Infected [NOOK Book]

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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 clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly ...
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Overview

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.

If you liked Infected, check out the sequel Contagious!
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Editorial Reviews

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

From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307409171
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,429
  • File size: 838 KB

Meet the Author

Scott Sigler
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Holy Mary mother of Jesus

    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

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Sick and twisted...

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Woof

    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...

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Shocking,Terrifying,and Gruesome-you must check it out!!!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Modernizing and combining the INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS with the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    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

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Unique Ideas

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Great read!

    Siglers writing style is awesome. He really captures the details to make this storyline work. This book kept me captivated to the end.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

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    Neosporin won't stop that itch!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Scott sure can tell a story

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    loved it!!!

    best book i read in a long time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Not a horror junkie

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    scott is my hero!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

    wow just wow

    one of my top favorites i enjoyed this book alot and i suggest sequel it is also a good read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

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    EWWWW

    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.<BR/> 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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    what a wild ride

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Fast Moving Infection

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Tom Clancy meets Robin Cook and A touch of Stephen King.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Sigler is a Mad Genius

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    This book is packed full of surprises. From the first page I was hooked. The characters in the book are believable and could very well be actual people. From Perry to Dr. Montoya they are believable and do what you can see others in their positions doing. I can remember when the orbital crafts we sent up and the astronauts in those crafts were quarantined because the scientists believed there might organisms on them that could potentially harm the human race. This story takes that fear to another level and continues to build that fear to the point where the reader can almost see this actually happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Undead reviews

    Worst book ever! If i could put 0 stars i would!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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