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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,979 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: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739328866
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk, 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain

  • 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... Infected is a marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror. Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm and Death Match
  • “Fraught with tension . . . Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Hot Zone. Rocky Mountain News
  • Sigler is the Richard Matheson of the 21st Century…smart and creepy, Infected is a flawless thinking-person’s thriller. Bravo to a bold new talent! Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Bad Moon Rising and Ghost Road Blues
  • Riveting . . . even hardened genre fans will find themselves whimpering at each new revelation. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk, 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain and Black Order
  • Powerfully written . . . an unforgettable central character. Dallas Morning News
  • Infected is as unnerving as a scream in a morgue…a breakout novel that gets under your skin. If the voice in your head is Sigler's, you're locked in for a very scary night. E.E. Knight
  • Horror mavens rejoice! Infected is a revelation -- a novel that lives up to its hype. From page one, the story of a mysterious smart-virus that turns its hosts into deadly drooling drones creeps up on a reader like the ratchet of a roller coaster climbing toward its inevitable crest. Sigler brings the folksy character detail of Stephen King, the conceptual panache of Clive Barker, and the oozing, shuddery pathologies of a David Cronenberg movie. Zombies, spies, conspiracies, and gallons of goo make this the fastest read in the west! Highest recommendation! Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling author of Shattered, Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland
  • Sigler has a unique talent for keeping readers on the edge of their seats; I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. Infected is full of mayhem, action, and gore--and you won’t be able to put it down. Dave Wellington, author of 13 Bullets and the Monster Island trilogy
  • "Scott Sigler's Infected is a bucking pulp pony that throws you this way and that, and just when you think you've got your balance, that ole pony bucks the other way. All in all, one hell of an exhilarating ride, and highly recommended. Joe R. Lansdale, World Horror Convention Grand Master and six-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Bubba Ho-Tep and Lost Echoes
  • “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…Infected is a marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror.”

    Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Scott Sigler’s Infected is a bucking pulp pony that throws you this way and that, and just when you think you’ve got your balance, that ole pony bucks the other way.All in all, one hell of an exhilarating ride, and highly recommended.”

    Joe R. Lansdale, World Horror Convention Grand Master and six-time Bram Stoker Award–winning author

  • “Sigler is the Richard Matheson of the 21st Century…smart and creepy, Infected is a flawless thinking-person’s thriller.Bravo to a bold new talent!”

    Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award–winning author

  • Infected is as unnerving as a scream in a morgue…A breakout novel that gets under your skin. If the voice in your head is Sigler’s, you’re locked in for a very scary night.”

    E. E. Knight

  • “Horror mavens rejoice! Infected is a revelation—a novel that lives up to its hype. From page one, the story of a mysterious smart-virus that turns its hosts into deadly drooling drones creeps up on a reader like the ratchet of a roller coaster climbing toward its inevitable crest. Sigler brings the folksy character detail of Stephen King, the conceptual panache of Clive Barker, and the oozing, shuddery pathologies of a David Cronenberg movie.Zombies, spies, conspiracies, and gallons of goo make this the fastest read in the west! Highest recommendation!”

    Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling author of Shattered, Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland

  • “Powerfully written…an unforgettable central character.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Fraught with tension…Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Hot Zone.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Riveting…Even hardened genre fans will find themselves whimpering at each new revelation.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sigler has a unique talent for keeping readers on the edge of their seats; I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. Infected is full of mayhem, action, and gore—and you won’t be able to put it down.”

