Infected (Infected, #1) by Scott Sigler


Infected (Infected, #1)
Title : Infected (Infected, #1)
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ISBN : 0307406105
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 342

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 is the first major print release from Internet phenom Scott Sigler, whose podcast only audiobooks have drawn an immense cult following, with than three million individual episodes downloaded Now Sigler storms the bookstore shelves with this cinematic, relentlessly paced novel that mixes and matches genres, combining horror, technothriller, and suspense in a heady mix that is equal parts Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King Infected will crawl beneath your skin and leave fresh blood on every page.


Infected (Infected, #1) Reviews


  • Stephen

    Geeumwellthis wasuh severely frustrating.It had an interesting premise, a solid story, and truly excellent horror elements BUT it also had shitty characters, and dialogue that grated on my nerve clusters bad enough to leave me irked with the entire effort Such a hope dashing, bitter disappointment this was for me After really enjoying Ancestor some time ago, I was looking to Sigler to become a new staple for me in the realm of science horror Now, after this miss, it looks li Geeumwellthis wasuh severely frustrating.It had an interesting premise, a solid story, and truly excellent horror elements BUT it also had shitty characters, and dialogue that grated on my nerve clusters bad enough to leave me irked with the entire effort Such a hope dashing, bitter disappointment this was for me After really enjoying Ancestor some time ago, I was looking to Sigler to become a new staple for me in the realm of science horror Now, after this miss, it looks like his newest effort, Nocturnal, will be the deciding vote on whether he and I have a future together And so it goes Undressing the novel down to its various components, I thought most of them were good to excellent Sigler has a terrific imagination, and I was a fan of both the plot and the science fiction horror aspects It was just that giant, dimpled, 800 pound BUT that ruined things by blowing stink all over the story First, the positives.The Good 1 The premiseET virus lands on Earth, finds warm, comfy humans to nest in, and turns these infected into paranoid, murderous sickfuckopaths Me likelythumbs up 2 Intriguing backstory details on the parasitic space invaders, complete with plenty of easily digestible science bits on how the nasties work once inside a their host Again, I thought this was nicely done 3 The laying out of the various stages of the viral incubation, and the increasingly destressing symptoms as the infection progressed was handled in a manner that kept the pages turning 4 The stakes raising plot development regarding the virus not being just a virus really ramped up the tension and added a sense of freshness to what could have been a very pedestrian plague novel 5 Healthy doses Disturbing amounts of blood, gore, and almost unmentionable dismemberments I ll simply mention Chicken Scissors and leave it at that Just thinking of it makes me wince Still, this was sick, graphic and wonderfully entertaining Unfortunately disappointment lurked nearbyin the shadows The Shitty The characters in charge of carrying the story were just horrible I didn t get along with a single one, and the only thing worse than their clanging internal monologues was when they opened their pie holes to speak I m not saying all of the dialogue was bad, but it rarely felt natural, and there were far too many wincing, eye rolling moments to overlook In essence, that ruined this novel for me I cared for no one affected by the virus, not just because they were two dimensional and unrealistic, but because they were dumbass annoyasauruses Anyway, I don t want to belabor the point, because I can hear Baby Rage just itching to make an appearance in this review It wasn t Baby Rage bad the characters and dialogue werebut the rest of the story was a solid 3 star effort parts of it even 4 star worthy as I really thought the premise was fun BUT.the negatives were too large and hairy to overlook 2.0 stars

