When a Centers for Disease Control quarantine fails at Ben Taub Hospital, a Houston SWAT Team is sent in to secure the facility. What they find is destruction and death. Trapped in the hospital, cut off from the world, a mysterious voice on the radio is all they have to guide them. They're no longer on a mission to quarantine the remaining inhabitants. Instead, they have to destroy a multiplying menace that could infect the world before the Federal Government enacts a final solution. Outbreak is a standalone, parallel story to both the 2015 Parsec Award Winning Novel The Black and The Black: Arrival. A winning mashup of action and horror, Outbreak is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing at what's around the next corner.
©2016 Paul E Cooley (P)2016 Paul E Cooley
Sexagenarian; Retired MBA - IT & Hi Tech Marketing; Ex-Pat Canadian in Israel; 4 kids & 3 kids-in-law; Dog-owner; Aquarium-keeper; History
Constant Action Horror
The use of (spoiler) frequent short plot arcs of quickly developing an individual, interesting character, and then killing him/her. As Paul Cooley says, "We don't believe in happy endings"!Fast paced and not predictable, but nonetheless constant and consistent terror
Just as clear and well paced - good enunciation, distinct difference in character voices
"Want to" but cannot - although spellbinding need a break from the constant intensity!
Excellent narration exclusively by the author himself. Part of an on-going series (3 so far). Each can stand alone but is best that the first one (The Black) is first to give origin story.
Yes. I love hearing an audiobook performed by the author because I think it adds a lot to hear exactly how the author envisioned it including what the characters sound like.
Distinctive Character voices
I was exhausted when I finished. The action was intense and I just felt like I was there with them running one minute, holding my breath the next and then fighting for my life. By the time I finished, I just felt completely worn out like the characters.
Although each book in the series gives some background allowing them to be read out of order, I suggest experiencing them in order as it is fun to know more than the characters about what is going on. It's interesting to realize when a character inadvertently dooms themselves by doing what would seem like the logical action, but this creature defies traditional expectations.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
The inky nemesis continues to wreak havoc. This book does stand-alone, but books 1 and 2 are good listening so I would recommend them regardless. The events in this book take place inside a hospital. The main protagonist is a swat team leader who believes she’s after one or more terrorists loose in the facility. I’ll admit the characters here are not well developed but if you love the combination of action and horror this one’s for you. As for the narration… well there are two major female characters in the story and lots of dialogue so you really have to be able to nail a female voice. Here it was just okay.
the dude in the truck haha
I loved his natural voice but god his female voice made me want to vomit, either work on it or hire a separate female voice actor
First off my File was broken so I couldn't listen to it, went to another device and it worked, second whomever decided to edit the audio is terrible; the voice change echo effect for the characters thoughts was horrid, if your gonna do something like like please do use a echo... there was also plenty of times where it needed to be used but was not. The effect for the radio was perfect although. A lot of the writing seemed ehh, hard to explain but it felt like a lot of fillers and extra content that didn't need to be told. WARNING LOTS OF GORE, which I liked until the 50th slice of the head... it got old. DONT GET ME STARTED ON THE FEMALE VOICES JESUS IT WAS BAD
Dude, every hear of something called 'Timing?' Look into it. Paul Cooley talks too fast and doesn't really change his voice at all for characters. Especially, his "Female" voice. It's like that high pitched stereotypical one that guys make when they try to impersonate a woman's voice to be funny. Like the one you used to make when you were in grade school. Seriously, Paul Cooley, stick to writing. Narrating isn't your bag.
Also, what is with the annoying sound effects when the character is talking to themselves in the their mind?
I enjoy everything Paul puts out, but his The Black series is probably my favorite. The constant suspense, and evolution along the series strikes me. I re-listen to each book before the next comes out just to watch the creature's evolution.
One thing I do have trouble with is keeping all the characters straight. Part of this is certainly a failing on my part. I listen while doing other things, driving, mowing the lawn, housework, etc and thus can't concentrate fully on the characters, however the cast in this one felt REALLY large, especially with the different teams (SWAT, CDC,Homeland, hospital staff) intermingling and such.
I originally started listening to Paul E Cooley from his podcast reading and I don't regret it one bit. I have to be honest, it took me a little while to get around to downloading and listening to "The Black", the first book in the trilogy. Once I started though, I could not stop ... it was such a great story and the fact that Paul was doing the reading made it even better. I proved to myself that binge listening is just as addicting as binge watching!
The Black: Arrival was just as good and got me loving a whole new cast of characters.
I'm only about half way through Outbreak but, I'm enjoying it just as much. Paul is very passionate about his stories and you can tell he's writing out of love for the craft and love for the story, rather than just being in it for the money (though, I'm sure that the money is still a good thing!)
The motto of his publication is "We don't believe in happy endings ..." and, so far, for some of the characters that I've come to be attached to, that's a very true statement! We, as the reader though, will have very happy endings as our literary lives are enriched by Paul's imagination. Go read this trilogy!! You won't be disappointed.
I like science fiction and medical thrillers. I am crazy for zombie books, but reject the books if there are humans like mercenaries.
i would really, really recommend this book to a friend. it is scary and exciting. the author kills off characters i don't expect to lose. i love it!
the author does suvh a good job with description, i enjoy picturing myself in those rooms and corridors to see if i vicariously survive.
i thought he did a great job with the voices. i was really surprised. he also knows houston because it floods often, and we cannot get to work. ben taub is where these folks would have ended up, too.
i wasn't moved traditionally. i empathized, but did not get caught up in sorrow. i did, however, get caught up in fear, thinking, "Go, man! Move it!" thus, i was very into the story and suspense.
I hope to heck he is ready to publish the next book. i can't wait!
Although I am currently still listening to the book, I love The Blob/Cthuthlu-inspired horror of the main story so far. I enjoy the level of research that seemed to go into some of the virus/CDC terms, the equipment, etc.
As "memorable" doesn't necessarily mean "good", the narrator's accents are awful and makes me wish some characters would die so I wouldn't have to hear from them again.
Maybe get someone with some energy to their voice, someone that can do decent female voices and not just annoying, high-pitched sounds, someone that can do a real Southern accent--I seriously wanted characters to die just so we wouldn't hear them talk anymore, not good. The narrator was also really hard on the 'S', which really hurts to hear.
It inspired me to write this review, just because the narrator was that frustrating.
The writer needs to research more into proper radio procedure for military, police, and general Federal use. No one actually trained says "over and out". "Over" is you're done talking and waiting for a reply, "out" is that you're finished talking, not expecting a reply. Normally, I'd let this slide but because of the detail the writer goes into with medical/virus terminology, it seems that he took time to do the research into one aspect, but didn't bother to research anything out.
Unless the writer is in the medical field. Then I guess I'm just griping to gripe.
"Altogether a great series, enjoyed it very much."
this one started quicker than the others, probably because by this time I was able to understand more about the it.
"Not as good as first 2."
Wasn't as good as the first two. Didn't add enough to the world. I was hoping to learn more about the creature, maybe it's origins, but instead it was more or less re-treadng the events of the second book with a different locale.
I'd still highly recommend the first two, narrantion was great.
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