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You just don’t fuck with a Dawsey – A book review of Scott Sigler’s “Contagious”

This review was supposed to be written and posted near the end of December. Read the post preceding this to find hear my lame excuse of why it hasn’t been written until now.

At first I was a little leery about using an expletive in the title of this post, but then I remembered what Scott Sigler says in the disclaimer for his podcasts. So it’s all good.

I’ve been listening to Scott Sigler’s podcasts for quite some time now and I quickly became hooked. I became one of Sigler’s “Junkies”. I jumped at the opportunity to review his newest book. Contagious is the sequel to his bestselling hardcover release from Crown Publishing “Infected”.

Contagious Synopsis taken from Sigler’s website:

“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.”

I was very eager to crack this story open and devour it as fast as I could. After opening the box it was shipped in. I did not put the book down for the week it took me to read it. I could have finished the book in a day’s time. But Scott is one of my favorite novelists and I wanted to read his book at a slower pace. To treat it as fine cuisine. To savor it, enjoy it, soak up every single word and let the story wash over me in a warming sensation.

I was almost dissapointed to finish the novel, because now I’m hungry for more of the story and I have to wait now, like everyone else, for the third installment.

At first I wasn’t sure why the book was given it’s title. For the first part of the story I saw nothing about the disease being contagious. But when I finally discovered how this disease had evolved I gasped and jumped out of my seat so hard that the book almost flew across the room. And as with all of Sigler’s stories the characters have such a depth that you feel as if you know them. And the wordplay and dialogue between them would make you want to take them out for drinks after work, or simply knock out their teeth. But another thing you learn from Scott’s work, is that you shouldn’t get too attached to the characters.

Scott Sigler’s “Contagious” was a page turning amalgamation of horror, suspense, and hard science that had me at the edge of my seat and afraid of turning off the lights. I was guessing until the very last page, and made me feel concerned about every bump, mark, rash, and itch I had for weeks after finishing the novel.

In short you need to pick up a copy of this book. It’s one of the best things I’ve read in a very long time.

But as usual, I’m drawing a blank so I’ll see you next time.


On Procrastination

This post has the propensity for becoming quite long. I won’t know until I’ve finished typing it up. So regardless of the fact that you may or may not have the attention span for it I’d stick around because I feel that I might cover some relatively important stuff. So, if you feel the need grab a snack. And while you’re up, could you pour me a drink?

I’ve been neglecting this blog in general as of late. Mainly because I feel that this blog should be exempt from the goings on of my personal life. Because if I start talking about the things that I encounter on a day to day basis what’s to separate me from all of the whiny emo kids and their livejournals?

I only try to post here when I have something worth posting. Something intellectually stimulating that you will either find informative, entertaining, or at the very least will make you think or give you an insight on how things work in my mind. And to do that I have to sit and gather my thoughts as I approach the keyboard.

My self confidence and personality aside I’ve never quite enjoyed the thought of allowing said insights on such a public scale, because hell, I’m the loud, brazen, and insensitive drunken Irish host of Banter Over a Cigarette. Most all of my friends introduce me to new people simply as “The Asshole”. Who would have thought I’d be capable of such deep thoughts, or intriguing insights?

Regardless of any aforementioned statements or preconceived notions here I am again to pour out my mind onto this blog in the form of noun and verb soup.

For those of you who’ve not already checked the show blog expecting to see fresh bonus content, and new episodes of season three only to find nothing short of a few posts that should qualify as blatant cop outs, I apologize. Events spun into motion that I could not control, as I’ve described at length in in recent posts regarding my ineptitude on the show blog.

But as I’ve had time to think about it. I’ve come to realize that these events would not have been allowed to spin, let alone slowly rotate, into motion had I not lacked the foresight to get to work earlier than I did.

I was planning on spending the month of February working on all of that fun stuff and then launching the first Monday of march. But I’d get home from work and think to myself, “Oh, it’s no problem. I’ll have plenty of time to work on it.”, Until one day I woke up and noticed that I’d found myself at the very last day of February with no work to show for it. So I pushed the release date back by one week and got to work. I had everything all ready to go, and as I’d previously explained on the show blog, my file hosting server just plain refused to step up to the task.

Had I gotten to work sooner on the launch of season three, this would have been something I’d have noticed back in February when I’d originally intended to release the first episode of bonus content. But instead I sat around and did no work on the show and didn’t find out until it was too late to fix. The show has been delayed due to things I cannot control, but had I stepped up sooner I would never have lost the reigns to that mythical creature that none of us really have command over, known as “control”.

Everyday I learn something new, some of those days the new thing I learn is something about myself. I’m big enough of a man, metaphorically and literally, to admit when I’ve done wrong.

Sorry, I fucked up. And now I have the knowledge to prevent this in the future, lets hope that when the time comes I’ll have cultivated the skills to act upon it.

Back in December after my ex left for Texas I came home to find a box sitting on my coffee table. This box had contained an advanced, first edition copy of Scott Sigler’s newest novel “Contagious”, the sequel to his novel “Infected”. They are both good reads and I hope you’ll check them out.

I’d recieved this book ten days prior to its release date for the sole purpose of doing a book review. This is a promise that I’ve yet to make good on. At the time that I’d gotten the book I didn’t have a computer to do the review on. And when I finally did have a computer I had technical difficulties setting it up, a new job that I had to perform for money so that I could buy myself nice things, as well as personal drama in my life that I had to sort out. Now after all the dust clears, the only reason that I have left to not do this review is procrastination. I’ll have this review written and up by the end of tomorrow. In this day and age a man’s worth and a mans word don’t count as much as they used to. Which is why I use every opportunity to keep mine. I’ve been neglecting to do that as of late, it’s something I’m working on.

I was going to insert a small update of what’s been going on with me lately, but I’m almost one-thousand words deep in this post and I don’t want to wear out your attention span anymore than I already have. Anyway, I’m drawing a blank so I’ll see you next time.


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