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    This book should cause me to lose a few pounds because now my stomach is queasy.When I started the book I was all fangirl because I love some contagion books Yes, I know I have weird tastes in books Some kind of contagion is sweeping a town, it causes people to go completely nuts and to kill the people around them A seventy something year old Grandma kills her son because of it.Then before the bodies of the assailants can be looked at they rot, completely turn to mush, and an odd fungus looki This book should cause me to lose a few pounds because now my stomach is queasy.When I started the book I was all fangirl because I love some contagion books Yes, I know I have weird tastes in books Some kind of contagion is sweeping a town, it causes people to go completely nuts and to kill the people around them A seventy something year old Grandma kills her son because of it.Then before the bodies of the assailants can be looked at they rot, completely turn to mush, and an odd fungus looking stuff.Things of daydreams right Then a former football player gets infected Perry Dawsey is a big guy, he has been known for his horrible temper but has settled into a boring office job Once infected Perry fights back He has blue triangles growing in his skin There are others that have been infected Then the triangles start talking to each otherthen start hatching I ve had the third book of this series on my kindle for awhile and thought I would finally pick this one up to see what all the fuss was about It was kind of a medium opening for me I will finish the series but not at this moment

  • mark monday

    dude if you can t even read your own novel effectively then hire someone I for one am not a fan of overly emphatic narration that sounds like the reader has too much saliva in their mouth and it s right there inside of my ears spit or swallow, Sigler it was so gross that I didn t even have a chance to get grossed out by the plot itself and I doubt that every sentence ends in an exclamation point or a breathy whisper even worse female characters voiced by the author as high pitched ni dude if you can t even read your own novel effectively then hire someone I for one am not a fan of overly emphatic narration that sounds like the reader has too much saliva in their mouth and it s right there inside of my ears spit or swallow, Sigler it was so gross that I didn t even have a chance to get grossed out by the plot itself and I doubt that every sentence ends in an exclamation point or a breathy whisper even worse female characters voiced by the author as high pitched ninnies who sound all too much like Minnie Mouse.this is my second and probably last audiobook I really don t get the appeal clearly they are not for me ugh

  • Michael

    Scott Sigler is one of those new fangled podcast novelists who is revolutionizing the publishing industry Sigler offered audiences his first couple of novels free to the whoever wanted to download them Through hard work and shameless self promotion, Sigler got his name out there, drew in audiences and created a network of 30,000 plus rabid fans who couldn t wait for the next insallment or novel.Eventually, the publishing industry took notice and signed Sigler to a contract to put his stories i Scott Sigler is one of those new fangled podcast novelists who is revolutionizing the publishing industry Sigler offered audiences his first couple of novels free to the whoever wanted to download them Through hard work and shameless self promotion, Sigler got his name out there, drew in audiences and created a network of 30,000 plus rabid fans who couldn t wait for the next insallment or novel.Eventually, the publishing industry took notice and signed Sigler to a contract to put his stories in the old fashioned brick and mortar stores And unlike some first time authors of this kind, Sigler wasn t going out in paperback or a trade paperback He was going hardcover with a full on marketing push and blitz.The first major label publication is Sigler s popular story Infected Not only because it s one of his better books, but also becuase it s creating the universe that Sigler plays in other novels Hopefully the blitz and the publication will create new fans for Sigler as they realize what many of his podcast fans have known for years the man can write one hell of a novel Infected is an alien invasion story, of sorts Every man Perry Dawson s body has been invaded by some kind of alien virus It starts out as a rash, but slowly evolves into something worse, to the point that the virus can communicate telepathically with Perry The organisms are slowly turning into something, something sinister But what they are and where they came from aren t exactly know to Perry.Meanwhile, a government team is trying to find a connection between a set of seemingly well adjusted people who suddenly go mad and on a killing spree One connection is the crazy person become suicidal and their bodies decay quickly after death These plot threads slowly and inevitably come on a collision course.The first thing to warn readers is that Infected is not for the faint of heart Perry s attempts to get the sores out of his body become and intense as the story goes along This is not a book to be read while eating or even if you ve eaten lately or if you re thinking of eating later It is, however, a great book to lose weight by reading Sigler finds the perfect balance between giving enough information on what s unfolding and allowing our imaginations to fill in the rest.The portions of the story with March are the most compelling of the book Sigler seems to channel Stephen King or Richard Matheson in finding the everyman who is in some bizarre circumstance and trying to figure out how to react to it March s descent into madness works because Sigler lays out the journey and the decisions that eventually lead to his actions That said, you ll never look at chicken scissors in quite the same way again Where the story does drag a bit is in the governmental pursuit of the virus While March s story has a definite beginning, middle and end, the story of what the virus is and the pursuit of it feels like the opening salvo of a larger storyline If you re looking for a lot of answers on that front, you re going to come away being disappointed Infected clearly leaves itself open for a sequel and I just hope sales justify the next installment of this series.Of course, I guess even if they don t the good news is that Sigler would still deliver the novel via podcast.But why not pick up the book and encourage them to give us At times, Infected is a white knuckle thriller that will keep the pages turning and there are certain scenes that will huant you long after the final page is turned It s a bloody, dark, violent gruesome affair and one of the best first novels I ve read in a long time Some day we may all look back and say, Oh yeah, I read Sigler back when Get on board the train now You won t regret it

