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On a remote island in Lake Superior, scientists struggle to solve the problem of xenotransplantationusing animal tissue to replace failing human organs Funded by the biotech firm Genada, Dr Claus Rhumkorrf seeks to recreate the ancestor of all mammalsBy getting back to the root of our creation, Rhumkorrf hopes to create an animal with human internal organs Rhumkorrf discovers the ancestor, but it is not the small, harmless creature he envisions His genius gives birth to a fastgrowing evil that nature eradicatedmillion years ago — an evil now on the loose, and very, very hungry

10 thoughts on “Ancestor

  1. Murf the Surf Murf the Surf says:

    Holy cow! So much burger meat and blood!

    I really enjoyed Ancestor, as I strongly recommend this tome. It was a silly, fun ride into spooky oblivion! It begins with a sort of genetic engineering anomaly without much detailed science to bog you down with. I do like science though, and there was enough to go around.
    Somewhere in the middle of this book it becomes a phantasmagorical fantasy ride into a 007 crossed with Mafioso machismo. You must suspend belief when it comes to name dropping too. The island, with the Chinese bipolar nut case, becomes the means for the monster mash.
    Towards the end, all hell brakes loose as the monsters get loose and much mayhem and madness ensues. I've tried not to indulge any spoilers here, and be warned the anxiety and blood bath may require an Ativan or jello shots to overcome the neurological anomalies that will rack your neurons and axions. All in all, this is a fun ride through a genetic monster story and is most definitely in the action category. Pax, Murf

  2. Ross Ross says:

    Possibly the most boring, useless book I have ever read.

    This book has been out for quite a while but I have only recently read it and I felt the urge to review it.

    I spotted this book while searching for something new to read. It was cheap and had a great premise: Scientists on an island try to clone an ancient monster so they can use its organs in transplants. Everything goes wrong. Sounds good, right? A simple action horror. Something easy to read. Fun.

    no no. Fun is not what this book offers. You could honestly get more fun out of raping a cactus.

    One of the worst aspects of this book is the characters. Everybody is a stereotype. not even that, they're all a parody. The main character seems to be a parody of every action hero in fiction!

    But that's not as bad as the bad guys. A German scientist who's obsessed with getting the Nobel prize is not the major bad guy, more of a dick who doesn't help things. But the major bad guy, beside the flesh eating monsters, is a European, money hungry psycho with lots of guns. His brother sends him to the island to make sure things don't go wrong. They're so generic that it's almost offensive. If this psycho had a curly mustache and an English accent, I would have had to put it down and forget about it.

    They're not even slightly fleshed out. Do you remember Gremlins? Do you remember when Phoebe Cates' character would try to talk about a traumatic incident but she'd be interupted? Well, every character has a whole bunch of those moments but nobody interupts them.

    for a while, I thought that maybe this was a sequel and that the characters were already fleshed out in an other book and that all of the explanatory dialogue and flashbacks were there to reminder the reader of the previous book. But, it turns out that there is no previous book.

    I know, I know it's just a bit of fun. If the plot was as fast paced and fun as promised, I would have forgiven Scott Sigler for his awful characters but three quarters of the book is dedicated to the details of cloning. I know too much about cloning now. What's worse is, it reads like wikipedia. This makes the book so slow and boring that the last few chapters, where the ancestors start killing, is sort of silly and out of place.

    and by the time the plot actually kicks in, I have already guessed who survives and how they get away. I had to imagine the rat creatures from Bone as the ancestors just to keep myself amused.

    Quotes on the book and on Sigler's website say that this book is fast paced, well written, original, scary etc. These quotes say that the writer is the next Steven King. I'm guessing that the quotes were cut off before the speaker could say only fucking with you, it's awful.

    So, to summarise: This book is a slow, boring pile of horse cum with horrible 2-D characters. If you want something easy to read, read the bus schedule.

    Taken from my blog

  3. Stephen Stephen says:

    4.5 stars (AND OH SO CLOSE TO A 5 STAR RATING). This was my first book by Scott Sigler and I now consider myself a fan and will be reading more of his books in the future.

