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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Sigler Narrator: Scott Sigler Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780307705457
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From acclaimed author Scott Sigler—New York Times bestselling creator of Infected and Contagious—comes a tale of genetic experimentation’s worst nightmare come true. 
 
Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney.  Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee ... and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology.
 
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, PJ Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering the genomes of thousands of mammals, Colding's team has dialed back the evolutionary clock to re-create humankind’s common ancestor. The method? Illegal. The result? A computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, and with no chance of transplant rejection.
 
There's just one problem: these ancestors are not the docile herd animals that Colding's team envisioned. Instead, Colding’s work has given birth to something big, something evil
 
With these killer creatures on the prowl, Colding and the woman he loves must fight to survive — even as government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research proves to have its own cold-blooded agenda.  
 
As the creators become the prey in the ultimate battle for survival, Scott Sigler takes readers on the ultimate thrill-ride—and offers a chilling cautionary account of what can happen when hubris, greed, and madness drive scientific experimentation past the brink of reason.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sigler writes as if he is channeling a collaboration between Stephen King and Michael Crichton, as edited by H.G. Wells...He is gifted with the ability of explaining complex topics in an interesting, understandable and even entertaining manner, creates memorable characters who are likable and otherwise, and keeps the pace of the narrative moving so quickly that the pages should be soaked in flame retardant. This is one of those rare books that makes me wish that I could be stricken with selective amnesia, so that I could read it anew again. Bookreporter.com
  • A tremendously entertaining horror novel…the premise is thought-provoking, Sigler populates the novel with a lively cast of characters (unlike many thrillers, the heroes are as interesting as the villains), and the action is virtually nonstop—and, at times, quite graphic. If you combined Michael Crichton’s scientific exploration with Matthew Reilly’s lightning-fast pace and colorful characters, you might get something that feels like this book, which, incidentally, would make a great movie. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KeAnne | 2/12/2014

    " I don't understand the praise for this book. It sucked. The writing was poor, and the characters were awkward, stiff and one-dimensional. Where was the editor on this rewrite? The first quarter of the book was unnecessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Jerome | 1/25/2014

    " An amazing sci-fi thriller. Keep me wanting more! Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/19/2014

    " Eh. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the "Infected" books. Maybe I just need a timeout from Sigler. I've been listening to a lot of his books lately; I need some time apart to really appreciate him. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie L | 12/30/2013

    " Awful. I like a good monster story as much as anyone, but this was painfully bad. Poorly written, the monsters don't even appear until 3/4 of the way into the story. Awful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Holmes | 12/20/2013

    " The monsters are monstrous, and the villains are . . . . well, Canadians. For a change. Fast paced, scary and witty, this one was hard to put down. Perfect for a long summer vacation night when you have time to plow through a thriller without interruption. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scherry | 11/12/2013

    " Some authors shouldn't be allowed to read their own books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg T Robertson | 11/4/2013

    " Not as good as Infected or Contagious but a great fun albeit somewhat predictable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose Barrientos | 10/13/2013

    " Totally awesome, I just really enjoyed all of it, appreacite all the research and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 7/5/2013

    " A story of genetic modification gone wrong. Very good story and good characters. The monsters are scarey as hell and the danger to the people and the world if they get loose seems real while you read the story so VERY GOOD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale Stanley | 2/20/2013

    " A great medical horror story with good characters and lots of action, blood and gore. Loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Kelly | 2/5/2013

    " This was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 11/10/2012

    " What!!!Incredible ...Holy .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 7/4/2012

    " good book similar to jurassic park "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 3/10/2012

    " I thought this book was awesome. It was the first scott sigler book I've read and I really liked his writing style and I'm really looking forward to reading more titles by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slager | 1/21/2012

    " Love Scott Sigler's work....another amazing story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn Jordan | 1/9/2012

    " This is a good biological thriller. It is well paced and the characters are interesting. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/20/2011

    " Just too far-fetched to believe, for me anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/17/2011

    " Sigler combines elements of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', 'War of the Worlds' and 'Alien' to create an exciting tale of invasion by an alien species. If you're into gory thrillers, this is for you.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 5/5/2011

    " a little too much language for my taste but the story was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Combat_cook | 5/4/2011

    " It is a really good book. I enjoyed a lot and would recommend it to anybody who likes good horror story. I would also recommend listening to the podcast of the story by Scott Sigler on podiobooks.com, scottsigler.com, or on itunes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tkane | 5/2/2011

    " Page turner. Excellent characterization. Hard SF plus horror/thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richno3 | 4/25/2011

    " Very Good Read. About to pull it off the shelf and read it again.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/20/2011

    " Recommended to me by Terry, I finally started listening to it during Year-End at work and it definitely kept me sane during that time...I loved how well the author acted out the characters and added in great sound effects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H | 3/30/2011

    " pretty good. need to get the sequel to see how this ends! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A Rae | 3/12/2011

    " This book is gripping. Perry's slow descent is masterful. Although I'm still scarred for life thanks to the chicken scissors part. Sigler's attention to detail and use of scientific facts to make everything more plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/9/2011

    " Grossed me out, but kept me interested, except through the boring sports/military talk parts. "

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