Pandemic

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Scott Sigler’s Infected shocked readers with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one man’s desperate fight for sanity and survival, as “Scary” Perry Dawsey suffered the impact of an alien pathogen’s early attempts at mass extinction. In the sequel Contagious, Sigler pulled back the camera and let the reader experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm.
     And now in Pandemic, the entire human race balances on the...

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Overview

Scott Sigler’s Infected shocked readers with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one man’s desperate fight for sanity and survival, as “Scary” Perry Dawsey suffered the impact of an alien pathogen’s early attempts at mass extinction. In the sequel Contagious, Sigler pulled back the camera and let the reader experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm.
     And now in Pandemic, the entire human race balances on the razor’s edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares.

To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero—a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she’s a monster—a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. 
     All Margaret knows is that she’s broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands. Guilt and nightmares have turned her into a shut-in, too mired in self-hatred even to salvage her marriage, let alone be the warrior she once was.
     But she is about to be called into action again. Because before the murderous intelligence was destroyed, it launched one last payload — a soda can–sized container filled with deadly microorganisms that make humans feed upon their own kind. 
     That harmless-looking container has languished a thousand feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, undisturbed and impotent . . . until now.
     Part Cthulhu epic, part zombie apocalypse and part blockbuster alien-invasion tale, Pandemic completes the Infected trilogy and sets a new high-water mark in the world of horror fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/25/2013
Bestseller Sigler’s conclusion to his Infected trilogy, a terrifying horror thriller, improves on its predecessor, 2008’s Contagious. A brief prologue brings newcomers up to speed: an alien race known as the Creators launched a machine to Earth that sent out probes containing seeds with the capacity to infiltrate human bodies and convert them into violent zombielike creatures. Humanity has managed to destroy most of the probes, but one remains intact at the bottom of Lake Michigan. The aliens depend on “three existing, proven designs”: hatchlings, whose main purpose is to kill; crawlers, which use hive intelligence to infect; and mommies, which turn people into spore-distribution systems. Prospects for survival are slim as the numbers of the infected and the dead ratchet up geometrically. Scientists, led by Dr. Margaret Montoya, struggle to develop an antidote, racing the clock as the news gets more and more bleak. Sigler does almost too good a job in creating an existential threat, and, in keeping with the hit TV series The Walking Dead, he doesn’t hesitate to dispose of key characters. This apocalyptic epic will happily engage World War Z fans. Agent: Byrd Leavell, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Jan.)
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Praise for Pandemic:

"With its razor-sharp prose and attention to detail, combined with skin-crawling body horror and apocalyptic threat, Pandemic reads like the love child of Michael Crichton and David Cronenberg. I haven't been this creeped out by a book in a long time."—James S.A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan Wakes

"This one's a killer. In Pandemic, our chance against the apocalypse hangs by a slender thread of hope. Sigler brings serious game with a book that rocks the action while delving deep into character. Highly recommended."—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine

"Page-turning, spellinding, horrifying, and thrilling...a pulse-pounding alien disease outbreak-slash-invasion story."—Ramen Naam, author of Nexus

Praise for Scott Sigler's Infected and Contagious:

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

"[An] amped up read...full of pressure-cooker mind games." —Entertainment Weekly

“A pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense.”—James Rollins

"Rip-snorting, gun-blasting, autopsy-performing action, complete with explosions and forensic science." —Sacramento News & Review

"Nothing short of incredible...continues the work that Robert A. Heinlein left undone, but it's also a horror novel, a military thriller, a mystery...you've never read anything like it." -Bookreporter.com

"Gutsy, ambitious, and completely seductive...a definite must-read." –Booklist

“A marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror.”—Lincoln Child

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-09
Yeah, yeah. Space zombies have taken over the world, courtesy of Sigler (Nocturnal, 2012, etc.) and his capable if derivative Infected series, which winds down with this volume. Fans of the series will know that it started as a kind of police procedural that got increasingly supernatural and sci-fi–ish, a kind of Childhood's End with oodles of mayhem. Sigler lays it on plenty thick here--among other things, the Navy is now blowing itself apart, half populated with the "infected" and half with swabbies still eligible for honorable discharge. And why the Navy? Because somewhere under Lake Michigan, something very strange is happening. Margaret Montoya, the tough and resourceful doctor who's helped battle the alien virus, is back in action in a world full of unpretty pictures: "His own blood had baked flaky-dry on his skin. A softball-sized pustule on his left collarbone streamed black rot down his wide chest." Eck. (And that's not even to mention the severed penis that the dude is clutching, presumably his own.) It wouldn't be a proper shoot'em-up without an assortment of Sgt. Rock types--Navy SEALs, Delta Force, top cops and ops, and so forth--with the usual gallows humor ("Your courage is immeasurable, Roger. If you don't turn into a plant, drinks are on me"). Sigler excels at snappy dialogue, but the story itself is too familiar for anyone who grew up on a diet of The Omega Man and Aliens. Still, for those who can't get enough of must-eat-brains yellow monster types with extremely bad attitudes, this is just the book. Will the Earthlings prevail? Cue Count Floyd, the old SCTV creature-feature host: "Oooh, very scary, boys and girls." Or maybe not. Competent enough but without many surprises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307408976
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 123,871
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Sigler

SCOTT SIGLER is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Infected, Contagious, Ancestor, and Nocturnal. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Awesome

    As always, Scott Sigler delivers. A fantastic ending to one of the best trilogies I have ever read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    OUT OF HIS MIND WITH BRILLIANCE!

