven't read(heard) the first two I would definitely urge you to seek out the first two, if you haven't heard of scary Perry Dawsy and his eye watering scene with the chicken scissors then you haven't lived!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky fried Kitten
    England not the bloody UK
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    "Great story"
    Where does Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Having listened to most of Scott's work which is wrote and recorded by him I was a little worried about listening to a new performer but Phil Gigante did a great job on Scott's work.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure if it was because Scott was not the reader but the book did not feel as exiting and edgy as his other books. I would have liked Scott reading his own work but if it meant getting more books from the FDL with another reader, give me the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Ewell, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
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    "Simply Brilliant"
    If you could sum up Pandemic in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, unrelenting, brutal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Dr Tim Feely of course. Read it and see why


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Phil seems to improve with each production. Is voice is so smooth that you just fall into the story. His voice acting is great and he never misses a beat between characters. Some effects on the voice a little hard to make out but they sounded awesome.


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

    This book made me laugh out loud, cheer, shed a few tears, and the punch the air and cheer some more.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Sigler never disappoints. It was the first book in this series that got me hooked on his work and this third part Pandemic as ended it every bit as dramatically. Although following a three book arc, each book has it own style and feel and sense of dramatic tension and desperation for the characters.
    This book is an epic of carnage, chaos and destruction but at the same time is funny engaging and will make you shed a few tears as well.
    If unfamiliar with the trilogy do yourself a favour and start with 'Infected' and I guarantee you will be back here very soon to snap up this ball busting adrenaline ride of a concluding tome!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    4/15/15
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    "Sig as F**k"

    Great conclusion to a great trilogy, loved it loved it loved it loved it loads

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennycola
    Middlesex UK
    2/23/15
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    "Triangles are back!!!"

    Firstly, I listened to the other books in the series on podcast where Scott Sigler does the narration. Sometimes he sounded a little crazy with the different voices but I grew to love it as he gave his characters the personality he wanted with their tone and pitch so when I listened to this, although it was still read well I felt a little detached from the characters because they weren't quite as I remembered them. That being said it was still nice to find out what happened to the world in the end and the characters we had come to love or hate from the previous books. It felt unnecessarily long to me but I'm still a fan. In conclusion it is well read but too long in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Bennett
    2/4/15
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    "Not as good as the first two."

    Good narration. Irritating music. Bad writing in parts spoiled it. Some shocking and gruesome moments that were well written and cringeworthy bad writing in others. Predictable ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    1/25/15
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    "Another epic Sigler novel."

    Fantastic third instalment
    I was eagerly anticipating this book and certainly wasn't disappointed. I'm currently half way through my second reading and loving it.
    The narrator is very competent, but I have to admit to missing Scott reading his own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    1/18/15
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    "Another fantastic Scott Sigler story"

    Great from beginning to end,could not put it down.What a way to end the infected trilogy.Thanks Scott.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jac
    Norway
    8/25/14
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    "Not impressed"

    Shallow characters. Missing suspense masked by movie-like violence. Boring too...had to stop listening after half the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    6/27/14
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    "Geat Trilogy"

    I really enjoyed all three books in this trilogy. I do like this sort of end of the world disaster anyway. Wasn't to sure about the narration in the first couple of books but I got used to it (Authors should not narrate there own books, Leave it to the experts). Narration in the last book was excellent. Very well paced and written. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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