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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

You will not be able to put this book down

I have never read anything bad by Scott Sigler and Ancestor is the cream of the crop! From the second I picked this book up, I had to know what was going to happen. Ancestor kept me turning page after page, long into the night. I wanted to cover my eyes to hide from ...
I have never read anything bad by Scott Sigler and Ancestor is the cream of the crop! From the second I picked this book up, I had to know what was going to happen. Ancestor kept me turning page after page, long into the night. I wanted to cover my eyes to hide from what was coming next but couldn't put the book down until I knew!

The science of Sigler is phenomenal and fascinating. I am not a biologist, a chemist, or any other kind of -ist; however the concepts are thorough and clearly laid out, and in such a way that even I can understand what is going on and how things work. The incredible detail really draws you into the story and makes it all the more real. If I find myself in a dark forest (or a cow pasture) any time soon I'll most certainly be looking over my shoulder!

And the thing I like best? Scott Sigler writes characters I really care about. My stomach turns when something bad happens, or even when I think it might, and I am genuinely relieved when things turn out okay. The bad guys are really, really bad and I keep hoping they'll get what's coming to them (though I won't tell you if they do or not!). The good guys are not only good, they're also human; with flaws and faults all their own. That's part of what makes me care so much about what happens to them.

Any fan of edge-of-your-seat excitement, action, thrills, science, horror and gore needs to add this book to their collection!

posted by Phantom_Reverie on April 27, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Sigler does it better......

This review is for the new hardcover edition of ANCESTOR slated for bookstores in June of 2010.

The new hardcover edition of ANCESTOR follows the same plot line as the original. A group of scientist are charged with creating an animal whose organs can be used for Xe...
This review is for the new hardcover edition of ANCESTOR slated for bookstores in June of 2010.

The new hardcover edition of ANCESTOR follows the same plot line as the original. A group of scientist are charged with creating an animal whose organs can be used for Xenotransplantation. The ultimate goal is to provide organs for the growing list of individuals awaiting organ transplants. To reduce the incident of organ rejections the scientists are trying to create an animal, the Ancestor to all mammals. In the process of creating this animal, something goes terrible wrong.
In the latest version of ANCESTOR, Mr. Sigler has included prior interactions among the main characters that helps the reader to better understand the underlying dynamics that are occurring. Indeed, I have grown to love some characters that I had no emotional feelings about in the original version of ANCESTOR.

Additionally, the science in the new version of ANCESTOR has been upgraded and strengthened to reflect the current scientific knowledge regarding Xenotransplantation and cloning of whole animals which has grown in the past 3 years. Mr. Sigler incorporates characters who are altruistic in their desires and those who are only in the process for the greedy, money end of the deal. The conflict that ensues from these two competing viewpoints is well played out in the book. In my opinion, the plot line is much tighter and the overall general flow of the book is better. Clearly Mr. Sigler has benefited from his contract with Crown Publishing, their editors and agents. He is well on his way to being one of the top Science Fiction/Horror writers. Well done!

posted by MuchAdo on May 1, 2010

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Authors maturity helps re-write of Ancestor

    Having listened to the original podcast and read the original book I was excited to get my hands on a Hardcover of a good fun genetic thriller.

    The story has been expanded the development of characters was excellent. The maturity of Mr. Siglers writing really shows in this rewrite.

    The updated science was really good to see. Although at times I felt like I was in science class and having it explained to me. there was one loose thread left untied, and I prefer the original ending. Now, Having said that, 98% of the book I did not want to put the book down. (I have to work to afford my book habit.)

    as you can see my overall rating is still a four, and the book is well worth the read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    Genetic engineering run amok!

    Fast paced plot revolves around genetic engineering that brings to mind the question, just because you can doesn't mean you should. I enjoyed the story and the moral questions it poses along the way.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    Classic Sigler, With a twist.

    After reading "Infected" and "Contagious" I was not disappointed with "Ancestor". The detail in Scott's books is fantastic. Not "He had a gun.", but "He had a Beretta 96...". The details make the story so believable, almost like watching it rather than reading it. The story itself was great, suspense, thrills and fright. All the characters had depth and were entirely human with flaws. Speaking of the characters, I thought it interesting that there was no main character, no one the story focused on. This added to the uniqueness of the story. Anyone could be killed, no one person was that special that the story would suffer without them. Now for the monsters, the "ancestors". Even though they were a key part of the plot, they were not the whole story. The ancestors were just another challenge the heroes and villains had to put up with while they tried to kill each other. And what villains, these guys were the personification of evil. I actually hated the human bad guys worse than the monsters. All in all, a gripping book that kept me up late at night to read.

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    Posted February 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended if you like ACTION!

    This is a real page turner and scary read. A good monster story for those cold winter nights.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Must Read

    I read this book a year ago and i simply could not put it down. if you want a page turner this is the book. It is full of man made horrible creatures. i loved it.

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