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Contagious by Scott Sigler

Scott Sigler


Podcast Overview

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 strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease’s hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation’s best hope and a terrifying liability. Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they’re going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors.

These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that’s not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat — one that comes from a most unexpected source — may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all.

Catapulting the reader into a world where humanity’s life span is measured in hours and the president’s finger hovers over the nuclear button, rising star Scott Sigler takes us on a breathtaking, hyper-adrenalized ride filled with terror and jaw-dropping action. Contagious is a truly grand work of suspense, science, and horror from a new master.

“An inventive, amped-up yarn . . . full of pressure-cooker mind games.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“A marvel of gonzo, in-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror. Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go.”
—Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm

“Fraught with tension . . . Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Hot Zone.”
—Rocky Mountain News

“Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk . . . a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain

“Riveting . . . leads the reader from one startling detail to the next . . . a terrifying page-turner.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Powerfully written . . . [with] an unforgettable central character. You’ll never listen to Cole Porter’s ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ the same way again.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Once begun, not easily put down . . . leaves the reader’s heart still racing when the last page is turned.”
—Roanoke Times

Podcast Episodes

Contagious Q+A show

Listen to Scott and the Evil Queen answer junkie questions about Contagious and various other projects of the FDO.

Episode 26

Here it is Junkies: the final episode. What happens to Perry? To Dew? To Cheslea and her Mommy? How about General Ogden? Margaret and Clarence? And how about the great city of Detroit?

Episode 25

The Motor City is once again the murder capitol of the world as bullets fly, rockets fire, and corpses stack up like cordwood. General Ogden's men are fighting tooth and nail, extracting a harsh price for every inch of ground lost. Perry attempts to close in on Chelsea, but only minutes remain before her Angels begin pouring through the gate!

Episode 24

Planes explode, cities burn, guns fire and blood flies. Chelsea Jewell will not be denied, she is hell bent on opening the gate and allowing the Angels to come through. But, can she stop The Boogeyman, aka Scary Perry Dawsey?

Episode 23

The most bizarre interrogation you've ever seen, "the five-second rule," and Dew lays down the law with Margaret. The stage is set for Motor City carnage the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Pistons won back-to-back NBA titles. This episode is for you, Chuck Daley.

Episode 22

The long, brutal, final day of Contagious has begun. It should all be over, right? So why is Perry Dawsey hearing the voices again? And what are the voices telling him to do? Get ready for a shocker.

Episode 21

A major character moves on to that gridiron in the sky. Margaret Montoya takes charge in Detroit, Dustin Climer spreads the Word of Chelsea and Perry gets his gun. That *can't* be good, can it?

Episode 20

What do two all-beef patties, legos, ice cream on a stick, and cops all have in common? The are all part of cute little Chelsea's plans for a brighter tomorrow!

Episode 19

Chelsea talks to her Daddy about meeting Jesus, and to her Mommy about the things that need to be done. After addressing her family issues, she sets her sights on getting even with "The Boogeyman." Meanwhile, Dew tries to get Perry to face his fears head-on, and the Orbital realizes that its days of anonymity are finished.

Episode 18

Margaret Montoya unleashes her frustration on Dew Phillips and Clarence Otto, General Charlie Ogden gets his priorities straight, and the city of Detroit welcomes a new visitor.

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