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Infected: A Novel

A book by Scott Sigler

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Plant-based aliens chew plenty of meat

  • Mar 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 into black soup.

CDC doctor Margaret Montoya teams up with CIA agent Dew Phillips to try and capture one of the infected alive. So far no luck but their latest (charred) corpse is fresher and before it dissolves Montoya learns that the infection is 1. a parasite, 2. vegetable, 3. diabolically clever.

Meanwhile a huge ex-football bruiser turned computer tech, Perry Dawsey, has begun to itch. A lot. And the bug bites look strange. The narrative switches between Perry's infection progression and the government's (Margaret and Dew mostly) secret race to figure out what's going on in time to save the human race.

Graphic, disgusting and definitely not for the squeamish, Sigler's story grows more horrifying with every page as the aliens develop inside their host and Perry fights back with all his wits, brawn and will power. "Infection" ends with a satisfyingly explosive climax, which feeds right into book two, "Contagious."

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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 . October 31, 2008
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 …
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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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