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Contagious (Infected #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  6,278 ratings  ·  446 reviews
From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity's secret battle against a horrific enemy.

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategie
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Crown (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tina Saldiran

2.5 stars

As fast paced and exiting this book was, I can't get over the bland, emotionless style of the writer. This guy had an ok idea and decided to write a novel about it. I'll give him kudos for the work but I really can't say he's a great author. The characters are flat, reach life-altering decisions in a heartbeat, change their behaviour and opinions on a whim. Maybe it's just me but I hated every chapter title in this book because it couldnt be drier - like a weather forecast: "Margaret H
Sep 17, 2014 Tressa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci-fi and horror fans
Shelves: horror
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Following up on last year's "Infected," "Contagious" is both a sequel and an expansion of Scott Sigler's twisted universe where an alien virus is trying to take over the planet.

"Infected" kept the stakes fairly limited--following the traumatic infection and steps taken by Perry Dawsey to "cure" himself. With "Contagious," Sigler takes a much wider view, showing us how the virus is working to establish a beach-head on our planet and possibly take over.

"Contagious" takes a few pages to get going,
Thomas Shaw
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I need to read the first book in this series. This was kind of hard to get into not knowing what was going on or to expect, but I really got into it. Interesting story line.
The second book in the Infected trilogy finds Dew Phillips, grizzled CIA operative, along with Scary Perry Dawsey, survivor of the alien contagion from the first novel, working with government agents and CDC doctors in a desperate race to prevent the contagion from spreading and opening a gate for something far deadlier to emerge into our world. Written in Sigler's trademark fast and choppy prose and short chapters, this novel rockets along like a bullet train to Hell, to a blazingly shocking cl ...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
Three and a half stars, actually. Reasons I enjoyed the novel are first. Yes, it was very exciting, a race against the clock kind of thing to save humanity, literally, from aliens. The novel Infected was the first, it introduced the characters that are in Contagious, and the action takes place mere weeks after Infected ended. It is about triangles that embed themselves under the skin of unsuspecting human hosts, grow, and pop out (killing the host, of course) as ugly little creatures that are in ...more
Wow. This novel was great! I liked how it provided more background information on the aliens and their hidden agenda towards Earth it gave the story more depth and the story is well rounded out. As in Infected, I also liked how there are scientific terms and theories, but it was easily explained and not complicated to understand. We all know some science fiction novels have a lot of technological jargon and you're left wondering if you're reading an encyclopedia on physics or rocket science. Her ...more
Ben Babcock
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Part 2 of the Infected horror story is Contagious. It continues the story after the military has stopped the first wormhole from opening. They have now recruited Perry Dawsey because he can "hear" the communication between the hatchlings and something else to figure out where more of these gates are being built by these hatchlings.

In this book, I enjoyed that it gave some back story into the how to of the blue triangles and hatchlings, etc. Basically, there is a very complex satellite, of sorts
Take the plot of the original book and amp that fucker to the tenth power. This follow-up to "Infected" has more guns, more carnage, and lots and lots of shit blowing up. In other words, this book kicks major ass.

Sigler is a master at breathing life into his characters, and the "bad guy" here is one of the creepiest, most well-designed, that you'll ever meet on the page or screen.


My only quibble with this book is that Contagious begins some time after Infected ends. In f
Jinto Menachery
This is what called as "A Thriller", this kind of books make us want to read more than watch some squeezed out movie based on some books. Chauncey and Chelsea were really cute and I will miss them bad. Waiting for the next book in this series desperately...:)

After reading his 3 books in a row(Nocturnal, Infected and Contiguous) I wouldn't mind to call Scott Sigler today's Stephen king. His imagination is superb, books are real page turners and he always do his home works well. So I wouldn't mind
Aug 20, 2011 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own-it
This was my first foray with Scott Sigler and boy did I enjoy it. He really knows how to write a page turner.

I was a little disappointed to find out that this was a follow-up to his Infected novel (which I didn't know when I first started it). It would have been nice of the publishers to include somewhere in the book that this was the case. It could definitely be read as a standalone but I am a stickler on these things and now I feel if I go and try and read Infected, my enjoyment will be taint
The story was really pretty good but I purchased this as an audio book. I saw the author, Scott Sigler, also did the narration. I thought this was a good thing because the author would know how he wants his characters to sound and how the story should be read. Unfortunately, now I truly know why there are professional narrators. While the story was good, Scott Sigler lacks the skill to narrate his book. This really impacted how much I enjoyed the story. So in summary, while this story might be a ...more
Joe Stamber
Fine follow up to my first SS experience, "Infected". The story picks up sometime after Infected, with the main character somehow kept alive and in the (sort of) employ of the government. He's used to track down the alien bad guys, and as is usual with alien bad guys, the scientists/agents around him have different agendas. Contagious has a broader scope than Infected, and is a more satisfying read because of it. Of course, it's important that Infected is read first, as this draws the background ...more
I have come to a realization that Scott Sigler is one of the hardest working authors out there. I first heard about Mr. Sigler while listening to his interview on The Dragon Page podcast. They were discussing his book Infested and the ‘radical’ methods that he uses to get his work recognized, such as, releasing it as a free e-book and offering the free audio version. Soon after the podcast was finished a free copy of Infested appeared in my iTunes que. I am pretty sure the publisher did not know ...more
Chris Bauer
This was the second book in Sigler's "Infected" series and the stakes are even higher now.

