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Contagious by Scott Sigler

Scott Sigler

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

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Episode 26

Mar 31st, 200951:00

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?

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Contagious Q+A show

Jun 24th, 20091:03:19

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

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Episode 25

Mar 31st, 200937:43

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!

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Episode 24

Mar 31st, 200936:45

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?

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Episode 23

Mar 31st, 200942:00

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.

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Episode 22

Mar 31st, 200922:50

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.

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Episode 21

Mar 13th, 200953:51

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?

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Episode 20

Mar 13th, 200933:12

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!

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Episode 19

Mar 13th, 200937:57

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.

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Episode 18

Mar 13th, 200935:13

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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Episode 17

Mar 13th, 200940:20

Chelsea reached out to Perry, which stoked the violence at his core. Dustin Climer gets religion, while the Murray vs. Vanessa tension simmers towards a boiling point.

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Episode 16

Mar 13th, 200938:43

Our Jerry Springer critic is in seriously bad shape. The hunt is on for Clan Jewell, another power shift shakes up the playing field, and the infected begin flocking to sweet lil' Chelsea.

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Episode 15

Mar 10th, 200927:37

Margaret tries to cope with her loss and deal with Betty Jewell's autopsy. Pyromania strikes again, Chelsea searches for someplace with "lots of people," and the evacuation of Gaylord begins.

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Episode 13

Feb 9th, 200931:29

The invasion of Gaylord begins! Chelsea's abilities continue to grow, much to the chagrin of her mother and father. Margaret tries to cope with the Amos situation, and Mister Burkle the postman gets a special delivery ;)

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Episode 12

Feb 9th, 200937:25

The story spotlight focuses on Betty Jewell's strange infection, as Margaret and Amos operate to save her life. Cheffie's remains meet the efficiency that is the United States Postal Service, and Chelsea's "smoochies" take on a new and sinister meaning.

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Episode 11

Feb 9th, 200931:28

Dew exercises questionable judgement when he teaches Perry how to shoot. Betty Jewell is following in the footsteps of her father. The Orbital tries to find a way to stop the Sonofabitch as Chelsea's destiny begins to solidify.

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Episode 14

Feb 7th, 200933:36

Dew, Perry, Baum and Jens sit down for a friendly meal as they wait for the green light to chase down the Jewell family. Chelsea isn't going to sit and wait for the man to bring her down! But wait, maybe Chelsea won't be the only one in charge anymore.......

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Episode 10

Feb 7th, 200929:10

Cheffie's demise is not pretty. Chelsea talks to her new "imaginary friend." Dew and Margaret finally convince Perry to talk about his ordeal with the triangles. Their hope is that he will shed some light on the origin of the infection.

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Episode 09

Feb 2nd, 200941:36

Colonel Charlie Ogden deals with the casualties incurred under his campaign against the Hatchlings. Margaret calls an old friend. More people in Gaylord succumb to the seeds while Dew and Perry have a long, drunken conversation.

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Episode 08

Jan 26th, 200926:31

The crawlers begin their alteration of the Jewels. Betty and Unkie Donny head home. Will they make it safely? Dew and Perry work things out after their brawl. Perry tries to explain how the voices have changed.

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Episode 07

Jan 11th, 200933:01

Perry and Dew finally have it out. Who's going to be the alpha dog? Margaret patches up the defeated man. We get a quick peek at how the Jewel's uninvited guests are affecting them.

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Episode 06

Dec 24th, 200824:50

Margo brings Dew room service. Wonder what will happen there? We get to know Chelsea, Betty, and Uncle Donny a bit better. The orbital issues orders to the hidden hatchlings and launches probe 17. The Jewel family receives some unexpected guests.

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Episode 05

Dec 23rd, 200834:13

Meet the Jewels! What role will this average American family play in our story as events progress? Murray gives Dew a verbal enema. Bob's Breakfast Shack hosts a top secret briefing in the back room. Perry gives Dew a memorable answer when Dew invites him to join the crew for breakfast.

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Episode 04

Dec 22nd, 200841:13

Colonel Ogden has put President Gutierez squarely onto the hot seat. Will he stick to the values he ran on or utilize Murray Longworth's specialized talents? Vanessa is disgusted when she learns what Option #4 is. Margaret confirms a major breakthrough in the autopsy room. The master plan of the invasion is revealed!

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Episode 03

Dec 22nd, 200845:06

Dew discovers Perry at Tad's house; he's not pleased. The $20 bets begin. Margo confronts a somewhat impaired Perry about how he's been "helping out." Colonel Ogden shares his theory about the triangle's feint with Dew. He then exercises the full extent of his authority to target a new construct.

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Episode 02

Dec 14th, 200838:08

President Gutierez decides what his protocols regarding the contagion are going to be. Perry Dawsey demonstrates his view of child abusers. Margaret Montoya gets some new toys. The Exterminators try to capture a hatchling alive. What could go wrong?

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Episode 01

Dec 7th, 200843:18

Murray Stapleton, the Deputy Director of CIA, briefs the new president on the current situation. The new commander in chief is *not* pleased with the mess his predecessor has left him with. Perry Dawsey and Dew Phillips are working in the field, but not necessarily together.....

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