Contagious : Infected

  • by Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by Scott Sigler
  • Series: Infected
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity's secret battle against a horrific enemy. Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease's hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation's best hope and a terrifying liability. Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they're going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors. These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that's not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat - one that comes from a most unexpected source - may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all.Catapulting the reader into a world where humanity's life span is measured in hours and the president's finger hovers over the nuclear button, rising star Scott Sigler takes us on a breathtaking, hyper-adrenalized ride filled with terror and jaw-dropping action. Contagious is a truly grand work of suspense, science, and horror from a new master.


What the Critics Say

"An inventive, amped-up yarn . . . full of pressure-cooker mind games." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Riveting . . . leads the reader from one startling detail to the next . . . a terrifying page-turner." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A Great Set of Books

Both Infected and Contagious were great books (make sure you get Infected first.) While many complain about the author reading his own work, one needs to understand Sigler offers all his novels as free podcasts on his website. Sure, at first I wasn't thrilled with his reading style, but it grew on me as the story progressed.

The storyline is solid, and I had a hard time stopping it when my commute ended. If you're concerned about the author's reading technique then get the print edition, but don't miss this pair of books, because they're great!

Sigler has added another fan to his cult-following.
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- T. Migliaccio


Sigler has a very inventive mind. This whole scenario is detailed, but not complicated. Everything is explained with lots of science, but not in a dry way. The beginning and the ending are exciting.

Through RAH RAH SPEACHES and tough MALE BONDING, Sigler attempts to build character. It added about three hours in the middle of the book, I could have done without. I usually like character driven stories, but some authors we love, not for characters, but imagination, political incorrectness, shock value and appealing to our inner sophomore. Sigler, B.V. Larson and Vaughn Heppner are wasting our time with their attempts to be Literary Geniuses. I JUST GOT MY ASS KICKED BY THE POSTER CHILD FOR AARP. GUNS ARE FOR PUSS EEES. HE DIDN'T HAVE THE GRAPES FOR THAT. I also could have done without the President and his staff. I think we could have been told what they did in short and it would have been less boring. We did not have to get up close and personal.. IT'S ONLY THE TAX PAYERS MONEY.

One of the things that make this story more evil, is the main bad guy, who is a little girl. Little kids can really be scary, such as the kids in Ray Bradbury's Zero Hour. One of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes stars the kid from Lost In Space, when he was younger. Similar to the girl in this book he can do things with his mind and his parents and all adults must be very careful, if they want to live or not be tortured in some weird child imagination way.

Sigler narrates a lot of his work. It takes a few minutes to get used to him, but he does alright. There are professionals who are better, but plenty who are worse. I see in Pandemic, he is using Paul Gigante. Sigler is a lot better known now, than he was in 2008, so he can afford the talent. Perhaps, had he not read his own stuff starting out, we would not know who he was today.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio