Colony Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Harmsworth. A remote, mist-shrouded island in the Russian Arctic. Archaeology Professor Callum Ross makes the discovery of a lifetime: a prehistoric ice mummy preserved for thousands of years by the sub-zero temperatures. Only, they didn't die of natural causes....
As Callum races to unravel the mystery of the mutilated corpse, others race to sabotage the expedition. He and his team are left stranded, and they are not alone on the island. Someone, or something relentless, is stalking them.
As the arctic mist descends and the death toll rises, the team is thrust into a nightmare fight for survival, involving submarines, cyber warfare and Spetsnaz. But none of this can prepare them for the real terror that survives deep within the island's heart: a secret so ancient it's been overlooked by time itself.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||30 November 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 84,830 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
974 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
2,802 in Horror Fiction
5,654 in Suspense
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I do believe that I just read a horror book! I didn’t know what to expect, thought maybe sci-fi but all good, I really enjoyed it. The style of the story and the writing reminded me very much of Matthew Reilly’s early books Ice Station and Temple. I loved those books too.
A bunch of scientists are part of a group tasked with conducting an environmental impact assessment of Harmsworth Island in Franz Josef Land - an archipelago north of Siberia in the Barents Sea, well north of the Arctic Circle (I do love a book set in a cold climate). They are based on the icebreaker Albanov anchored offshore. A Russian company wants to start tapping into the suspected rich gas reserves around the island and, in accordance with the terms of the Arctic Council, of which thy are a member, requires this assessment before work can commence. The group includes, among others: Dr Callum Ross, archaeologist; Dr Ava Lee, vertebrate palaeontologist; Dr Daryl Lebedev, ecologist and Dan Peterson whose area of expertise is not made clear. But - as if the brutal climate is not enough to deal with, there is a secret plot afoot to sabotage the job.
And as if that is not enough, there are worse things than the cold to worry about on the island. Something stalks the unwary on this island. Among the scientists a groups Russian spetsnaz soldiers are along to provide ‘security’. Well there are polar bears around. After the sabotage, a small group of scientists, a large contingent of soldiers and the CEO of the gas company are stranded on the island - and that’s when the fun really begins. Something is out there! Something is out to get them!
There was quite a bit of blood, and gore so if you are squeamish this is probably not a book for you. It wasn’t deep and meaningful. The characters were only developed as far as necessary to tell the story. But what this book had in spades was action, drama, suspense, screams. If you want a fast paced story that has you on the edge of your seat - this book is for you! Thanks to Netgalley, the Book Guild and Benjamin for the review copy. My opinions are my own.
Callum is an archaeologist who has been asked to take the place of his mentor and friend, Jonas, on an expedition to a remote Arctic island. He will have to leave his eight year old son behind, and since he is a part-time dad, time together is precious. There is plenty to explore on the island but when Callum makes the find of his career, he doesn't yet know that he is not alone.....and the natives are far from friendly.
A fast-paced, believable tale set in an inhospitable place. There are politics involved in the story as well, which I didn't like as much, but all in all this is a really great read.
5 stars from me.
Thank you to NetGalley and The Book Guild.
Top reviews from other countries
The island seems to have been forgotten by time. Deep within are creatures that have continued to thrive due to the unique situation of the island. That's the colony. Imagine Indiana Jones v Aliens v Starship Troopers and you'll get the overall gist. But this is superbly written - characters are well defined, each with their own speciality and personality. Subject matter is explained really well for non-archaeological types like me. And plenty of banter between the scientists makes it believable.
I read this after reading 'Claw' - a Canadian earthquake releases giant beasts into a small town. That was absolutely ridiculous in comparison to this brutal page turner from Benjamin Cross. Thoroughly recommended and I can't wait for the film. Hint, hint!
I absolutely loved this book. First of all for me the pacing was absolutely impeccable. There was always something going on to make me turn the page as what begins as a pretty routine assignment quickly spins out of control due to both mother nature and human corruption. These two dangerous strands develop and intertwine as the story builds to a wonderful crescendo ending.
I found the characters and their relationships well rounded and interesting, especially Dr Ross, who I could easily imagine having a number of adventures I'd be interested in reading about, or even watching one day. I also found the archaeological descriptions knowledgeable and interesting, as you would expect from an expert in the field, but such information is always well measured and Cross never over indulges or allows this aspect to get in the way of the forward momentum of the story.
All in all, I thought this was a fantastic, intriguing thriller that kept me wanting to read on right up to the end. I'll definitely be looking out for more from Cross in the future!
But for what it is, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 'Colony' is a well-paced horror thriller which loads it magazine with several threads of intrigue and then fires off payoff after payoff. It excites and surprises right through to the end. The 'Jurassic Park' comparison is apt, but I also felt like it incorporated the best elements of 'Aliens', especially regarding the climax.
Benjamin Cross delivers a wonderfully exciting, fun and intelligently put together adventure that will delight fans of creature-feature survival stories.
A 5-star thriller from a debut author well worthy of attention.
There are a number of sub-plots that aren't necessary in the story, and not enough characterisation on more than a basic level to attach me to any of the people. The Russians are all cookie cutter fodder, the scientists are fairly bland. Ross is a likeable protagonist, but the primary human antagonist is something out of a spy cartoon.
There's a whole eco-terrorism plotline which has at its centre an incredibly annoying pseudo comic relief character, who could have been excised completely and only served make more room for the creatures. There are moments that could have led to tense sequences, such as a battle in the snow shrouded in artic mist, that aren't written about at all past a token paragraph that said it happened at some point.
The novel suffers from not knowing what it wants to be. A military action piece one moment, a suspenseful horror thriller the next, techno thriller after that, twists and turns that make certain characters seem almost laughably stupid. It attempts it all, and consequently does none of it well. More focus on one of these plots, and fleshing them out, would have led to a far better book.