  • Karen

    This was truly one of the grossest books at times and I m surprised I didn t have nightmares And I loved it I have a signed copy and the inscription reads Save Perry s balls I caught on about halfway through There is science, and itching, and science, and alien things, and gore, and gore, and You really have to read it Sigler is a master storyteller of this genre I have Contagious open and ready to go

  • Sh3lly ☽ escaping in books is my reality ☽

    I got to page 111 and am calling it quits for now I can t get into it No rating There s nothing wrong with the writing or plot I m just not in the mood for a contagion thriller type book I guess Doesn t seem like a zombie book at all, at least where I left off, so not sure why it s tagged that way Original post I m trying to squeeze one zombie book into Zombiefest July 2015.

  • Michael

    This book did nothing for me If you re going to give me action, then give me action I can believe and not have to stop every other page and question what I m reading If you re going to give me violence and gore and be warned, there is a lot of violence and gore here then give me violence and gore I can believe and not something just for the sake of writing something violent.The concept of alien spores growing in humans was easier for me to swallow than anything else in this story and when it This book did nothing for me If you re going to give me action, then give me action I can believe and not have to stop every other page and question what I m reading If you re going to give me violence and gore and be warned, there is a lot of violence and gore here then give me violence and gore I can believe and not something just for the sake of writing something violent.The concept of alien spores growing in humans was easier for me to swallow than anything else in this story and when it got to the alien spores talking to the infecteds the whole thing got a little comical for me and I started seeing Perry and his spores as some type of sci fi Three Stooges.This book comes with a lot of hype and that s it has going for it as far as I was concerned I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone

  • Cathleen

    Well plotted enough, I suppose, but most definitely NOT my kind of read Incessant foul language, manic violence, graphic gore, and grating characters Ending wasn t what I d expected not a compliment , and I weary of obvious sequel set ups.audiobook note Authors rarely do a good job reading their own works, and Sigler even acknowledges that he can t do female voices He s right.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~

    AWESOME Totally awesome.Love this first book.I was getting the creepy willies all while reading it.

  • Mandy Moody

    Scott Sigler is a podcast author 1 on every aggregator, icluding Itunes Infected is his first published novel I picked it up because the cover looked cool, and the title sounded creepy The short synopsis inside the front cover convinced me to buy it.Boy, was I glad I did Infected is an original story that s well told, thought provoking, and fun to read The characters are well written and believable and the story is intriguing This book gave me the feeling that all this was happening in r Scott Sigler is a podcast author 1 on every aggregator, icluding Itunes Infected is his first published novel I picked it up because the cover looked cool, and the title sounded creepy The short synopsis inside the front cover convinced me to buy it.Boy, was I glad I did Infected is an original story that s well told, thought provoking, and fun to read The characters are well written and believable and the story is intriguing This book gave me the feeling that all this was happening in real time I felt like if I wasn t reading it, things were happening without me I read this book very quickly like I was afraid I d miss something if I didn t It was a strange feeling I attribute it to Siglers unique writing style I loved the short chapters and the POV shift between characters.I think I spent time thinking about this one than I did reading it because I couldn t help but tear though it as quickly as possible I loved it, can t wait until Scott Sigler writes another I might even try listening to one of his stories on my Ipod



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