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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
Mar 18, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
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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Skip
Jul 31, 2016 Skip rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, e-books, horror
I think Sigler is a good writer, but did not like this one at all. I had to round up from 1.5 to give 2 stars. There is a lot of creativity in this book: the monsters and ongoing battle to protect San Francisco are pretty good, but the main characters are lame, especially the antagonist Rex and Mommy, and not well developed. Even the good guys (Bryan and Pookie Chang) are uneven, especially the juvenile stupidity of Pookie. It is impossible to fathom him being promoted to be a detective. Bryan's ...more
Kat
Jan 19, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 04, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ?
Shelves: own, ebook
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
Apr 22, 2012 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, thriller, 2012
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
Luke Nyland
May 28, 2012 Luke Nyland rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
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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BigJohn
Apr 03, 2012 BigJohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Christopher Clark
Feb 18, 2013 Christopher Clark rated it liked it
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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Sharblynn
Jan 30, 2013 Sharblynn rated it did not like it
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
Sam Reader
Feb 16, 2014 Sam Reader rated it it was ok
                           Okay, so the rundown is as follows: Nocturnal is 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 h ...more
Rage
Feb 15, 2017 Rage rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
yipes! I went into this expecting a thriller about a cop who is a secret vampire. I really wasn't expecting much, so when I started I was like oh wow, the writing is pretty good. even though the characters are all kind of crass, some slurs get thrown around etc. whatever. this was obviously written by a man for men. so, first question: why does everyone have a rage boner? oh wait, no, please don't tell me! the second half of the story introduces monsters and their society, which mostly consists ...more
Mitch
May 03, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it
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
Shannon
Nov 26, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Daniel Rudge
Nov 04, 2013 Daniel Rudge rated it really liked it
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
Ewan McGee
Nov 03, 2013 Ewan McGee rated it it was amazing
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
Stephanie
Apr 18, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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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Devina
Aug 24, 2016 Devina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Based in San Francisco (though really, it could have been anywhere), this is the story of Bryan Clauser and his partner Pookie Chang, and a series of murders they start looking into. At one point, they are kicked off the case, but that only makes them want to dig deeper into a potential cover-up. Throw in a different 'human' species (all explained with chromosomes etc), and there's a horror in the making. Well, if you don't like blood, gore, sexual acts (gross ones, no romantic ones in this book ...more
Merredith
Nov 01, 2012 Merredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The countdown is on, this is book #998. Anyway, this book caught me in as soon as I started to read it. It's set in San Francisco, where I live, and seems very accurate. It begins as a murder mystery story - two police detectives who are best friends, trying to solve the case they're on a task force for, when they come across a murder. And then things get weird. Brian, or BriBri as his partner Pookie (yes lol) calls him, starts having vivid dreams and gets caught up in something. At the same tim ...more
Matthew
Mar 13, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
2.5 stars - this book was written at a strangely low reading level - it felt condescending, like bad kid-lit except it was supposedly written for adults. The characters tended toward the two dimensional. I was not impressed. I read it based on a recommendation and expected more. I never felt like I became attached to the characters and didn't really care when so many of them died.

However, the author was somewhat clever about subverting tropes and combining characteristics in funny ways. His char
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Chris
Nov 28, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
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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Terri
Sep 28, 2012 Terri rated it it was ok
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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David Sven
May 24, 2012 David Sven rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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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Ashish
May 31, 2014 Ashish rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Nocturnal has shades of Monster Hunter International, but comes across as a more polished, detailed, and real version. What sets it apart from the standard monster book is two things - the detailed policework (it's almost a detective thriller for the first half) and the monsters' point of views (most of the second half.) For a while, you won't even be sure who to root for.
And, of course, the classic mainstay of all the good little monster books - blood and gore, pain and fear. It's all there, i
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Chrissieskleinewelt
Dec 24, 2012 Chrissieskleinewelt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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
Bryan Schmidt
Jun 23, 2016 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it
Started a bit slow but once it got going, I could not put it down. I only wish it was a series book, not standalone.
Stéphanie Amesse
Dec 11, 2012 Stéphanie Amesse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Hell of a ride.
Kam
Mar 27, 2012 Kam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, horror
Every child grows up with stories of monsters and things that go bump in the night, and I'm no exception. Aside from the monsters in cartoons and fairytales, I also grew up with the monsters of Philippine mythology. Some were said to exist only in the far-flung rural areas, but others were said to linger even in the urban areas. These monsters were, in some ways, scarier than the ones in fairytales, perhaps because they were so close to home. But the interesting thing about these monsters was th ...more
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#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.

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