Book Review | Colony by Benjamin Cross

 Title: Colony

Author: Benjamin Cross

Publisher: The Book Guild

Release Date: 28th January 2021

Source: NetGalley
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.
Jurassic Park on Ice.  Now that I have your attention I need to admit that I think I have a problem, regular readers may notice that my favourite books of late seem to feature remote islands, snow, ice or a collection of all three.  This one does tick those boxes but it also brings to the table, mummified remains and something carnivorous lurking in the dark.

Callum Ross is a professor specialising in archaeology, he is asked to join a team going to survey the remote Harmsworth Island, the island has been earmarked for it’s potential bounty of natural resources.  Its location is the Arctic circle, Franz Josef Land.  Uninhabited except for its recent residents, a troop of soldiers charged with getting the base ready.

The journey to the island for Callum is uneventful, the ship is luxurious, his fellow passengers are a mix of obnoxious and alluring, he just wants to get there and get the job done so he can go home to his son.  Of course that isn’t going to happen.  On arrival to Harmsworth he discovers a mummified corpse, an ice age man, one who didn’t just drop down and die, this mummy had a little help from something with teeth.

Whilst he is exploring the island unbeknownst to Callum there is a saboteur in his midst, someone who doesn’t want this natural haven drilled to within an inch of his life.  Once they set their plan in action, Callum and his team members find themselves stranded, they also find themselves discovering a new species, one that is is not on any pages of current books.  A creature that has walked straight from the pages of history and its hungry.

I really enjoyed this book, you do have to suspend disbelief, some books can do it well, other books not so much.  This one did it well, if was fun if you overlook the bloodiness that pops up.  It was a great setting, with a good mix of characters and a foe that proves very hard to beat.

If you like your monsters with great big teeth and your islands frozen and remote then you’ll enjoy this book!




15 comments

  1. I love books in remote settings like this, we need a name for this little subgenre of frozen mayhem. Maybe arcticpunk or something... :):)

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    1. That could work, there are so many books it definitely deserves some sort of name!

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  2. This is new to me but wow it sounds good! I love stories set in ice and snow too😁

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  3. Monsters with big teeth, remote cold location...I'm all over this kind of thing!

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  4. I was in with the words ice mummy! :D

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  5. Ooh as soon as I looked at the synopsis I got "The Thing" vibes! Sounds really good!

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    1. Oh that is movie that gave me nightmares but I should really watch it again now I’m older!

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  6. You got and kept my attention!

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  7. I'm also enjoying remote settings at the moment - something appealing about them somehow, or perhaps it's simply because they add to the drama.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I love them, I’m always drawn to them, I’m not sure why!

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  8. Adding this to my TBR right away!!

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