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Sunday, March 16, 2014

{Book Review} Infected (Infected #1) by Scott Sigler

Infected (Infected #1)
by Scott Sigler
Read by the author
Publisher: Random House Audio
Released: April 1st 2008
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Sci Fi, Horror
How I got it: Free on Podiobooks

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.

Review: Oh My Goodness, this was an awesome book. I downloaded this some time ago and hadn't gotten around to listening, to bad for me. I listened to it at work, and was super disappointed when my MP3 player died before the end. I had to impatiently wait until then next day to finish since I didn't have time while at home.  I was fascinated and completely grossed out by parts of the book. I also found myself wondering more than once why an author would put his character through what poor Perry went through. I mean I know it's fiction, but I had to wince more than once at what Perry did to himself and others. I actually liked Perry at the beginning of the book, but by the end I kind of hated him. The Infection turned him from regular Joe to a crazy paranoid sociopath. He wasn't the only one either, just the one we got to know and care about. 
Margaret and Dew both work for the Government. Margaret is a scientist with the CDC and Dew is an agent with CIA. Both are on the case and neither is getting anywhere. All they have is a bunch of burnt looking skeletons and very few clues. I kind of flip flopped on if I liked them or not, it was a little hard to get a fix on them. But they were both dedicated to finding and eliminating this thing.
Over all really good plot and great characters, but if your squeamish pass this one.

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