The Colony by F.G. Cottam

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Ever wanted to talk with someone about a book you just read? You could just join a book group and talk about it, drink a little, veer off on tangents, work back around to the book again, and finally wrap it up by picking the next book. We Two Mikes will be your virtual book group for discussing new and interesting and old and half-forgotten horror books. If you want to follow along with us, look at the next forbidden book on the table and start reading. Saturday, November 12, Episode F. Cottam's The Colony.

The Two Mikes and a Linda join a group tour to the Hebrides for one more haunted vacation and, after a wee bit of tooth-pulling, have a fine time with our last Cottam book. It's Cocktail Time! 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???

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. 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. I didn't realize the simplicity of the basic story until I began telling my partner about the premise. Thus, I myself was amazed at how brilliantly this story was developed and the narration is indeed its equal.

It was full of suspense, good character development, and best of all, an ending that wasn't chapters and chapters of "the final battle". I am now a Cottam fan and I am also fond of Rintoul's expert narration. Great combination! Entertaining, well written. The fact that the story develops very quickly. 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. I really not only enjoyed this story but also how well it was read.


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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.

This is the third F. 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.

Quite an enjoyable read, creepy atmosphere etc but let down down by a few niggles which become increasingly irritating - particularly if you continue with the trilogy. Repetition - the backstory is gone over dozens of times. Every time someone new crops up it's an excuse to go through the backstory again. Exposition - lots of it. Poor characterisation. Most of the characters have the same manner of speaking etc despite their supposed differences. Working class fisherman, billionaire media magnate, journalist, soldier? Other than the accent then they all speak in the same, overly formal and slightly unnatural manner.

Character behaviours. That thing which is hunting us down and killing us? Yeah, prob best if we all split up and look for it separately. What did you like best about this story? Just thought the plot was good along with the characters and was very atmospheric. Thought the narration was excellent. What disappointed you about The Colony? Extremely verbose, much too much irrelevant pontification. Has The Colony put you off other books in this genre?

Always, one of the best narrators.

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If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Colony? Background detail, off the island, irrelevant to the mystery. Is there anything you would change about this book? It is what it is It reads as if Cottam were writing specifically for a C list celebrity special at the cinema: think Anaconda or Deep Blue Sea and you'll get the idea.

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It is engaging enough in a titilating way during listening time and light enough to instantly forget after. Cottam before, how does this one compare? I'd highly recommend the latter.


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Which character — as performed by David Rintoul — was your favourite? His Scottish voices I suspect he's actually a Scot originally sound identical to Ken Bruce which is lovely, if slightly amusing. Is Ken masquerading as David to dodge the tax man? Was The Colony worth the listening time? Yeah, an enjoyable bit of light fiction.

Not dissimilar to what I image reading a Penny Dreadful would have been like a hundred years ago. Slow storyline, very boring at times, narration OK though, Unlikely to use this author again, his style obviously doesn't suit me! One or two false notes e. Would you recommend The Colony to your friends? Measured narration, subtle use of different accents breathes life into the story. Not overdone.

Could you see The Colony being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be? Yes, it would make a good TV series. Too many characters feature to list actors. Firstly have to say hate the new audible format.. Now for my review I personally love David Rintouls narration and his character voicesI felt the ending was fine I know some reviewers thought it ended abruptly The only criticism I would have was that a lot of the characters seemed to be perfect and the descriptions of how beautiful they were did get on my nerves.

The best F. G Cottam for me was the waiting room ,although this one did come in second. At one point one character needed to climb over a gate. It took 10 minutes of my listening for him to get over it : he needed to 'see the gate, make the decision to climb over it, and to then climb over it', this was a blow by blow description that I found so annoying! The story was OK but did leap into the realms of 'just plain daft', I wasn't keen on the majority of the characters, they were, on the whole, self centred and narcissistic. I did want to discover the reasons behind the disappearance of the Island's residents, but as I say it really was on the edge of silly!

I was so pleased to finish this book. David Rintoul was a good narrator for this book, he really tried to draw out the tension. Your audiobook is waiting…. The Colony. By: F. Narrated by: David Rintoul. Series: The Colony Cottam , Book 1. Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins. Categories: Fiction , Horror. People who bought this also bought The Ceremonies By: T. Odd Billy Todd By: N. Bray Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins Unabridged Overall. The Memory of Trees By: F.

Murray Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins Unabridged Overall. Cottam P Audible, Inc. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Any additional comments? It's so incredibly rare to read a ghost story that both scares and satisfies. I write very few reviews but this book is so good I guarantee that anyone who likes the suspense genre will be glad they found this one!

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? Without a doubt. There is something special here, but too many ideas were not fleshed out and too many things were left open ended.

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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. What did you love best about The Colony?

Expertly rendered ghost story thriller. I got burned out on ghost stories many years ago. However, this is not your typical ghost story. The writer kept the suspense going right up to an awesome finale. It is difficult for a writer to create this kind of suspense and pull off a finale that is not anti climatic but F. Cottam pulled it off. Which scene was your favorite?

It was evenly successful. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I am looking forward to listening to more books by this author. I am hoping Audible will offer all of his books in this genre. I was really excited to start this book! And then sorely disappointed, because it seemed like, of the 14 chapters 12 of them were intros to characters, back story and then more intro and more unnecessary back story. The promised story never takes off. After so many hours of listening I actually had to check to see where I was at and how many chapters I had to go because with so much explanation, this must be 50 hours long It's not.

What a tease. I barely remember the end, what stands out the most is that sad thought of, "that's it?!?! The rest of it is a lame epilogue of what happens to characters that were lame in a story that is lame. 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. His descriptions were excellent and he knows how to tease out a scene beyond "It was a dark and stormy night. 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?

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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. I will liken the book's pacing to a roller-coaster.



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