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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,434 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Scott Sigler reinvented the alien-invasion story in his bestselling novels Infected and Contagious… rebooted the biotech thriller in Ancestor…now, in his most ambitious, sweeping novel to date, he works his magic on the paranormal thriller, taking us inside a terrifying underworld of subterranean predators that only his twisted mind could invent.

Homicide detective Bryan
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Hardcover, 566 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Crown (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jason
4.5 Stars

Nocturnal by Scott Sigler was a welcomed surprise. I was already a fan of the author for his post apocalyptic novels. This is an Urban fantasy that plays closer to being a Serial Crime novel with a heavy undertone of the supernatural. This is not a typical urban fantasy, there are no bats or dogs in this one. Brian “The Terminator” and his overweight Asian partner Pooks make quite an interesting team.

What I loved about this novel is that the mystery and the supernatural unfold slowly. T
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Kat
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When I first saw this book was available on NetGalley I was SO excited. I loved Scott Sigler's Infected and Contagious when I read them in 2011, and Infected was the first book I can ever recall making me feel physically ill with some very gory passages (and I read hard-core zombie books, I'm not easily rattled!!).

Nocturnal is a fast-paced, edge of your chair, peek between your fingers story – the characters are incredibly well-developed, the monsters
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Craig
Jun 14, 2012 Craig rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I really hate to say it as I am a fan of his previous work, but this was a bit disappointing. I have really like some of Sigler's other work (Infected was excellent and highly recommended). However, this one was just nowhere near as good, the writing just seemed kind of juvenile, for lack of a better description. The story was ok, although a bit predictable, but the style just didn't work. I think I get what he was trying for with this effort, it just didn't work in written form for me.

I won't g
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Mieneke
The blurb from the book jacket found above is pretty long, but I think it gives a good impression what the book is about. In fact when I read the blurb, I couldn't wait to review this book. Urban fantasy with SFPD homicide detectives? A supernatural police procedural? How could I resist? Add to that all the high praise I've heard for Sigler's writing in the blogosphere and on the podcasts I listen to and Nocturnal seemed the perfect book to acquaint myself with Sigler's writing. And I have to sa ...more
Cody Grady
I picked up this ebook based on an interview with Scott Sigler on the podcast Sword and Laser ( http://swordandlaser.geekandsundry.co... interview starts at about 5:15). As he notes in the interview, Nocturnal is a bizarre mixture of cop drama and monster flick; I believe the comparison he makes is Lethal Weapon mixed with an 80's slasher film, and that is a fairly accurate picture of this novel. What is impressive about Sigler is his use of language; the language is common and flows easily and ...more
Luke Nyland
Jun 05, 2012 Luke Nyland rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Luke by: Sword and Laser
I'll be honest, I wasn't planning on giving this book a 4-star rating; I was going to give it a firm 3-star, but changed my mind for reasons I'll explain.

The character development in this book was brilliant. The reader is given enough information about each person that we form a perfect image of what they look/sound/act like, but not SO much that the story is bogged down with too much descriptive information. The dialogue between characters seamlessly informs us what things look like and how peo
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Jason
Ever been bullied? Ever wished the bully would just die? What if you drew images of the bully being torn apart and the next morning, you see on the news that the bully was murdered? What would you do?

Ever had a dream you could swear was real? Ever walked into a place you have never been before, just to have an overwhelming sense of deja vu? What if where you walked is a murder scene because you are a homicide detective? And what if in your dream you murdered someone, the same someone you see mur
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Christopher Clark
This book had a cool premise and I kind of liked it. But the first half of the book reads like a cop thriller and then devolves into this mutant war.

I thought the holding cell parts were super scary and well done. But the rest of the book simply took way too long to develop the plot. You seriously read like 200 pages before you even start to get into the meat of the plot.

I loved Pookie. He was a fun and well written character and of course Black Mr. Burns turned out to be an interesting one as
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BigJohn
Nocturnal describes itself as a buddy-cop movie mixed with Hellboy. That's a pretty good description of this latest book by Scott Sigler. The fourth of his books from Crown, this is another refreshing new story that combines hard (and complicated) science with fantastical creatures.

