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With the boys' new fort finally finished, everything that summer was going great. And then the killer showed up. During the summer of 1987, from their tree house fort in the woods, neighborhood boys Tim, Scott, and Luke spot a man holding a gun to missing sixteen-year-old Molly Peterson's back. The problem is, nobody believes their story, not even the police. As search eff...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
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karen

OH MY GOD I JUST REALIZED THIS WAS ON AN AMAZON IMPRINT.

I HAVE PLAYED INTO THEIR HANDS.

this is hovering between three and four stars for me.a lot of it depends on whether this is a YA book or not. i can't quite figure it out. cover looks like it could be, it has young characters, the author's profile says he writes "mystery & thrillers, young adult, horror."

and if this is a YA book, it gets four stars for sheer balls, bacause it is rare to come across a YA book with a line like:When I catch...more
Albert Riehle
"Tammy Benchley, Tim's mother and Stan's wife, had decided, in what Stan decided mid-project was a fit of madness that her husband could install a patio without professional help."

It's sentences like this one that ruin Aric Davis' The Fort, and frankly, with that one coming on the first few pages, I think I should have followed my intuition and stopped reading it right then and there. I know that most writers try to keep their books to certain word limits, but there is no sentence limit and so i...more
Patrice Hoffman
The Fort by Aric Davis is the kind of story that will stick with me forever. It automatically brought me back to the summer when life changed forever for me and the real world was more clear than ever and it wasn't pretty. Ironically I was the same age as Tim and his friends, 12, when this revelation came. Tim, Luke, and Scott build a fort in anticipation for the summer of 1987. They play, joke, hang, and just have a good ol' time until they spot a recently missing teenage girl with a serial kil...more
Corinne
It had potential once you got past the poor grammar - shame on the editor for not catching that - and the generally clumsy and painfully awkward sentence construction. Where's my red pen when I need it?

The Fort could have been a great coming of age story but more than anything I feel embarrassed that I recommended this as a book club read. I suppose anyone can make a plot sound entertaining with a few well-worded sentences.

The ending was entirely disappointing as well - unimaginative and far to...more
Dawn
This story of three boys and their tree fort, is also about that quintessential summer of childhood, the one that we will always remember. But for these boys it will be one that changes them forever, one where they learn too quickly that true evil exists. And that evil lives too close to home.

The story moves quickly, letting the reader see several perspectives, including the killer. Much of the suspense comes from the unfolding of the killer's thoughts about why he kills and just how deep his ps...more
Gina Basham
Loved this book! The descriptions of the time frame this took place were so vivid it was like stepping back in time. I grew up in this era and can say he nailed it. I was engrossed from the beginning. I loved the characters and could picture them in my head. They were all believable and accurately displayed the appropriate level of maturity. The gruff detective was convincing. The parents and different social spheres showed how each child views their life and their effect on those around them. I...more
Kirsty
A book about three boys and the events that surround one summer, how they witness a kidnapped girl and her captor and how these circumstances spiral out of control.

A really engaging coming of age crime thriller. I really enjoyed the writing style, it was quite simplistic and straight to the point, which I found hooked me right from the start.

It was a short book, and although I found it intresting throughout I did feel that some parts felt slighly rushed, especially in the character development o...more
Kristin
A thriller like The Fort seemed like the perfect mid-summer suspense to add to my reading list, which is just what I did after being contacted by Jill to take a look at Davis' latest novel.

Honestly, after reading the first chapter, I froze. The writing sounded flat and mechanical, and I dreaded making my way through the rest of those pages. But by the fourth or fifth chapter though, Davis really finds his groove and the writing evens out. The first two chapters or so felt like a fluke; Davis is...more
Jaime Boler
Interview with Aric Davis, Author of THE FORT

Jaime Boler: Thank you, Aric, for letting me ask you these questions. The Fort is an electrifying coming-of-age thriller that grabbed me from the first page. You are a professional body piercer and novelist. How did you get into writing?

