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.
The writing was exceptional and the story would have been the same if it weren't for the shallow, unlikable characters.I loved the idea of the story. Getting together experts of all fields to solve an old mystery. But all of that was overshadowed by the excessive descriptions of the female characters, who are more like props than people and the sheer amount of characters, all of which, male and female are totally forgettable and overall irritating. How many times can you mention how all the female characters are,'shapely and attractive' or how much the men want to sleep with them? The performance was excellent and one of the reasons I kept listening. I loved the mood of the book and I though it had real potential. Personally, I just got tired of the author focusing more on how the women looked and the shallow relationships these people had together. If that aspect of the book had been left out I would have given it five stars all around. The guy is obviously a great storyteller and writer but enough with the 'shapely and voluptuous' descriptions. More substance please. Don't slam me over the head with shallowness.
Lately I've been unable to find a good horror story. This one is excellent. My only complaint is the buildup was long and the finale was pretty short.
I do recommend it.
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.
The opening scenes where the urchin is captured in motion on film. Creepy.
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.
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
Boring. It started out with such great potential. I was so disappointed. Good reader though.
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.
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!
Too dry and too RP for this particular book. He might as well have been reading the OED.
Profound disappointment that Audible seems to have been pushing this title for some time now. It's really, really awful.
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.
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.
The Colony was just OK. Author weaves an interesting story that sometimes seemed to get bogged down in details in the 1st half of book. Took 2/3 of book building characters before the team even arrived at colony. Most disappointing was the performance. Sound quality was poor. The sound would vary from quiet to loud & I found myself constantly adjusting sound which was annoying. Performance was fair to weak. Some character voices seemed to vary throughout & though he tried to convey drama it fell flat. Usually audiobooks keep my interest but 1st book in 40 that I kept falling asleep from both monotone performance & slow paced story. Overall good attempt but fell flat.
"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.
"The Colony - great narration. End perhaps a little short"
I've listened to several audio books from this author and really get hooked on them. The Narrator is excellent and plays all parts well, especially adding mood and suspense at the necessary parts. Also great with accents too. The story was pretty good and nicely swings between current day and 2 centuries prior. At the end it just seemed to snuff out a little and was a bit of an anti climax for me. However, I did still thoroughly enjoy it. 👍
"A straightforward horror story"
A large cast of characters, so had to repeat some parts to figure out who was who. There is no main character to act as an anchor. Characters are quickly drawn with little depth, and fall in love at the drop of a hat. I felt no empathy for anyone.
Mediums and monsters are not really my cup of tea, but I could have suspended my disbelief if the writing had been more enticing. The ending was predictable.
A bit like listening to an action film.
"A Ripping Yarn"
I wanted to listen to an addictive and intriguing, ghost story and The Colony fulfilled those requirements. A good 'ripping yarn' despite many stereotypical flaws of characterisation and of the narrative outline.
"Silly and sexist"
I hated this book. The men were portrayed as viewing women only for their looks and whether they would go to bed with them. Both men and women had very shallow characters.
The story felt silly, repetitive and the fear was built up by what happened to the people - there was very little building of the emotions and fear of the characters - they felt flat and unconnected with the events on the island and so the whole story felt unreal flat and ludicrous to me
I won't be trying any more books from this author
Can't exactly pinpoint what it was. The reading itself is amazing, the small pauses and the changes in tone and volume create expectation and atmosphere like nothing else. The story was gripping, although sudden changes could make it a bit hard to follow at times.
Overall, The Colony is terrifying. I am lopking forward to listening to Cottam's other books.
"Could've been so good"
There's a brilliant story in there somewhere, it just didn't come out for me. Might have been the narration or the writing but it just felt like it could've tried harder.
"Wake me when it's over but not before."
I am a great believer in the fact that one bad book does not make a bad author. Therefore having tried another book (the title of which I forget) and finding it truly awful I gave mr. Cotton the benefit of the doubt. So I read another one and it's jsut as bad. In fact it's truly awful. So awful in fact that I haven't got to the end of chapter 1 and I'm bored already. It's already bogged down in the finer details of business and newspapers. Too much involved in info dumping and it's all too obvious at what trade Mr. Cotton makes his living. I can't say more because I'm bored. I haven't read any more and honest whatever I've done to deserve this I apologize unreservedly.
"Stream of consciousness writing"
A decent story let down by an author and editor working to a word count
This book was very well written and gave a very atmospheric story also the narration was first class a enjoyable experience
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