The crew of the deep-sea exploration rig Leaguer discovers oil that's sweeter, purer, and sure to be more easily refined than anything that's ever existed. To confirm their own analysis of their billion-dollar find, a test barrel is flown from the drill site off the coast of Papua/New Guinea to Houston Analytical Laboratories (HAL).
As the unsuspecting scientists at HAL await the arrival of the oil, they ready their lab for what they know is an important job. They've seen the test results from Leaguer; this find could make history.
While the barrel is on its way to Houston, an "infection" breaks out on the far-away rig. And as life aboard the rig descends into chaos, the scientists at HAL make their own discovery - what Leaguer found is indeed historic; it just isn't oil. Instead, they've brought up a dangerous organism that could threaten all life on Earth.
Trapped in their labs, the scientists must find a way to fight a creature that defies chemistry, physics, and biology.
The Black: Arrival, a parallel story to the Amazon horror best seller The Black, is a pause-resisting suspense novel that will fill you with claustrophobic terror.
Now that The Black has arrived, will humanity survive?
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I've read and listened to Book 1 in the series. Book 1 was probably better as a read. Book 2 was probably better as a listen. Even though both audio books are author-read, I think Mr. Cooley did a better job reading with the second book. Both are great stories.
It's a cross between Jurassic Park and a good zombie story. There are no actual zombie elements to this story per se but something very dangerous does spread. I would compare it to Jurassic Park because people are trapped with something very old, very smart and very good at killing. The story has some bio chemical science but is mostly action and suspense with ordinary folks as opposed to the super solider variety. It helps if you've read Book 1 but I think this can stand alone as there is no character sharing between the two parts. Book 1 is the accidental discovery of 'the thing' and Book 2 is what happens when 'the thing' winds up in a lab before anyone realizes it is 'a thing'.
Don't be nervous about purchasing this because it is an author-read book. It's actual better than some professionally read books I've listened to.
- Kim Venatries