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by Scott Sigler

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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


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.

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"Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk, Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense.  Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart.  You've been warned!"
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain and Black Order

“Powerfully written . . . an unforgettable central character.”
Dallas Morning News

“Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down... Infected is a marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror.”
—Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm and Death Match

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

“Sigler is the Richard Matheson of the 21st Century…smart and creepy, Infected is a flawless thinking-person’s thriller. Bravo to a bold new talent!”
—Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Bad Moon Rising and Ghost Road Blues

“Riveting . . . even hardened genre fans will find themselves whimpering at each new revelation.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Horror mavens rejoice! Infected is a revelation — a novel that lives up to its hype. From page one, the story of a mysterious smart-virus that turns its hosts into deadly drooling drones creeps up on a reader like the ratchet of a roller coaster climbing toward its inevitable crest. Sigler brings the folksy character detail of Stephen King, the conceptual panache of Clive Barker, and the oozing, shuddery pathologies of a David Cronenberg movie. Zombies, spies, conspiracies, and gallons of goo make this the fastest read in the west! Highest recommendation!"
Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling author of Shattered, Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland

"Sigler has a unique talent for keeping readers on the edge of their seats; I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. Infected is full of mayhem, action, and gore—and you won’t be able to put it down."
Dave Wellington, author of 13 Bullets and the Monster Island trilogy

"Scott Sigler's Infected is a bucking pulp pony that throws you this way and that, and just when you think you've got your balance, that ole pony bucks the other way. All in all, one hell of an exhilarating ride, and highly recommended."
—Joe R. Lansdale, World Horror Convention Grand Master and six-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Bubba Ho-Tep and Lost Echoes

"Infected is as unnerving as a scream in a morgue…a breakout novel that gets under your skin. If the voice in your head is Sigler's, you're locked in for a very scary night."
—E.E. Knight

Publishers Weekly

In Sigler's riveting horror thriller, alien seeds from outer space infect a number of unlucky humans, who develop some unusual symptoms-itchy, blue triangular growths on their skin-that eventually result in the carriers becoming screaming, homicidal maniacs. CIA agent Dew Phillips must find out why these formerly docile citizens are running amok, aided by Margaret Montoya, a Centers for Disease Control epidemiologist, who reported the first of the strange cases. One of the infected, former football player Perry Dawsey, doesn't take any crap from anybody, not even the aliens residing in his body. Sigler (Ancestor) leads the reader from one startling detail to the next-the creatures learn to speak ("feed us we hungry"); they grow little black eyes-until even hardened genre fans will find themselves whimpering at each new revelation. This terrifying page-turner could be the author's breakout book, fueled by an extensive online podcast campaign. 5-city author tour. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

Sigler has taken an active and original approach to getting his books published, building up a readership with blogs and podcast versions of his writing, then using that momentum to secure a book deal. This novel doesn't suffer from any sense of gimmickry, though, despite its noticeably short, podcast-friendly chapters. It's a solid example of the technically minded sf horror Sigler aims to produce. Former football star Perry Dawsey becomes infected with a malevolent, sentient parasite. Meanwhile, a cast of standard characters-a hardened CIA operative near the end of his career, a beautiful researcher still finding her assertiveness, and so on-works to discover the cause of the strange, triangular growths that appear to turn their victims into raging killers. For public libraries.-Fred Baerkircher, Twinsburg P.L., OH
—Fred Baerkircher

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Meet the Author

SCOTT SIGLER is the world’s most successful podcasting author, with a rabidly loyal following of more than 30,000 subscribers per book. His books have held the number one audiobook position on all the podcast aggregators, including iTunes, and his remarkable triumph has made him the subject of profiles in the New York Times and the Toledo Blade, as well as coverage in the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, and elsewhere. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jody, and their two dogs. You can find him online at scottsigler.com and infectednovel.com.

