- Hardcover: 425 pages
- Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY); 1 edition (22 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307406334
- ISBN-13: 978-0307406330
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.4 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,184,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A standout bloodbath adventure; a continuous assault on the senses that leaves you breathless from riding each wave of action as it swells into the next. (Summer Brooks - Producer for Slice of SciFi and FarPoint Media)
Starts with a literal bang and builds to a desperate climax that will keep you guessing (David Wellington)
A near-perfect blend of hard science and hard-hitting action . . . masterful (Black Petal)
Gripping, pacy and often stomach-churningly violent...Sigler seems to have star potential (Independent on INFECTED)
Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk...a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense (James Rollins on INFECTED)
In-your-face, up-to-the-minute terror (Lincoln Child on INFECTED) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jurassic Park meets Prey in a bloodcurdling thriller from the bestselling author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It's not great though, despite what some other reviewers have said. I don't resent the purchase price, but there's a lot better out there. The contrast with, for example, "Feed" by Mira Grant, is very clear.
If you liked "Jurassic Park" you'll love Ancestor. If you expect a little more thought with your monsters, you may still enjoy it, but you won't be urging your friends to read it.
As a biochemistry graduate and a science buff, I have one main handicap with most sci fi- I can't tolerate poorly researched or "plot device mysticism" science. I'm fine with the craziest ideas as long as they can be grounded in some basic scientific principles. Fortunately, "Ancestors" falls into this category.
The story centers around the use of genomics and synthetic biology to re-create an ancient mammalian progenitor species as a donor for xeno-transplant organs in humans, with a small team of brilliant researchers being funded by a biotech firm operating under the radar of a US government task force seeking to end said research due to the significant risks involved. The project finally hits upon a success, the result of their -significantly- mentally unbalanced genius, but not what they planned for.
Pretty much everything in this book is well fleshed out, the plot has easy real life relevance, the characters are human and interesting, they have their flaws and their strengths, and they fall to convincing character traits, particularly the project head, too mesmerized in the significance of their accomplishment to realize that his people are breeding monsters. The tension during the creature gestation is nerve splitting, the team trading the isolation of a cargo plane come laboratory to an isolated island, faced continuously with the increasing evidence that what they are growing is dangerous beyond comprehension, but too intrigued, cowed by the project leader, and intimidated by the sponsor, to do anything but keep on going, right up until it literally bites them in the ass.Read more ›
Black Petals Magazine described Ancestor as "Jurassic Park meets Predator in `a near-perfect blend of hard science and hard-hitting action.'" I would suggest that although this statement is compelling, it is not accurate. There is no doubt in my mind that this book is incredibly well-researched. The science referred to is believable and doesn't go into so much detail so as to deter the casual reader. In fact, all aspects of this book appear to have been incredibly well-researched and Sigler himself has scientists, linguists and military personnel to ensure that his novel is as realistic as possible.
My criticism of the Black Petals comment is that at no point did I feel this novel had an echoes of Predator. If I were to draw any comparisons with films, I would say that Ancestor is reminiscent of Jurassic Park, The Thing and Aliens. As is my wont, I don't wish to explain this any further for fear of ruining the novel for any reader of this review but if you take that comment and couple it with the synopsis above, I'm sure you're beginning to get the picture!
My worry with this novel was that my impression of it as I was reading was that it was very much a straightforward action-thriller. However, Sigler merely builds his characters and the general situation in the first half of the novel before rocketing off in the second half, deep into gory deaths and a monster created by man that merits mention alongside H.R.Giger's Alien.
I was thoroughly impressed with Sigler's characters, both the villains and protagonists.Read more ›
I finished Ancestor today and have to say that I was hooked from almost the first page...I found myself reading this at every available opportunity. Even though I have a 90 minute journey to/from work, I haven't used my Kindle for a while, preferring instead to watch video on my tablet but once I started reading Ancestor, I had it glued to my hand from the second I left my desk, until I got to my car about 75 minutes later (I find that the Police take a dim view of reading at the wheel).
If pushed, I'd be tempted to say that I enjoyed this more than Pandemic and it's definitely one of my favourite novels, period. Now, I just have to find another Sigler novel I'll enjoy as much...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good book. Closest to Jurassic park that I've come acrossPublished 5 months ago by robbo1974
Have you ever read a novelization? I've read a few (the Alien trilogy being quite good) but two in mind felt quite wooden, awkward on the page: Gipe's mildly interesting Back To... Read morePublished 13 months ago by 2theD
This is the third Scott Sigler book I have read and I am quickly turning into a bona fide fan. The book is full of humour and horror, the characters are believable and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Fitzgerald
From start to finish had me hooked love the interaction between all the characters and how clay ton knew all the old time starsPublished 17 months ago by stuart alden
This book is excellent. The characters are amazing. The story keeps you tense and wanting to carry on reading. Another masterpiece!Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by Lucky Al
although I like this author, this book is just enough. it looks like the script of a low cost moviePublished on 19 April 2013 by marino
I've read most of Scott Sigler's published work and not one of them has disappointed. Book was a great read from end to end finished it within a day. Read morePublished on 24 July 2012 by Macmorso
Ancestor locks you in a vise grip from the outset and won't release you until the final page. It's brilliant. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2012 by Sid