    An incredible,I repeat incredible book but some of the ideas that came into his head should never have been put to paper just too twisted ,the imagery,writing and imagination have never been seen before. It was as if Scott Sieglet made somekind of monkeys paw wish or perhaps sold his soul to the devil for the inspiration.
    Originally I borrowed all 3 books from the library but after finishing Pandemic I went to the book store and bought all 3.whatever money he makes of each copy - The man sure as hell deserved every last nickel. Wow what a twisted sick brain must be floating around in that skull of his - Bravo! Mr. Siegler I haven't been that terified since Rosesmary's baby or the Omen. You have a gift sir, from which spectral plain it comes from,I'm not sure but all 3 books were incredible. I read all 3 in less than a week, never slept and never turned of a single light in the house-

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

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    I want to say first off that I have not read any of the other b

    I want to say first off that I have not read any of the other books in the Infected series. This is book #3 in that series and while I’m not sure it’s the end, it seems to imply it. This novel has a very slow start, certainly unlike most third books in a series there is lots of groundwork to be laid. Which I felt was strange, even while appreciating that you really didn’t need to have read the other books in the series to appreciate this one. By the middle of the book things start to get going and I would say from about 60% on the book is a thrill ride. I really liked it. But that was my entire problem with the book. Why was only thirty percent of the book exciting. There certainly was plenty of room for other things to have happened during this period. The author even skips ahead through some areas that weren’t worth describing. Well why not make them worth describing. Also, there is a large amount of time, that Margret Montoya is stuck on this submarine with nothing at all happening. It seemed rather odd to me that they didn’t explain what was going on during this period. The sequence of events might have been simultaneous but it was described that way. It seemed very odd and an oversight in what was otherwise a very well crafted novel. At least if you discount the entirely too long and too boring part 1 which could have been summarized for as much as I ended up caring about it. And very little of it actually effects the rest of the book. The characters we meet are hardly used to any degree that would make us care enough to have read through the slog that is part 1.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Fun read

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and pulls you into the story. Towards the end I could hardly put it down. I'm said to have finished but looking forward to reading the next Scott Sigler book.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

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    Well, goddammit, Scott Sigler. Just when I thought you couldn't

    Well, goddammit, Scott Sigler. Just when I thought you couldn't screw over your characters and upset your readers any more than you managed in Contagious, you have to go and top yourself. Folks, if George RR Martin has set the standard in fantasy fiction for putting readers through it, Scott Sigler is his peer on the science fiction side of the coin. No mistake: Pandemic is no roller coaster ride: it's the Autobahn at 160 mph or greater. From the opening scene on an Navy sub in Lake Michigan through almost the very last moments, Sigler moves his characters and the action full-tilt, navigating expertly between multiple points-of-view that give the reader greater access to what's going on -- and thus a greater sense of how horrible the big picture is -- than the characters have. And even then, the author manages to spring a few surprises on the reader that I will not spoil in this review; heart-wrenching surprises to say the least.

    While there are a few returning characters from the preceding books (Margaret Montoya and Clarence Otto from Infected and Contagious most notably, but also Tim Feely from Ancestor, which is set in the same universe but not a direct part of the Infected trilogy), a majority of the cast are characters new to this novel. One of Sigler's hallmarks is his ability to build a connection between new character and reader quickly and permanently, often in the space of a paragraph or a single scene. Steve Stanton, Cooper Mitchell, Jeff Brockman, Paulius Klimas, Sofia ... all of these new characters click with the reader and what they experience matters just as much as the familiar returning characters' travails, even before the disparate character arcs start to connect. And when they do connect -- when the arcs come together and most of the main characters are in the same place at the same time -- then Sigler does what Sigler does best: balls-to-the-wall, pedal-to-the-metal action that doesn't sacrifice character (something I suspect Michael Bay could learn from Sigler).

    Sigler also knows how to gross his readers out (and to be honest, most of us enjoy it). Readers inured to images of people carving purple triangle shaped aliens out of their own skin, or swelling up like giant balloons and bursting to expel pollen-like contagion will be delighted to know that new horrific permutations of the alien disease await.

    This is the end of the Infected trilogy, but I eagerly look forward to where the Siglerverse goes from here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Super read.

    Had to hold off on this till I reread books one and two, then onto Pandemic. It got off nicely, still sadden by the lost of Perry and Dew but story held up without them. About half way in just couldn't put it down, Great read, hate to finish a book I enjoy so much. Keep more books coming our way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Weak and slow.

    Nowhere near as fast paced as the first two nor as interesting. Action and events are replaced with chapters detailing nothing. By page 300 I was tired of the constant theme of detailing everything that has nothing to do with the story. I was also bored because the infection is barely mentioned. This series should of ended with Contagion.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Pandemic is filled with twists and turns from page one. It shows us that what we think will happen is not actually what does happen. Dr. Montoya and Otto are on the verge od divorce when she is called upon to again save the country. As she struggles with her marriage she also has to struggle with another doctor wanting the spotlight and still another doctor who is just as smart as she is that she must work in close quarters with. Who the villain turns out to be in this last entry will not only shock you be leaving you scratching your head wondering why you didn't see it coming. Otto again reaches deep within his soul to keep humanity from disappearing from the face of the earth but this time he is close to giving up. With so many heroes in this last book it is impossible to single one out as "the hero". My hero in this book is Otto but you will have to pick one of your own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    The scariest book I've read. All hail the FDO!

    Scott Sigler is my favorite author, hands and blue triangles down. This book is one of the scariest things I've ever read. His development of characters is phenomenal and he has the ability to put you right there in the mix. I've been a fan of his writing for years and I just can't get enough. READ THIS BOOK!

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