The Black

The Black Under feet of water the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia with oil so sweet and pure nations would go to war for the rights to it But as the team s

  • Title: The Black
  • Author: Paul Elard Cooley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it But as the team starts drilling exploration well after exploration well in their race to claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the ocean floor shakes them all to their core SomethinUnder 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it But as the team starts drilling exploration well after exploration well 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.

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    1. After reading the first half of this novel - I now feel as if I know enough about living/working on an oil rigwhich has probably increased my vocational prospects. Personally, I liked the slow set-up because, when it finally did kick into gear, it didn't let up.The crew of the 'Leaguer' exploration oil rig, think they've hit the jackpot, when they find what they believe to be an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia. But what they believe to be oil (Black Gold) is something entirely different - and [...]

    2. My first experience with Paul Cooley’s work was a few years ago, when I read Closet Treats. That book managed to unsettle me, which is no easy feat, and I’ve been looking forward to another Cooley read ever since. Fast forward to a week ago and Cooley’s announcement for the publication of The Black. I saw the cover and knew I had to read this one. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.Let’s get one semi-major gripe out of the way. The characters herein bled together at certain parts, a [...]

    3. Halfway decent adventure story. If you're familiar with THE THING and it's relatives, you should be familiar with this as well. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but not all that good either. I had a tremendous sense of deja vu. Book 2 doesn't appeal to me.

    4. Survival horror is most definitely my sub-genre of choice. Give me a group of characters trapped in a setting and being picked off by something nasty (read: horrible or monstrous) and I'm generally happier than the proverbial pig in its own waste. But that's not to say I'll accept any lazy or badly-plotted entry into this sub-genre. Nor do I abide horrendously paced efforts. And whilst Paul Cooley's The Black is most definitely not lazy nor badly plotted, it is unfortunately an absolute chore to [...]

    5. I was surprised. I was looking for something different for my Aug KOLL. I was actually tired of zombie stories and took a chance on this horror/thriller. I liked it. If you liked the 80's version of "The Thing" then this tale is right for you. Horror on an isolated oil-rig out in the deep sea. Where are you going to go? As a special twist, there are 2 other books in the series that take place elsewhere that tie into this story. . Seems the crew of the oil-rig sent off a barrel of oil to Houston [...]

    6. The Black is a suspense/horror novel along the lines of Relic or The Thing. The suspense builds steadily through the first half of the book so that by the time all hell breaks loose you're hanging onto the edge of your chair and holding your breath. When everything does go to hell and bad things happen (and trust me, some REALLY bad things happen), all the reader can do is pray that the character they want to survive actually does, and turn the pages even faster.This book moves! It's a blazingly [...]

    7. Cooley's The Black has all the elements of my favorite movies & novels; an isolated location, an alien terror, and the fight for survival. Expertly researched and compelling from the first page to the last. Within minutes of finishing it, I immediately started his sequel The Black: Arrival.

    8. As a fan of sea-based horror, Paul E. Cooley's The Black sounded like it would be right up my alley. And, boy, did it not disappoint!The first third of the book, which is virtually all of Part I of the title, was a slow, deliberate set-up. Cooley spends plenty of time familiarizing readers with life on an experimental rig, the Leaguer, the technology used in the hunt for oil, and establishing the central human conflicts amongst his cast as his team of scientists deal with the rig chief, Vraebel. [...]

    9. "The Black" takes place on an oil rig called The Leaguer. Its a new drill site that all testing says is the jackpot of oil. As the crew continues preparing to extract the oil that is believed lead them to a big pay day, changes in the geography of the ocean floor are noticed. The sample oil that had been collected looks too good to be true on paper and is sent to a lab on land to reevaluate. In the mean time the oil rig crew finds out the "oil" is incredibly dangerous for everyonePaul Cooly is e [...]

    10. This book is very hard for me to review as I have had mixed emotions through the entire book. I've had several discussions about it and needed some time to think, grow and learn. I hope I do this review justice by explaining myself well. Here goes nothing. At the beginning specifically the first quarter of the book I found myself having a hard time adjusting to the specific writing style used. One of the parts that I struggled with was the switching back and forth between characters who had diff [...]

    11. When a team of black gold diggers discovers an oil field rivaling Saudi Arabia in size beneath the ocean's surface, all anyone can think about is how rich it's gonna make them, but there's something down there in the deep, something terrifying this world can't even begin to prepare itself for.I'm going to give it to you straight: this book starts off slow as Cooley eases us into the lives of the central group of characters, familiarizing the reader with oil rig procedures, lifestyles, routines, [...]

