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The Black


Under 30,000 feet of water, the experimental 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.


The Black by Paul Cooley built up from an average day for the characters as we got to know them. I liked reading about life on the oil rig. Everything was explained and put into context, so even with no prior knowledge I understood what was going on.

When the monster showed up, it was nonstop horror. The action and characters’ fears were well written and drew me in.

Joe Hempel was a great narrator. His reading gave exactly the right atmosphere to the narrative, whether it was the characters bantering between themselves at the start, or being terrified as they facd the monster they released.

A great spooky read!

Available in Kindle Unlimited here or as an audiobook.

Genre: Adventure, Horror