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The Colony | [F.G. Cottam]

The Colony

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.
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For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

But all is not as it should be on the island. A 1930s cinefilm reveals something as terrifying as it is inexplicable. An Afghan war veteran, sent to secure the island before the experts arrive, witnesses a nightmare far beyond battle trauma. And as expedition members gather, they discover to their gruesome cost that there are some mysteries far safer left unsolved...

©2013 F. G. Cottam (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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    Amanda USA 07-13-13
    Amanda USA 07-13-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Solid atmospheric horror"

    I have slowly become a fan of this author. I started with "The House of Lost Souls" which, honestly, I could take or leave due to the meandering plot and slow pace. I gave him another chance with "Magdalena's Curse" and "The Waiting Room." I have since read/listened to all the author's other works, and, in my opinion, this is his best.

    I was snagged right away by the opening chapter. It gave just enough information to keep a horror addict like myself engaged. While the story had a simple enough Roanoke-style premise, the story itself wasn't the hook that kept me engaged. Mr. Cottam seems to have a gift for fleshing out characters to the point of either loving or hating them. Either way, you are interested in what happens to them. I found myself annoyed at times with the attention given to character over plot, but I can chalk that up to my own impatience at wanting to see how characters at another location were behaving or getting along or dying. While I appreciated this development by the end of the book, fair warning, it can be a little slow for those looking for "'popcorn horror." There is an element of romance, but it is not the center element of the story and doesn't detract from appreciation for the creepy, doomed atmosphere.

    The ending was supremely satisfying and heroic, especially for a horror novel. I found myself smiling despite the death toll. Again, I can attribute this to character development and the care the author puts into each. The narrator was exceptional, and read so well that the story shined through. I would recommend this to anyone who like horror or adventure. Maybe even romance novels.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-02-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Great for a creepy good time."

    Some mixed feelings about this one. The writing was wonderful, the plot sufficiently creepy, but in the end it was fairly predictable in its structure and outcome. The front of the book introduced both the problem and the characters in a manner that had me already guessing who was going to be the first victim to go - I was right - and which characters had the greatest chance of surviving - right again. But Cottam was so good at setting the atmosphere, at describing the feelings of the characters and sending a shiver up my spine that in the end I just rolled with it and enjoyed the ride. I loved the bleak Scottish setting and the historic mystery of the vanishing colony. And the ending was handled well in spite of its predictability. I'd love to see what Cottam could do with a more complex storyline.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. K. Tennessee 12-02-13
    L. K. Tennessee 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What a Page Turner!!"
    What did you love best about The Colony?

    Expertly rendered ghost story thriller. I got burned out on ghost stories many years ago. However, this is not your typical ghost story. It is kind of a cross between a Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child novel and and an Ira Levin tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colony?

    The writer kept the suspense going right up to an awesome finale. It is difficult for a writer to create this kind of suspense and pull off a finale that is not anti climatic but F. G. Cottam pulled it off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was evenly successful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to more books by this author. I am hoping Audible will offer all of his books in this genre.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 01-15-14
    Jessica Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 01-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Occasionally dropped the ball."
    Where does The Colony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reading was excellent. It was the pacing of the story that occasionally fell short.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F.G. Cottam? Why or why not?

    Yes. His descriptions were excellent and he knows how to tease out a scene beyond "It was a dark and stormy night.".


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    He performed the book, he didn't just read it. The pacing of his reading was outstanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was on the edge of my seat through many parts, but at other times, the writer pulled back and "told" the story rather than "showed" the story. His tension was uneven and tended to be anti-climactic.


    Any additional comments?

    I will liken the book's pacing to a roller-coaster. At first there is a long, steep climb. Up, Up, Up we went, getting closer and closer to the fateful moment. However, instead of a death-defying drop at the other side of the apex, there were a series of disappointing hillocks. This does not take away from the excellence of the general craftsmanship of the writer which is why I will be pleased to listen to another one of his books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Berkeley, CA, United States 01-05-14
    Judith Berkeley, CA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish I could give it more stars!"
    If you could sum up The Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying Ghost Story!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colony?

    Amazing job of presenting the EVIL presence(s). A wonderful modernization of Lovecraftian suspense and satisfaction of morbid curiosity.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's perfect. He does wonderful, subtle accents and his pacing is perfect accompaniment to the tightly crafted story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Could hardly put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so incredibly rare to read a ghost story that both scares and satisfies. I write very few reviews but this book is so good I guarantee that anyone who likes the suspense genre will be glad they found this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna FLEMING ISLAND, FL, United States 01-01-14
    Leanna FLEMING ISLAND, FL, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "5-Star Story and Telling Performance"

    I didn't realize the simplicity of the basic story until I began telling my partner about the premise. Thus, I myself was amazed at how brilliantly this story was developed and the narration is indeed its equal. It was full of suspense, good character development, and best of all, an ending that wasn't chapters and chapters of "the final battle". I am now a Cottam fan and I am also fond of Rintoul's expert narration. Great combination!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin United States 04-03-14
    Gavin United States 04-03-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This book desperately needs a part 2."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was exceptionally well paced up until the very end. The characters are well developed, the setting is well described, and the plot is well drawn out. However, the book suffers from quick finish syndrome. Instead of a reasonable and fulfilling conflict with the antagonist, the author leaves the final conflict to be a marginal 5 minutes. Many elements in the story don't pan out, and make you wonder if Cottam put those in just to try to bring about scares any way he possibly could, or if he innocently ran out of steam while writing this book. Basically, it just felt unsatisfying after all the foreplay.


