Nocturnal

Nocturnal Scott Sigler reinvented the alien invasion story in his bestselling novels Infected and Contagious rebooted the biotech thriller in Ancestornow in his most ambitious sweeping novel to date he works

  • Title: Nocturnal
  • Author: Scott Sigler
  • ISBN: 9780307406347
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Scott Sigler reinvented the alien invasion story in his bestselling novels Infected and Contagious rebooted the biotech thriller in Ancestornow, 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 BryanScott Sigler reinvented the alien invasion story in his bestselling novels Infected and Contagious rebooted the biotech thriller in Ancestornow, 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 Clauser is losing his mind How else to explain the dreams he keeps having dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him not disgust, not horror, but excitement As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence Pookie Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem For the victims are all enemies of a seemingly ordinary young boy a boy who is gripped by the same dreams that haunt Bryan Meanwhile, a shadowy vigilante, seemingly armed with superhuman powers, is out there killing the killers And Bryan and Pookie s superiors from the mayor on down seem strangely eager to keep the detectives from discovering the truth.Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he s stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for than a century a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco s unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed And as Bryan learns the truth about his own intimate connections to the killings, he discovers that those who matter most to him are in mortal danger and that he may be the only man gifted or cursed with the power to do battle with the nocturnals Featuring a dazzlingly plotted mystery and a terrifying descent into a nightmarish underworld along with some of the most incredible action scenes ever put to paper, and an explosive, gut wrenching conclusion you won t soon forget Nocturnal is the most spectacular outing to date from one of the genre s brightest stars.

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    1. 3.5 starsWell ok I'm a little lost for words here.Synopsis: This book is basically about a cult and race of eusocial (means only the queen reproduces with the king to make a new queen and everyone else is in different sterile castes) killers who all have a mysterious Z chromosome as well as the regular ones. They came from Europe originally and lived in ships that were abandoned buried when the city began to expand. A group or in this story an individual called Savior was in charge of finding an [...]

    2. 4.5 StarsNocturnal 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 slowl [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Read more of my reviews at The Aussie ZombieWhen 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 monster [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. I picked up this ebook based on an interview with Scott Sigler on the podcast Sword and Laser ( swordandlaserekandsundry 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 I usually found [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14.                            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' chemi [...]

    15. 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.

    16. Ο λόγος που δεν βαθμολόγησα πιο ψηλά το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο είναι πως, περίπου πέντε χρόνια μετά, κυκλοφόρησε μια ανανεωμένη έκδοσή του, όχι απλά με βελτιωμένο κείμενο, αλλά με βελτιωμένη την ίδια την ιστορία η οποία σαφέστατα παρουσιάζει μεγαλύτερο ενδιαφέρον αλλά και έχ [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. Scott Sigler is a god. What I would give just to pick his brain for an hourAt 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 and [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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, supernatura [...]

    22. 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 a [...]

    23. 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 HeroFreaky CreaturesFun [...]

    24. 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 most [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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 initially [...]

    29. 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 [...]

    30. 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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