Review: Colony by Benjamin Cross

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.

Colony by Benjamin Cross. Narrated by Dan Calley. Audiobook published by Tantor Audio, November 2021. Run time of 11 hours and 7 minutes.

*Trigger Warning: Animal Death

I didn’t know this author and I wasn’t sure what to expect from Colony… but it had been sitting on my TBR pile since it came out! I was super excited to finally get around to reading it. πŸ˜€

Love, love, LOVE the plot premise! Creepy, remote Arctic isolation? Yes, please! Arctic horror is one of my favorite horror themes. πŸ˜€ I was even more excited when I found out it was about killer prehistoric animals! Yay! Another fave horror theme of mine. πŸ˜€

While I really enjoyed the plot, I often felt a little confused…? :/ Sometimes I wasn’t sure who was who or who was doing what, or WHY something was even happening…? I don’t know if I was confused because I was multi-tasking? It felt like maybe the author was trying to do too much, instead of fleshing out the plot a little bit more? Like, there is just so much going on that sometimes things may not be explained fully? :/

Want to also give a warning to animal / dog lovers! There is animal death, including one very good boi! πŸ˜₯ Most of the animal death is very brie, but the dog death is drawn out and very upsetting. D: I had to fast forward that whole section!!!

The narrator does a fine performance. He has a very pleasing voice to listen to! All the characters sounded different. There are several different accents the narrator had to do and they all sounded legit.

Colony is a fun story. While I was entertained by the plot and the twists, the story could have used a little bit of focus on certain parts of the story. Sometimes it felt like too much was going on and for me, it got a little bit too muddled. Not sure if this is the start to a series or not…? But I would maybe try another book by this author.

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