    This is a high-octane, fast paced scientific thriller that does a better job than many in this genre on two very important points:

    1). I thought the author did a really good job with the characters and the dialogue. Even when nothing was going on with the plot (which was not often) the dialogue between characters kept me entertained and I even found myself laughing a few times at the banter. This is often the place where you see a writer's faults when he can't adequately handle the quiet moments in a story. Not the case here and the author gets high marks from me.

    2). The science was fascinating and included the right balance between detail and pacing. The story revovles around xenotransplantation which is the using of animal tissue to replace failing human organs. The main characters are trying to genetically engineer animals that are compatible with humans so that they can be bred to act as organ donors. Very interesting and the set up to when the experiment goes wrong is excellent with the right build up of tension.

    The villians of the story (of which there are both human and non human) are also very, very cool and this actually leads to the only reason I did not give this 5 stars. I would have liked to learn MORE about the skills and abilities of the genetic monstrosities and I thought that the exposition on the creatures was a little too sparse. However, this is a relatively minor gripe and I still HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book as it was a terrific read.

  4. Bill Bill says:

    Great plot, Great Characters, and a great deal of action and blood…just the way I like it. Scott Sigler can write a hell of a story. He inserts a lot of research and science into his stories (mixed with a bit of gore), but doesn’t try and knock you out with facts or make it so complex you can’t understand it. Scott breaks it down and gives a real look at the horrors that he has created. I am playing a bit of catch up with Mr. Siglers work and am enjoying every minute of it.

  5. Kali Mura Kali Mura says:

    ANCESTOR is about two deadly killers - one of them is a control-crazed millionaire named Magnus and the other is his lab-manufactured genetic horrors. Magnus was trying to create placid herd animals available to donate organs for humans who need transplants, but a delusional scientist tweaked the DNA and instead made large vicious predators. When Magnus tries to cover-up the project, these beasts get loose. Now everyone on an isolated island is at risk of being hunted down and exterminated either by Magnus or by the hungry creatures.

    I'm not sure who is scarier, Magnus or the Ancestor predators. Both of them seem equally ruthless. And the author seems to take great delight in making you love these wonderful quirky characters, and then slaughtering them a few chapters later. No one seems to be off-limits, which has you alternately cursing the author and biting your nails. You will have a blissful ride of unique action and bloodshed and terror until the ultimate showdown in-between Magnus and his horrible creatures.

  6. Badseedgirl Badseedgirl says:

    Some authors just need to be heard. Scott Sigler is one of those authors. He reads his books with such enthusiasm, it can't help but be entertaining. This book was one long chase filled adventure romp. I listened to it while traveling and it was perfect because I could pause and stop it as needed and not feel like I had to rewind (yes I said rewind, and yes I know it dates me!) I really can't tell you why but I just really enjoy Mr. Sigler's writing style and his stories. This is the third book I have read of his and I just love him more and more!

  7. Daniel Daniel says:

    I like a good monster story that is backed up by a scientific origin: the experimentation and theory make for interesting reading before yielding the invariably ravenous result upon the poor scientists and support crew. Here, Sigler throws in some passages about DNA and animal-cloning and xenotransplating and species-jumping viruses, going into just enough detail to give his story just enough technical background. All of the high-tech gadgetry surrounding the laboratory and the armament of the accompanying mercenaries also add some gee-wizardry to the proceedings.

    Really, though, monsters were my main requirement in this book, and Sigler delivers a decent one in Ancestor. I was disappointed that he revealed their nature early on through various autopsy scenes in the middle of the book; I'd rather that the scientists get more of a surprise at a later stage in the game, when the claws are out and it's too late to question past actions. That criticism aside, Sigler does let his creations lose in the story to run amok and kill willy-nilly. He also throws in monsters of the psychotic homo sapiens variety for villainous color and an ire-inducing outlet.

    Ancestor is a good romp through science monster-tale land. Others have made the comparison to Crichton's JP, and I can't help but see it, too. If you dug the velociraptors wreaking havoc on a tropical island, you will dig the ancestors wreaking same on a wintry rock.

