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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Craig
Jun 14, 2012 Craig rated it 2 of 5 stars 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
Stéphanie Amesse
Hell of a ride.
Rechan Rechan
Before I picked this up I had started to be a fan of Sigler's work, but this book lept out of the shadows, clubbed me in the face and sealed the deal. Sigler is wicked sharp.

It starts out as a police procedural and while it does dwell there a little long, eventually it veers into conspiracies, a society of monsters, and secrets of our main characters. Nocturnal goes a different route with its urban fantasy, trying to use science to explain the existence of actual monsters.

Speaking of characters,...more
J.
Jan 24, 2014 J. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
ALL the eyes. ALL the teeth.

I am a huge fan of Mr. Sigler's audiobooks. I like his style, his characters, the way he weaves a story and his intros/outros have me addicted to The Transfer.

All that said, I think I have a love/hate opinion of this book. The overall story is great, there's fantastic action throughout, but there are scenes so cringe inducing they will be giving me disgusted chills for years to come. I can handle gore. I can handle horror. I can't handle some of the things that go thr...more
Shan
I got to page 35 before I realized I couldn't put up with any more of this drivel. There is nothing compelling in this story, the characters are skin-deep, and the constant nicknames are driving me up the wall. I just cannot imagine hardened homicide detectives calling each other cutesy/ridiculous/longer-than-names nicknames. Whatever happened to calling a guy 'Joe' or 'Jim' or something like that? Also, the beginning seems to be drifting as if in a dream. The first 'chapter' was actually kinda...more
Gabriel
My first Scott Sigler novel and I absolutely loved it!

To be honest, I have actually never heard of Scott Sigler before Nocturnal and I'm simply regretting the fact that I did not know him! Why? Why did I only knew him now?!?! I was actually introduced to the book by a link to the trailer in YouTube. I watched the trailer and I was just hooked. I couldn't stop thinking about it! So the next day, I rushed to the nearest bookstore and asked if they had a copy. Unfortunately, they did not! Go figure...more
Gypsy
A deliciously gory & bloody monster book with some nerdy genetic science bits thrown in the plot line. Originally, I got the book as reading material for my 6 hr flight 2 days later, but once I start reading it I couldn't stop! The first night, I finished half of the book & only put the book down because I heard the birds chirping outside my window which meant it was already morning! I reluctantly put the book down until I was on the plane. When I got off the plane I only had 5% of the b...more
Matthew
OK, this really should be 3 1/2 stars.

I have been reading Scott Sigler's works non stop since I started Infection and Contagious, and Nocturnal is his most recent work. It is a fun read, and it starts as well as the others, but I think this is the "weakest" of his books. While all of his books are clear fiction, and meant to be that way, this one was the one I found the least "plausible". Now the lack of plausibility in a work of horror fiction is not exactly a big detraction.

The book is fun, w...more
Stefani
Just as fair disclosure, I love Scott Sigler and so it is very unlikely that any of my reviews are or could be all that objective. I try and I still find things that just kind of irk me about a particular story or character but none of that really seems to influence my enjoyment of the book in general. I feel this is a talent of the author since these same things can completely turn me off of a different book.

But anyway, I got off topic there. So let's talk about Nocturnal. This book was origin...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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