[Exclusive] Excerpt: Scott Sigler’s ‘Pandemic’

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The final book of Scott Sigler’s highly acclaimed “Infected” trilogy hits stores this week. “Pandemic” follows the story of Doctor Margaret Montoya as she is called into action to help put an end to the deadly microorganisms that are spreading quickly and turning everyone into psychopaths. While it may sound like a rather typical zombie story, I assure you it is anything but. The microorganisms are also spreading in the water, the resting place of great Cthulhu. Check out our exclusive excerpt below.

In conjunction with the release of the novel, there will be a chat with Scott on Booktalk Nation this upcoming Thursday at 7pmEST. Readers can sign up now and join in on the chat live. Participants in the chat can order a signed copy of “Pandemic”, which will be provided through Scott’s local indie, Borderlands in San Francisco.

And lastly, There is a great social media contest that Scott is hosting for his fans with some giveaways and a grand prize of a three night’s hotel stay in Vegas for SiglerFest 2014. Full info on the contest can be found here.

Synopsis:

Scott Sigler’s INFECTED shocked readers with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one man’s desperate fight for sanity and survival, as “Scary” Perry Dawsey suffered the impact of an alien pathogen’s early attempts at mass extinction. In the sequel CONTAGIOUS, Sigler pulled back the camera and let the reader experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm.
And now in PANDEMIC, the entire human race balances on the razor’s edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares.

To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero — a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she’s a monster — a mass-murderer singlehandedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she’s broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands. Guilt and nightmares have turned her into a shut-in, too mired in self-hatred even to salvage her marriage, let alone be the warrior she once was.

But Margaret is about to be called into action again. Because before the murderous intelligence was destroyed, it launched one last payload — a soda-can-sized container filled with deadly microorganisms that make humans feed upon their own kind. That harmless-looking container has languished a thousand feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, undisturbed and impotent . . . until now.

Part Cthulhu epic, part zombie apocalypse and part blockbuster alien-invasion tale, PANDEMIC completes the INFECTED trilogy and sets a new highwater mark in the world of horror fiction.