- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307406334
- ISBN-13: 978-0307406330
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 297 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ancestor: A Novel Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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In Sigler's timely tale of science run amok, Genada, a renegade biotech firm, is striving to synthesize a proto-mammal similar to the prehistoric entity that all mammalian life sprang from as a source of transplantable organs that the human body won't reject. Pressured for results before the government shuts down her lab, the firm's lead medico, Liu Jian Den, introduces something unorthodox into the creature's genome. The result: oversized and ravenously hungry embryos that eat their way out of the bovine wombs incubating them. A small band of scientists wind up trapped with the creatures on a Lake Superior island, where they become the prey of predators that pose a threat to life as we know it. Sigler (Contagious) stuffs his story with an overabundance of speculative science, but the cinematic pacing keeps the action relentless and suspenseful. Its many pulpy flourishes notwithstanding, this is that rare horror B-movie of a thriller that compels reading until the final page. 10–15-city author tour. (May)
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Sigler, the author of the splendid alien-invasion thrillers Infected (2008) and Contagious (2009), veers off into new territory, with a tremendously entertaining horror novel about a motley group of genetic researchers, their maniacal sponsor, and the stalwart government agent who’s determined to shut them down. The premise is thought-provoking: the researchers are trying to engineer an ancient human ancestor so it can be bred and its organs harvested for transplantation. The researchers get their ancestor, but let’s just say they get a bit more than they bargained for. Soon blood and bedlam are everywhere on a small island in Lake Superior. Sigler populates the novel with a lively cast of characters (unlike many thrillers, the heroes are as interesting as the villains), and the action is virtually nonstop—and, at times, quite graphic. If you combined Michael Crichton’s scientific exploration with Matthew Reilly’s lightning-fast pace and colorful characters, you might get something that feels like this book, which, incidentally, would make a great movie. --David Pitt
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I just want to point out a disappointment. I truly was interested in reading the rest of this authors works but they are sooo expensive. I just can't justify spending $12 or MORE on an ebook. Everyone is entitled to make a living but Amazon is loaded with talented writers from FREE to $2.99. So I'm afraid I will need to take a pass.
I loved the characters in the story and the personalities he has given them. The storyline is a great blend of science and business where you can see the greed of major business taking shortcuts with genetic engineering safety to gain a major market share by getting to market first. The premise is scary and he does a good job of spinning a story that should be at the top of anyone's chart of books to read if they love horror, sci-fi and suspense novels.
Genetic research leads to the development of scary monsters and the good and bad guys fight it out to see who survives and the fate of the project and creatures. You will love this book, it is a page turner that you cannot put down.
Ancestor tells the story of a good idea gone bad - TERRIBLY BAD! Although the creatures are the stuff of nightmares - and believe me, I'll never look at a cow the same way again - the really scary thing is that at its roots, the story is not all science "fiction". Let's just hope the genius genetic scientists that are messing with DNA read this book before it's too late!
If you don't already know, Scott Sigler releases all his books as free podcasts (which you can subscribe to on iTunes). I was lucky enough to hear the original podcast version of Ancestor in its entirety after it was released. In a way, it was a good thing for me that I was turned on to Scott Sigler later in his career as I was able to listen to the entire podcast at my own pace - breakneck! The story was just that good!
And now, Mr. Sigler, or Future Dark Overlord as he's known to his rabid fans - who call themselves Junkies - has gone and taken the story and made it all that much better. It's been updated so that some of the minor references and more important technological advances are current for 2010 and it's sleeker, scarier and more fast-paced than ever before.
If you like sci-fi, horror, thrillers, medical dramas, blood and guts and non-stop action then this story is for you. So pre-order it now, and while you're waiting, I suggest you become a registered Junkie on scottsigler.com where you can find and listen to Nocturnal (my personal Sigler favorite), Infected, Contagious, Earthcore, The Rookie and all of the other free Sigler content there. And soon you'll find that you are a Junkie too!