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Scott Sigler
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19 Aug 2010

On a remote island in the Great Lakes, an unusual group of scientists are using extinct DNA to create the perfect organ donor. It could save millions of lives and win Dr Claus Rhumkorrf the Nobel Prize he craves.

The donor animal is genetically the ancestor of all species on the planet - but Nature wiped it out two hundred million years ago.

Rhumkorrf and his team are about to find out why.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444700936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444700930
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Michigan native and Newcastle United football fan, Scott Sigler now lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two dogs.

Sigler's debut thriller EarthCore was the world's first podcast-only novel, picking up 10,000 subscribers. His next podcast novel, ANCESTOR, saw 700,000 episodes downloaded by fans, and satellite network Sirius Satellite made it their first ever serialised audiobook. To date, Scott's fans have downloaded over three million files of his fiction and his first two novels to be published worldwide in print format, INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS, were published in the UK in 2008 and 2009.

ANCESTOR will be published as a book in the UK for the first time on 19 August 2010. For more information and news visit

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Sigler keeps the pace frantic and the denouement is cracking (Guardian)

A masterwork of action-fueled horror, brimming with hard science, iconic characters and carnage-hungry critters. Welcome to Sigler's laboratory of fear. (J.C. Hutchins)

Sizzles with tension . . . Danger and drama mix with cutting-edge science to produce a top-notch, action-packed adventure. If you think Scott Sigler just writes horror, you're dead wrong. This guy is one heck of a thriller writer. (Steve Berry)

From ultra high-tech labs of bleeding-edge biotech to snow-blinded islands haunted by our own genetic past, Sigler takes you for a page-turning ride into real fear and adventure (David Wellington, author of Monster Island and Frostbite)

This is one of those rare books that I was sufficiently gripped by to finish in two sittings, which probably says most of what is needed about how much I enjoyed it. (

Michael Crichton has a worthy successor in Scott Sigler . . . ANCESTOR takes thriller and science fiction conventions and slams them together to make something new and fascinating. It moves fast, takes corners at speeds that would throw anyone else off, and keeps sucking you in with characters you actually give a damn about . . . first-class work. (Simon R Green, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightside and Secret Histories series)

If you can't imagine how genomes, stem cells, and Triassic Period paleontology can become the basis for a page turner that's both cinematically gory and gallows-humor funny, read ANCESTOR and watch Sigler perform his alchemy . . . ANCESTOR isn't science fiction. It's science acid-trip pulp-horror, an irresistible genre unique to Scott Sigler's wonderfully warped mind. (Carl Zimmer, award-winning science writer and author of Parasite Rex)

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)

The sort of thriller that will bury itself into your brain, making you think about it long after you've put the book down (MC Reviews)

As a super-science horror novel in the vein of Jurassic Park, ANCESTOR is a hoot. The suspense is electric, the setting is beautifully described and the science appears to be quite plausibly discussed and realized (Specusphere)

Fun, creepy, and impossible to stop reading, ANCESTOR is the rare thriller that's based on cutting-edge science and is entirely possible. Long after you're done with the book, you'll still be looking over your shoulder. Just in case. (Phil Plait, author of Death From the Skies and creator of

Tremendously entertaining . . . the premise is thought-provoking, Sigler populates the novel with a lively cast of characters, and the action is virtually nonstop. 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)

Relentless and suspenseful . . . a timely tale of science run amok that compels reading until the final page (Publishers Weekly)

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Jurassic Park meets Predator in a bloodcurdling thriller from the bestselling author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Galloping Story, But... 8 Nov 2010
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There's nothing wrong with this book - it performs exactly as you would expect from the cover and the blurb on the back. It grips, and rips along. Some of the characters work better than others, and the whole thing reads as if the author had an idea for a movie all along, but that's true of a lot of thrillers.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 8 Oct 2010
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Another good read from Scott Sigler, no confusing descriptive narratives about the science just good easy to read story telling the average layman like me can easily digest. I recommend this and other Sigler books.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Ive had the pleasure of following the podcast novel versions of Siglers books since ancestor then earthcore then infection(infested) and then The Rookie.Sigler is the vanguard of the digital publishing revoultion. He was the frist to give out a podcast only novel with earthcore and followed this sucess with his other subsequent novels.

This format is highly sucessfull as it bridges the author-audience gap and builds a solid relationship between him and the audience. This is relatively unique within the publishing world and has resulted in a huge sigler following online.

As a result His frist novel , earthcore was sucessfully published with Dragon Moon Press and can be bought on

Sigler's main style is a fast faced, well written mix between hard science, Thriller and Horror.His style can be comparable with stephen king, michael crichton.

Ancestor itself is a amazing thriller. i tuned into this podcast week in and week out. As a novel it is absolutely mindblowing as i managed to read the free ebook version posted on his podcast feed.I am a totall sigler Junkie!

Ancestor is set on a remote island where a biomedical organisation called genada is trying to create a chrimera animal based on the ancestor of all mammals so that human organs can be grown for transplantation. Around the same time other biomedical organistations are trying to develop a similar goal. Ancestor begins with another of these such companies mistakenly creating lethal virus that humans have no ammunity for. This sets a overture for the rest of the novel which emcapsulates death and a race agaist time for the genada scientists to break through with there reserch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snowbound Jurassic Park type horror! 7 Jun 2012
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Amazon flagged this up as a book I might like and so, on a whim, I bought it...

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster of cliches! 7 Dec 2011
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Lots of cliché. The characters come straight out of a comic or some B Movie; they're all verging on the dumb action-packing American superhero/villain. All action, very little brain. This really IS "Predator". It's peopled with Frankenstein scientists (who merrily ignore all the warning signs just so that they can cuddle that glimpse of immortality) and Frankenstein monsters. It's all cliché! It's like the movie - you know there's a soulless slashing evil in the dark, you just don't know where or when it will emerge... but when it does there'll be a rollercoaster of carnage and death, tension and ..... cliché!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad it's over...
I put this on my Kindle before I'd finished 'Pandemic' (which is excellent, BTW) and was pleased to hear that one of the characters from Pandemic appears in Ancestor (Tim Feely);... Read more
Published 4 months ago by George Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book is excellent. The characters are amazing. The story keeps you tense and wanting to carry on reading. Another masterpiece!
Published 5 months ago by Lucky Al
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay
although I like this author, this book is just enough. it looks like the script of a low cost movie
Published 14 months ago by marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Sci Fi Horror.
My first review here on Amazon, so still finding my style. Apologies in advance for poor flow. WARNING- POTENTIAL SPOILERS! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Malcador the Sigillite
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in one sitting.
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 more
Published 23 months ago by Macmorso
4.0 out of 5 stars Sigler does it again!
Ancestor locks you in a vise grip from the outset and won't release you until the final page. It's brilliant. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Sid
4.0 out of 5 stars a curates egg
I got this book as I really like how Scott writes...
This was a page turning book with a good underlying story, which yes, would be really easy to turn into a movie, he gives... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Vix Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This is the best pulp fiction I've read since Jurassic Park.
A real page turner.
Can't wait for a film version.
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Olvis
5.0 out of 5 stars COWABUNGA.
This reads, as previous reviewers have said, in a film style that i'm afraid I don't always enjoy,but it turned into one of the best books i have read in quite a while. Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Masterpiece
Furiously, fiendishly imagined pulp fiction of the highest order. Fast, brutal and utterly irresistible. I'm ordering Sigler's other books as I write. A must read.
Published on 27 April 2011 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher
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