Synopsis: The strange disease which is causing humanity to prey upon itself is growing. And changing. The pathogen itself seems to have developed intelligence and is always one step ahead of the desperate team tasked with putting an end to it. The characters of Montoya, Dew Phillips, and "Scary" Perry race against time to save the human race. From itself.

More of the same from Infected, but just amped up if
Nancy Johnson
I forgot that I'd already heard this book on audio before. I enjoyed it, though I loved the first book, Infected, much much better. This one was more about the fight against the invaders than their effect on humankind. Many of the characters were enjoyable, but those tough, mean military guys get cloned too often. I don't remember what I thought about the ending, but remember liking the book as a whole.
Another winner for the Infected trilogy! The only drawback, the third installment is taking far too long to make it to my bookshelf. This picks up right where the first one left off and doesn't let you catch your breath for a moment. And it all culminates in something that not many authors would have the guts to do when they....well I can't tell you that, its the best part.
I have read a few of Sigler's books, so I didn't go into this one completely blind, so I kind of knew what to expect. That being said, I was completely underwhelmed by Contagious. I really wanted to like this, the concept was good and the technical aspects of the novel was sharp. It lacked any real excitement for me, it felt like I was walking through quick sand, slowly trudging through to get to something of note happening.

Sigler's style is really quite dry and lifeless too, and the characters
Noelle Kain
I would not have read this if I wasn't nearly surgically attached to my mp3 player at work and if I didn't listen a lot of the Dead Robot's Society, which mentions Scott Sigler a lot. I listened to the podcast version of the book and I actually loved it. I'm not sure why the disparity between my feelings for the first and second book in the series, but I did love this one. This one didn't feel like it dragged like Infected did, and it didn't feel as repetitive. He also was able to develop the ch ...more
A new President gets a doozy of a joke played on him; maybe.
Scary Perry has survived his trial with the Magnificent Seven but is minus a few body parts, but he does have some enhancements. He can now sniff out the Triangles which is great advantage in this Alien war, however the anger management issues are still there with some horrific killing scenes, SS does not shy away from the horror. Scary Perry maybe on the good side now but he continues to be a sonofabitch!
Col. Ogden is back on a full t
I started listening to this right after I finished Infected. I really like Mr. Sigler's story telling ability, he has a wonderful talent for pulling you into his twist and macabre world.
For me this book was terrifying in many ways, but mainly giving a seven year old crazy omnipotent powers over a group of soldiers. Making these well trained, fighting men basically toy soldiers for her. She's a little girl still trying to grip the basics of right and wrong, whose being manipulated by a machine ma
11811 (Eleven)
Maybe a tad better than the first book and the first one was excellent.
Contagious is another book by Scott Sigler that will make your skin crawl. (No exaggeration at all.)

To stop the infection of the blue triangles a few people of the American government are working all the time. The public doesn't know anything, and people are working hard in Washington to make sure that they don't know.
Margret (head doctor working on the disease) is working on getting an infected patient to try and cure the disease. Those with the disease fear solider, police, hospitals, and any
David Wellens
Slow start, doesn't pick up pace until 100th page or so, has a blockbuster movie feel of describing action sequences, arguments between different characters are often built in similar ways, lots of recurring word use, every other chapter seems to intentionally end on a cliffhanger of sorts, even though the (sub)plot picks up on the very next page. All in all an entertaining book because of its content, less so for its execution. Recommended for people who like Stephen King's Cell, the 28 Days an ...more
This book follows on from 'Infected' and the story will conclude in 'Pandemic'. I got these as a free podcast but they are absolutely awesome and well worth hard currency. Beware, they are violent; extremely so in short bursts but the stories are terrific and the characters are very well observed. The author is not afraid to murder his darlings and even major characters an exit in dramatic fashion at any time; no red-shirted members of the away team who you've never seen before beaming down to a ...more
Caroline Mcphail-Lambert
Book 2 of the trilogy!

Once again Sigler takes his readers on a thrilling ride through horrors to numerous to mention.

I read this book as North Americans struggle with the knowledge of Ebola arriving on our continent, for Sigler weaves a tale of a pathogen that turns everyday people into mind-connected entities that blindly follow messages to harm others at the whim of mind of a child.

Sigler takes the readers to a climax that no person ever wants to consider possible.

An excellent thrilling hor
Pure Guilty Pleasure. These books (the Infected series) are not literary masterpieces and the story is not incredibly original, although many of the details are. But, These are very fun to read. I liked that this book stayed true to the feel and characters introduced in Infected and yet it managed to expand them without feeling too forced. There is a bit less body horror which worked out well for this story although it is far from being PG-13. My one big problem with these books is that the char ...more
Chariti King Canny
Second book could be the middle child of a series, but this one definitely wasn't. A further development of the same characters, and I ended up rooting for the former a-hole, which is exactly what Sigler designed. As with the first one, this one could have gotten too wordy but does not... just enough description to guide my imagination as intended without putting me to sleep. I also enjoyed the presence of the military and military action in this book, as a character, and not just some coloratio ...more
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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.

In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at His loyal fans, who
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