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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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Publisher's Summary

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)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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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    Chrystal VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 03-22-14
    Chrystal VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 03-22-14
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    "meh....."
    Any additional comments?

    Not great. Too many characters and they weren't very well developed. The boring parts are too lengthy and the interesting parts are too short. It wasn't the worst book I ever read but I would return it if I could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14
    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""Could have been a contender""
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Two aspects: one is that it's a modern day setting (with flashbacks) but told in a style reminiscent of Victorian novels (it actually works very well) and second is the well-told horror story line.


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

    The opening scenes where the urchin is captured in motion on film. Creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story right up tp the last couple chapters - it never got bogged down and moved at just the right pace to advance the mystery. The ending really should not be a surprise, you're given all the information you need to figure out how this is going to wind up. That's actually the disappointment. It's too predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-21-13
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "boring"

    this book wasnt even intersting let alone scary or thrilling..
    the narator was just as bad

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-14-13
    Lisa ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I can't believe I made it all the way through."
    Would you try another book from F.G. Cottam and/or David Rintoul?

    No. I wouldn't even listen to another book by Cottam if it was given to me for free. David Rintoul was serviceable, although a bit too grandfatherly sounding to generate any excitement. To be fair, the material he was working with was execrable.


    What was most disappointing about F.G. Cottam’s story?

    It is billed as a sort of supernatural mystery, so one hopes for some tension, some horror, a little bit of that fear that good horror gives, and a lot of the curiosity that drives most mysteries forward. The narrative starts off slow, and at first I kept listening in the hopes that the interesting stuff would be right around the corner. By the end, I was listening only to see if there was ANY payoff, whatsoever, for the time I had invested. Maybe the ending would be worth the wait? It was not. The horror was not horrifying. They mystery was not terribly mysterious. I have the feeling this is a very old manuscript that was pulled out of someone's slush pile, and updated to add a few modern day references. It feels like something written in the 70s. Shame on Audible for promoting this!


    What didn’t you like about David Rintoul’s performance?

    Too dry and too RP for this particular book. He might as well have been reading the OED.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Profound disappointment that Audible seems to have been pushing this title for some time now. It's really, really awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be using my satisfaction guarantee on this one. I've only used it once before. I feel it shouldn't be abused. But if ever a book deserved to be returned for a refund, this one is it.

    12 of 19 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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    Bridget Franckowiak 06-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    I wanted to like this book. It has elements I usually love. It was just toooooo draaaaaaawn oooooout.
    Great narrator, boring storytelling.

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    adele1970 04-28-15
    adele1970 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Spooky Adventure!"

    I enjoyed every last twist and turn in this very well told tale, which cleverly weaves misdeeds of the past with eerie events impacting a number of contemporary characters on a mission to uncover what happened to a missing colony of settlers on a desolate island.

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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 04-24-15
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 04-24-15 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Some Chills but No More Than Average Story Telling"

    A wealthy newspaper owner is planning and financing an expedition to an Island off northern Scotland where a colony founded by the captain of a slave trader mysteriously disappeared leaving abandoned buildings. The disappearance had caused much interest and excitement in Great Britain, especially as subsequent attempts to find out what happened had resulted in no answers.

    The beginning was intriguing with the discovery of a mysterious video and some chills.

    It's a good set up but Cottam has too many characters, most of whom are stereotypes. Although he does ultimately try to make these 2 dimensional characters more well rounded, it's too little too late for this reader. Characters appeared only to be done away with without much reason at all.

    I did finish it, but my reaction to it was along the lines of "That's IT???" Nothing is particularly surprising in the conclusion, which also felt rushed. It was like he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't figure out how to get out.

    However, the narrator is pretty good and did his best to bring the story to life.

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    Aunt Kippy 04-20-15
    Aunt Kippy 04-20-15 Member Since 2011

    misso

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    "Creepy story!"

    Spooky story well narrated. There was a little bit too much forshadowing for me, and the book ended a bit abruptly, but it was a fun ride.

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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

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