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Thursday, March 10, 2016

{Book Review} Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

by Scott Sigler
Publisher: Crown
Released: April 3rd 2012
How I got it: Downloaded a free audio version on Podiobooks

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind.

How else to explain the dreams he keeps having—dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him—not disgust, not horror, but excitement?

As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence “Pookie” Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem. For the victims are all enemies of a seemingly ordinary young boy—a boy who is gripped by the same dreams that haunt Bryan. Meanwhile, a shadowy vigilante, seemingly armed with superhuman powers, is out there killing the killers. And Bryan and Pookie’s superiors—from the mayor on down—seem strangely eager to keep the detectives from discovering the truth.

Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he’s stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for more than a century—a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco’s unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed.

And as Bryan learns the truth about his own intimate connections to the killings, he discovers that those who matter most to him are in mortal danger…and that he may be the only man gifted—or cursed—with the power to do battle with the nocturnals.

Featuring a dazzlingly plotted mystery and a terrifying descent into a nightmarish underworld—along with some of the most incredible action scenes ever put to paper, and an explosive, gut-wrenching conclusion you won’t soon forget—Nocturnal is the most spectacular outing to date from one of the genre’s brightest stars.

Review: Nocturnal is a thrilling roll-a-coaster of mystery, murder, and mutants.
I've listened to this book twice, and have been riveted by it both times. I was seriously sad when I reached the end, both times. I would love to see a sequel, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Mr. Sigler builds a world under San Francisco that is dark, gritty and terrifying. He also shows us a dark underbelly to the City by the Bay that is only known to the resident of that fair city.
Bryan Clauser is a cop, a really good detective, who is a bit hard around the edges but loyal to a fault. Pookie Chan is Bryan's partner and I think probably my favorite character in the book. He's the comic relief, without Pookie this book might have been too dark. Pookie and Bryan balance each other out well. Pookie tends to be Bryan's rock keeping him from descending into complete madness. These are our two main characters, but there is an array of other colorful and interesting players in this book. The POV does jump around, but isn't hard to follow as Mr Sigler does a great job of letting you know whose head you're in.
The plot sweeps you up and carries you along at a quick pace. Mr Sigler is a master of keeping you interested and horrified all at the same time. I could have lived without a few scenes in this book. Let's just say they are very descriptive and at times gory. The action scenes in the book are written so well I could imagine them happening no problem. I was fascinated as I was pulled into this dark world along with Bryan, Pookie and the rest. The only character I didn't like, yet still felt bad for, was Rex. Since I don't want to spoil the book, I won't get into the why of it. Overall a really good book, if you like horror and/or comic books then this is a book you should pick up.

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