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From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity’s secret battle against a horrific enemy.

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using

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From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity’s secret battle against a horrific enemy.

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease’s hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation’s best hope and a terrifying liability. Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they’re going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors.

These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that’s not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat — one that comes from a most unexpected source — may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all.

Catapulting the reader into a world where humanity’s life span is measured in hours and the president’s finger hovers over the nuclear button, rising star Scott Sigler takes us on a breathtaking, hyper-adrenalized ride filled with terror and jaw-dropping action. Contagious is a truly grand work of suspense, science, and horror from a new master.

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Praise for Scott Sigler’s Infected

“An inventive, amped-up yarn . . . full of pressure-cooker mind games.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Fraught with tension . . . Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Hot Zone.”
Rocky Mountain News

“Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk . . . a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain

“Powerfully written . . . [with] an unforgettable central character. You’ll never listen to Cole Porter’s ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ the same way again.”
Dallas Morning News

“Once begun, not easily put down . . . leaves the reader’s heart still racing when the last page is turned.”
Roanoke Times

“A marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror. Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go.”
—Lincoln Child,New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm

“Riveting . . . leads the reader from one startling detail to the next . . . a terrifying page-turner.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Publishers Weekly

Alien invaders threaten humanity in Sigler's over-the-top thriller, the sequel to Infected. In the near future, U.S. president John Gutierrez goes straight from his inauguration to crisis management when his national security team informs him that he must focus his attention on Project Tangram, a secret government program to stave off an epidemic caused by alien parasites, which form itchy blue triangular patches on the skin. Victims eventually become paranoid and violent. As the infestation spreads, Gutierrez must decide whether the outbreak can be contained without the use of tactical nukes on American soil. Meanwhile, the creatures responsible for the parasites get a foothold in Michigan through a seven-year-old girl, who manifests possession by drawing blue triangles on her dolls. While lacking the psychological sophistication of Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers or David Gerrold's War Against the Chtorr series, this page-turner builds inexorably to an explosive ending. 5-city author tour.(Jan.)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had bought this ebook and after 180+ pages I realized that the entire book was out of order. I was reading part of the beginning then the end and then the middle. I was like what is going on? So I wish there had been a better copy instead of wasting $9.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this novel as much as the first, INFECTED!! As another reviewer wrote, "Scary Perry" makes the book. His character is complicated, brutal, and kinda sad. No pages or chapters were out of order in my nook book. A must read!
cel4145 More than 1 year ago
My first clue that the book was horribly converted to ebook should have been in the Prologue, where one can immediately see that paragraph formatting was never added to the CSS of the book. I blame B&N for this, too, since there is obviously no quality control of what is being offered for sale. Only takes a minute to notice this problem. But even worse, the book is out of order, something I would have found out if I had read other reviews. There's a jump in the plot--I just thought it was bad writing--and then at about pp. 124-125, the plot jumps back again. This ebook was put together OUT OF ORDER.
Dacov More than 1 year ago
I read his first book, "Infected". I liked it so I purchased this sequel which is over 500 pages long. After about a hundred pages things started making no sense as if I must have missed things in the reading. One character was at first a good guy then 20 pages later he was one of the bad guys. People who were main characters were suddenly dead with no explanation at all on how they died. I finally got to around page 200 and the dead people were now alive once more. I finally figured out that the chapters were not placed in the right order and that I wasn't a stupid as I thought. I really would like to get my money back for this book but I'm pretty sure I'm just out of luck.
drdyson More than 1 year ago
Although I would really like to read this, I'm not going to buy it until it gets put in order. I enjoyed Infected by Sigler, a shame can't check out this one of his....
harstan More than 1 year ago
The transition of power is ending with the inauguration of the new American president, but not long after taking his oath of office, John Gutierrez is briefed by CIA Deputy Director Murray Longworth about his biggest issue: alien parasites. John initially believes Murray is telling a sick joke, but quickly realizes that the top secret Project Tangram is his most important program. An alien virus has infected Americans causing blue triangular lesions to erupt on the skin; these intrusions are sentient, causing their host to go insane before they break out from the body turning into pyramid creatures that share a singular strategic goal of building a path to somewhere that is assumed dangerous to humanity.

It is Six weeks since the infection began and there is only one known survivor. Using a scissor former football player "Scary" Perry Dawsey surgically removed the triangle, but has traces left that enable him to detect human carriers. When he finds them he kills them over the chagrin of CIA agent Dew Phillips who needs living specimen for Doctor Margaret Montoya to conduct research on, but cannot alienate the only human capable of finding them. However, Perry is scared as he feels something voodoo like is occurring in Michigan.

This exciting sequel to INFECTED is an action-packed thriller reminiscent of the INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. At a time of potential pandemic doom, the change in leadership is a refreshing spin as that adds vulnerability that seems eerily similar to the economic crisis although one would have thought the President elect would have been told several weeks earlier. Still this is a fast-paced horror thriller as the new PROTUS must decide what to do about the biggest terrorist threat to the nation.

Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Question for those reviewers: are the pages really out of order, or does it actually jump back to earlier page numbers? I have encountered this before. While annoying, I change to a smaller font size and it fixes itself. Once I am past the problem area by a few pages, I switch back to the preferred font size. If the plot itself is actually ordered wrong rather than the page number problem, I will skip this purchase.
Anonymous222 More than 1 year ago
The chapters are out of order in the nook version. It's totally unreadable. B&N refused to refund the purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is very good. I have read some of his other books and they were very good. However this ebook is out of sequence. The end of the book takes place in the middle.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
Wow. This novel was great! I liked how it provided more background information on the aliens and their hidden agenda towards Earth it gave the story more depth and the story is well rounded out. As in Infected, I also liked how there are scientific terms and theories, but it was easily explained and not complicated to understand. We all know some science fiction novels have a lot of technological jargon and you're left wondering if you're reading an encyclopedia on physics or rocket science. Here, everything is kept at Science 101 which is good, at least the reader is not stuck with having to go back to their college notes. I also liked the idea of the virus being able to evolve and to adapt so no matter how hard the government tries to fight it, it somehow gains the upper hand I thought it was an interesting way of keeping the story going. The use of Chelsea in the book is very well done. It makes the story more eerie and creepy by using a child - a very beautiful and innocent like girl to become one of the most horrible creatures I've ever read in my life. You also get to see Perry Dawsey evolve from a psychotic raging killer doing down the downward spiral to a more calculated one, but with good intentions thanks to Dew. There is a lot of action in this novel. It's so fast paced and well done it's almost as if you're watching a movie instead of reading. There are also a few military terms here and there but it shouldn't really bother the reader if they're not familiar with the terminology (same with the science terms). There is a lot of gore and swearing for those that aren't keen with that sort of thing. Other than that, this is a very pleasing sequel, is there room for more? well, I suppose it's up for the reader to decide. Personally, I wouldn't mind wondering what happens to the characters but then again perhaps it's better if it stays with two books instead. It could go either way I guess. Overall a wonderful, fast paced, sequel to Infected. A great read for sci fi action lovers anywhere. If the gore and swearing don't bother you pick up both books and read them straight through. You won't be dissapointed. Also, in this book is one of the most wonderful, awesome, feel-good "tell-offs" I have ever read in my life between Murray, President Gutierrez and Vanessa. I will never forget that part in the book. (If you're curious, read the chapter: "Murray and Vanessa, BFF" to find out)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book. I loved the podcast and the book was that much better.
Schwa More than 1 year ago
I was afraid to buy this for the longest time due to the comments about the book being out of order. I finally bit the bullet and can happily report that it has apparently been fixed. And I absolutely loved reading the further adventures of Scary Perry Dawsey.
Slamo More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes Horror, sci-fi action books is gonna love this. Start with Infected then get this part two of the series. You wont be dissapointed. The writing style keeps you on the edge of your seat and the science behind the sci-fiction is alarmingly accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book Scott Sigler has published. Very hard book to put down.
I found Scott by listening to his podcasts. He does such a great job, that even though I bought and read Contagious, I still listen to every episode of Contagious. His podcasts bring his stories to life.
Great Job, Scott!!!
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
After reading Infected, I thought that there was no way that Sigler could write a sequel of the same outstanding quality. Not only is Contagious an outstanding book. . .it surpasses Infected. That is saying quite a lot since Infected was received so well by many readers. Contagious is so engrossing and captivating that I truly could not turn the pages fast enough. There is only one word that I can think of when describing Contagious. . .PERFECT. Keep the novels coming Scott Sigler, I will continue buying without hesitation.
AW_Ford More than 1 year ago
If you don't know Scott Sigler yet, then you haven't met the new face of modern scifi-horror-thills. Sigler, the self-proclaimed "Future Dark Overlord" of Earth is a true master of the grab-you-by-the-seat-of-your-pants literary amusement park ride. He weaves hard science, often straight out of today's headlines, into dark, twisted, and always surprising plots. We've all been to a horror movie or two that was so gut wrenching it made you want to puke. What Scott does to Perry Dawsey, the main character in "Infected" and "Contagious" is the written form of that movie experience at it's best. If you're a fan of science fiction, horror, or psychological thrillers, then do yourself a favor and make room on the bookshelf for anything he writes. I've read Infected, and Contagious, and listened to the "podiobook" audio productions of Earthcore, Ancestor, The Rookie, and Nocturnal. Scott Sigler rocks. "No bout adout it".

Kudos, from an original Junkie, Scott.
I_Devour_Books More than 1 year ago
I started listening to the Infected podcast by Scott Sigler and was hooked from the prologue. I had started around chapters 46-50, but starting at episode one it only took me a couple of days to catch up.I would laugh at the people having to wait for their "fix", but once I caught up I had a hard time being patient and waiting. Contagious is the sequel to Infected and I am hooked on the 4 podcast episodes so far just as I was for Infected. I am a junkie(sigler junkie not a real one...). I personally can not wait until Contagious comes out and I hope that the FDO never stops writing. Get it it's awesome!
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This one will give you the creeps and pulls you to the edge of your seat with a taut climax. A definite page turner.
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DixieLT7 More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series and it is just as good as the first. Contagious continues the story of Perry, Otto, Dr. Montoya, and Dew. Perry goes from victim to hero and takes Dew along with him. They both give their lives to help save the human race. The search for the vector brings Perry face to face with the most unlikely leader - a child- a young girl that has the fate of the human race in the palm of her selfish self-absorbed little hands. Like any young child that is spoiled they want what they want when they want it and noting in between will suffice. Contagious is the perfect continuation of Infected.
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