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Infected 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 reviews.
Stale-Croissant More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I was expecting something different, but at the end it went in such a direction that i don't think i have the imagination to dream up what he had. His writing style is like no other. He makes the characters (amongst other things) come to life. I finished it in 4 hours. Couldn't put it down. Its not for the weak hearted i can tell you that much. The pain his main character goes through is mind blowing. The way he describes it, its almost as if you can feel it yourself. I know i got sick to my stomach a few times. Its a must read. I heard they're making a movie. Hope they live up to its greatness. Hopefully once you read, you will become a Sigler Junkie like me. Check out the second one Contagious
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
This novel was sick and twisted in all the good ways. Infected is intense and violent, definately not for everyone. But if you enjoy some carnage and gore then you really need to read this book. This book hooked me from the start, and it hasn't let me go even though I have finished the wild ride. Scott Sigler is impressive. Chalk up another fan of Scott Sigler.
Subdi_Visions More than 1 year ago
I've been reading for a long time. I gave up on horror, for the most part, years ago. It was just to hard to find anything worth reading in that genre. I found Infected while looking through the E Books. It hooked me fast and never let go. The characters were pretty good and the story was incredible. Before I finished it I ordered a hard copy of this book and it's sequel Contagious. I finished Infected and couldn't wait for the hard back coming and ordered the e book version and am pausing only long enough to write this review. If you appreciate horror, you have to get this book. Period, end of story...
Matthew_Hernandez More than 1 year ago
It's a Horror/Scifi book about normal people infected with a parasite/alien that makes them psychotic and murderers.Perry is a Ex-College Football Player who is borderline psychotic and he's infected which pushs him over the EDGE.The author shows the beginning stages to the awful final stage that leave you breathless and wanting more...read this Infectious book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I consider this book a Sci-Fi/Horror book. It took me a few chapters to get into the authors writing from all the jumping around that was going on, but once in I was hooked! I don't want to give away any of the plot (you can get that from the many reviews) or describe the characters, but the ideas the author presents and the explanations are pretty unique. Give it a shot. I've already picked up the sequel to this book.
PowerMacMan More than 1 year ago
I listened to this story as a podcast before I bought it. Scott does such a great job with his podcasts, that I had to buy the book, too.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The country is stunned as law abiding ethical citizens suddenly turn into homicidal mass murderers. The first reaction in DC beyond presidential and congressional anger, fear and survival is alien terrorism so the CIA is assigned the lead with an assist from CDC since the symptoms of the killers are scratchy blue triangular irritations on their skin.------------ CIA agent Dew Phillips leads the inquiry with CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya as his scientific advisor. They soon believe that alien terrorism is extremely accurate as Margaret studying the corpses of these deranged killers finds each commonly hosted a parasite never seen before and apparently not of this earth. Then they meet a live subject, former football player Perry Dawsey, who is at war with the aliens inside his body demanding he feed them while he demands they leave him.--------------- Modernizing and combining the INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS with the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Scott Sigler provides an exhilarating horror thriller that grips the audience the moment the first maniacal mass murder occurs and never slows down as the Feds struggle to prevent a deadly parasitical alien invasion. Fast-paced, INFECTED never decelerates as time is running out on mankind with Peter the last Hail Mary hope.------------ Harriet Klausner
SaphiraRN More than 1 year ago
I am not a horror junkie. I picked this book up because I am interested in microbiology and the Infected title caught my eye while passing by the horror section one day (on my way to the romance aisle-heh). I picked it up and devoured the book as well as the sequel when it came out. The gore is there, but I never found it to be so bad that I couldn't read it. You really get to know Scary Perry and what he faces in this novel and the sequel. I let my mom read this book and she also found it very good, and then my sister read it and she also really liked it and the sequel. All in all, for a family of non-horror readers, this book really caught us and kept us hanging on until the end.
shara turley More than 1 year ago
sci fi with a biological background? yes please! everytime u think u know what will happen, prepare yourself for a shock! oh and prepare yourself to love 'Scary' Perry Dawson!
Katrina Vallejo-Akanhay More than 1 year ago
one of my top favorites i enjoyed this book alot and i suggest sequel it is also a good read
Lo_Rain More than 1 year ago
Siglers writing style is awesome. He really captures the details to make this storyline work. This book kept me captivated to the end.
jseger9000 More than 1 year ago
Scott Sigler's Infected surprised me by being one of the best books I've read this year. The initial chapters describe a strange virus that causes its victims to break out in a paranoid, homicidal rage. We learn that the CIA has been charged with investigating this disease and, by all means, keeping it quiet. From there, we follow three different characters through interwoven stories: agent Dew Phillips, tasked with keeping the lid on the mystery plague; Margaret Montoya, a CDC examiner in charge figuring out what the disease is and 'Scary' Perry Dawsey, former college football star/current office drone who hasn't been feeling too well lately... Infected was an incredible read. A masterpiece of ooey, gooey body horror (think of Eli Roth's Cabin Fever or David Cronenberg's The Fly if you aren't sure what body horror is). A fast paced, splattery and fun book that was very well written. Sigler's characters had enough depth to them to make you care about them. When I read the synopsis I worried that having the main character be an ex-football player was going to make him a Mary Sue, but Scott is a better writer than that. 