Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia. The oil is so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it.
As the team starts drilling one exploration well after another in their race to claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the ocean floor shakes them all to their core. Something has been living in the oil and it's about to give birth to the greatest threat humanity has ever seen.
"The Black" is a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thing right into readers' hands. Ocean exploration will never be the same."
©2015 Paul E Cooley (P)2015 Paul E Cooley
I enjoyed the story overall, but the narration wasn't good different characters had the same voice and even those changed throughout the story. good yarn though
A much better narration and story. Im sure the guy tried his best or did it because it was cheaper to publish but he just isn't very good at all.
Not at all, I still love it.
This book was really poorly narrated, I tried to stick with it but it singularly failed to immerse me in the story. I think it may have been better with a more solid performer but having been a long standing fan of creature feature books I just dont think its good enough.
A bit of a classic creature feature, that is well written, with an interesting premise. The author seemed inspired by 80's sci-fi such as The Thing, Alien and even a bit of Jaws. The whole piece was a flood of nostalgia for a child of the 80's. The negatives were the voice acting from the author. I had difficulty keeping track of characters as there was little effort to distinguish one from another in the reading. The whole thing sounded a bit flat and monotone, which is a real shame. The book seemed too short as well. I wanted more after it was done. Will be listening to the sequel despite these issues as the story was riviting and I have to know what happened next.
I enjoyed this for the most part. Not the best horror I've listened to by any stretch, but fun. Interesting concept and exposition. Once things start going bad- unfortunately it's entirely derivative without any originality.
One minor criticism; the use of effects (sorry - just 1; an echoey on/off switch the narrator uses in the most unoriginal way for "Surely they were all safe now....OR WAS IT..."/ "OR DID SHE..." / " dum dum dum - what I imagine is supposed to be biting irony comes across quite simply as cringing. It's unnecessary - what was the writer thinking, and to make it even worse with the echoey effect... I've leave it there.
The other criticism is the plot - when you find some movie-Alien inspired creature - the default Sigourney Weaver plot to "blow up the whole god-damn ship" is a little old.
Finally - the narrator using his "high-feminine" voice for the heroine is... a bit old school. Also - if we're ripping off from the Alien movie franchise, we might as well include a strong female role model - not a damp rag.
Otherwise- this book passes the time.
"Benchley meets Lovecraft and Chrichton"
Classic horror at its best. A long slow burn and rollercoaster finish. I can't wait till the other books in this series come out. Loved it!
"Stick to writing, you suck at narration."
The book was interesting despite the shallow stereotypical characters and a story that has been done many times before, but sometimes that's exactly what ur in the mood for.
The narration was terrible and constantly jarring from bad audio editing where one sentence runs into the next into the next into-the-next without a moment pause for a period or paragraph break.
And all the characters sound the same until there is another mention of how a character should sound, then he attempts (badly) at an accent or tone of the mentioned sound of the character then immediately abandoned until noted again.
Good predictable book of a monster chasing a group of stranded survivors. BAD narration.
"Writers Are Not Readers"
The story was interesting. Narration added nothing. Please hire a reader next time. It will greatly enhance the experience.
"Did you like "The Thing" or "Alien"?"
The Black is a story you have read, watched or heard before. Strange creature in an underwater oil reservoir is piped on to a drilling platform isolated by a storm and fight begins. Nothing new about the plot and it is not as well done as others in the genre. What really makes it poor is the narration by the author. When will they learn to let a professional due the narration.
No. Cooley adds nothing to the narrative except awkwardness.
How about the fellow who did "The Fold". He made a familiar story interesting.
No too much like classics that are already better.
The story is great but the speaker is quite monotone. Definitely one of my favorite books. I will be getting the second one!
"This book was "So-So" at best"
I always finish a book when I start it. The black was no exception. However, this book was narrated by someone who have no business narrating. He would attempt to change tone with his characters and it at times was more annoying that assisting.
I almost considered turning it off and starting something new. It was that bothersome.
I honestly went from a Stephen king book to this. his writing was not even in the same league.
start another book
May have been a good book, but the narrator was beyond bad. Characters were good, story ok.
I have what I consider to be high standards.
I finished this book. That is saying something these days when 8 out of 10 books bore me to an uncomfortable disgusted numbness.
I finished this book and I wasn't bored!
"I want to watch monster movies with Paul E Cooley."
I really enjoyed the twists and turns the plot took, without adding "rules" to the monster. You didn't give a last minute "ability" to either the characters or the monster. The rules are standard and don't change, which makes me not want to roll my eyes (a la M. Night Shyamalan).
I mean, I was buckled in with the seatbelt tight and low across the hips...but as much as possible, yes!
I love the voices he does - he makes it so you are definitely sure who is speaking. Plus, I loved the audio effects he includes (like when on the phone or the PA).
Yes! Darn safety announcement on my flight interrupted it.
Without being spoiler-rific...the smell or sound of bacon will never be the same....
Also I seriously want to watch LEVIATHAN with the author!I
Scary, with enough unknown that it could be real. One day. Maybe once you finally afford that tropical scuba vacation.
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