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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,933 ratings  ·  458 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
Hardcover, 566 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Crown
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Melinda Kucsera If this was a movie, it would be rated R for violence (with sexual overtones), sheer creepiness and drug use. This is not ya.
Labyrinth Rossiter No, not at all. It’s very graphic and violent. If filmed it would have an R rating. There are lots of good ya books, such as Feed that are good for…moreNo, not at all. It’s very graphic and violent. If filmed it would have an R rating. There are lots of good ya books, such as Feed that are good for adults as well that fit this genre. Sigler has never let me down for a gripping head spinning read though. It depends on the age and maturity of your young adult.(less)

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Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, e-books
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
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, fantasy, 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
Government conspiracies, vajayjay faced monsters, Chang bangs, mob wars, serial killers, “Horse Cocks and Virgin Twats”, and a whole lot of crazy antics with the entire city’s fate hanging in the balance.

Yep. It’s all here. Thought is wasn’t going to be?

Then you don’t know Sigler.

I have been a big fan of Mr. Siglers work for a long time. He writes this type of novel very well. A thriller, sci-fi, action, horror tale…with lots of bite to it. Maybe too much bite in this one, because it read a litt
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

A bit of a mixed one for me, I did enjoy it but found it a bit long, and was skimming a little about 2/3 of the way through. Still, I was invested enough in the characters to need to know what became of them in the end and there was no shortage of thrills, excitement and some unexpected deaths. I'd consider it more urban-fantasy rather than horror (I imagined the creatures as 'wesen' like, from the TV show, 'Grimm'), though there was an abundance of the 'ick' factor! (read as - there's
Jan 19, 2012 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 04, 2012 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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, fantasy, thriller
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
Jan 30, 2013 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
Chris Torretta
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scott Sigler has a crazy imagination.

This seems like a cop drama, and then turns into something entirely different. With all the bells and whistles!

Full Review coming to for Summer of Horror!
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Luke Nyland
May 28, 2012 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
Cody Grady
May 13, 2012 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
May 23, 2012 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
Apr 03, 2012 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
Christopher Clark
Feb 18, 2013 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
Sam Reader
Feb 16, 2014 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
Chris Miller
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NOCTURNAL by Scott Sigler is a fantastic dark urban fantasy that literally blew me away.

I've not read Sigler before this outing, but I've heard tell of his books and the ravings seem completely justified after finishing this gem. We've got a pair of San Francisco cops who are investigating some really gruesome murders, which continue on from adults and then to some punk teenagers. But as their investigation is just getting off the ground, the Chief of Police yanks them off the case and puts anot
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tough one to rate. The story was good, I liked the characters, especially Pookie and John. I think the ending was just a bit grim for me. I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't my preferred way to end a story.
Dylan Derby
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the first half of this book pretty well and the second half was still pretty cool but for me the book spent the first half being very dark and gritty and creepy and then becomes a super human action book for the last third of the novel. Yes it was still fun to read and a good story but it lost some of the charm for me when it became all blazing guns and action hero sequences and all of the creepy factor slowly oozed out by the end. I would read a sequel because I do enjoy the concept and ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
"Nocturnal" is a fun romp that combines some great detective work, engaging characters, a bit of science fiction, and a lot of violence over 563 pages. The plot unites aspects of a crime thriller and a paranormal horror to create an almost believable story about secret monsters living under San Francisco. I did feel that parts of "Nocturnal" dragged on a little too long and the plot was often predictable, but overall it was a fun read. The greatest strength of this novel are the characters and t ...more
May 03, 2012 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
Nov 26, 2012 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
Daniel Rudge
Nov 04, 2013 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
Feb 15, 2017 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
Ewan McGee
Nov 03, 2013 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
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man I loved this book!

I have to admit.. when I read the review I thought it sounded silly... It is anything but!

Now I feel I have to warn you I am a huge Scott Sigler fan. I've read pretty much everything he has out there. That being said... If you love the strange and macabre ... this is a book for you. It was funny.. I mean laugh out load funny but like I said I get Sigler's humor. It needed to be funny in parts because at other times it can scare the sh** out of you!

Reluctant Super Hero
Apr 18, 2012 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
Aug 24, 2016 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
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