Ancestor, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Scott Sigler is the voice in modern horror - and ANCESTOR is the book that will have you checking under the bed...and starting at every bump in the night. Cancer. Obesity. The flu. Old age. They can all kill you - and modern medical science hasn't ever found a cure. Until today. 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781444700930

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Sigler's writing style is developing at a rapid pace. He's leaving behind the more pulpy and simple horror fiction and is producing more complex narrative and character interaction. Ancestor feels like a screenplay with heroes and villains, some high octane action sequences and many scenes of suspense, utilising technology vs. nature to create thrills.However, even with all these requisite building blocks the outcome is not the engaging sci-fi/action/horror novel it could and should have been. Sigler somehow misses the hook. Although the two likeable characters have a certain amount of pull upon the reader, they don't stand out enough. This is key in a novel which plays out a power struggle between humans, the ancestors are a catalyst for the this conflict. Ancestor drags its heels at times, some of the action seems run-of-the-mill, almost as if Sigler is trying to be more verbose than his previous books, although their off-kilter narrative worked. Ancestor is a good read and you will want to see it through until the end, it's just not as much fun as his previous two books.

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