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Nocturnal: A Novel Audiobook

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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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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    MutantMonster 01-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pookie pookie pookie pookie pookie pookie pookie."

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    seriously all you start to hear in this mediocre excuse for a novel is the word Pookie. I hate it like it obviously hates me.

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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 10-06-15
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 10-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    "might have been good"

    To me the cheesey sound affects of a walkie talkie, and the nick name of Pookie for a cop was the end for me. It might have been a good story but those things put me off. There are many other non-irritating books.

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    Bruce Wilson San Jose, CA 09-26-15
    Bruce Wilson San Jose, CA 09-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Be Aware - Only Half the Story Arc - No Resolution"
    What did you like best about Nocturnal: A Novel? What did you like least?

    Narration is good. Digital effects are a mixed bag, interesting but sometimes make the narration difficult to understand. The story is gripping thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a novel in the conventional sense. I hear that for some genres giving the reader only this half a story in book one is just considered good business. Maybe I am just old school but I believe that if you want to make readers pay extra for resolution of the story arc you should not use the N word.

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    Josh 09-22-15
    Josh 09-22-15
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    "Scott is the best"

    I have been a fan of Scott Sigler for a while and read or listen to everything he puts out. This is one of the best novels yet. Very messed up and very entertaining. Sigler at his best.

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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.

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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.

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    Todd Kausen 05-22-15
    Todd Kausen 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Night moves."

    This is a nice long satisfying story that takes you on a wild ride through San Francisco

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-09-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "LIFE IS SHORT, TREATS ARE GOOD"

    SO GOOD, YOU WOULD SLAP YOUR SISTER TO GET SOME.
    With the exception of the first hour or two, I loved this. At first I thought Pookie was just plain annoying. Once I got into it, I loved him. He made the novel. He is a wise cracking smartie, who will make you laugh and laugh. His timing is perfect, especially in a tension filled book. Phil the narrator does a great job with all the characters, but especially with Pookie.

    COPS ARE LIKE BUGS, THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE ON THE WAY.
    This is a long novel, (22 and a half hours), but it will not seem that way, until the end when you think back to all that happens in it. This has werewolves, monsters, more monsters and even more monsters. We have a mysterious killer or killers and the mayor, police commissioner, and the Chief Medical Examiner seem to be covering for him or them. Two inspectors are trying to solve some very grisly murders, but find they also have to fight their own bosses. There is mystery after mystery. The main character Brian, is hard headed and no matter what, he is going to do the right thing. His partner Pookie is the best friend a person can have and sometimes you will wonder why, when Brian is such a dick at times. This is not only a good horror novel, but it can pull at your heart strings.

    THAT BEANER WAS FAST
    To some of you more sophisticated readers, this might seem sophomoric. For me, it was a great escape. There is some science, mostly involving genetics. You get the good guys view and you get the bad guys view. It is actually a complicated story, well told. It is over 22 hours because of the vastness of the story. It is all entertaining. Well, except maybe for the first hour or two. At first I did not think I would stay with, I was afraid it was going to be silly. To some it may still seem that way at the end, but I really got into it. Give it a good four hours before you decide. GUY LOOKS LIKE HE FARTS TAX CODE.

    YOU KNOW YOU CAN SWEAR AROUND ME, I'M NOT GOING TO TELL THE TEACHER
    If you are offended by bad language or adult situations, or gory situations, then do not buy the book. All of that is in the book. This is my second Sigler book and in both, he has managed to have a scene that I will never forget. In Infected, it was a guy who cut off his own legs. It was a fast scene in which my response was, what just happened? In this book it was a scene where bullies break a boy's arm. I saw it coming and I cringed, hoping it would not happen. It was suspenseful. DON'T BE A SENSITIVE SALLY.


    At first I thought Phil's voice had a silly aspect to it. It sounded like he was making too light of the story, but I grew to really like his performance. He does really good characters and I think he also makes the book better. I also had no problem with the sound effects. In some books it is a problem, when you can not hear the narrator because of them, but that does not happen in this book. I will admit the two way phone clicking was a bit ear shattering, but it does not happen that often or enough to ruin the book. Personally I think sound effects and music (just like in movies) can enhance the readers experience.

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    Sascha Drewlo 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great story"

    Story trails off a bit half way but recovers in an epic battle. narrator does an amazing job.

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    D. Bajpai 03-21-15
    D. Bajpai 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible dialog "

    Pookie and Bry-bry? God the characters are stupid and annoying, the dialog is painful. Terrible narration too.

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