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Out of the Black

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  772 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
In a world made nearly perfect by man's enlightened progress, an ancient, hungry apocalypse slithers from the shadows and onto the clean, brightly lit streets.

Though few realize anything is wrong, it's already too late: too late for the authorities to face this new threat, for science to discover a cure, for the world's warriors to gear up to fight. It is humanity's swan
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Published June 1st 2011 by Tantor Media (first published July 12th 2008)
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Leif Anderson
I read the kindle edition of this book, and it was totally cheap. However, I have started to learn that when you get a book cheap on kindle, there is a reason. Seems to me that the reason is that about $6 out of every $10 goes to hiring a proofreader. If you just cut that position out of the staff, there are massive savings.

This book was a perfect example. I loved the story. It was exciting, a little funny, and it had every ingredient necessary to make a big old ass kicking plate of awesome-cak
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've ever read.
Best book I've ever written.

Quite a few excellent reviews can be found on the book's amazon page

Action/Adventure...with just a hint of a Super-Hero comic. Brilliant manipulation of time in a twisting plot-line that left me wanting a sequel before I even finished it.

I loved this book and absorbed it in two days. Intelligent,sarcastic humor. It seemed like every other page at least 10 Kindle readers had high-lighted a laugh-out-loud passage. (If you read a digital reader like Kindle, you can enable the high-light function to see what other people found interesting.) I laughed

I admit I was only half-listening to the Sword & Laser netcast when this book was recommended, and I didn't really hear much about the plot, just that this was a really good book by a new author. When it came up on my Amazon recommendations, I went ahead and bought it, again without knowing anything about the plot.

So I was a few pages into it when I thought, "Damn. I've bought a vampire book." But no! It isn't a vampire book. It is an urban fantasy novel, though. So if you don't like that k

Terje Kristensen
What I like most about the Kindle is that when I finish a book, I usually just browse through amazons suggestions for new books based on what I like, and sometimes I get lucky. And did I ever get lucky with this one.

I think it only took me about 20 pages before I saw that this was something special. I'm not completely sure what it is that makes it stand out so much, but I think it's just that it sort of combines everything I love and combines them in a perfect way.

I'm a sucker for sci-fi and f
Karen Corcoran
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This book is a great idea, unpolished.

The best part of this novel is the witty banter... In fact I would run out and buy any TV show or video game written by this author. Then there's the fact this novel must have been written by a nerd. There are no qualms about references to LotR, Harry Potter, Blade Runner (but only the good directors cut, Hah!) MMO's, computer hacking, the list goes on and on. The 'zombies' in this book are drugged out hipsters... imagine a book where the good guys are hack
I couldn’t finish Out of the Black by Lee Doty. That is an extreme rarity. I got about three quarters of the way through it and then had to give up. It wasn’t worth my time.

I started it because the writing held promise. It was witty, seemed to present some new ideas. And ever so gradually the writing degenerated into constant battles from which escape was never possible, but always happened. And then there were long moments of healing, just in time for the next battle to start. Sounds like any o
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, though as you start into it, you quickly realize you must simply take a leap of faith you'll eventually puzzle out what on earth is happening. You will (eventually), and it's well worth every minute of the read. Laugh out loud funny, intriguing, a puzzler, and the oddest assortment of heroes and villains, make me wish every day I could cover for Mr Doty's day job so he could focus on the next book (my lack of parallelism in this unwieldy sentence notwithstanding)! A ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice writting, good humor, complicated story.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, you definitely get bang for your buck with this one. I think I got it for under $2 on a whim because it sounded interesting.

The type of story wasn't what I originally anticipated. I thought it was going to be some dark noir type story, but turned out to be a pretty funny fantasy urban ass kicking story.

The sense of style, witty banter, and imaginative concepts makes for a really good story. I saw some people complain about his writing and the lack of editing, but honestly I didn't see
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Out of the Black, and loved it! there were some spots where it kind of had some weird tie in’s with the different characters, and bring the various situations together into one story line, but for the most part it was a really fun and smart read. The author has snarky puns down to an art. I found myself laughing out loud quite often(which earned me a lot of strange looks on the train). The humor was a great tension breaker all the way to the end of the book. The style of writing ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is among the worst books I have [u]ever[/u] read, and that is quite an accomplishment.

1) The language is terrible, the author is unable to create emotions trough writing, so he actually writes them out in detail instead, which makes for very tedious reading.

2) The plot.. well, there isn't one really. It looks like the writer thought "Hmm.. I need good, evil and a plot twist" and set out "writing".