    12. Pretty good horror-mystery in a kind of monster-of-the-week strain. Mysterious and strange, the monster is unique and interesting, characters are believable and behave in probably some of the most realistic ways I have seen in response to an unimaginable horror. My one single complaint, and I have read this elsewhere as well, that with all the male characters it became difficult to distinguish the characters. I found myself a handful of time having to go back and reread a section because I was r [...]

    13. Why I read this book:I actually came across The Black by Paul Elard Cooley the old-fashioned way, word of mouth. Specifically, I saw a post by Michell Plested (author and podcaster) and fell in love with the cover art. I was on the fence about purchasing a novel from an author I hadn't heard of before but the jacket cover and Cooley's bio gave me hope that this was a story I'd enjoy. Unknown creature attacking a group of people on an isolated oil-rig? Sounded like a great story to me.My one sent [...]

    14. The Black is a great read. Cooley does a very good job of putting a lot of life into his characters. It does have the flavor and feel of something like The Thing and Leviathan. I gave it four stars for one reason only and its not a major thing, well it could be if you let it. But It does take a while before things really start hopping. Cooley adds detail to the operations of an Exploratory oil Rig station. It also helps for later in the book when the unknown thing is on the station itself.It was [...]

    15. Drilling exploratory wells in the deep ocean in search of a lucrative oil field, the crew of the platform Leaguer unearth a hidden horror instead.This is a lean, fast-moving novel that reads like a well-made horror film. The setting is unique and well-realized; Paul Cooley appears to have done his homework well. Cooley suffers a bit due to the eternal and perhaps unavoidable dilemma of the horror novelist--the more skillful the buildup, the more difficult it will be to satisfy reader expectation [...]

    16. wow, when i first started reading this book, I was thinking how cool it would be, to be on an oil rig out in the ocean. Great food, camaraderie, etc. then as i was reading of the dangers of an oil rig, I changed my mind. The horror of being stuck way out in literally nowhere, no way off and cut off from everybody and everything. Scary !!!! Reading this book, would almost make me give up meat.Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, Even felt sorry for Auv 5, the bot that gave them so much trouble.Thi [...]

    17. GREAT stuff. Paul is really good at creating a "slow burn" . . .which of course turns into a freaking firestorm before the end. A little different direction for Mr. Cooley who has smoothly transitioned from writing psychological thrillers, to a technology thriller in the style of Michael Crichton.

    18. I really enjoyed this book. only negative is that the author chose to switch back and forth from a character's first name to last name then back k again. it is confusing in the beginning but I got use to it after a couple chapters.

    19. Fast paced, shorter book with a great new idea. If the oil we drilled for turned out not to be oil but a conscious entity looking to feed. Very cool. Great variety of characters, well developed and exciting.

    20. A very well written bookIt has been yearscades since I read a book that made me feel fear. I don't know what it is about this thing, but I dreamed about it coming after me. Loved the story and the characters were very well written. Cooley has a new fan!

    21. Creative ThrillerThis was a great setting for a horror story. The setting is an oil rig which feels very realistic. The story builds nicely with great tension. The creature is scary and rendered with excellent detail. A definite page turner. I also enjoyed the characters.

    22. Horror on an oil rig, what about that isn't there to love? No really, there is so,thing great about character trying to survive when they are trapped on one place, classic horror without being gross.

    23. average at bestsometimes the pace was too slow, too little information about the creature itself, scarce character development, it didn’t grab my attention for long so it took longer than expected

    24. Despite how much I enjoyed the last book of his that I read, I just could not get into this one. The pacing was really weird and none of the characters jumped out at me.

    25. 2.5A little disappointing for the sea monster genre. The writing was a little goofy and unclear at times. But still a decent summer read.

    26. As always, I am lured by covers. And this one with an inky black tentacle almost lazily curling around an oil rig called out to me. The back cover blurb of "Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it," which is of course laughable, with the additional promise of "a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thi [...]

    27. When I first saw the cover reveal for Paul E Cooley’s book, The Black, I have to confess I was excited…and a little worried. That’s becase the cover is amazing and, since I don’t normally read horror, a little frightening.When a cover give you that kind of a reaction, the book had better deliver or the reader will leave the experience disappointed.So, did it?Well, before I tell you that, let me give you a VERY brief description of the book. A special deep ocean drilling rig is searching [...]

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