Two reviews of Colony


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.

Review by Peter S

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is pure escapism. It gave me a fantastic three days when I didn’t even think about my current hopeless life – there I was deep in this book, in the arctic, being a scientist, being hunted . It’s got everything – you learn a bit, you get engrossed in the characters, you’ve got to find out what’s happening, you’re trying to work everything out …. Gripping read. Recommend it to anyone who has time to kill.

Review by AA

Rating: 5 out of 5.

So you can’t get to the cinema? (What? Locked down with Covid? Banged up again in high security? Stuck on the international space station?) Don’t worry, help is at hand. This book is a positive I-Max experience, 4D, 360 degree visuals, full surround-sound, in your face, up your nose, over your ears…. Half way through you’ll have forgotten its on paper, and when you reach the last page, all you’ll remember is you saw it at the movies.
OK, so you want a trailer? Scientist stuck in the arctic (great arctic scenes, seals, snow, narwhales)… What’s this? A dead body stuck in the ice? Anyone missing? Nope, he’s been there a gazillion years so even his mom’s stopped looking for him… but what’s that coming up from under the water? Oh – my – god…… Enough already.
Great read. I’ll pass it on.


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Benjamin Cross is an archaeologist and writer based in Carmarthenshire, Wales with an M.Phil. in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Oxford. As well as excavating archaeological sites across the UK, he’s been lucky enough to explore some of the world’s most spectacular ancient sites; from the temples of Cambodia to the Andean cloud forest cities of Peru; from the burial sites of the Tibetan plateau to the Maori strongholds of New Zealand. He is now an Associate Director of Heritage and Archaeology at a national consultancy and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Colony is Benjamin’s first novel and it was written whilst he worked full-time as a professional archaeologist.

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