- File Size: 2831 KB
- Print Length: 281 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1925493245
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Severed Press (May 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F5NGV5E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And while I felt like some things were lost in the consistency department I will say it was made up for in the writing.
The author has dramatically improved since the first in this series and I feel he is heading in a damn good direction. The characters and events were very well written and the story was great. The first book made me sympathize with the creature and the second ponder it's existence but this one made me fear it. Im very much looking forward to the fourth book.
I highly recommend this.
Now, having read the first two books, I already knew this was gonna turn bad fast, because infection by the black generally means being consumed alive from the inside until it “bursts” out and goes on a killing spree.
While the Black had a fairly slow build up to the start of the Black being loose, Outbreak wastes little time getting into the action and near non-stop moment of the characters trying to survive and triumph over a being they can't explain and are having to rapidly try to understand before it gets them.
The book starts with a quick establishment of the CDC folks, the doctor they coordinate with in the quarantine zone, and the one-offs who you know aren’t likely to make it long, then carnage, and tons of it, pretty fast. Once the quarantine is broken, we get introduced to the final main characters, the Houston SWAT team sent in to “help” and the Fed who alternately guides and aggravates them after locking down all communications and letting them know that anyone trying to leave the hospital will be executed without prejudice.
Despite being fairly quick moving, Paul weaves out a set of complex, nuanced characters, particularly among the main characters. Their personalities, natures, and their relationships to one another are well fleshed out without heavy expositional sequences. Yet, even the characters who are only on stage for a single screen before becoming dinner are so well presented and drawn up that I would feel a momentary loss at their dying.
Paul clearly did his homework in researching CDC procedures, the hospital nature and logistics of how things could work in the building, and the SWAT tactics that would be likely to be used in this unusual scenario. It adds a lot of authenticity to the story, often times in such small ways you don’t even notice until you stop and really think about it.
In case it isn’t clear, I thoroughly enjoyed Outbreak and I’m really looking forward to Evolution!
I was so convinced this book would be the conclusion and the endgame of the series there was a slight disappointment when realising this was a paralel story but that is me being greedy :) but what a thrill ride this is, really the aliens movie movie feeling. This author really can write in a genre which proves time and time again how difficult it actually is to write a scary monster story. Buy these series when you have any love for the genre.
That's all I should say. Both books are really good.