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Infected: A Novel

A book by Scott Sigler

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The mystery of Triangles

  • Oct 31, 2008
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Dew Phillips and his partner in the CIA are on a top secret mission, chasing after madmen who are homicidal and suicidal, possibly infected with some new disease. Teamed with them is Margaret Montoya from the CCID, called upon to run autopsies on the victims of the infection. There's just one problem, there's never enough remains to autopsy, the corpses either burnt or liquefied. What they need is a fresh or alive host.

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.

Scott Sigler originally released his first two novels, 'Ancestor' and 'Earthcore' on Podcasts. They're available in paperback now but out of print and often quite expensive from resellers. 'Infected' is Sigler's first print released book, and a showcase for a truly talented writer. Watch for his new book 'Contagious' coming in Dec of 2008. I can't wait. 'Infected' is highly recommended. Enjoy!

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review by . September 16, 2010
Pros: decent story, well-thought out characters, lots of gore     Cons: Some dangling plot threads unresolved     The Bottom Line: A fun read for fans of horror sci-fi     If you know anything about podcasting and independent authors, then you’re probably familiar with Scott Sigler. Not only is he a best-selling author, he’s really latched on to new ways of marketing. He’s made all of his novels into serialized podcasts …
review by . June 15, 2010
Pros: Keeps you glued to the pages, undoubtedly creepy and gorey     Cons: Needs a little extra polish; some obvious/cliche bits     The Bottom Line: Though it could stand to use a little polish, it's still interesting, exciting, and something you hope to hell never happens in real life.     Book-wise, I've been in the south for a while with Sookie Stackhouse and Carlotta Wren.  But then I started going north - and ended up encountering …
review by . March 10, 2009
Combining gory horror and sci-fi with imaginative cutting-edge medicine, Sigler's near-future trilogy begins with alien seeds raining down on America, borne by the wind. Billions of these spores die but a few land on human skin and burrow in.    We can't be sure at first what they are supposed to do since all of the victims turn into homicidal maniacs who kill those closest to them and then kill themselves in some gruesome fashion. At which point their bodies rapidly decompose …
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Starred Review. In Sigler's riveting horror thriller, alien seeds from outer space infect a number of unlucky humans, who develop some unusual symptoms—itchy, blue triangular growths on their skin—that eventually result in the carriers becoming screaming, homicidal maniacs. CIA agent Dew Phillips must find out why these formerly docile citizens are running amok, aided by Margaret Montoya, a Centers for Disease Control epidemiologist, who reported the first of the strange cases. One of the infected, former football player Perry Dawsey, doesn't take any crap from anybody, not even the aliens residing in his body. Sigler (Ancestor) leads the reader from one startling detail to the next—the creatures learn to speak (feed us we hungry); they grow little black eyes—until even hardened genre fans will find themselves whimpering at each new revelation. This terrifying page-turner could be the author's breakout book, fueled by an extensive online podcast campaign.5-city author tour. (Apr.)
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ISBN-10: 030740630X
ISBN-13: 978-0307406309
Author: Scott Sigler
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Format: Hardcover: 352 pages, Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
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