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Nocturnal: A Novel | [Scott Sigler]

Nocturnal: A Novel

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.
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Publisher's Summary

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement?

As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem. For the victims are all enemies of a seemingly ordinary young boy - a boy who is gripped by the same dreams that haunt Bryan. Meanwhile, a shadowy vigilante, seemingly armed with superhuman powers, is out there killing the killers. And Bryan and Pookie's superiors - from the mayor on down - seem strangely eager to keep the detectives from discovering the truth.

Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he's stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for more than a century - a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco's unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed.

And as Bryan learns the truth about his own intimate connections to the killings, he discovers that those who matter most to him are in mortal danger…and that he may be the only man gifted - or cursed - with the power to do battle with the nocturnals.

Featuring a dazzlingly plotted mystery and a terrifying descent into a nightmarish underworld - long with some of the most incredible action scenes ever put to paper, and an explosive, gut-wrenching conclusion you won't soon forget, Nocturnal is the most spectacular outing to date from one of the genre's brightest stars.

©2012 Scott Sigler (P)2013 Empty Set Entertainment

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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 12-09-13
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.

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    "Another AMAZING story"

    Love all things Scott Signler and this was no exception. I do not know how Scott comes up with this stuff (author of Infected, Contagious, and Ancestor- all EXCELLENT books too) but he has a unique story telling ability that makes you think of his books long after you are done reading them! My husband loves him too! Look what other amazing authors have to say about him-"A terrifying science thriller that reads like Silence of the Lambs as written by Michael Crichton. Inventive and deeply disturbing." -- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Code (love Assassins Code Series)
    "Sigler is in full control of his talent for sharp characterization and amazing visualization." -- Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
    (love the Sookie Stackhouse series). You will not be disappointed, give Scott a try. Excerpt: "Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he’s stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for more than a century—a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco’s unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed". HECK YEAH!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 01-31-14
    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Crazy sound effects"

    I do not write many review, but these sound effects were driving me bananas. I love this author, and the narrator is good too, but they gotta stop these sound effects.

    I haven't finished the book yet, just started it actually, I am probably going to just read it instead and download another for listening.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Cos Cob, CT, United States 12-19-13
    Paul Cos Cob, CT, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2010

    retired, from one job, doing another, living the life

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    "Heads Up, This is the new world order!!!!"
    Where does Nocturnal: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is in my top three


    What other book might you compare Nocturnal: A Novel to and why?

    there are no comparisons, unlike any other story I've ever read. But Mr. Sigler's style puts him in good company with some of the greats I've listened to.


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

    i have not.


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

    A greatest hits of all your secret nightmares!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sigler has created a completely new vision in sci fi and horror. The book's pace is fast and furious, and just the right touch of irony and humor. I believe that I will name any and all of the dogs I get in the future, Pookie! Loved it!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    steven Centennial, Colorado, United States 01-28-14
    steven Centennial, Colorado, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "scott sigler is the master of fiction"
    Where does Nocturnal: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. The version that had Scott Sigler narration was better in my opinion, but Phil was very good.


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

    Yes it did. Scott sigler has a way of painting a world with words that many do not. You really identify with Brian and begin to empathize with him as he faces his trails and tribulations.


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

    Pookie, but I think is was more based on the character than the delivery.


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

    You will know it when you get there. I don't want to spoil anything.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 04-26-14
    Kelly Howard Oregon 04-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "book is so-so, bad directing ruined a good reader"

    Overall, I give the book itself a "Meh" & the reading a raspberry for somebody ruining a good reader's performance.
    I haven't read anything by Sigler before. I decided to give him a try while reading through a listing of books narrated by one of my fave readers, Phil Gigante. I first heard him reading Joe R Lansdale's Hap & Leonard books, with which he does an absolutely fantastic job. I figured no matter what the book was like, at least the reading would be excellent. HA! I did not count on it being directed by someone who apparently dreams of being a major Foley artist in Hollywood; this reading is utterly ruined (for me at least) by tons of "special effects" which are totally unnecessary; leave Gigante alone & you'll have a great reading. But no. When the 2 main characters use the "2-way" function of their cell phones, you get these ear-splitting beeps & electric tones. When someone is thinking/talking to himself, Gigante sounds like he's being recorded while reading inside one of those old concrete-and-steel, Interstate highway rest stop bathrooms...most of these inner thoughts were so echo-ey & muddled I couldn't understand them at all. Instead of letting the very talented Gigante do different voices for the monsters, they used electronic idiocy which rendered those voices somewhere from annoying to incomprehensible.