This story is a longtime favorite of his fans, and Scott assured his followers that this new telling of the story was largely different from the original. He was right. The story has been expanded on and improved, yet
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Stephanie
I am a huge Scott Sigler fan to begin with. Sometimes that good and sometimes it just sets a book up for failure. Nocturnal did not disappoint! From the opening scene, I thought I knew the direction this was going to take. Was I Wrong!!!! I did not see the plot twists this was going to take.
Bryan should not be likeable. He really shouldn't. But I found myself liking him and hoping that things worked out for him. That doesn’t mean they did. At least not all of them. Scott Sigler, unlike some aut
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CJ
Just finished this girthy book and I have so many conflicting emotions about it (and not all of them good), that it automatically gets a five star rating. Any book that can illicit that many feelings deserves it.

I while I was familiar with the story from the podcast draft version released several years ago, it took me by surprise to find so many fresh new aspects of this novel. I absolutely loved the banter between Inspector Pookie Chang and, well .... just about everyone else! I love that his m
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Shannon
Scott Sigler is a god. What I would give just to pick his brain for an hour...

At first I was a bit weary about this novel. I'm not too into cop dramas. But holy shit, this was a fantastic book. Infected is probably my favourite horror of all time and one of my very favourite books. I am just so delighted to see Sigler going leaps and bounds beyond that, outdoing himself. Now I'm on a Sigler-fever. I want more, more, more!

Here's why I'm so in love: Infected was a simpler story, fewer characters a
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Chris
This novel is a well crafted story that was difficult to put down. It included characters that were three dimensional and from the first pages you were fully invested in their lives. The writing style is highly effective and maintains a readers interest throughout. There were no obvious plot threads left to the reader to wonder ".. Well, what about X? How's that resolved?"

The story is based upon the premise that there are more to random murders and the cities underground than one might initiall
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Daniel Rudge
This book started out a little too slow. I almost put it down because I wasn't liking the plot, nor most of the characters. Since it was a 566 page book, I thought I'd give it one more chapter. Thank goodness I did! I kept reading and really started to get into the plot intracacies and the characters. Nocturnal is billed as a horror story but, at first, it reads like a police procedural mystery novel. Again, at first, the dialogue between our protagnist Detective Bryan Clauser and his partner De ...more
Mitch
Wow, this was incredibly disturbing. And sometimes hilarious. And maybe too crass for my liking in parts too, unfortunately. Yet the summary doesn't lie though, despite my misgivings at the beginning, it really is a terrifying descent into a nightmarish world along with some of the most incredible action scenes put to paper, I am thoroughly impressed. A line from the book sums up Nocturnal to a hilt, it absolutely delivers on mutants, vigilantes, and murderers. And if a certain detective hadn't ...more
Ewan McGee
If you like stories on the fringe between the purely realistic and the completely fantastical, Nocturnal is for you. And with that, we’re already at what I like best about this book – what I like to call The X-Files factor. It is what made (early) episodes of The X-Files great. It is what made the TV show Eureka fun. You’re plunged into a scenario that makes you believe the only way the writer could explain everything that is going on is to pull out something magical, mystical, supernatural, whi ...more
Terri
Meh. I saw the interview on "Sword and Laser" with the author and was expecting a truly scary, interesting and high energy read from the author's comments and Veronica's reaction. I have to say I wasn't scared at all, more grossed out at some points than anything.
I'm also not a fan of sci fi authors who use "slang" or weird nicknames. In this case, "Bri Bri" and "Pookie" got on my nerves from the first. The character of Pookie was actually well fleshed out and he was fun to read about but I jus
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Sharblynn
How disappointing. I really liked Ancestor and hoped for something as good here, but this book was awful. The characters were two dimensional (I still can't get past that one of the main characters was named Pookie.), and there was nothing about them that made me care about what happened to them. Maybe the author could have worked in some real character development in between the mind-numbing action scenes. And the monsters were just ridiculous! A snake man? I don't care how stealthy these peopl ...more
David Sven
This is no George RR Martin or even Steven King but what this book IS - is entertaining. This is a book where you can break out the popcorn, turn your brain off and just relax and enjoy the action packed ride. Lots of mind numbing violence. More than a touch of the strange and the pace is good - a fast easy read - a darn good yarn.

