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Black Box Inc.

(Black Box Inc. #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Need to hide something from the fae?
Got a tricky trans-dimensional delivery to make?
Need a big ball of magic that can destroy the world?
Call Black Box Inc.

The world as we know it is gone. Since the “extradimensional happening,” every creature, monster, and fairy tale goblin has turned Asheville, North Carolina, into their personal playground. An uneasy truce exists between
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published October 20th 2017 by Bell Bridge Books
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Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Black Box Inc.
Black Box Inc. Series, Book 1
By: Jake Bible
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
I had read this book before when it first came out but forgot to write a review, although I reviewed book 2. When I had the chance to get an audible book I tried and got one! Thanks! It was nice to hear it instead of reading it. The main character is Chase and he runs a unique service. He stores things for people. No one can get what he stores because he has the ability to reach into the depths of between dimen
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This was pretty much your typical urban fantasy. The plot was action packed with a bit of mystery. The main character was kind of snarky and rough around the edges but not really a bad person. The MC had a crew of all different supernaturals, including a zombie, a yeti, and a banshee (well, kind of---she was actually his lawyer). The writing style was conversational, like the MC was talking to you s
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since the extradimensional happening a decade ago, every sort of creature, monster, and fairy tale creature has shown up in Asheville, North Carolina (and every other portal location). As a result of the happening Chase Lawter is the only human who's gained the unique ability to draw material from the Dim, the space between those dimensions, and shape it into whatever he wants, but boxes are his specialty. Boxes that can be u
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley

”I’m the defiler of dimensions because my nasty, dirty, human hands play with something that others say no one is supposed to play with.
Fuck ’em.”

An awkward beginning to what could be a great series. Chase Lawter can create boxes out of interdimensional essence, Dim, to hide whatever troubles you in the newly paranormal city of Asheville, North Carolina.

The world building is reminiscent of The Hollows and The Dresden Files, only bigger. Infinite dimensions mean infinite possibilities for
Rabid Reader
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This fast paced enjoyable story is packed full of action. In a world filled multiple dimensions and every supernatural creature you can think of, Chase Lawter, a human, is the only one who can manipulate the Dim (interdimentional space.) His firm, Black Box Inc., specializes in hiding things in boxes concealed within the Dim, where only he can retrieve them. This entertaining story is literally the road trip to Hell, with a minor diversion to the fairy dimension. I loved the various characters i ...more
Oct 04, 2017 marked it as currently-reading-1  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC copy of Black Box, Inc. from BelleBooks - Bell Bridge Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Black Box, Inc. is set for publication October 20, 2017.
The team is the thing in Jake Bible's "Black Box Inc.", a nifty urban fantasy quest novel. Bible spins a convincing and fun tale, throws in some likable, but unusual characters and good dialogue Sporting some interesting world-building, a main character with a quasi-magical talent and a road trip with continuous action sequences, it is a book that fans of fantasy with modern weapons and action can sink their teeth into. My minor quibble is that Bible seems to assume that everyone has already met ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked Black Box Inc to read for Halloween both because it looked interesting (which turned out to be true), fun (which definitely turned out to be true) and because the author is best known for his horror stories – even though Black Box Inc didn’t look exactly like horror – which was a good thing for this reader.

In that sense, I got what I expected. Black Box Inc is more like horror-adjacent, and that’s about the way I like it. It’s urban fantasy, in a u
Jennifer Wheeler
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, favourites
This is a creative new twist on typical Urban Fantasy. Every creature from myth, legend, folklore, etc, actually exists within their own different dimensions. Except that now, portals leading to those dimensions have somehow opened up, allowing these fantastic beings to spill out into an unsuspecting human world. Steps have been taken to conceal this fact from the general populace, with hexes placed on each city that contains portals to these dimensions, so that people’s memories of any creature ...more
Melissa Jane
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Good book, interesting storyline and a fun cast of characters. A bit slow in the middle but it picked up and became hard to put down. For a lighthearted fantasy adventure I would recommend this book.
Ziggy Nixon
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ziggy by: Kindle Unlimited offer
2 stars. Look, I'm as shocked as you are because I really enjoy Jake Bible's writing and he really knows how to develop some interesting plots (basing my current opinion on his awesome 'Dead Mech' series and the potential I see in at least 3 more multi-title offers). However, I can't even completely agree with this rating as it wasn't 'ok' to me and truth be told an absolute slog to get through.

