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Summary

“The ancestors are out there…you have to believe me.”

From acclaimed author Scott Sigler—New York Times best-selling creator of Infected and Contagious—comes a tale of genetic experimentation’s worst nightmare come true.

Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney. Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee...and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology.

On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, P. J. Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering the genomes of thousands of mammals, Colding's team has dialed back the evolutionary clock to re-create humankind’s common ancestor. The method? Illegal. The result? A computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, and with no chance of transplant rejection.

There's just one problem: these ancestors are not the docile herd animals that Colding's team envisioned. Instead, Colding’s work has given birth to something big, something evil.

With these killer creatures on the prowl, Colding and the woman he loves must fight to survive — even as government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research proves to have its own cold-blooded agenda.

As the creators become the prey in the ultimate battle for survival, Scott Sigler takes listeners on the ultimate thrill-ride—and offers a chilling cautionary account of what can happen when hubris, greed, and madness drive scientific experimentation past the brink of reason.

©2010 Scott Sigler (P)2010 Random House

Critic reviews

“A tremendously entertaining horror novel…the premise is thought-provoking; Sigler populates the novel with a lively cast of characters (unlike many thrillers, the heroes are as interesting as the villains), and the action is virtually nonstop—and, at times, quite graphic. If you combined Michael Crichton’s scientific exploration with Matthew Reilly’s lightning-fast pace and colorful characters, you might get something that feels like this book, which, incidentally, would make a great movie.” ( Booklist)

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Scott Sigler = best modern horror writer

What made the experience of listening to Ancestor the most enjoyable?

Scott Sigler narrates his own books which in some writers case would be a bad thing, but scott puts effort into his "performance" every character gets a different voice, all of which are pretty decent actually, his female voices are below the rest but he is fully aware of this and tries his best. Surprisingly it actually makes the book come to life.

What did you like best about this story?

its a blend of Jurassic park( the book) and the film Dog Solders, in other words the story kicks major behind.

Have you listened to any of Scott Sigler’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my favorite Scott sigler performance, his later books improve his female voices but this one is the best story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"On an Island where man plays god,Mankind is about to become an endangered species"

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BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT!

I'm Scott Sigler's new biggest fan, it's sci-fi, horror, real life. He's influenced by Stephen King and it shows but he's completely go his own voice and style. I absolutely love it and am eagerly awaiting the next book. I love the fact the author narrates them. The characters are real and likeable, the action is fast paced, it's gripping. The science is sound without getting confusing (for those of us who aren't too clued up). It's great, just buy it! No wait, it's a sequel, just buy everything he has written that you can get your hands on.

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Long with terrible narration

Long, too long. 10 hours it takes to get to the "monster" of the book. Too many forgettable characters mixed with a build up that has poor pay off. Starts with hours talking of government control of the situation which just gets completely forgot at the end.

Though the worse part of this is the narration, why the author thought about reading this book with his honestly racist portrayal of his characters with terrible voice work makes this one of the worst books I've gotten on here.

Avoid.

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Scott, stick to the writing and leave the performing to the experts. Couldn’t finish this book.

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Good story, but narration is poor

Really enjoyed the story, despite the narration often getting in the way (can grate on you).

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solid sigler!

A slow start but a gripping last half. Another great listen by Scott Sigler. Recommended.

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  • Big Daddy JMC
  • 09-03-15

Wow Scott you did it again, home run!!!!

Scott Sigler is my favorite author but I still rate him hard if I don't like something. Well Scott knocked this one out of the park!!!!! This book is one of my favorite books that he has done so far. The science is awesome. The way he builds these characters is better. The action and suspense reaches even higher. And the overall story telling of this book is just fabulous!!! Well done Scott, I can't wait to hear your next book which ever it may be.

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  • Jason J Morgan - The Cast Iron Ronin
  • 18-02-20

FDO never disappoints!

It has been a few years since I read this one and... While I remembered that is was great - I forgot just how amazing it is!

I have listened to all of Scott Sigler's books through the years as he released them free as serialized podcasts and another, free platform as well.
Ray Porter does a great job on the ones he performs but I really enjoy the ones where Sigler reads them just as much if not more.
My one bit of advice would be to listen to a sample first to see if you like the author's narration because some really don't.
I have been purchasing them through Audible because I enjoy the way they are organized and, mainly, I want to support Scott Sigler - FDO!

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  • Ronin-Katrina
  • 12-04-19

Love this book

Fast paced lots of action and love the science behind the story. My only complaints was I kept think about the perry dosy and the other characters from The infected books and pooki from nocturnal.

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  • Jim Lockett
  • 21-11-18

My favorite Scott Sigler Novel

So #imaginative. I live that there is so much #RealScience, this stuff could really happen, right?
An #evilgenius experiments on #animals, with a #violent and #scary result.
I was engaged from the beginning to the end and was bummed that it ended.

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  • Kandie
  • 01-06-12

Pure entertainment!

What made the experience of listening to Ancestor the most enjoyable?

Fast pace and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Love, love, love Clayton!

Have you listened to any of Scott Sigler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I love all his books. No favorites.

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Scott Sigler is awesome for getting away from reality. Scott you are th only one who can read your books. I love your voices.

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  • Jennifer Christians
  • 01-04-19

A Delicious Nightmare

As always, Scott Sigler delivers with his all too possible horror, amazing characters, and killer narration. 5 stars all the way!!!

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  • Christina Duran
  • 31-05-18

as always scott kills it as with all his books

It was hard to limit myself on how much i listened to a day fun

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  • bocian74
  • 19-03-18

Liked it a lot.

Great as usual by SS. I also enjoy his reading style but I know some folks don't like it.

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  • GMCd
  • 27-11-17

Great story

I enjoyed the book very much. I hope there is a second book too this I would purchase it for sure.

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  • michael k harlan
  • 23-05-21

Ancestor

Mr Sigler is consistent in his ability to keep you wanting more and more. I have read a number of his books already and I am always amazed by his ability to make reader just keep going and not putting it down! I WILL be a life long fan.

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