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Billionaire Saul Abercrombie owns a vast tract of land on the Pembrokeshire coast. By restoring the original forest that covered the area before medieval times, he believes he will rekindle the spirits of ancient folklore. But the re-planting of the forest will revive an altogether darker and more dangerous entity - and young arboreal expert Tom Curtis will find himself engaging in an epic, ancient battle between good and evil. A battle in which there can be only one survivor.
Former magazine editor Francis Cottam is the author of four novels and the novelization of a feature film. His debut novel The Firefighter was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Literature award. It was followed by Hamer's War, Slapton Sands and A Shadow on the Sun. All four of these novels are either set in, or examine the repercussions of the Second World War.
The Firefighter examines one man's experience of the most intense period of the London Blitz. Hamer's War takes as its theme the moral dilemma facing a brave German soldier recovering from a wound sustained in battle on the Eastern Front.
The Resident is the novelization of a film made by the resurgent Hammer production company. Along with Slapton Sands and A Shadow on the Sun, it is available for download on Kindle.
Francis is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers published under the pen name F.G. Cottam
©2013 F.G. Cottam (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kolton on 05-23-15

Cottam and Rintoul make a great team!

Any additional comments?

This is my third Cottam book and so far he's 3 for 3 for me. The plot of this one was very intriguing and the mystery of it all kept me hooked. But if this is your first time hearing about F.G. Cottam I recommend first checking out "The Colony" or "Brodmaw Bay' and if you like what you hear there, you'll like this one too. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't quite the 5 star the other two were. As for the narration, I really don't think anyone could narrate Cottam's books better than David Rintoul. He gets so into it he'll have you biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat. And I'm really glad he does a great job with all the voices cause this book does flow right into different scenes and character perspectives without pause which did sometimes get me confused. Overall, this book has everything I love about Cottam's writing; its darkly atmospheric, contains nail biting suspense and has the perfect amount of mystery and horror. Furthermore, Cottam creates captivating plots with life-like characters encountering truly evil and ancient supernatural beings and creatures. Can't wait for the next one!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sarah Lockhart on 03-31-15

Wish I saved my credit

This story has an interesting concept, which is why I chose it. However, that's about where it ends. The plot and characters are not well developed. The writing is just okay. So when you combine this with the authors confusing use of last and first names for the same characters, inadequate introduction of new characters and disjointed/rushed plot, it makes it somewhat difficult to follow. Lastly, I liked the narrators voice, but there was no pause at all when shifting scenes or characters, also lending to the overall confusion.

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4 out of 5 stars
By K on 07-26-15

Fun and fantastical.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is not a 'great' book but it is an enjoyable listen. Some of the character descriptions were clunky and stereotypical: almost everyone is good-looking, young, with rather suspicious fire-arms knowledge but it's easy to overlook such ridiculous flaws when the plot keeps jollying you along.

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

Unlike one previous reviewer, this was the first book from Cottam that I read but it lead me to the Lazarus Phrophesy which I found to be FAR superior both in thematic depth and construction.

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

His accents were good. The voice of the Welsh goddess was subtle and convincing.

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

The choice of vernacular used to populate the speech used by Saul Abercrombie didn't ring true - his character was the most one dimensional of all and the phrases selected jolted enough to make me snort with derision a little.

Any additional comments?

A fair summer listen if you're easily spooked. A warm winter evening listen in front of a roaring fire might be better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 07-26-15

All together satisfying my taste for mystery and spooky stories.

A spooky take full of believable characters, it draws you in slow and steady with suspense and mystery. A real satisfying book, if you want mystery, Celtic mythology, history, drama and a dash of horror, look no further!

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