True confession time (please don't stab my spleen anymore): this may be a case of 'it's not so much yo
I have a definite weakness for UF that has "everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to supernatural creatures. I love reading different authors' takes on various mythological creatures and how they all come together in a big paranormal soup. Because of that, when I read the description for Black Box Inc. it sounded like something that would appeal to me. What's not to love about a book that is based on the idea of an extra dimensional event that opened up other worlds to our own which the ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars = I liked it with nits. Black Box Inc has a world with lots of potential - Multiple dimensions have access to Earth now, so pretty much any mythological race you can think up can turn up. And it has an interesting cast of supporting characters, a sexy Yeti, a banshee lawyer, an uber savy office manager zombie and a banished-from-Faerie weapons expert/assassin. And then there is the main character a human who has the ability to create little dimensional boxes to hide away items for his cl ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Format : Audiobook )
"All the lawyers were banshees."
Chase, top man in a team of equals, has a very clever trick. He can form a box, a black box the right size to take anything, and having filled it, he folds it away where it cannot be seen, found or unlocked again by anyone but him. A surprisingly useful service, don't you think? But dangerous when clients were just a teeny bit unreliable.
Another imaginative creation from Jake Bible, filled with crazy people and even more seriously crazy situat
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Black Box Inc. is the first installment in an urban fantasy series that features a re imagined Asheville, NC where supernatural beings from other dimensions can come and go through portals. The black box in the title refers to the main character, Chase's, ability to create black boxes by controlling materials from the dimensions known as Dim. These black boxes can hide just about anything from severed
Patrice Leonard
I absolutely LOVED this book. And I'm pretty darn sure I'm completely in love with Chase. This book/series NEEDS to become a TV series right now! SO,....I hope there are a lot more books in it! The world the author created was fresh and interesting. The characters were well developed and made me want to know them. But, our MC, dear, sweet, nutty Chase was the star of this book. He is really hard not to love and to root for throughout this story. What a strange trip this was....but totally in a g ...more
Victoria Haugen
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!! LOL it's awesome, when I first started listening I was like... wth? But after a few minutes I was hooked and stayed that way throughout. It's funny and sarcastic as hell, sometimes gross, sometimes scary, sometimes I literally laughed my butt off. I mean... "Back Chase" LOL! I was dying in the car on the way home from work. It's a great story, it's a little "off the cuff" but so easy to find yourself in the thrall of it all. Great story, loved the narration, loved the characters. ...more
Irreverent, bloody, gory, supernatural crap-fest of an adventure that might go a long way toward explaining some of the weird in Asheville and a few other Nexus of Odd locations. Humor reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams, language reminded me of a beer fest, and the violence and gross reminded me of some NetFlix original superhero shows that I have been binge watching. Over the top, out of the box (ahem), fun start to what promises to be an interesting series where, apparently, just about anythin ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was pure fun. Imagine rolling down a slide of fun and there are fun things all along the ride. There is nothing negative I'd say about this one. I loved the banter, loved all the weird and quirky characters and loved the whole mystery and road trip sections of the book. The magic system is nice! Something very new and fresh! I'd surely be picking up the second book just to see what this gang gets up to.

+ Points!

Alyce Black
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is SUCH a fun read. I loved it. It's set in my neck of the woods (Asheville NC) so that was cool. Dimensional portals would certainly explain a lot, LOL. The pace never let up, the characters were well-drawn and each had their own strong, bright personality, and the whole concept makes a fantastic foundation upon which to build a story world. Enjoyed it immensely and jumped straight into book 2 :) ...more
Ryan Purvis
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Jake Bible gem!

I admit that this book was selected to read purely by the author and have enjoyed every other book I'd read of his to date.

This story did not disappoint. A fresh look at multi-dimensional worlds mixed in with lore and a touch of humour. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and found the characters to be intriguing and described without impacting the flow of the read.

PJ Lea
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
In his own inimitable style Mr Bible brings us Asheville as we've not seen it before. A veritable smorgasbord of the supernatural combines with the author's special blend of snark.
The protagonists are great fun, as is the story as a whole. It's fast paced, dramatic, often hair-raising, a really enjoyable book.
I'd recommend happily.

May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a few tries to get through this.I found it had too many characters,but underm=neath it was a good story.J. Scott Bennett was the perfect narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Chase Lawter has a unique ability, he can pull on the void between dimensions and hide things. He and his team get drawn in to a mission to steal the devil's soul for the queen fairy. Good light-hearted book, with some interesting characters. ...more
Tobias Queen
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yay! Good Urban Fantasy!

Loved it! More good stuff from Jake Bible. If you like Sandman Slim, you'll like black box Inc. read it.
Aaron W. Fadeley
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very entertaining book.

Great characters and an interesting original plot. Need something gone? Have BBI place it in the dim. I love the sex obsessed yeti.
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Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror, sci/fi, thriller, and adventure tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.

Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville,

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