The Black: Outbreak : The Black

  • by Paul E. Cooley
  • Narrated by Paul E. Cooley
  • Series: The Black
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.

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- David De Zwirek "Sexagenarian; Retired MBA - IT & Hi Tech Marketing; Ex-Pat Canadian in Israel; 4 kids & 3 kids-in-law; Dog-owner; Aquarium-keeper; History"

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.

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- James M. Monroig

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2016
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