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Publisher's Summary

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

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Nail Biting Close Quarter Action

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Classic Horror Thriller

If you could sum up The Black: Outbreak in three words, what would they be?

Constant Action Horror

What did you like best about this story?

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

Have you listened to any of Paul E. Cooley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as clear and well paced - good enunciation, distinct difference in character voices

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

"Want to" but cannot - although spellbinding need a break from the constant intensity!

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Black is BACK

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What does Paul E. Cooley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Distinctive Character voices

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Took a bit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

ehh maybe

Who was your favorite character and why?

the dude in the truck haha

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul E. Cooley?

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

Any additional comments?

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another wonderful Cooley story

Would you listen to The Black: Outbreak again? Why?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Billie Jo
  • Virginia beach, Virginia United States
  • 08-23-16

Such an excellent writer!

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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We don't like happy endings! I love it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!

What did you like best about this story?

the author does suvh a good job with description, i enjoy picturing myself in those rooms and corridors to see if i vicariously survive.

What does Paul E. Cooley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

I hope to heck he is ready to publish the next book. i can't wait!

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  • Mitch
  • Between the Lines
  • 02-08-17

Interesting Story, but Terrible Narrator Ruins It.

What did you like best about The Black: Outbreak? What did you like least?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black: Outbreak?

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.

How could the performance have been better?

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.

Did The Black: Outbreak inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to write this review, just because the narrator was that frustrating.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Broken File

Any additional comments?

The I can't get the audiobook to play through the cloud player at all. It's broken.

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YES!

Cooley at his best!
Have been a fan of Cooley's since 2007. He's never been better.

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  • Rogeraee
  • 09-11-16

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.

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  • Alex
  • 08-26-16

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.