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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
Hardcover, 566 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Crown (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 25, 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
Mar 26, 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
Jun 14, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok
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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
Apr 25, 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
Cody Grady
May 13, 2012 Cody Grady rated it really liked it
I picked up this ebook based on an interview with Scott Sigler on the podcast Sword and Laser ( 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 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
May 29, 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
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
May 05, 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
Apr 30, 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
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
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
May 26, 2013 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
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
Daniel Rudge
Aug 11, 2015 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
May 27, 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
Ewan McGee
Jan 13, 2014 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
Oct 02, 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
Feb 28, 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
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
May 06, 2016 Hazellie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books-read
This book is so good on so many levels. It definitely wasn't what I expected; it starts out like a regular detective novel, but the deeper you get into it the more surreal it becomes. The story builds and builds and becomes something else entirely. It was really difficult to put down, but it is also a pretty chunky book, so I had to put it down when responsibilities called.

I don't know why I had the initial impression that it was a YA novel, and that it would be a pretty standard length of a bo
Aug 09, 2015 Hardboiledbaby rated it it was amazing
Nocturnal is described at the author's website as "simultaneously a horror/thriller, a high-action comic book of a novel, and a throwback to classic 80s buddy-cop movies." Which it is, and then some.

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser and his partner Lawrence "Pookie" Chang are investigating several gruesome serial murders taking place in San Francisco. Quickly enough, we find out that there is a helluva lot more going on than just the killings, horrific though they are in their own right. It's a
Debland1989 Holland
2 1/2 stars

Warning, this review is based on what I have read so far, I have read over 3/4 of the way through, and I am not sure I want to go on. Now before you dismiss this review altogether let me tell you why. Don't get me wrong, on the whole this book is actually very good; the writing is excellent, the character development is amazing, the plot is unique and keeps you guessing, overall this is actually one of the better stories I have read this year just based on these factors alone. So why
A.F. Grappin
Mar 21, 2015 A.F. Grappin rated it really liked it
I don't know if Nocturnal isn't my cup of tea, if I should have read it rather than listened to it, or if the fact that the podcast version is not read by Sigler himself made this a little less than completely awesome for me. It could be any or all of those reasons, honestly. Now, this isn't to say I didn't enjoy Nocturnal. I did. it's definitely up to par with Sigler's other works. But... I think I'm more interested in the works he does that are further from the real. Earthcore and Ancestor are ...more
Terry Barker
Feb 12, 2015 Terry Barker rated it really liked it
This was quite a roller coaster ride. Siglar has really grown as a writer, compared to his earlier stuff, like Infected and Contagious. We start with an unknown man seeking refuge in the middle of the night and being turned away from the door of a friend. Then, he turns up dead. But, not just dead, half eaten.

Then, we move to the story of 12 year old boy, bullied at home by his mother, and bullied after school by three evil classmates. Who has very strange dreams--he's hunting the bullies.

And a
Simorgh Jourabchi
Jan 25, 2015 Simorgh Jourabchi rated it it was amazing
When discussing this book, I tell my friends "Ok, so you know those Shanghai Tunnels under some West Coast cities? And how there's all sorts of legends about them? Well, did you know the one about the monsters?"

This is the One About The Monsters.

This is the one about the cop who discovers the secrets under his beloved city, and the cover-up that goes all the way to the top.

This is the one where you'll put it down several times to gasp in horror, laugh with relief, or shout "NOOOOO" at the fat
Jan 13, 2015 Nicky rated it liked it
I picked this book up because it fitted in my bag on a train journey and as soon as I started reading it I thought I had made a big mistake.
However, for various reasons I decided to stick with it and I'm glad that I did. I only gave it 3 stars but perhaps that doesn't give the whole picture.

The things I enjoyed about the book were that it was fun to read; it was fast paced and exciting. Scott Sigler created characters that, as a reader, I did find I was prepared to make an emotional investment
Sam Reader
Feb 16, 2014 Sam Reader rated it it was ok
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
Feb 16, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
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