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Publisher's Summary

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families. Working under the government's shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim.
With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common - they've been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.
Meanwhile, Perry Dawsey - a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey - awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices....He is infected. The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.
Infected was the first major print release from Internet phenom Scott Sigler, whose podcast-only audiobooks have drawn an immense cult following, with more than three million individual episodes downloaded. Now Sigler thrills listeners with this cinematic, relentlessly paced novel that mixes and matches genres, combining horror, techno thriller, and suspense in a heady mix that is equal parts Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King.
©2008 Scott Sigler (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down." (Lincoln Child)
" Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense....Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart....You've been warned!" (James Rollins)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica's Bookshelf on 01-14-09

Confused? This review might help.

Listeners who are unfamiliar with Scott Sigler might be wondering about all the strange reviews of this novel:

A few years ago, when Mr. Sigler was an aspiring author, he began publishing his novels online in podcast form. Every week, he read a chapter aloud and made it available to his podcast subscribers for free. The stories were pretty damn entertaining, and his podcast became one of the most popular feeds on the internet. His fans call themselves "junkies" because of their addiction to Scott's weekly fiction "fix". He produced several free online audiobooks in this fashion, and all were eventually printed by small publishing houses.

"Infected" was his first novel to be picked up by a major publisher. Marketing an audiobook was problematic because Scott had already read the book on his podcast for free. Hence, this Director's Cut. (If you look in the pupil on the cover, it says "Director's Cut" in blue letters.) This version contains several scenes that are missing from the free podcast version and the print novel. They're not crucial to the story, but they are entertaining.

As other reviewers have stated, this is a horror novel for listeners with a strong stomach. Don't expect a Robin Cook style medical thriller. What porn is to sex, this book is to violence and vulgarity. Having stated those disclaimers, let me say it's a damn good page-turner. Imagine a good Michael Crichton book crossed with Stephen King, as told by Quentin Tarantino. In my opinion it's worth the credit. (Actually, I spent cash for this, and I don't regret it.)

The book contains graphic violence, constant swearing, non-sexual violence against women, male genital mutilation, and a racial slur. It does NOT contain: sex, drugs, rape, animal cruelty, gang violence, or hate crimes.

If you've made it this far, thanks for looking at my wordy review of "Infected." Who says audiobook lovers can't read?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathan on 07-17-09

Good Story Listening to the Sequel Now

I thought this book was a great story.

People complained about the voices he does but he's just getting started. The voices are much better in Contagious (the second book).

Parts of this book had me laughing out loud and other parts had me cringing.

I have started and not finished a lot of audio books because I lose interest. This book kept my attention all the way through.

I have the Contagious halfway finished and I'm looking forward to more titles from this author.

Keep 'em coming Mr. Sigler!

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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Mckenny on 07-04-14

Started well but became... tiresome.

Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

Always, Audio is always better imo

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was ok, the author narrates and he openly admits that some of his narration is wanting, the voice acting is bloody awful. I know it adds to the story to be able to differentiete between characters but i think it could be toned down a bit. Sound effects sometimes make it hard to actually hear the words (when driving at 70mph anyway). His women's voice.. my god, just stop doing it. I was close to skipping sections.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sometimes makes your cringe when describing various self 'harm' shall we say.

Any additional comments?

I found the last 30 minutes of the book a struggle and the ending felt rushed. I am not sure if i will bother with book 2 in the series.. I'm looking for a new stephen pacey narrated book :)

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3 out of 5 stars
By JayCee on 04-28-14

Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.

Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian St Leon on 07-27-15

Great Book

Totally engrossed found it difficult to put down. The music tones add to the suspense.

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