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    On a different note: this is the third, full-length novel that I've read on the Kindle, and I'm surprised by how easy it is to immerse myself in the screen with the same concentration that I bring to the printed page. Normally, I'd pick up a book like this in print, but Amazon waved it under my nose with a 99 cent price tag, and I was too weak-willed to resist. Print will always rule; that said, count me in with eBooks on ergonomic, reading-friendly eReaders.

  8. Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | says:

    It feels like it had been a while since I'd read a genetic experiment / monster book, so I was very happy to get my hands on Ancestor. It provided a refreshing change to my reading schedule. It's not a breathtaking book by any means, but it is an enjoyable one. I found myself staying up about an hour later than I should have to finish it. In the notes in the back of the book, Sigler credits an earlier version of this story with being one of those stories that helped propel him to his current status. I can see why, but at the same time, it's not nearly as good as it could be.

    Sigler has proven in his other works that he can deliver unique, imagination-engaging works of fiction that can surprise you or send shivers down your spine. That is not the case with this story. Instead, Ancestor is a fairly generic story of genetic experimentation gone wrong. Most of the book is lead-up to what you're really wanting to experience. It could have been about a 1/3rd shorter and been just as good. It feels like a good chunk of it was filler for the re-vamped version.

    Probably the most interesting thing for me had nothing to do with the monsters at all. Instead I was fascinated by Jian, one of the scientists, and the lengths that people went to to keep her working. She's the classic case of a brilliant mind hampered by mental and emotional disturbances. How people interact with her is fascinating to think about. I felt extremely sorry for her.

    In terms of the monsters - well, they were actually scarier in utero than they were once they were born. Once they were born, they were fairly unmemorable. But in utero? Man, some of those scenes will send shivers down your spine! I have to say, I did like the reveal behind their creation at the very end. It wasn't what I was expecting, and it wasn't what I wanted, but it was interesting enough to make me go Hm, I can see that.

    Overall, whilst engaging enough to keep you up to finish it, it wasn't anything spectacular or worth recommending to any of your friends. Sigler's other works are definitely better. Still, if you see it for a couple bucks at the local bookstore, it wouldn't be a total disappointment. The paperback cover alone is worth it. So cheesy and awesome.

  9. Michelle H Michelle H says:


    I read Ancestor simultaneously with my husband, a definite non-reader. I bought him the paperback for his birthday and I also had a copy on my Kindle because we both LOVED Sigler’s last books Infected and Contagious. (What can I say? To a bookdork, there is nothing sexier than a guy who will read with you…)

    Since sharing books is such a rarity, I never shove books at him unless I’m convinced he’ll like them. Infected and Contagious were so creepy good, that I was SURE we’d love this one too. Unfortunately, Ancestor was barely so-so.

    Essentially, this is a story of a science experiment gone wrong. A group of researchers is trying to decode and combine various mammal genomes in order to discover a common ancestor. This ancestor could then be implanted in a surrogate animal (in this case, cows) and harvested as donor organs to fill human medical transplant needs. Since this is a common ancestor to all mammals, neither the surrogates or the human bodies would reject the animal tissues as foreign. This premise sounded promising.

    In actuality, though, the story was boring, predictable, and read like a cross between Jurassic Park and some stupid TV medical drama. In fact, and this is fairly telling as I’m usually a very intense reader, I kept falling asleep and couldn’t finish for days. Hubby got ahead of me because he has insomnia and finished first, but neither of us liked this one at all.

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    This author really makes the strangest animal antagonists!


    Imagine having cows as antagonists.

    Oh gosh. It was so weird, but it was soooo creepy at the same time. What makes it more scary is that it felt as if it could really be true. One day, a delusional scientist will make bizarre and deadly creatures, I'm telling you!

    This book also shows that justice shall be served! That dog sure is my hero!! Read it so that you'll know what I'm talking about. Heh.

    I admit, the start of this book was a bit of a drag to me. It was bland and I wanted to go to the action parts right away. As it turns out, it was a big build up. The ending of this book is probably one of the loudest resounding boom in my fictional world.

    If you like books with really good plots, creepy creatures with gore on the side... Then this one's for you!