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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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  • Kim
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 01-25-15

Addictive story - great reader

The story was very intriguing - pulls you into it. The characters and story lines are unique. The reader is excellent -

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fun and entertaining.

Scott makes the characters loved and hated. There were times that I actually laughed out loud and cringed in horror. If your not afraid of a little gore and mayhem you will find this listen very entertaining.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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creative author dips into the unknown

Would you consider the audio edition of Nocturnal: A Novel to be better than the print version?

This audio book was represented by an excellent actor, if you want to define Phil Gigante. The audio version made it an excellent drama as well as an interesting story.

Any additional comments?

During the Christmas season there isn't much time to write reviews, so I am not taking time to do this book justice. This novel has unexpected events, humor, horror, mystery, and romance in it . The vocabulary and the lay out of the story was well done. I also felt the audio part of this story was excellent. I loved some of the characters. Well done and worth the read.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • valarie
  • hollister, ca, United States
  • 12-09-13

Another AMAZING story

Love all things Scott Signler and this was no exception. I do not know how Scott comes up with this stuff (author of Infected, Contagious, and Ancestor- all EXCELLENT books too) but he has a unique story telling ability that makes you think of his books long after you are done reading them! My husband loves him too! Look what other amazing authors have to say about him-"A terrifying science thriller that reads like Silence of the Lambs as written by Michael Crichton. Inventive and deeply disturbing." -- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Code (love Assassins Code Series)
"Sigler is in full control of his talent for sharp characterization and amazing visualization." -- Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
(love the Sookie Stackhouse series). You will not be disappointed, give Scott a try. Excerpt: "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". HECK YEAH!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Though the book is over 20 hours long, it will keep engaged the entire time. No dull points, no fluff, just pure entertainment.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Cos Cob, CT, United States
  • 12-19-13

Heads Up, This is the new world order!!!!

Where does Nocturnal: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is in my top three

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

there are no comparisons, unlike any other story I've ever read. But Mr. Sigler's style puts him in good company with some of the greats I've listened to.

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

i have not.

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

A greatest hits of all your secret nightmares!!!!

Any additional comments?

Mr. Sigler has created a completely new vision in sci fi and horror. The book's pace is fast and furious, and just the right touch of irony and humor. I believe that I will name any and all of the dogs I get in the future, Pookie! Loved it!!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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.

54 of 62 people found this review helpful

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I want more

I loved this book. It was scary and a little funny at the same time. The characters were great!! Sigler makes it easy to imagine them. If this was a movie I would definitely go see it. Brian would most definitely need to be Tom Hardy.
I look forward to a sequel if Scott Sigler has it in him to write it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • sean
  • 01-08-14

Absolutely amazing.

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

The characters are first class. the story is so clever, it's so funny at times then other times it's horrific.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the horror because it's proper full on, but I think the witty banter between Bryan and Pookie is pure entertainment.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably when Amy's family are held hostage by Pier Sly and Rex. She is given an ultimatum, choose one or I'll choose two.....BRILLIANT.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh laugh laugh, and squirm.

Any additional comments?

Please download it, it is amazing, it's a lot different to the original as well, so even if you heard that one a few years back you should still download this one.

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  • Steve Woolham
  • 09-02-17

Great

Many stories in one but all working together superbly. Great plot twists and great character detail. Most enjoyable.

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  • Iain
  • 08-11-17

A very good Novel

Original and very well written.
Ive only recently discovered Scott Sigler and am delighted I did.

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  • Baz
  • 08-03-17

Good but flawed

Great performance by Phil Gigante, but the story was slow to get going in my opinion and I didn't find the ending all that satisfying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sangeet
  • 10-24-16

cool monsters

Great story and narration but slighty dodgy sound effects took me out of the flow

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  • Ms S Boothe
  • 02-22-16

Wow

I don't even know what to say. I really loved this story and would love to know what happened next.

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  • david knight
  • 09-12-18

Bloody brilliant

one of the best books I have ever listened to, the narrator is absolutely brilliant, the story is totally absorbing and very funny, and at 20 odd hours fantastic value. Don't hesitate spend a credit on this you won't be disappointed

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  • elly gausden
  • 08-16-18

Very, very, very long. And you feel it

Some good characters, a great idea and what would have been brilliant in about half the number of words. Also super short on female characters at all and the two in it are a bit 1 dimensional.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-18

One-dimensional characters and lazy world building

I can forgive the somewhat far-fetched storyline with little world building but the main female character is just a lazy piece of creative writing absolutely no depth. Her sole drive appears to be hard need for affection, whether it be from her dog or from her boyfriend. She agonizes relentlessly in tiresome monologue on why her ex didn't say he loves her. Over and over.

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  • alan richards
  • 07-14-18

A great audiobook.

great original story with plenty of action and humorous parts. Got to say Pookie is a star!