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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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    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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 02-08-15
    Shane 02-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, good performance, bad production."

    The story was good and the narration was good, but the tinny sounding internal thoughts and sounds to separate which character was first person were super annoying.

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    lindam@islands.vi 01-21-15
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    "Strange Book"

    This held my attention even though I don't like gore, monsters and too much foul language. The narrator brought the characters to life with a full range of voices to match those he portrayed. The author developed the storyline snd the characters giving both the protagonists and antagonists believable motives and emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 01-20-15
    Debra 01-20-15
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    "disppointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. I didn't like the story line, but I refused to not listen. Pookie's voice was so annoying and too loud while Brian's was soft, couldn't adjust the volume to middle of the road d/t wide variables in voices.


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

    Didn't research the nature of the novel or wouldn't have chosen this genre. Don't like monster like characters


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

    Nope


    What character would you cut from Nocturnal: A Novel?

    Pookie


    Any additional comments?

    Sucked that Brian's GF was murdered too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Medford, NJ, United States 01-17-15
    Allan Medford, NJ, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Not worth the listen"
    What disappointed you about Nocturnal: A Novel?

    The performance was horrible


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    Bounced around far too much and made little sense


    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    Flat...couldnt hear much of it in the car because he whispers too much


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    Kathryn Gonzales 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "strange book but had to finish."

    the narrator was great! the story was crazy. I hope I can forget it since it was creepy but I guess it was really good since I had to finish it .

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    John A. Donovan 01-12-15
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    "thoroughly enjoyed it"

    well done book and very well performed. picked it up based on description and reviews, was not disappointed.

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