'Scary' Perry's background was essential in making the events of the book believable. His sense of pacing was right on the money. I was constantly interested in what was going to happen next and the book had enough mysterious twists and turns that I was never able to outguess the characters or the plot. I also appreciate the detail and research that the author did. I have no idea how plausible or accurate his details of how the disease functions are, but they rang true as I read them anyway. Occasionally I would catch him making a mistake (the CIA operating inside the U.S. for example), only to have him address this point later. The only real problem I had with the book was that near the end it felt a little too obvious that he was setting the book up for a sequel. It didn't kill the book for me, but I think the hints should have been more subtle. This was a book I had sitting on my shelf for over a year. I should have gotten to it sooner. Then again, I'm kind of glad I waited this long to read it as I see that the sequel, Contagious is due out in paperback in a few days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your a fan of Gross out horror, then this book if for you. This is the type of book that makes you think, "They won't go THERE, will they?" and the very next page they go there, and beyond. The writing style in this book is very effective, and make you feel for the character as you watch (painfully) his slow descent into madness, as he mutilates himself, and others to get the growing infection out himself. The basic plot of the story is an infection that uses humans as their growing ground until the infections reaches maturity, while in the proccess slowly killing the human, and we see the story from the point of view of a strongheaded ex-football player, infected with the alien.
The end of the book is a departure from the rest of the story, but it does not in anyway ruin in--- Highly Recommended for fans of the Genre, and make sure to look for the sequel in December!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Infected was a book that I couldn't wait to get home from work and read. At the same time I didn't want it to end. loved Mr. siglers style of writing. I did have a couple of nightmares. All said this was a great read. I'm hoping that Mr. sigler might decide to 're-infect' us in the future. I was also lucky enough to have him sign my book. Compliments of my sister who happened to borrow it and have it in her car when he was at a B&N booksigning. I was tickled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
best book i read in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with a bang (literally, with a suicide) and moves at a fast clip straight through to the ending. The author drops enough hints that you should be able to figure out what's going on, and yet holds enough back that there are some surprising twists along the way. It's both science fiction and horror as well as a bit of a commentary on how the government keeps tabs on those it wants to keep tabs on. There were several times in the book where I was either surprised at the way the story turned, or angry at the characters for not doing something that would have brought them closer to understanding what was going on much earlier in the book. But then, that's the joy of reading something like this Scott Sigler, like Stephen King, has a knack for making you feel like you'd be so much smarter than the characters in the same situation. Sigler also used that 'familiar' tone of narration that King has employed so well. With such a fast pace, there's not a lot of time to get to know anyone but the main characters very well -- Dew Phillips, Margaret Montoya and especially Perry Dawsey are well-drawn and play very different roles in bringing the story to its conclusion -- but points have to be given to Sigler for at least giving some of his secondary characters (like Bill Miller and Clarence Otto) enough personality that they stand out from the masses of secondary and tertiary characters. Scott Sigler is an author to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Infected is one of the most gripping novels I have ever read. You'll be hooked after the first few pages. Only bad thing about this book is that you can't turn the pages fast enough. Anything by Scott Sigler is a great read. If you like to be entertained, buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In order to truly scare you, Sigler must educate you like a good Tom clancy Novel. Disease vectors, CDC and HasMat suits like Robin Cook. This is a whole new kind of writing. I've heard the original podcast and am listening to it again and even though I KNOW the plot I'm on pins and needles. This will be a great read, listen and a keeper for sure.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The flies are swarming, the bodies decomposing right before their eyes, the room before them is a horror scene more grisly than they have ever witnessed before, yet the team stands in awe, grasping at what lies before them. There is an urgency set in motion the second they arrived at the scene yet the team is afraid to touch anything for fear of contaminating what is left of the victims whose bodies are scattered throughout the scene. What was causing this destruction? Why were individuals taking the lives of others for no apparent reason? Perry started out with an itch which he scratched but soon he was digging at these itchy spots with his nails until he bled. His friend became concerned about his itching and suggested a doctor but Perry thought his itching would go away. It didn’t and soon Perry was digging at himself with a fork as he sees something down in his skin where these itchy spots are. He’s prying at his skin, digging and digging deeper and deeper trying to dislodge whatever is stuck inside him. I was so deep into this novel, I couldn’t put it down. Between Perry and his obsession with his skin and the investigation into the killings, I thought this novel was incredible! I don’t want to spoil the novel but goodness sakes, this author had me in his grips! Perry is relentless in his attempts to get to the mystery of his itch and the pain, oh the pain he was putting himself through to accomplish his goal was amazing. I was squirming as I read but I kept reading, I was lost in their world. As the investigation team tries to piece together why normal individuals are taking the lives of others, they must work fast because the bodies are decomposing at a rapid pace. How does Perry fit in all of this? This novel never slowed down and I felt that Scott did a terrific job of tying it all together in the end. I loved the timeline aspect of the story and the Triangles, wow what a great storyline. I highly recommend this novel, if it is a genre that you enjoy but just be warned, you will not be able to put it down. Onto book #2….I hope it’s just as good.
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I have a concussion so I can't read books right now. I listened to this podiobook read by the author. He's amazing! The book jumps to life just as if I was reading it. It's so well written and interesting. I'll buy all his books as soon as I can read them. Until then he released several for free as podiobooks. Scott Sigler forever holds a special place in my heart for helping me through difficult times.
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Well written, and very thought-provoking.
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