Crown, 2008 (2008)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Alex Telander
cott Sigler is a new kind of writer to join the publishing world; an author for the twenty-first century. Wanting to bring his work to people for free, he began in 2005 by podcasting his book
a bit at a time, with continuous updates. It was branded as '
the world's first podcast-only novel
' and Sigler started off with three listeners; ending with over ten thousand subscribers. He followed this with
, and currently has over thirty thousand subscribers. Now, with a big name publisher, Sigler brings us
in book form (a free podcast version is also available).
, something is seriously wrong with the world. Something is making people crazy to the point where they are driven to kill others, often their family, and then to horribly mutilate themselves, finally taking their own lives. The government is trying its best to keep the whole thing a secret, and at the same time to find out what's making people do this and develop a solution as fast as possible. CDC is working nonstop - the big problem is that once they get to one of the bodies of these
people, the rate of decomposition is so rapid that they don't have enough time to perform autopsies and fully examine the bodies before they are left with nothing more than a black murky puddle.
igler has done his research, giving the novel a classic Michael Crichton feel, going into the science and the biology as members of the CDC try to find out what sort of
is making people kill others, and more importantly how contagious it is. While there is a lot of
from various characters that can leave the reader a little disoriented, and the writing at times seems to need some editing (the flow being disjointed), Sigler demonstrates a unique voice in
that will only get better with successive books.
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