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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.
33 of 35 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Colony in three words, what would they be?
Entertaining, well written
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colony?
The fact that the story develops very quickly
What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Good pace, use of voice, excellent narration.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Gripping tale of mystery and suspense
Any additional comments?
I really not only enjoyed this story but also how well it was read. The narrator managed to propel you along in a well paced and sublet way. Found he engaged with my listening, creating along with the author an exciting, gripping book that I couldn't wait to get back to continue. I have been experiencing some disappointment in the choices I have made recently so I was delighted to discover this book and add it to my list of an enjoyable read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful