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Contagious Hardcover – December 30, 2008
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Alien invaders threaten humanity in Sigler's over-the-top thriller, the sequel to Infected. In the near future, U.S. president John Gutierrez goes straight from his inauguration to crisis management when his national security team informs him that he must focus his attention on Project Tangram, a secret government program to stave off an epidemic caused by alien parasites, which form itchy blue triangular patches on the skin. Victims eventually become paranoid and violent. As the infestation spreads, Gutierrez must decide whether the outbreak can be contained without the use of tactical nukes on American soil. Meanwhile, the creatures responsible for the parasites get a foothold in Michigan through a seven-year-old girl, who manifests possession by drawing blue triangles on her dolls. While lacking the psychological sophistication of Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers or David Gerrold's War Against the Chtorr series, this page-turner builds inexorably to an explosive ending. 5-city author tour.(Jan.)
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*Starred Review* In Infected (2008), Sigler crafted an intense thriller in which an alien species infects humans, inflicts them with nasty triangular growths, and turns them into murderous creatures. Apparently that was just the beginning. In this sequel, which, thanks to some nifty backfilling can be read as a stand-alone, the aliens are changing their attack plans, sending down to Earth a new version of the infection, one that can be transmitted by humans from host to host. The heroes of the first novel return: epidemiologist Margaret Montoya, gung-ho CIA man Dew Phillips, and Perry Dawsey, who, in the previous novel, dealt with his alien infection in a unique and somewhat grisly manner. Now Perry is attuned to the aliens, able to overhear their “chatter” and lead pursuers to their centers of activity, where the aliens appear to be building portals designed to let the first wave of invaders come to our planet. This is a gutsy, ambitious, and completely seductive novel, B-movie horror of the highest order, told with conviction and gusto. The characters are appropriately larger than life (but still recognizable as real people), and the author is clearly a talented storyteller who knows how to write scenes that are graphic, frightening, and memorable. Many veteran horror writers will be grinding their teeth in envy. A definite must-read, whether you’ve read Infected or not. --David Pitt
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Ex-football player "Scary" Perry Dawsey is back, along with CIA operative Dew Phillips, who actually gets the job of reining Scary Perry in. Dr. Margaret Montoya with the CDC rounds out the core group of the good guys.
And unlucky development - the bad guys are harder to identify this time around.
What another rollercoaster of a thrill ride! Author Sigler doesn't pull any punches as he shows us heartland US of A being brought to its knees by this deadly disease.
Whether you are looking for hard-hitting horror or hard sci fi, "Contagious" delivers a gut wrenching winner. I didn't find it as cringeworthy as "Infected" but I would still say you need a strong stomach to be reading this second book of the series.
I'm off now to read the final book in the trilogy - Pandemic. I'm glad I'm done with my Christmas shopping, wrapping, etc. because I'm treating myself to an early Christmas gift - total immersion.
In this sequel, after several unsuccessful attempts, the alien construct begins to make changes in its strategy, introducing a means for spreading the “disease” among human hosts. This novel details the political, strategic, medical and military responses to each succeeding refinement of the alien construct, culminating in a suspenseful and well crafted climax
The warning I would have for a potential reader of this novel is that it is incredibly violent, graphic and many times disgusting in its description of the process by which the “aliens” take charge of their hosts and the resulting behavior of those “infected”. I’ve probably never read a more descriptive account of biological processes and responses than I encountered in this book. However, if you read Infected, you know what I’m talking about. If you enjoyed the first book, there is nothing in this sequel that will disappoint you.
I enjoyed this novel slightly more than the original, as it contained a good progression of moves and countermoves in combination with good character development. Many of the characters in Infected are present in this story as well, but some will not make it to the third installment (Pandemic). My only criticism would be with the very short chapters. There are 4-5 story threads at work at times, and most chapters are only a few pages in length. A number are one page or less. Constantly switching back and forth between story lines and characters makes it difficult to engage at times.
In any event, I found this to be an excellent follow up novel to Infected as it advanced the underlying theme of the series in a progression of action filled and captivating scenarios. I immediately began reading the third book in the series upon completing it.
There's some cold shit in here. There's heroes of a sort but none you want to have over to dinner. These heroes are the people who advise, order and carry out the worst things that a nation can do to another. And it gets worse from there
It's a great read, no doubt about that. But if you're like me you may feel a bit different about some things after you've finished.
I'm glad I waited until Pandemic's release was imminent to read this but not sure I'm glad I preordered. I'm a little scared to go where that one goes.
Contagious (along with Infected and Pandemic) is one of those books. It's terrifying in its realism (regardless of your belief, or lack there of, of aliens.) The responses the characters have, both as individuals and as a race as a whole, are plausible to the point that you don't stop to think 'why would you do that.' You think, why didn't you think to do it sooner? You empathize with them; you ride the roller coaster of emotion and horror and disgust with them. You love it, you hate it, you try to think of any other way for this book to end, but you can't. But I promise you, it's worth the trip.
Just make sure you've read the first novel, Infected, before picking this up. Or you'll be utterly lost.
And if you liked the first one, well, I imagine I don't need to sell you on the second.
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