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  • A debut with bite

    I received an e-Galley ARC of Colony, authored by Benjamin Cross, for review consideration, what follows below is my honest review, freely given. I am thankful for this opportunity. I rated this novel 5 stars. There was a stretch as a child when I desperately wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up; I wanted to see the pyramids, discover the location of Atlantis, and to be a part of the excavation of the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (an underground city! a moat filled with mercury!). I went into this read with that same childhood excitement. This is a debut novel, but I couldn’t tell from my reading, I only know this from the author’s listed accomplishments. I lived in Caerwent, Wales for many years growing up (army brat), and we visited Urquhart Castle in Scotland; to this day I think I saw Nessie, or at least her shadow in the water, on a cloudless day. I always thought of Nessie as a female, though the author refers to the cryptid as male in this novel; he is an expert, so maybe I should bow to his distinction. Readers of Warren Fahy’s Fragment series, or Tim Lebbon’s The Silence will find this novel a kindred beast as I did, while still carving out it’s own place in the genre. It seems every few years we hear about a species thought extinct being rediscovered, to the delight of the scientific field and whoever else sees the article speaking on the subject. It’s stuff like that, plus a love for Tomb Raider games I think, that make novels like this so much fun for me to read. I mean, who wouldn’t want to discover something that evolved to survive in a very specific stretch of land, to see, interact, and yes, maybe have to find a way to survive, something never seen by anyone else in the world? It would be breathtaking right? Maybe mortally so. The author guides us to the Russian arctic, and while we are introduced to a large cast, necessary for a field survey and the military supervision/protection given to it, I never felt overwhelmed by characters; an impressive feat, debut aside. As always, I am hesitant to go into too much detail for fear of spoilers. I will say this had a little bit of everything, so I think readers of many genres will enjoy this novel. It could fall under thrillers, horror (cryptid), international drama, and probably a bunch of sub-genres I don’t even know the names of, yet. I look forward to reading this authors work in the future.

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  • Colony

    What a ride! I could not put the book down! What drew me to the book was the term “archeology, but it was more than that, a group of scientists (each an expert in their field) doing a survey at the Artic before it is “set free” for future gas mining. Main character Callum is perfect for his roll, the twists and turns, the characters are perfect for the roles (an unexpected villain who is likable), the story is strong, descriptions so clear I could see it, and information that is fascinating. This is not my normal read but I totally loved it and would read it again in a heartbeat – worth of 5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and The Book Guild for a copy of Colony for my honest opinion.

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  • Awesome read!

    That was quite the adventure! It's puts me in mind of Jurassic Park but situate it in the stark arctic landscape and boom an engaging, thrill ride of a novel. It was rich in descriptive action and gore making it a engrossing read for the creature feature audience. Excellent read. Thank you netgalley for the arc

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  • Excellent Debut

    I love a creature feature, and this one does not disappoint.. I really enjoyed it. A tagline I saw for this book was The Relic meets Jurassic Park. I love both of those books and authors. This definitely has a James Rollins/Matthew Reilly vibe to it. There is quite a bit of blood and gore and the characters aren't very well developed, but I don't think you need that for stories like this. The writing is a little stilted, but you can tell the author has authority on the subjects. It was a little slow to get in to for me, but once I did it's a fast pace read with tons of action, drama, suspense, interesting history, and screams.

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