    Do you think The Colony needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Without a doubt. There is something special here, but too many ideas were not fleshed out and too many things were left open ended. Too much happens off screen, too much is left to exposition. This book would be well serviced by a companion book that paints the pictures that the exposition briefly skims over. The audience would be well served by such a venture, and the book would feel complete.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 12-29-13
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Based on reviews and the overview this promised to be a great book. However, I found it more like wading through mud. The writing was antiquated and stinted, jumping around a lot and generally an unpleasant experience.

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-26-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well written, great cast"

    As the headline indicates I thought this a very well written book, the use of language, the fashion the story was crafted in and the cast of characters was tremendous. In this genre it is rare to find a book written with this level of talent. The story is a good one with complex characters and a plot that invests the reader in the way a good book should, I had the audio playing at every opportunity and even did a few extra errands that involved fairly long drives because I knew I had this story on the i-pod and wanted to spend some more time with it. The suspense builds to a climatic ending which carries the only disappointment of ending the book with some loose ends, which are just unavoidable and not a drawback, it is that the book is so good you are sad it ends. I need to say something about the narration, simply it just does not get better than this - really - this is amazing book narration and will lead me to look at what other offerings this narrator has worked on he is that good.
    Great story, great cast, unbelievable narration, a very highly recommended audio book

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 09-05-13
    Lauren OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2007

    Joe Ledger is back!!!!!!!

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    "Simply put......"
    What disappointed you about The Colony?

    Boring. It started out with such great potential. I was so disappointed. Good reader though.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Drew
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    "Great fun"

    This is the third F.G. Cottam audiobook I've listened to so you can call me a fan. This one has far more characters than The Waiting Room and Brodmaw Bay and I did find keeping track of some of them an effort at times. It is brilliantly read by David Rintoul. As with these other books, there's a slow build-up of tension, which is very satisfying. So, if you like Cottam's other works, you shouldn't be disappointed by this one. My one niggle is that I was very surprised when the story suddenly ended. I got to the end of the chapter x and then there was an epilogue. However, I listened to the last chapter and epilogue again and revised my opinion. On the basis of the Cottom's work's I've already listened to, I'll be visiting his back catalogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adele
    Strusshamn, Norway
    7/29/13
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    "A lamish ghost story with only a few real chills."

    A few things bothered me with this book. Firstly, the characters were stereotyped and without much character development. The storyline jumped between scenes so quickly it was hard to follow where and when things happened, and with who.
    Secondly, I was let down by the ending. Unfortunately it is often the way with ghost stories...they build up the suspense, until they have you at the edge of your seat - then the air is let out of the balloon and the story flops.
    Generally I was not overly convinced by this book, despite the fact that it had "real" ghosts. I also wish the narrator had taken more time to breathe out between each sentence so it wouldn't be so hard to find a place to press pause. He sounded too much in a hurry to finish it.

    Despite all this, it provided me with a couple of chills down my spine so at least I didn't completely waste my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    Ripley, United Kingdom
    12/30/13
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    "Too Slow For Me"

    Slow storyline, very boring at times, narration OK though,

    Unlikely to use this author again, his style obviously doesn't suit me !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janice
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/28/13
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    "Laced through with menace."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    One or two false notes e.g. Chambers' daughter's & Parr. End feels rushed/disappointing but a satisfactory read.


    Would you recommend The Colony to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story draws you in straightaway, you want to know what happened/happens next though the end doesn't do justice to the build up.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Measured narration, subtle use of different accents breathes life into the story. Not overdone.


    Could you see The Colony being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, it would make a good TV series. Too many characters feature to list actors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • christine
    ALFRETON, United Kingdom
    10/18/13
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    "Really good book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Just thought the plot was good along with the characters and was very atmospheric


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Thought the narration was excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WM
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/23/13
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    "A little disappointed."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colony to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the printed version I cannot say. I have always enjoyed David Rintoul's narration of these books.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy David Rintoul's narrations. His deep voice gives a resonance to the stories and he takes his time rather than rushing through each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to say it as I love other FG Cottam books, but this was a little disappointing. Somehow I didn't feel you got to really know the characters very well, as with say, The Waiting Room. It was enjoyable enough to listen to, but not as satisfying as others. Sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Gripping"
    What did you like most about The Colony?

    An original idea. The story held together very well and the suspense wasn't overdone. The characters were very believable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lassiter. I liked the way he was not depicted as perfect or a paragon but I could believe he would stop drinking after he met his "Soul mate".


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I was amazed at how many accents he could do which made the story much more entertaining. and made it easy to identify the characters. He done an excellent job.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't stir many emotions but had me on tenterhooks all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    A great "Ghost" story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
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    "Captivating and entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good story, the narrative flows well and is easy to follow. It's creepy, atmospheric, and David Rintoul's narration is wonderful. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    10/6/13
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    "Kept me listening"
    Any additional comments?

    Firstly have to say hate the new audible format..secondly also hate the way they now give you question boxes for your review...like sitting an exam or filling in an application form! Now for my review....I really liked this story it was gripping and I listened to it late one evening when the rest of the household went to bed and i was looking over my shoulder whilst ironing & listening.I personally love David Rintouls narration and his character voicesI felt the ending was fine (I know some reviewers thought it ended abruptly) The only criticism I would have was that a lot of the characters seemed to be perfect and the descriptions of how beautiful they were did get on my nerves. why couldnt one of the heroines be over weight without a dress sense?The best F.G Cottam for me was the waiting room ,although this one did come in second

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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