3) The characters are highly unbelievable, who starts pompously reciting their innermost fee
John Winslow
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guy can WRITE!!!!!

But somewhere along the way, I stopped caring about the "bad guys," which for me, were never fully realized or fleshed out. I mean it was total evil, but I just couldn't comprehend their motive and history. For me personally, a deeper back-story -- perhaps from the perspective of the antagonist itself -- would've helped. The "Harms" were horrifying . . . but seemed disconnected from the darkness emanating from the Loom.

With that said, however, the characters themselves are
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Very engaging, lots of fun. Marvelous evocation of the woman with the big heart encumbered with an unfashionable body type and appearance, who for reasons you will discover becomes able to cope with desperate situations, and is recognized by others in the story for her largeness of spirit. Low self esteem is overcome by circumstances, so that even she is forced to recognize what a trooper she is. To accomplish this, the author whips together a froth of sci-fi, fantasy, pop culture, and tech, lea ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2011
This would make a great movie if Kevin Smith got to produce and direct it. It reminded me a lot of his movie "Karma." It's as if you're watching the beginning of what will be a terrible disaster but the characters are so entertaining that you almost forget that many lives (and the world as we know it) hang in the balance. I loved how the characters were both amusing and serious. In fact, this entire book struck a really good balance between amusing and serious. And it kept that balance going ver ...more
Joe Young
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of suspense, action and interesting characters.
Suspenseful, fast paced with intriguing plot. New characters are dropped in without any explanation making it difficult to mentally jump ahead in the story. It was challenging but, I enjoyed trying to guess where the story was going and whether the immediate characters were good or bad. Great read and opportunity for author to expand story line into a series and also give background on the characters. I would love a chance to read more about the recurring life experiences of these people. Treat ...more
This inaugural book by Doty is full of humor, action, and connectivity-drug chaos zombies. There is also a new view of magic and some interesting twists on future technology. I would love to go to a gym where you exercise in a sensory deprivation tank by participating in virtual reality role-playing games! I listened to the audiobook, so some of the flashbacks and interruptions in the action were hard to follow, but once I understood how he was using the skewed timeline, it was easier. I look fo ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, talk about a fast paced adrenaline ride. This book was basically non stop action. Lee Doty has crafted a wonderful vision of magic set in the near future. The story could easily be categorized as either science fiction or fantasy. It gets pretty violent, maybe a little more than I usually care for. Regardless I couldn't put this one down. Better yet, I had almost no idea where the story was heading, which usually doesn't happen to me.
Jay Turpin
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable sci-fi, urban fantasy book. The author does a nice job of character development. Dialog is fast and witty, similar to Jim Butcher. He does some very interesting things with the timelines of the different threads in the story and ties them together very nicely. I'm looking forward to his next book.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sure does keep you on your toes! It moves very quickly and jumps from character to character and present to past in mere heart beats... and it takes most of the book before you figure out what's really going on! Make sure you pay attention when you start this one. I'm thinking it might even be easier to follow in print instead of audio.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, kobo, owned
One of my favorite reads of 2011. I laughed, I bored my partner quoting harlious passages referencing star wars that he didn't get. The worst part was finishing it and finding this is the debut and as yet only book by the author. Please Mr Doty, when will you publish some more stories for your fans?
Laura Eno
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! The very confusing timeframe is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Despite the time puzzle pieces tossed in the air, the story is compelling, full of thrills and twists. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Pam Blome
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started it on my Nook. Probably will go slow while I finish the other books I'm reading... So far it seems a little surreal. I actually enjoyed the book and liked the characters. It would make a cool movie!
Bob Fish
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
flashbacks were a little abrupt and often.

Entertaining if a little campy
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although in some parts it was obviously a first time for this author the humor employed to give emotion to the story had me laughing through the whole book. Excellent action and better banter.
Riley Ray
Crime meets near-future sci-fi with an overriding myth that's confusing. Throw in some characters you don't care about and you've got a noble recipe that tasted like crap in execution.
Jason Brackins
Dec 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oh my, why did I even finish. ugh.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book blew my face off. i finished it in a few days. read it! (and maybe even more importantly, buy it!)
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an amazing sci-fi thriller. Loved the humor, the action and the story. The characters are easy to relate to and sympathize with. Highly recommend this book!
Annette Skupin
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I keep coming back hoping Mr. Doty has found time to complete his next book. Not yet, but I'll keep checking back.
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