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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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This narrator is INCREDIBLE

The story is a fair amount of weird (but on par with Scott's other work). Well paced, good plot, great character development. But that narrator was amazing and I'd seek out more books just because he's narrating them. The voices were perfect (though the electronic voices were a bit odd). The only negatives I'd point out are that he talks a little too softly when listening in places with lots of background noise and the walky-talky sounds are incredibly loud.
Definitely give this a listen if you are a fan of his other work.

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Great book. unexpected!

Great book, not what I expected, and was very entertained. Very likeable characters and hopefully leaves room for a sequel.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I really likes this book. Its long but I hate it when books end anyways. would recommend.

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  • E Wright
  • Hayes, VA, United States
  • 12-18-14

Blood and Guts Galore

Well written, well performed. More like a phantasmal comic book for adults. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Wow what a ride!!

If you could sum up Nocturnal: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, Cliff-hanger, addictive

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

Yes, The writing kept me going chapter after chapter. I just needed to know what would happen next.

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

Pookie Chang

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

Brian Clouser most knew him as the terminator. A cop that dreams about the creatures lurking in the shadows. Are the dreams real? Will Brian find out?

Any additional comments?

This book makes me want to read/listen to more of this authors work. WOW.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Scottt Sigler is at it again!

What made the experience of listening to Nocturnal: A Novel the most enjoyable?

I love the story and the memorable characters, Bryan, Pookie, Robin, and of course Mr Biznass.

What did you like best about this story?

The seamless blending of hard police science and proceedure with the supernatural horrors.

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

Mr Biznass. It would be Pookie Chang, but I will forever hear Scott's version of pookie in my head when his lines are spoken.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chief Zou's choice. 'nuff said

Any additional comments?

Would be a 5 star performance for Mr. Gigante, If I had never heard Scott's version of Pookie.

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  • Hieng
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 01-25-14

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.

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  • curt
  • claremore, OK, United States
  • 01-24-14

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.

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  • Martin
  • NEWBERG, OR, United States
  • 01-22-14

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.

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book is so-so, bad directing ruined a good reader

Overall, I give the book itself a "Meh" & the reading a raspberry for somebody ruining a good reader's performance.
I haven't read anything by Sigler before. I decided to give him a try while reading through a listing of books narrated by one of my fave readers, Phil Gigante. I first heard him reading Joe R Lansdale's Hap & Leonard books, with which he does an absolutely fantastic job. I figured no matter what the book was like, at least the reading would be excellent. HA! I did not count on it being directed by someone who apparently dreams of being a major Foley artist in Hollywood; this reading is utterly ruined (for me at least) by tons of "special effects" which are totally unnecessary; leave Gigante alone & you'll have a great reading. But no. When the 2 main characters use the "2-way" function of their cell phones, you get these ear-splitting beeps & electric tones. When someone is thinking/talking to himself, Gigante sounds like he's being recorded while reading inside one of those old concrete-and-steel, Interstate highway rest stop bathrooms...most of these inner thoughts were so echo-ey & muddled I couldn't understand them at all. Instead of letting the very talented Gigante do different voices for the monsters, they used electronic idiocy which rendered those voices somewhere from annoying to incomprehensible.

And speaking of annoying, there were many aspects of the book itself which I found worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Worst of all was the protagonist's sidekick/partner, "Pookie," who has to be one of the most irritating characters in modern fiction (& I don't mean just his idiotic nickname). He always talks like some kind of gangsta-wannabe, just overflowing with moronic jokes, sexist & racist remarks, and tons of juvenile humor.

It was not at all clear to me why the beautiful young pathologist (o course) so fervently loves the main character, Brian (even though they've split up, she's still gaga over him). The guy has all the emotional range of a mollusk...no, actually octopi have more. I guess it's supposed to be sort of a Spock/Data thing, where supposedly the woman has a burning desire to "wake up" the emotional stone. Although, both the Vulcan & the android are (to me) more believable love interests.

The main character does gain some emotional activity as the book progresses, but very little of it is positive. I found him fairly unlikeable as a protagonist. I suppose I should put in a *Spoiler ALERT*, as I'm about to say something which occurs late in the book, his feelings upon learning something about his background. Stop here if you don't want to learn something early. *Spoiler ALERT**Spoiler ALERT* I don't understand Brain's reaction to finding out he was adopted, & liked him even less after). He didn't even wait to get the details; even before he talked to his "father" or knew anything at all about the circumstances, he was completely enraged. Why? I realize that learning you're adopted could be a shock, but he's furious to his Dad for "lying" to him even before he learns that he's genetically one of the bad guys. He went from mourning his beloved mother & living & respecting his dear father to despising them before learning anything. Then his putative father explains things & Brian hates them more & disowns them. He never gives either parent the benefit of a doubt even for an instant, which to me is not a sign of a likable or sympathetic character.

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