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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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    Chippie 01-28-15
    Chippie 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too long"

    This could have taken half the time to tell. It got tedious, and some of the narration was over dramatic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-25-15
    Kim Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Addictive story - great reader"

    The story was very intriguing - pulls you into it. The characters and story lines are unique. The reader is excellent -

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. 01-22-15
    C. S. 01-22-15 Member Since 2012

    a humble, seeking, loudmouth, Jesus lover, and sometimes heretic explores his questions, concerns, and varied interests through books.

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    "Good Book!"

    I bought this book a long time ago and forgot about it so I had a pleasant surprise when I discovered it many screens down in my library waiting to be heard. I enjoyed the reader. He did a good job narrating the various characters. My favorite character was, of course, Brian Claiser. Is joyed his character development and internal struggles as he navigated life as a cop and then (spoiler) a zed. The only thing I would change is to remove a few of the more graphic and disgusting sex details. Though this book is overall not too dirty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eli 12-09-13
    Eli 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally!!!"

    I've been waiting for this since scott told me this was for sure coming out on audiobook this is an awesome story and the new narator makes bryan sound bad ass

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 12-16-14
    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 12-16-14

    Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc

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    "Progressively Difficult to Stomach"
    Would you try another book from Scott Sigler and/or Phil Gigante?

    No. Although this book began as well-written, hopeful mystery, it progressed into a disgusting, unbelievable, sickly ridiculous horror story..


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    An interesting, as the story begins with potential, but then, proceeds to excessive, unbelievable violence that evidently, mirror the aberrant mind of the author.


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s performance?

    Narrator did a consistent job of conveying a difficult story.


    What character would you cut from Nocturnal: A Novel?

    "Mom" was the most ridiculous of many characters.


    Any additional comments?

    "Unless you like silly, ridiculous gore and death, avoid this book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Satsarbat 12-05-14
    Satsarbat 12-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "HE PRESSED THE TWO WAY BUTTON!!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Removing the only sound effect "the two way button" would be a good start. Beeping is not a pleasant ant sound effect and seems an odd choice as the only effect to be induced, I stopped listening to this book after getting annoyed with this effect;


    What could Scott Sigler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the writing a bit less like we are all hanging in the club house. Too many cute nicknames etc.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Phil Gigante?

    Removing the only sound effect "the two way button" would be a good start. Beeping is not a pleasant ant sound effect and seems an odd choice as the only effect to be induced, I stopped listening to this book after getting annoyed with this effect;


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Maryville, TN, United States 01-26-14
    Richard Maryville, TN, United States 01-26-14
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    "Action, Monsters, & Pookie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great mix of Sci-Fi and police investigative story. Fun Characters that feel real. Amazing narration done by Phil Gigante, just some solid work with a nice variety of voices.


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

    If you like Scott Sigler, this is a must. If you don't know who Scott Sigler is, find EarthCore on audio form.


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

    All The Eyes. All The Teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic audio book and very easy to listen to. Gigante did a fantastic job and is a great addition to the siglerverse.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Sedro-Woolley, WA, United States 03-18-14
    John Sedro-Woolley, WA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2002

    I'm a fan of mystery, science-fiction, and the unusual.

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    "Cliché After Cliché"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's pretty bad. I listened to the first two hours, and I'm not sure how I got that far. It's sophomoric humor mixed with life the way a 14 year old boy might imagine it. It's just horrible.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    The characters, are just a little worse than the plot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    I don't know who to blame for this bad production. I think the director more than the voice talent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I need to pay attention to who's reviews I give any weight to. Clearly I don't identify with the people who recommend this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought there was a button to return a bad book and get my credit back. I'm looking for it.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love the narration"

    New twist on horror. Great protagonist. Done really lame jokes. The character Pookie was a little overdone. Narration was interesting, signs effects, voice modulation brought the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James the Elder 05-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Nocturnal Not Bad"
    Would you listen to Nocturnal: A Novel again? Why?

    Probably not. The plot was pretty memorable.


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

    "Twilight Eyes" by Dean Koontz. Good guys battling unseen monsters.


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

    Not sure but did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of bargain buys but was pleasantly hard to put down. Well written and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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