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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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Just OK

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.

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A little slow

The atmosphere of dread is the best part of this story. The language is very rich and good.
The story is a little slow, the build up is far too long for such a quick climax.
The narration is superb, it is a preformance not a reading.

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The colony

Liked the book , but did not like the swearing. There could been other words used

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Not really scary

A well written book, but not scary in the least. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

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Beware of old sea chests.

Strong character development of interesting individuals who all travel to a menacing island in the forbidding Hebridies for reasons of their own. Atmospheric and creepy. Waiting for book 2.

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SO GLAD IT'S OVER!!

All the reviews about this book talk about how enthralling, scary, and well written it is;however, this was a horrible "scary" story. It jumps from person to person, lacks decent chapter breaks and dialogue, and is no way shape or form scary. It sucks I wasted so much time on this book. I kept hoping it would get better or the scary parts were just around the corner, but then the climax scene was two seconds long and predictable and the ending was even more predictable. Huge waste of time!

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Where was the scary part?

I was really looking forward to a scary, what happened to the inhabitants on the island disappearing act, but it never happened! Too much story was spent on the people that were going to the island to try to figure out what happened on the island! I wanted to know what DID happen on the island! By the time I finally got to that point, I had to play those chapters several times before I actually accepted that's all there was to this book! Definitely not interested in any sequel.

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solid work

it's a good story it drags for a while and ends abruptly but over all a solid story read well.

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Spooky

What did you love best about The Colony?

The characters were interesting and likable

Who was your favorite character and why?

They were all so unique that I liked each of them

Which scene was your favorite?

This seems like it might be a spoiler if I answered this. There are so many in this book.

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

The most extreme reaction is that I couldn't stop listening. This book kept me "on the edge of my seat".

Any additional comments?

I got this book on a "2 books for one credit sale" without ever having heard of this author before. At first, it seemed slow, as the author introduced each of the characters and I wasn't sure I liked it. Then, as the action started I couldn't stop listening and I certainly couldn't guess what the ending would be. Though it is considered to be in the horror genre, it was more of a great mystery that unfolds bit by bit. I was delighted at the end of this book to discover there was a sequel and immediately purchased it. The author has a very atmospheric writing style that makes you feel as if you are right there experiencing what the characters are going through. It had a really great series of twists and turns as the characters tried to discover what was happening on the island and why. Very enjoyable!

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bad. kinda mad i wasted a credit on this

struggled to finish couldnt keep up with the story . i like horror stories so that's why i decided to give this a go but wasnt worth it made myself finish it loved the narrator tho awesome accents

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  • BrianP
  • 06-22-17

Superstitious and preposterous drivel

I hate to be critical of someone else's work that they've obviously put a lot of time into, but I have to say that this is pure drivel. Not only is the premise based on far fetched supernatural guff, but the writing is very poor. First of all, all of the female characters are super sexy and attractive - very sexist in my view. Secondly, you can tell right away who the "red shirts" are. Thirdly, the character of Fortesque is hugely implausible. That a bespectacled archivist is transformed into a man of action is ridiculous, and the story of the finding of a particular document important to the story is so far fetched as to be nonsensical. As always, the real hero is the narrator, who manages to switch effortlessly between characterisations so you can follow the story, but David Rintoul's talents are wasted on this garbage

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  • Ellie
  • 04-29-17

Enjoyable potboiler

If you could sum up The Colony in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable formulaic horror.

What did you like best about this story?

The scenes on the island were the most creepy. The research team took a long time to arrive there though. The story felt like two thirds preamble to the main event.

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

The narrator was outstanding and really made the story come alive for me. This is really important when you have an overload of very similar characters to get your head around. He kept the pace going well despite the plot being a bit lumpy with chunks of exposition shoe horned into the narrative. My favourite character? The exorcist of course!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You've seen it all before but sit back and enjoy it anyway.

Any additional comments?

This novel is sponsored by the Kate Rusby (aka the Barnsley Nightingale) fan club. she is mentioned so often you could make a drinking game out of it. Is this a new form of literary product placement marketing?

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 03-07-17

"Atmospheric" !

Have read F G Cottam before and loved this one just as much. Characters strong and descriptions of places excellent. Story spooky snd believable!

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  • Neil
  • 02-23-17

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. 👍

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  • Janet
  • 12-12-16

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.

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  • Mme
  • 12-12-16

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.

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  • Sue156
  • 12-09-16

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

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  • Lars Martin Johans
  • 12-06-16

Deeply unsettling

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.

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  • Chris
  • 10-28-16

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.

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  • Rose
  • 10-16-16

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.