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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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    Timothy W. 11-20-14
    Timothy W. 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Way to drawn out"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book has a good story line but could have been cut in half to speed things up a bit.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Speed it up


    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    Not a great reader at least with this one.


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    Amazon Customer 09-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "AWESOME FROM START TO FINISH- LOVED IT !!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pandemic to be better than the print version?

    If you have read or listened to the series 'INFECTED', 'CONTAGIOUS' now PANDEMIC - awesome stuff. Love Scott Sigler. I've read or listened to most of his stuff (EARTHCORE, ANCESTOR, MVP, TITLE FIGHT..etc.) and I have never read anything from him that I didn't enjoy. He is right up there with Stephen King in my opinion and that's saying a lot - as a rule I prefer female writers. LOVE THIS GUY!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandemic?

    I hated when Margaret had her throat cut, it was sad but necessary to the plot and putting the blood into the fire truck water system and spraying it over the infected crowd! Genius! But I was sad to see her die, her character was a staple of the series. RIP Margaret Montoya. :-)


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

    !st time hearing Phil Gigante read, he has amazing voice, excellent flow, ability to identify different characters so you can tell them apart as they are "speaking" in the book. REALLY GREAT!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dress rehearsal is over...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Little 09-04-14
    Nick Little 09-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the series... just not this narrator."
    If you could sum up Pandemic in three words, what would they be?

    fun, tied things together well. Voice actor was lacking the passion I was expecting though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clarence


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    He did the different voices for characters.


    If you could rename Pandemic, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't rename it at all.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just lacking the touch the FDO had put into his previous audio versions of his books. There is just a special flare that makes his books so much better when he is doing the voice acting for them. It kind of spoiled me to expect that every time since he puts a lot of passion into the stories. I'm hoping his future books will be performed by him.

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    Peter R. Badovinatz The Northwest, USA 08-08-14
    Peter R. Badovinatz The Northwest, USA 08-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent finish to the trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pandemic to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen nor read the print edition. The narrator did a very good job which did add to the sense of 'being there'.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had edge-of-your-seat action, good characters who acted like characters and not plot devices, the threatened extinction of all that is Good and Just, and it had plenty of gruesome demises. It was also a very satisfactory conclusion to a trilogy that was a decade in the making.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Dr. Tim Feely. Beyond the writing of the character, Phil's performance embodied Tim's capabilities and moods. His contradictions were important to many of the events and Phil's performance helped you not only know what was happening but to 'feel' it from Tim's point of view.


    Who was the most memorable character of Pandemic and why?

    I would say Dr. Margaret Montoya. She had the furthest path to travel of any and I found her fate was a key factor in heightening my satisfaction.


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    jase 06-30-14
    jase 06-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A G R E A T read"
    Where does Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If the rank is 1-10 this read is a strong 9. I would say this book is one of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare Pandemic to and why?

    Infected and contagious


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them. I cant pick just one.


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

    Yes ..probabbly when margret montoya became infected. Up to then she was a strong will to stop the infected.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-22-14
    Barbara 05-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as the other books"
    What disappointed you about Pandemic?

    The plot was just one dimensional. The other books had depth and good plots. This one seemed like he wanted to finish the story so he dragged out an ending he could have just tagged onto the last book in one chapter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Sigler again?

    Yes, I would.


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s performance?

    He was alright. I've heard better, I've heard worse.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Umm... no. None I hate to say.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bwigen 04-27-14
    bwigen 04-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Pandemic the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book and was eager to listen to the audio book. Phil Gigante made an already powerful page turner into a audio binge session. I would listen for hours each day!


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    As the new voice of the Sigler universe I was resistant to the change in the beginning. Now I'm all in. He brings the stories to life in a way few really seem to be able to. Great work!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hallett 04-21-14
    K. Hallett 04-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed in the performance"
    Would you listen to Pandemic again? Why?

    Probably not. Scott Sigler should have read the 3rd book since he read the first two. I was disappointed to find a different reader even though I really hated his female voices in the first too books. I had gotten use to his reading.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    If you read the first two of your own books out of a trilogy, read the last in the series please.


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

    In some ways, yes. I enjoyed the story very much and was curious how it would be resolved.


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    Paul 04-19-14
    Paul 04-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great one from Scott Sigler"
    Would you listen to Pandemic again? Why?

    Yes, its a good trilogy and im sure ill listen to the lot again


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. feelgoody. Great character, funny and lovable.


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

    No, but he was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 04-18-14
    Thomas 04-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great ending to a great series."
    Where does Pandemic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty damn good! I do love how dark and twisted Scott Sigler can get while still keeping the story flowing well. Never a dull moment and always biting nails.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Polious Clemous, Because he was a BADASS!


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly would have Liked to hear Scott Sigler narrate it like the other two. Phil G. Did great just not the same as the Author.


    If you could take any character from Pandemic out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tim Feely. That dude is a nut but knows how to have a good time.... lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
    3/6/14
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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!

    1 of 1 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
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "Superb conclusion to the trilogy."

    Infected, Contagious, Pandemic.......Have enjoyed this trilogy a lot, was really made for Audio. Have listened to others by this Author too which were also great. Can be pretty Gory at times, but its a gory subject and is Horror / Sci Fi. Very memorable Characters and great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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