Aric Davis: Thanks for having me! I got into writing because of my lifelong love of reading. Being published was a dream, and it was wonderful to be able to see it through to fruition. I had a small kernel of hope that...more
Cheryl
Excellent coming-of-age/police procedural novel

First of all, just because the three main protagonists in "The Fort" are 12 year old boys does not mean this is a Young Adult novel. It definitely isn't. Language and subject matter throughout the book are for adults only.

That written, this is a wonderful story about summer, youth, friendship, parents, pushing limits, and a serial killer. The story takes place in 1987 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The reader finds out right away that the killer is a de...more
Spork
Found this book through a Kindle ad, borrowed it just because I knew I might need something else while at the beach. Hesitantly started it not really sure if it was up my alley, but never looked back. Easy reading style, quick chapters, and interesting characters fit with the beach venue.

Main characters are three 12 year old boys who the author does justice, up until the final couple of words they say at the end, which felt a little forced. Some of the parent's actions (or inaction) seemed a lit...more
Dana
I really liked this book! The only thing that bothered me was that my 15 year old recommended it, giving it 5 stars. Once I started reading it, I found it was about a group of kids trying to find their friend's sister, who was possibly taken by a serial rapist/killer! All I could think of was that I'm a bad mom for downloading it for my son. (He did point out that it was no worse than watching NCIS on TV.) Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, and will probably read others by this author.
Kristina Pullen
Could not put this book down. Held me intrigued from start to finish! Am interested to know if his other books are as good. I read somewhere that he is a YA genre author. But this was not what I would consider YA fiction. Good novel.
Miranda Pinto
This book was a little dark and disgusting at times which I'm not a big fan of but I still really enjoyed this book. The chapters kept switching to different characters pov which was interesting.
Robyn
Not my normal genre but came recommended by some friends and it was 'OMG Fantastic'!!! I look forward to reading more by this author.

5 stars doesn't do it justice!
Kerri
Tim, Scott, and Luke plan on spending their summer in their new tree fort, playing sniper with air rifles when Molly Peterson, a friend of Tim's sister, goes missing from a drive-in. While out in the woods, the three boys are sure they see Molly being held at gunpoint by her abductor. Detective Van Endel, who is in charge of the investigation, knows someone is lying to him and dismisses the claims as a cruel hoax. Tim, Scott, and Luke set out to clear their names and save the girl, while Detecti...more
Leslee
2.5 - 3 stars. This was a fairly short book and had a promising start - echoes of Stephen King's The Body, which of course, became the movie Stand by Me. However, as the book continues along it loses quite a bit of steam and ends up being a fairly standard serial killer procedural to me. I especially hated the ending which seemed to be really pat and forced. (view spoiler)...more
Larry Hoffer
It's the summer of 1987, and 12-year-old childhood friends Tim, Luke, and Scott are spending their time in their newly built fort in the woods, trying to shoot at targets with their air rifles and pretending they're fighting the Vietnamese. But even the idyllic, lazy summer can't keep their problems totally at bay, especially for Luke, who is struggling with having to be the responsible one to care for his mother and younger sisters.

One night, Tim's older sister Becca comes home from the drive-i...more
Imogen
It was nice to have a suspenseful mystery in which the reader is able to grasp the perspective from the killer as well as from the main characters. I became very close to each of the characters, and I admit it, I felt empathy even for the killer--a Vietnam vet whose background was handled very well.

What struck me was how the kids learn that adults aren't "perfect"--they make mistakes, they can't fix everything, they don't have some kind of lie detector built in, and no, growing up isn't always...more
Tiffany Heater
The Fort is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of three young boys that build a fort and witness a crime while they are up in the trees one lazy summer day.

This is one of those strange books that borders on adult and young adult fiction. It feels like a YA novel because it tells the story from the point of view of three twelve year old boys, but there is a lot of adult content and violence that would in no way make this an appropriate read for a middle-schooler.

