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Publisher's Summary

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

Working under the government's shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim.

With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common - they've been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.

Meanwhile, Perry Dawsey - a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey - awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices....He is infected. The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.

Infected was the first major print release from Internet phenom Scott Sigler, whose podcast-only audiobooks have drawn an immense cult following, with more than three million individual episodes downloaded. Now Sigler thrills listeners with this cinematic, relentlessly paced novel that mixes and matches genres, combining horror, techno thriller, and suspense in a heady mix that is equal parts Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King.

©2008 Scott Sigler; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down." (Lincoln Child)
"Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense....Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart....You've been warned!" (James Rollins)

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  • Laurie
  • Keokuk, IA, United States
  • 09-07-09

Don't ignore because of reviews

I put off buying this book because of the reviews saying the narration was terrible. I disagree. I didn't find it distracting at all. Some of the voices weren't great but I thought the author did a good job with it. If you like this genre, get this book because it is worth it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Garret
  • Valley Village, CA, CA, USA
  • 07-28-09

DISREGARD...

...the one sentence reviews that say this book was horrible because of the narration and only give it one star. At first the narration was a little silly, but once the story got going I didn't care. Perry's story is probably the most interesting and I like that the author went into detail on how the infection grows and mutates. It reminded me of something David Cronenberg would come up with - horrors of the flesh kind of theme. The story has a lot of horror, suspense, and action. Kind of reminded me of CSI or 24, with a horror/sci-fi element added to it. If you're into those kind of shows, you'll definitely like this story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kendall
  • Rockaway, NJ, USA
  • 12-11-08

Good Listen

I enjoyed this book very much once it got going. The voices of the triangles gave me the chiils at some parts. I look forward to more from this author.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wow get this book

Scott sigler hits a home run with this book if you are on the fence about getting this book take the leap worth the credit one hell of a bloody ride

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 08-04-10

Good story, bad narration

Mr. Sigler has written a pretty engrossing story, here; but I wish he had allowed a professional actor narrate it. In his afterword, he even apologizes for his attempts to voice his female characters. In general, I don't think authors make good audiobook narrators -- even for their own stories. They don't appreciate the skill and training that professional actors bring to audiobook narration. For me, a good narrator contributes at least half of my enjoyment of an audiobook. While I was listening to "Infected," I kept thinking how much more I would have liked this audiobook if George Guidall or Ron McLarty had been narrating it. For this reason, I have docked a star from my rating of "Infected." Otherwise, Mr. Sigler has delivered to us a pretty exciting, scary, genre-bending story. The fact that "Infected" keeps us enthralled to the end -- despite its sci-fi far-fetchedness -- testifies to Mr. Sigler's good writing and researching. He lays down the premise that some alien, plant-like civilization has sent spores to Earth that infect humans, using us for their gestation. This premise generates a somewhat gory and horrifying scenario, which Mr. Sigler describes so skillfully that we have to keep listening. However, people who are offended by graphic descriptions or profanity should probably bypass this audiobook.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Worst narration of 846 audiobooks I have

My GOD. In 12 years membership with Audible I have acquired 846 audiobooks. Some have had bad narrators. But never so bad as to make me cringe. Sigler has a great voice, and in the beginning I thought all was well-for a few seconds. His voices are like fingernails on a blackboard. Seriously, I have listened to 846 Audible audiobooks, all unabridged and this is so bad I want to cry. The narration destroys this great story, which I read and loved. The narration may make you as sick as the disease in the book.

16 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • SteveK
  • The Woodlands, Texas
  • 05-27-15

Over-Priced, Over-Produced, Over-Rated

Would you try another book from Scott Sigler and/or Scott Sigler?

The story wasn't that bad, but the narration and "special effects" just killed it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Likable characters...

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexi Rain
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 03-29-15

If this book were a camera...

Any additional comments?

First off, the narration is not nearly as bad as some reviewers say. The author should not have read his own book for the Audible site, but I've heard far worse from "professional" narrators. The Amos voice was cringe-worthy, and some of the female voices were not the best. Overall, though, he did a fine job of acting without overacting.

The story was interesting, and had me hooked early on. The author took a fairly well-known plot and gave it enough twists to make it feel fresh. Well done on that account. Where it fell short, for me, was in some of the detail. Sigler seemed to be fairly heavily influenced by another popular horror author, but he lacked the skill to pull off the Flawed Character. In some instances, his characters seemed to be not so much flawed as a vehicle for the author to air some of his own more unfortunate biases. I hope I'm wrong in that. Regardless, the characters lacked depth, and it was difficult to care what happened to them one way or the other. I was far more interested in the alien species.

To sum up, if this book were a camera, I would describe it as prosumer: an hybrid of professional and consumer grade. It doesn't have the polish of a professional work, but it's still pretty darn good.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Sigler is a rising STAR

A BOLD author and amazing story teller you will greatly enjoy this book .

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Get Infected

At first I was put off by all the different voices the author used but then the story got so good I hardly noticed. I cant wait for the next part to come out. Great imagination The echoing voices of the triangles were the icing of the book.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful