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The Fort

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,078 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
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, 237 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
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Apr 01, 2013 karen rated it really liked it
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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
Albert Riehle
Aug 04, 2013 Albert Riehle rated it did not like it
"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
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
Mar 09, 2014 Corinne rated it did not like it
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
May 28, 2016 Teddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A credible thriller that moves along at a good pace

I downloaded this book on my Kindle because it takes place in Grand Rapids, MI and I live nearby. I didn't have high expectations for the plot or the writing, but I thought I would enjoy reading references to places I'm familiar with. The book exceeded my expectations.

Yes, I enjoyed local references like "Meijer" (a local grocery store chain), Division Avenue (a street with a "bad" reputation), and a character with a surname ("Van Endel") very s
Jun 17, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it
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
Gina Basham
Jun 21, 2013 Gina Basham rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 09, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
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
Jaime Boler
May 30, 2013 Jaime Boler rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2013
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
May 29, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2013 Spork rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2015 DiegoR rated it really liked it
“The Fort”, Aric Davis is an interesting book with a lot of drama. Tim, Luke and Scott are spending the rest of what seems to be a “normal” summer. Recently, a person named Molly Peterson had gotten kidnapped by an unknown person. The three kids had made a tree house they call The Fort which they had hung out in most of the summer. So one day, Tim, Luke and Scott were in The Fort and they saw a guy pushing a girl that looked like the missing girl, Molly, with his hand holding something to her b ...more
Max Read
Jul 14, 2014 Max Read rated it liked it
“A psychological mystery and thriller”

Aric Davis author of four previous novels including “A good and Useful Hurt” and ‘Nickel Plated” adds “The Fort” to his repertoire of work in which strong, sometimes violent characters are involved in mysterious events. Born in Ithaca New York, Aric has lived most of his life in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and daughter and was a professional body piercer.

“The Fort” as with other of Davis’ novels involves the lives of young people and includes the lo
Savannah Mae
May 15, 2014 Savannah Mae rated it it was amazing
“The Fort” begins back in the summer of 1987 with a trio of friends, Tim, Scott and Luke, trying to make it through their boring summer. Tim and his friends love to play around with their air rifles and pretend that they are snipers, just like in Vietnam. They kids have a fort that they often gather together for play time, built from recycled wood when Tim’s parents decide to put in a deck.

Tim’s older sister Becca ends up getting into some trouble after their parents allow her to head off to th
Jul 06, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it
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.
Waco Glennon
May 13, 2016 Waco Glennon rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed in this novel. It had all the ingredients but for two reasons I was very dissatisfied. The first reason is the lack of depth. I often thought of Stephen King's 'The Body.' That novella was about the loss of innocence and this novel has that in spades, but none of it is investigated. Not that it had to re-do 'The Body,' but there are other areas to add substance. Another example of this flaw is the timing of the story. It is set in 1987. There is absolutely no reason why ...more
May 22, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it
A story about three boys, their friendship, a fort they build in the woods and how they witness a girl who is missing being forced through the woods by a man. When they report it though, no-one will believe them. With the wrath of their parents and the police upon them they realise that their only option is to help the girl themselves. They set out to do exactly that.
A great read with unexpected plot twists.
Dec 17, 2014 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is an awful, awful book. Before starting a novel, I never read reviews, I only read the plot outline. I love books with youth protagonists and this story centered on three adolescent boys trying to find a missing girl during the summertime. It sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a go.

This is no summer-vacation-coming-of-age tale a la The Body (one of my faves.)

I should have put it down right away when I discovered that there were chapters told from the point of view of a kidnap
May 06, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
The story begins with 3 12 year old boys, best friends, and all from a different kind of family dynamic. This is a bit of a coming of age story. The friends build a treehouse in the woods behind their homes. I found this easy to picture as we always woods behind our homes when I was growing up. The time frame being the mid eighties, and I could really picture that time frame in this story. So its summer and the boys are spending all their time in the treehouse, when one day they witness somethin ...more
Kristina Pullen
Jul 07, 2013 Kristina Pullen rated it really liked it
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
Jul 17, 2013 Miranda Pinto rated it really liked it
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.
Bradley Farless
Mar 09, 2016 Bradley Farless rated it liked it
The line in chapter 56 about looking into the kids' eyes made me cringe. Everything after it was too preachy. I also found the dialogue for the kids to be way too adult for their age. The story was ok. I started to get annoyed with Tim's parents and it felt like a forced plot device to keep me turning pages.

I did like how it made me reminisce about summer and playing in the woods though. There was a good line I wish I had highlighted where one of the kids is thinking that if being an adult means
Diane Lybbert
Jun 07, 2014 Diane Lybbert rated it liked it
Fast-paced crime thriller. A local teenage girl is missing, and her friends aren't telling the police the whole truth. When 4 young pre-teen boys playing 'sniper' in their tree fort spot the kidnapper holding the girl at gun-point, they shoot at him. When a body is found burned beyond identification, they consider the case solved. The boys go to the police, but they don't believe the boys' story (minus the shooting part...). So, the boys determine to find the missing girl themselves, with no hel ...more
Robert Galloway
Mar 10, 2016 Robert Galloway rated it really liked it
This book takes place during the summer of 1987 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When a 16-year old girl goes missing and the cops have no leads the case seems to be dead. But when three 12-year old boys are up in their fort they see the man and the missing girl. They report to the police to only find out nobody believes them. Now it's up to them to prove everyone wrong and get their summer back.

I liked this book very much. The author split up the book to tell it from all the boys' perspectives, the p
Elaine Donadio
Sep 17, 2016 Elaine Donadio rated it it was amazing
A little slow in the beginning, but the story unfolds to reveal new and often unexpected details. Realist, with flawed characters. The local police prove themselves to be lazy and short-sighted. Innocent lives hang in the balance. Ordinary kids caught up in a web of secrets. Adults either not seeing or not caring, believing what they wish to accept in that moment about their children. One detective takes emotional responsibility for the outcomes even though his superiors and most colleagues were ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
I have to agree with the other reviews of "The Fort"--this book could use some major editing in the grammar department. However, I couldn't put it down! The story was engaging, always keeping my interest (although it didn't always keep me guessing, I found it predicable at times). The main characters (Scott, Tim, and Luke) were diverse, yet they all felt very real and relate-able. The ending had me turning pages rapid fire, and it definitely made me mad. The book overall was great and now I want ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Robyn rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 25, 2016 Lee rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars. It was recommended by a co-worker to listen to while at work. By far the best Audible book I've listened to so far. I thought the narrator, Nick Podehel, did a great job.

I don't think it was a big surprise the kids robbed the johns. At least not to me. (I knew people who did something similar to this with men at bars.)
I was a little sad to hear about the photographs with the twins. I wondered what the mother had been up to when she wasn't working/wasn't hom
Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
Sep 22, 2013 Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams rated it it was amazing
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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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