The Fort was an easy fast...more
Steven Brandt
The Fort started out well enough. It’s about a trio of boys who have what sounds like a pretty awesome fort built in a wooded area behind their houses. The fort was built from scrap lumber with the help of their fathers. The town the boys live in is going through a troubling time: there has been a recent rash of killings involving prostitutes. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the boys’ sister narrowly escapes being raped and one of her friends ends up missing.

It is at about this poin...more
Michael
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Tristram
”Some People Are Built for War, and for the Ones Who Are, There Is Nothing More Satisfying than Being Good at It.”

An small American town in the late 80s and three 12-year-old boys who are well aware of the promise of an everlasting summer and of boundless freedom lying before them and who, in a nearby stretch of woodland have erected a tree-house, the eponymous fort. But there are also different homes – two of them more or less well-ordered, the third one undoubtedly dysfunctional –, there is th...more
Tina Lewis
I couldn't stop reading this book, homework and housework be damned! I usually don't jump towards a mystery/thriller but I saw Aric's picture on Amazon and then of course, I had to come to Goodreads and check out all of his books. A friend of mine beat me to reading The Fort and raved about it. I am so glad I gave it a try. If I could,I would seriously give it 6 or 7 stars. Crazy, I know but it was so well written and gripped me from page to page. And it holds valuable lessons for kids and paren...more
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
This is me after i finished this book:



Okay. So. We got the most boring version of a who-dun-it thriller. A serial killer kills women who look like his long gone sister (after raping them, gotta add that ick to it, right?) and he finds the 'perfect' woman and decides to keep her.

This girl happens to be in a gang of teens pretending to be hookers to rob men when this happened. One of the other girls in this gang happens to be the older sister of one of the boys.

Three boys see said killer after the...more
Victoria
This is an entertaining, very summery read. It’s more of a coming-of-age-thriller than a mystery novel, but it moves along at a pretty fast pace and just exudes a sense of summer along with danger. The book opens in 1987 with three young boys in the Michigan woods spy a missing young girl and her kidnapper from the vantage point of their titular fort. The writing style feels a bit odd - an almost overly removed perspective that does take a little time to become accustomed to its cadence. This pe...more
Buchdoktor
Vor den drei Freunden Tim, Scott und Luke liegt wie endlos der Sommer 1987. Tims Vater beginnt eher lustlos, die Holzterrasse in einen Wintergarten umzubauen. Aus brauchbaren Holzbrettern der ehemaligen Terrasse bauen die Jungen sich in überschaubarer Entfernung zu ihren Elternhäusern im Wald ein Baumhaus, ihr Fort. Die Spiele der Jungen sind bestimmt vom Vietnamkrieg; ihr Interesse an Waffen wirkt für Zwölfjährige nicht ungewöhnlich. Ins unbeschwerte Spiel bringt Scotts Stiefvater Carl, ein Vie...more
Kathryn
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Rachael Evans
Decent coming of age thriller

This book was good but not great. The author does an excellent job capturing what it was like growing up in the 1980's raised by self absorbed baby boomers. The plot had potential but the book was too short. The police procedure was more realistic than some in this genre but still had unbelievable elements. Characters were unoriginal and undeveloped. It's worth a read if you are looking for a few hours of entertainment and enjoy thrillers
Benny
Brilliant! Once you get used to the occasional tricky sentence constructions, this is a heckuva page turner. I couldn't stop reading it once I reached midpoint, and I had to know how the story would pan out. That's the work of a master story-teller.
Minor gripes - (1) unrealistic dialogues for 12 year olds and (2) an abrupt end to the climax.
Overall, great work by the author.
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Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he has worked for the past fourteen years as a body piercer. A punk rock aficionado, Davis does anything he can to increase awareness of a good band. He likes weather cold enough to need a sweatshirt but not a coat, and friends who wear their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys...more
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