Infected: A Novel

Infected: A Novel

by Scott Sigler


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ISBN-13: 9780307406309
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 215,016
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Scott Sigler is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including Contagious, Ancestor, Nocturnal, and Pandemic. He lives in San Diego.

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Infected 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 293 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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gruesome in the violent detail, mindblowing and damned scarey. Fast read. Have just purchased the next installment of a 3 part series, but will give my senses a break for a couple of days before starting it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It can't be easy to bring fantasy into the real world and still make it believable. This book does exactly that.
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Several people have described the plot, so I won't do that. I can see why Scott Sigler has a cult following to his podcasts. This sci-fi/horror story goes for the gross-out at every turn and keeps its humor throughout. It's not something I gotta have more of, but it was good for a quick and easy story. Very imaginative and the logic was good. Sigler does an amazing job with the voices.
hemlokgang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good story, but there was a lot of unnecessary vulgarity and gore, which is the reason it gets a three star rating.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
People get infected by alien beings. The infection shows up as triangles that appear on their bodies, start to grow, and then start to talk to their hosts. The heroes of the story include Perry--an ex football player who gets infected but who decides to not let the triangles take over his body quietly. He is going to fight back, even if it is painful. The also include the CIA agent Dew Phillips and CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya who are racing against the clock to discover what these mysterious blue triangles are--and how to stop them. This story is incredibly gory--Perry especially inflicts a lot of self mutilation to survive. DO NOT read this if you don't want to read about body parts being amputated, burned, or people being otherwise maimed and killed. It does get your adrenaline rushing as you race along with the characters in their fight for survival.I listed to the audio version, which is apparently how it was originally conceived--as a podcast anyway. The author self-narrates it and it took me a while to get used to his style. Sound effects are used heavily and he does not do a good job (IMO) of creating female voices or differing accents. I'm used to professionally narrated books and this just seemed amateurish. I kept listening to see just how far Perry was going to go to survive, so the basic story is interesting, but it could have been much better.I'd only suggest this to those who don't mind blood and gore and who enjoy tales of survival against all odds.
matthew254 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Infected is a gory and suspenseful modern take on a mysterious alien race hell bent on dominance. They infect a small number of people by means of a few surviving intergalactic spores that were shot into space. The infected notice a rash that grows to parasitically embed itself into the person. Then it starts talking. That's when things go from "crazy" to "nuts" in a great way. The premise is almost laughably believable, in a Starship Troopers "They-sucked-his-brain-out" kind of way. Sigler's best trait is his talent for medically dissecting gruesome seems in graphic detail; I almost vicariously felt the trauma. A twisted, wild ride and very recommended.
eternal_synn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Around the Nation, several people wake up to find a weird rash-like skin irritation. Some thinking that it is some sort of spider bite or a possible allergic reaction, no one thinks too much off it. However, once a strange blue hair pops up out of the middle of the irritation, people start to question what is going on.After someone calls into a local radio station raving about triangles and murdering his family, the government is determined to figure out what is causing seemingly normal people to start killing their families and themselves. When a relatively fresh corpse arrives in an advanced state of decomposition, the CDC gets involved.Like the others around the Nation, Perry Dawsey¿a former Ohio State football star who has struggled with anger his entire adult life¿wakes up to find a strange rash forming on various parts of his body. However, over the course of a few days, this seemingly benign rash starts to take on the shape of blue triangles. While this seriously distresses him¿especially since one of these triangles is on one of his testicles¿it becomes far more disturbing when the triangles start communicating to him and torturing him with severe mind-screams.At the beginning of each podcast, Sigler warns the audience that the situations are not suitable for children and that there is "lots and LOTS" of violence. And, I could argue, the warnings might be a little mild! The blood level escalates throughout the book as Perry tries to surgically remove these triangles in more and more graphic ways. Be warned, Sigler does not skimp on details! Even through the bloodiest of the scenes, it is heart-pounding and hard to put down.Through Perry's struggle, Sigler is able to give the audience a rare look inside a character's head. He really delves deeply into our desire to survive at all costs.I felt that Sigler did a good job of balancing CDC and the human side of the story. The CDC gave an interesting glimpse into a few of the other infected and a general idea of where the "virus" might have come from. He also does a good job of merging the storylines at the end of the book.My only problem was the ending. When I finished listening to the last podcast, I spent hours on iTunes convinced that I missed a download. Nothing is answered at the end of the book, and you're left hanging. I wondered whether Sigler was trying to put the audience in the same boat with the CDC. If so, he did an amazing job. Luckily, this book does have a sequel, so I am hoping some of the remaining questions are answered.This book is a fast paced thrill ride. I had a very hard time walking away from the book and focusing on other things. I found myself finding every excuse in the world to find reasons to spend time listening to it. And Sigler is an amazing narrator and lends to the overall mood of the book!