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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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    Hieng Sydney, Australia 01-25-14
    Hieng Sydney, Australia 01-25-14 Member Since 2010
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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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    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.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Perry, Utah, United States 10-15-14
    Tracy Perry, Utah, United States 10-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm a Sigler JUNKIE be fore warned. Hail the FDO !"
    What did you love best about Nocturnal: A Novel?

    Pooky Chang.


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

    Oh hell yea!! Sigler rules at that !


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

    Phil is good (4 stars on this and 5 on anything else) but I want to hear the FDO read his own work (always 5 stars)


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

    Sorta, but I'm only good for a few hours of anything at once including Sex and Sleep. So yes I very much looked forward to starting the book each time.


    Any additional comments?

    I sensed a sequel...Hope I'm right !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 10-06-14
    Thomas 10-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrifying sound effects"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book would be great for people who don't like to think too much or have too much time on their hands.


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

    I think if he wrote more realistic and compelling characters I might not be so irritated that I wasted a credit on this drivel.


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

    No, this was the worst audiobook sound production I have ever experienced. Awful sound effects that dragged me screaming out of the flow the book. I feel like instead of enhancing the book it detracted and made the book even more unbelievable. I just want to make sure people understand the sound on this book was absolutely indefensible. Shame on Gigante productions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 06-19-14
    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 06-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpectedly awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nocturnal: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print edition but for a first time Singler novel I thought the audio one was great!


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

    The Passage by Justin Cronin. Just for the amount of depth the book goes into.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The finale.


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

    Blue Balls :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Windy Phillips Chesapeake, VA 05-27-14
    Windy Phillips Chesapeake, VA 05-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Windy P.

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

    If you enjoy dark, I guess this might work for you.


    Has Nocturnal: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    The performance wasn't too bad. I just didn't really enjoy the book.


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

    It had some interesting concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed other books by this author. This one was just very dark and worse predictable. I am usually ok with dark books, but something about this one I just did not enjoy. Other than Pookie, the funny side-kick, the main characters are pretty unlikeable. And I could see most of what was coming way in advance. Just too formulaic and depressing overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri S. Cronin Denver, NC USA 05-14-14
    Terri S. Cronin Denver, NC USA 05-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Terri

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    "Just simply didn’t enjoy this story"
    What would have made Nocturnal: A Novel better?

    Characters were not relatable and I found I didn’t really care what happened to any of them.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Neverwhere


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

    Thought about not finishing it. Then I did and found I didn't really miss anything. Again. This book just wasn't my speed. I couldn't relate to the characters and the story didn't keep my attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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