I'd loosely describe this as a cop buddy story come creature feature.
Set in San Francisco two homicide detectives are confronted with a whole lot of bizarre and bruta
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Sam Reader
Okay, so the rundown is as follows: Nocturnalis a book with a lot of cool ideas. It follows Inspector Bryan Clauser and his partner Pookie Chang as they chase down cults, conspiracies, and serial-killing monsters in the streets of San Francisco. The last two hundred pages are a powerhouse of a ride, and a lot of the twists are well-built and not telegraphed. Scott Sigler knows what he's doing, and when it shines through, it shines. The characters' chemistry and some humor from the h ...more
Brittany
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Franklin
After reading the "Infected" trilogy I was wiped out. It was that good. I didn't think that the author could top those books. Then I decided to give "Nocturnal" a try. It did not disappoint. But I do have to hope that this book is the beginning of a much bigger story.
In my reviews, I don't feel the need to pull the plot apart, if you need that you can read the book jacket or the blurbs to see if it is for you. What I do try to do is give a reader reasons to look for the book, purchase it and r
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Ryan Arellano
Like a lot of books that are longer, this story took awhile before it hooked me in to the world. Once it did, I was really interested in the characters and what they were going to do, but at some point things went super crazy. Which is fine because I was locked in for the ride. However, the conclusion was somewhat anticlimactic. Some of the "surprises" that came at the end I saw coming and it made the end seem unbelievable for what was being built up. I am not sure that I want a sequel(mostly be ...more
Joe Hart
Love almost everything Sigler writes but for some reason the storyline in this one just kept getting more and more absurd the further I read. Not sure where the story went off the tracks but for me I think this would have been a better graphic novel or comic book. It just felt like it needed pictures on the pages saying "Crack!" or "Pow!". Good writing overall and some of the characters were very memorable but I just couldn't get myself to fully like it.
John Wiltshire
Odd to give a 2-star rating but still finish? I think listening to this audio version enabled me to finish (although, if I had to be totally honest, I didn't listen to the last few minutes). What a long book. I'm not adverse to long books per se. In audio it's quite a good thing, I guess. I'm new to audio books, so I don't have anything to judge this by.
Monsters in the tunnels under San Francisco. Police cover up for the best of motives (house prices?). One policeman finds out and goes after mo
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Thomas Quatrale
Hard nosed police detective story meets the paranormal.
Impossible to put down! My introduction to author Scott Sigler was the alien invasion novel, Infected. I knew when I finished it that this was an author from whom I would want to see much more. Then I read the continuation of the alien invasion story in Contagious. I'm still waiting for more in this story line. But while waiting, I needed a another Sigler "fix", so I read Ancestor, a story about genetic engineering gone horribly wrong, and w
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Chrissieskleinewelt
Wieder ein toller Sigler, wenn er dieses Mal vom Stil her anders ist als gewohnt. Trotzdem sehr unterhaltsam, spannend und ich muss ehrlich gestehen, es war hin und wieder selbst für mich hart zu lesen, weil stellenweise sehr schlimm.

Rezi: http://chrissies-kleine-welt.de/?p=535
Lynda
Overall I really liked this book. I want more.

But there were two things that bothered me...and I'm hoping there will be a second and both things will be addressed.

1. The Tourette Syndrome. The blurting out curse words is one of the smallest parts and mis-informs people about what it is when it is constantly shown in books, movies, and tv as funny or just blurting things out. I am hoping in the next book we will have confirmation that the guy was doing this on purpose...and there was some doubt
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Wendy Bocock
Saw one of my favorite authors, Jonathan Maberry, a few days ago in Dallas. He talked about what authors would be listed in the "if you like Jonathan Maberry, you will like . . ." category. I had already read and liked a couple of them (Larry Correia, for one), and made note of the others to try when I got a chance. One of the authors that he mentioned was Scott Sigler. Had one of Sigler's books on my TBR pile, but then saw a different one at the bookstore and picked it up. Have to say "Thank Yo ...more
Sharon
I read Nocturnal with the expectation that I would like it as much as the Infected trilogy. I wish I could say that I did, but I just could not get into it as much. If the rating system would allow, I would give this novel 3 1/2 stars. The author has a great way of interjecting science facts without "dumbing it down". He also has created a great character - Pookie - an overweight cop with a great sense of humor. Some of the best lines in the book can be attributed to this man. I really liked the ...more
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New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is author of the INFECTED trilogy (INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS and PANDEMIC), ANCESTOR and NOCTURNAL, hardcover hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing; and the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP).
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“...Her attraction to him hadn't dulled in the least. She stared at him. He stared right back with those beautiful distant green eyes.
"Guys," Pookie said, "I know yal have a bit of backstory to work out, but can we lay off the wistful gazing? This ain't a Joan Wilder novel, if ya dig what I'm saying."...”
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