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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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    Richard Maryville, TN, United States 01-26-14
    Richard Maryville, TN, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2014
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hieng Sydney, Australia 01-25-14
    Hieng Sydney, Australia 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME"
    Would you listen to Nocturnal: A Novel again? Why?

    I actually listened to Nocturnal a few years back when it was a free podcast. I then discovered it on audible and added it because its that awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Never a dull moment.


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

    Back when the author read the book in podcast I imagined the characters a little different. Phil's take on the characters is refreshing but he kinda lacks that over the top performance by the author. Great nonetheless.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    curt claremore, OK, United States 01-24-14
    curt claremore, OK, United States 01-24-14
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    "lots AND LOTS of violence- woo-hoo!!"
    What did you love best about Nocturnal: A Novel?

    I like a good "end of the world if we don't stop this thing" book and this is among the best. it is being made into a tv show right now because of the depth of the charachters and the whole subculture that is created here. sigler is my new favorite.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin NEWBERG, OR, United States 01-22-14
    Martin NEWBERG, OR, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day

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    "Well worth your money"

    Sigler is an amazing writer and this book is perhaps one of my favorites that he has written.

    Pros: Damn near every thing.The narator was extremely talented, The characters were well written and you WILL fall in love with them ( Go pookie! ). the books has a sharp wit to it that is both mature and complex with out taking its self to serious.

    Cons: The book is very close to Scott Siglers other novels, not so much a bad thing but it is very obvious. With many of the characters seeming like Re-writes/name changes of older characters and relationships from his Infected series. To be honest tho, I didnt much mind it since the re writting characters are better in my opinion than the ones from his other novels.

    If you like a Mix of Sifi and horror with really dark humor get this book, get your freinds this book, or if you have any brooding teenagers have them read this book.

    In fact even if you dont like horror or sifi normaly, Buy this book!

    You will thank me later.

    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

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    david Long Beach, CA, United States 03-28-14
    david Long Beach, CA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome stuff"

    Hurry up with the sequel, Sigler! I was bummed at first you didn't do the performance yourself, but Gigante's talent is undeniable. I enjoyed every second. I love the changes you made since the earlier draft as well. Well done! More Nocturnals please!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Phila, pa 01-10-14
    Amazon Customer Phila, pa 01-10-14
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    "This book kicks all the ass"
    If you could sum up Nocturnal: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    In your face.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Sigler doesn't treat apparently beloved characters as treasures to keep on a shelf. He's not afraid to kill a loved character, nor is he afraid to put the hero into a darker place, reflecting what might really happen to a guy on the edge of sanity when everything he knows and believes is torn out from under him.


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

    I haven't yet, but I really, really liked Phil's performance. I like his voices, I like his delivery and I like that he brings the characters to life without having to over-do it.


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

    When I finished this book I was in a bit of a conflicted mood... not only did I need to take a moment and catch my breath, but I didn't want it to end. It was like that first roller coaster ride at a new park. I want a sequel... I want more Chang & Klauser. I want more, more, more.


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, I'd first listened to this book's earlier version on the podcast, and this rewrite smacked me in the head and made me love it all over again. I never felt like I was trudging through a retelling. It's new... it's kick ass... it's hard hitting. It's really quite good. I'm an unapologetic super-fan of Sigler's work, and I keep waiting for that jump-the-shark moment. He keeps not letting me down, and delivering top-notch stuff.

    2 of 3 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.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 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 -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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