    And speaking of annoying, there were many aspects of the book itself which I found worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Worst of all was the protagonist's sidekick/partner, "Pookie," who has to be one of the most irritating characters in modern fiction (& I don't mean just his idiotic nickname). He always talks like some kind of gangsta-wannabe, just overflowing with moronic jokes, sexist & racist remarks, and tons of juvenile humor.

    It was not at all clear to me why the beautiful young pathologist (o course) so fervently loves the main character, Brian (even though they've split up, she's still gaga over him). The guy has all the emotional range of a mollusk...no, actually octopi have more. I guess it's supposed to be sort of a Spock/Data thing, where supposedly the woman has a burning desire to "wake up" the emotional stone. Although, both the Vulcan & the android are (to me) more believable love interests.

    The main character does gain some emotional activity as the book progresses, but very little of it is positive. I found him fairly unlikeable as a protagonist. I suppose I should put in a *Spoiler ALERT*, as I'm about to say something which occurs late in the book, his feelings upon learning something about his background. Stop here if you don't want to learn something early. *Spoiler ALERT**Spoiler ALERT* I don't understand Brain's reaction to finding out he was adopted, & liked him even less after). He didn't even wait to get the details; even before he talked to his "father" or knew anything at all about the circumstances, he was completely enraged. Why? I realize that learning you're adopted could be a shock, but he's furious to his Dad for "lying" to him even before he learns that he's genetically one of the bad guys. He went from mourning his beloved mother & living & respecting his dear father to despising them before learning anything. Then his putative father explains things & Brian hates them more & disowns them. He never gives either parent the benefit of a doubt even for an instant, which to me is not a sign of a likable or sympathetic character.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jupiter Powell 02-23-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Vulgarity on steriods"
    Would you try another book from Scott Sigler and/or Phil Gigante?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The vulgarity is overwhelming. Curse words in machine gun, rat-tat-a- tat fashion. I listened for one hour and could tolerate no more of this moronic dialogue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JoLynn Potter 02-18-15
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    "Eh"

    I really don't like music in audio books. That said, the scene change sounds used in this one are horrendous. I almost stopped listening. The book is okay, but I can't give an accurate review because of my prejudice to stupid sounds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell 02-06-15
    Darrell 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book. unexpected!"

    Great book, not what I expected, and was very entertained. Very likeable characters and hopefully leaves room for a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-02-15
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    I really likes this book. Its long but I hate it when books end anyways. would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Fayman Boynton Beach, FL United States 02-02-15
    Natalie Fayman Boynton Beach, FL United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

    Vampyrvet

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    "Miserable waste of my time"

    Predictable, shallow, cartoonish, and annoying. Maybe you'll like it if you're ten years old. I'll be adding this author to my blacklist

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Absolutely amazing."
    What made the experience of listening to Nocturnal: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The characters are first class. the story is so clever, it's so funny at times then other times it's horrific.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the horror because it's proper full on, but I think the witty banter between Bryan and Pookie is pure entertainment.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Probably when Amy's family are held hostage by Pier Sly and Rex. She is given an ultimatum, choose one or I'll choose two.....BRILLIANT.


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

    Laugh laugh laugh, and squirm.


    Any additional comments?

    Please download it, it is amazing, it's a lot different to the original as well, so even if you heard that one a few years back you should still download this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    LondonUnited Kingdom
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    "Unlistenably naff plot"

    This reads like an embarrassing childish plot for an eighties TV series, 'Manimal' perhaps. Couldn't finish it although I really don't like stopping mid read so dragging my protesting head through three quarters of the damn thing before realising that I was actually feeling dirty from listening to its teenage wet dream storyline of part demonic underworld dwellings looking for their human God to lead them. Really needs a heavy trim edit, reads like a first draft from an eager 16 year old author.. . Squirmingly so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Rochester, United Kingdom
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    "Not his best but still enjoyed"
    What did you like most about Nocturnal: A Novel?

    It was fast paced and had some great one liners from the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like a bit of syfy and deadly monsters


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    when the cops were interviewing Mr Biusnass.


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

    No not that sort of book


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the monster characters were a bit naff almost childish. Not his best work much preferred his contagion series. But still enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    7/13/14
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    "Action and horror all in one"
    What made the experience of listening to Nocturnal: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The narrator takes you right into the story with distinct voices for each character who in turn have their own deep personalities that Sigler writes so well. A great story and performed so well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sigler gives plausible explanation for supernatural beings giving a touch of reality to the impossible.


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

    This is an excellent performance and cannot fault any of Gigantes performances.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will leave you wanting to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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