Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

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12 Critic Reviews

Nocturnal is truly a unique book, a perfect combination of police procedural, urban fantasy, bio-tech science fiction, and horror.
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Synopsis

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 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 more 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.  
 

About Scott Sigler

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SCOTT SIGLER is a popular podcaster and the New York Times bestselling author of Infected, Contagious, and Ancestor. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their dog. www.scottsigler.com
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Crown. 578 pages
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 15 2012

A bait-and-switch for fans of police noir, but red meat for readers who wish Harry Potter had swapped his YA credentials for a badge and gun.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Apr 27 2012

You are going to love this one.

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Apr 04 2012

. . .if you're a fan of police procedurals from Michael Connolly, Elmore Leonard or Joseph Wambaugh and you miss the bio-tech science fiction of the late, great Michael Crichton, you'll find "Nocturnal" a treat.

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Nerdist

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Barton on Apr 05 2012

In all honesty, it’s probably going to be moved to my short list of favorite books.

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MadArtLab

Excellent
Reviewed by Maria Walters on Mar 21 2012

Like most of Sigler's work, Nocturnal is dark, exciting, funny and smart.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Apr 06 2012

Nocturnal is truly a unique book, a perfect combination of police procedural, urban fantasy, bio-tech science fiction, and horror.

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Lit Stack

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Ward on Apr 05 2012

The narrative is very well-written and the characters are deep; it was easy to get sucked into the freakish world that Sigler had created.

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SF Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Antony Jones

Nocturnal is an exceptional horror novel that manages to entertain from beginning to end, recommended.

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Chicks Dig Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen C on Apr 17 2012

With plenty of twists and turns, interesting characters, and a fair share of blood and gore, Nocturnal is an enthralling read for horror fans.

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The Eloquent Page

Good
Reviewed by Pablo on Apr 19 2012

There is a realism that surrounds Bryan and Pookie, in fact all the characters in the novel, that really makes it easy for a reader to get caught in the narrative.

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Mithril Wisdom

Below average
Reviewed by Jamie Gibbs on May 04 2012

There was a small infodump about genetics in the middle of the book that completely lost me, but otherwise Sigler managed to interweave a pseudo-magic system that had a grounding in science fact and made a lot of sense.

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Mentajack

Below average
Reviewed by Steven Klotz

I like the mix of genres, but would actually have liked more of the science, particularly the genetics since it was so important to the story.

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