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Infected: A Novel Paperback – October 14, 2008
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—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."
From the Hardcover edition.
More About the Author
In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away -- for free -- every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves "Junkies," have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes. He has been covered in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, io9, Wired, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria.
Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his wee little dog Reesie.
Top Customer Reviews
Perry Dawsey has a different life from what he once thought he'd have. Once a star linebacker, a knee injury cut short his dreams of wealth and fame in pro-football, leaving him nothing more than a computer technician living in a tiny apartment on a mediocre salary. The one thing Perry still has from his football days is his explosive temper. One day Perry begins to itch. What starts as what he thinks is a rash soon turns into a grisly discovery. He's infected with something, and being distrustful of doctors decides to take care of the problem himself.
As Dew and Margaret come closer to understanding the infection, Perry's health spirals downward, until strange triangles appear on his body. And the triangles are sentient.
Sigler has written one of the best novels I've ever read. It starts fast and keeps going at breakneck speed. In several chapters he documents the course of the "seedlings" and drops hints at their construct. As the story unfolds, the terror elevates to intense levels, dragging you helplessly towards the climatic conclusion. I read the book in a day, unable to set it down for an instant. Sigler's style is flawless, character switching and timeline expertly executed, and imagination wildly impressive. He's created a truly horrifying monster.Read more ›
Officially they might say that Scott Sigler is a horror writer, but in hindsight, when we look back we'll say he's a writer of major order who crosses genres and does whatever he needs to do to get his story told.
In INFECTED, he's woven the threads of a disease, a man who's contracted it, and the man sent to hunt the disease down and find out what the hell it is. So it might make you kill a few folks (your friends and family), what is this thing really? Perry Dawsey's a great character: deep enough and nuanced so we feel for him, even sympathize as he starts to go totally nuts. THAT's what makes this book so unbelievably, insanely scary: you can actually put yourself in this guy's shoes! Got an itch? Oh, man...
In the hands of Scott Sigler, you don't read a book like this, you strap yourself in and come out the other side. INFECTED will tear you through it so fast you'll want to go back and read it again. Not only has Scott revolutionized the way we'll find out about books from now on with his podcasts, he's delivered on the goods 115% to back it up. Whether you've listened to the podcast already or will run out and listen to it now, you got to get your hands on INFECTED and read it as soon as you can. This book stops at nothing to rock you AND your world!
This one is definitely not for the squeamish. Sigler tells the story so convincingly and with such detail that I could almost feel the pain.
If I had to rank Sigler's books, I'd put this first, then Ancestor and then Earthcore.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Before anything I would like to say that I beg of you not to read this book or anything that Scott Sigler writes. For the love of good reading do not support this man any further. Read morePublished 17 days ago by jcyph
I have become a huge fan of Mr. Sigler -- and this first book in his trilogy is what hooked me. I found it hard to put down! Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Aldrich
It's not like it's the best book I've ever read....yet, like the title says.... I HAD TO finish it. Totally enjoyed itPublished 2 months ago by sandibeach
If you like blood and gore, in graphic detail, you will like this book. It is well written, it is just not something I have enjoyed.Published 2 months ago by Monica Johnson
Conspiracy theorist? Germaphobe? Get off watching the BME Pain Olympics? Here's a well written book, ya' sicko. 3 more words.Published 2 months ago by Ryan Zawadzki
An interesting and novel story but parts of it were too violent for my taste. While I enjoyed this book, I would have enjoyed it more with fewer violent scenes or perhaps with... Read morePublished 3 months ago by hugh@ga
Great storytelling. I was very engaged throughout the book and can't wait to start the second book in the series. Creepy is all I can say!Published 3 months ago by oneyah diop