    Dave Wellington, author of 13 Bullets and the Monster Island trilogy

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/16/2014

    " It was a little too Steven King- esque. Wasn't there a King movie where these aliens infected the body and the people were up in the north woods somewhere? Essentially it was the same plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/13/2014

    " This was like a B movie for me. So good and yet so bad at the same time. Full of cheese and crazy stuff, but entertaining all the same. I listened to this as an audio book with my parents on a family vacation. We laughed and cringed enjoyably all the way through. Is it the most amazing book ever written? No, but it's enjoyable, and it'll keep you thinking about it for a few days at least. Every time you get a persistent itch, you'll be just a little afraid... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pavel Lishin | 2/6/2014

    " Pretty visceral descriptions of violence and surgery, so not for the faint of heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 2/3/2014

    " Moderately entertaining, starts as a virus thriller and then turns into something else. Kept me reading but no real depth - interesting to see the progress of the 'virus' from a first person perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryon | 2/2/2014

    " This was a decent book. Lots and lots of violence. It didn't seem like a mainstream author. Almost like it was a new author or a really decent student. I did find it on the iTunes free audiobooks section..so it is what it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 1/26/2014

    " Loved this book... though the end was pretty abrupt. Thoroughly nasty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Brooks | 1/26/2014

    " NOT for the squeamish. A lot of the book seemed weirdly slow to me... it alternates from one part of the storyline to the other (they come together in the end) but I felt like a lot of it was repetitive. So why 4 stars? It got pretty interesting toward the end... and strangely I want to read the sequel now. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2014

    " Pretty sure that this book is somehow going to contribute to future nightmares... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Greidanus | 1/15/2014

    " Wow, the book. Keep me entralled until the end. Now I have to read Next one...thank you Scott Sigler! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michell | 12/16/2013

    " Very graphic, but also very frightening. Every itch I had while reading this book freaked me out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skip | 12/15/2013

    " A cross between Michael Crichton and Robin Cook. Unnecessarily graphic story of a contagion affecting mid-West, and ex-star of Michigan Wolverines football team. Unsatifying ending as to whether contagion was alien or governmental error -- perhaps a little X-Files? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trace | 12/8/2013

    " This book was fantastic I cannot wait to read its sequel Contagious now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Taylor | 11/30/2013

    " one of my favorite authors. i could not put this book down. the characters are great, excellent read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ren Thompson | 11/14/2013

    " I couldn't get past page 28. I don't know if I'm going to pick this back up. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthanne | 7/30/2013

    " Took me awhile to get into the story. Once I was "invested" it moved along pretty good. May have to pick up the sequel to see how it ends....ending in this book really wasn't an ending at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 12/2/2012

    " Guilty pleasure - the Future Dark Overlord as he calls himself is like a cross between a 70's disaster epic and an 80's slasher flick - you can't stop reading. It's like movie popcorn for your frontal lobe - instant visceral gratification. Imaginative, uncomplicated and unpretentious "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Daniels | 11/14/2012

    " Amazing and burial, you'll never look at a pair of chicken scissors the same way again. Couldn't recommend it more. :-). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/16/2012

    " A bit gruesome, but also fast paced and engrossing. I immediately ordered the sequel when I finished (tell me why the sequel isn't available on Kindle?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 3/29/2012

    " Great book - don't read it whilst you have chicken pox or anything that makes you itch! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Hansen | 1/5/2012

    " Coming from someone that normally does not like sci-fi genre, I loved this book. It was intense and very well written. Scott's humor showed through as it does in all of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 12/23/2011

    " I loved this book! Not my standard fare, I read it after reading a friends review on this site. Looking forward to more Sigler books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 9/27/2011

    " intense, fast-paced, not for those with a weak stomach. can't wait to read the 2nd in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/4/2011

    " Suprising storyline (never saw THAT coming) and pretty well written to boot. Not high art, but a great enthralling read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vfields needs to be happy! | 8/20/2011

    " I hope people understand when I say reading Infected was like watching a movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc P | 7/14/2011

    " I spent a large proportion of this book with my skin crawling. The heart of the plot follows the infection of one man and the author must have brainstormed the most horrible things he could think of for a person to go through. First of a trilogy I understand. "

  • 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.
    "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Scott SiglerScott Sigler’s fiction podcasts have drawn a huge and devoted following. His serialized stories have held the number one position in all the podcast indexes, including iTunes. Scott’s first hardcover release, Infected, was translated into a dozen languages and is being adapted for film by Random House Films/Rogue Pictures. Scott lives in San Francisco with his wife and their dog.