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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  82 reviews

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, and h
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 28th 2021 by The Book Guild Publishing
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It’s a creature feature!

I do believe that I just read a horror book! I didn’t know what to expect, thought maybe sci-fi but all good, I really enjoyed it. The style of the story and the writing reminded me very much of Matthew Reilly’s early books Ice Station and Temple. I loved those books too.

A bunch of scientists are part of a group tasked with conducting an environmental impact assessment of Harmsworth Island in Franz Josef Land - an archipelago north of Siberia in the Barents Sea, well nort
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
One of my favourite thriller tropes is dinosaurs who have somehow survived extinction events and are seriously unhappy about humans turning up to ruin their shit. This colony is pissed. They're happily living on their Arctic island, having baby monsters and generally living their best lives, when a whole bunch of greedy men decide to exploit the natural resources of the neighbourhood. Needless to say, there's lots of screaming and dying, which was lovely.

On the negative side, there's perhaps a s
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colony is a fast-paced, deftly written thriller set in the remote Russian Arctic. Archaeology Professor Callum Ross is called in at short notice to join an expedition, and makes a stunning discovery - an ancient mummy preserved in the ice. A mystery surrounds this person, who did not die from natural causes. When Callum and his team find themselves stranded on a remote island, they face a threat not only from the harsh conditions and from human adversaries, but from a far stranger source.

I reall
Max Birner
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I undoubtedly will be reading more books by Benjamin Cross in the future, his archaeology past really helps elevate the atmosphere and writing of this debut novel.

Colony is definitely calling for all lovers of The Thing to read, because who doesn't love a high tension Antarctica whodunit/creature feature? When you get to the action and the plot starts unravelling, you will not be able to put it down.

Where my problem lies is probably with our introduction to the story. While I love explosive en
Tristan Hutchinson
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Relic meets Jurassic Park.

A team of doctors, researching the Artic, what could go wrong?

Cross does well adding terror to the unknown. His characters are brought to their limits, struggling with the cold weather, the mysterious mist, and the increase of death tolls.

Who will survive?

I enjoyed reading Colony, its a fast paced read.
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4.5 Stars
Visiting the Arctic is a perilous task all on its own. When prehistoric beings are thrown into the mix that against all odds have managed to thrive and survive, you’re in for one hell of a cold and bloody adventure. For this being the author's first book l really enjoyed myself. I don't have the highest standards when it comes to fact checking my fiction so I can't attest to the believability of all the ‘monsters’ in the book however al
Stephanie S
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was captivated by Colony from the very beginning. The book is well researched and story is masterfully told. It's the tale of a group of researchers who are stranded in the Arctic and have to fight for their lives every step of the way. This heart pumping, adrenalin filled thriller takes you on a rollercoaster ride and makes you want to rush to the end so that you can take a calming breath but at the same time you don't want to miss a single word. It is hard to believe that this is Benjamin Cr ...more
Benjamin Cross
Dec 15, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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'Indie Books We Love' award

Colony by Benjamin Cross is an action packed Arctic thriller that kicks off with a bang as we witness the death of a Neolithic hunter at the hands/claws of a mysterious creature. When Professor Callum Ross discovers the mummified remains he knows he must find out more, but there are other people out to stop him and something else seems to be watching.

I loved the descriptions of the setting and the work put into creating the backstory. Colony
Susan van der Walt
I have received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.

Colony is the first novel of Benjamin Cross, an experienced archaeologist. He was discovered by a literary agency and his novel soon made it onto the desks of the world's top publishers.

A group of scientists gathers in the Russian Arctic to perform an assessment of the impact that planned gas exploration will have on the seabed around the island. Harmsworth is a desolate place, with 24-hour days in summer and the mist creep
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
A good quick read. Fast paced thriller on the order of early James Rollins books or perhaps Greig Beck. Lots of savage beasts!
C.J. Fisher
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colony was an action packed arctic thriller that sucked me in within the first three pages and held my attention to the very end.

I've got to be honest, I read Michael Crichton at an impressionable age and told myself I'd never let myself get that freaked out by a monster story ever again. Well, I broke that promise, but it was worth it. Of course, I'd hate to give the impression that this is a purely monster driven book. With thrills and political intrigue, it shapes into much much more!

Jovita Kvederaviciute
First of all this book is the first novel this author has ever released and it ended up great, so congratulations to author on that.
I enjoyed reading this book, the descriptions were so detailed that I could almost see myself in the place of the main character, I also loved the fact that the author wrote about some of the very common problems in today's world.
It's also a very great book for people who like thrillers, I got literal chills while reading some of the parts.
So overall this book is aw
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could not put Colony down - it gave me chills, both from Cross's vividly beautiful descriptions of the Arctic setting, & from the plot's twists & turns. The mix of excitement, drama, heartbreak, & humour was an intoxicating combination that kept me guessing & dying to know what happened next.
It provided a great escape, & the chance to vicariously experience a wild adventure - which was sorely needed after a year without the ability to do so in reality.
Highly recommend Colony to everyone & any
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
An “okay” book that felt very much like other “trapped in Antarctica” books Ive read.
I am never thrilled when multiple villains are present and trying to sabotage you, but liked the eerie parts.
It also needs more editing.
Londeka Nele  Shabangu
Callum an archaeologist is asked to take the place of his friend and mentor on an expedition to a remote Arctic Island. A group of scientists led by a soldier named Koikov and a native man who acts as a guide...

What could possibly go wrong?

Not a single page had me drifting off to any other universe but the one the author has created. Everything about it felt more than real. I'm a total sucker for descriptions and the description of the island was a cherry. I'm in love with how it didn't take me
John Mccormick
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to the Author publishers and LibraryThing for providing me with a Paperback copy of this book to read and honestly review.
Stranded in the Arctic.
Fighting to survive.
And they are not alone...
Says the blurb on the cover, what follows is a exciting thrilling non stop page turner. Well written and researched clever descriptive and imaginative, very imaginative. It certainly helps your enjoyment of this engaging tale, if like me you still have a big kid inside, to suspend your disbelief and
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will spare you the intimate details of who said what to whom and why as many other reviewers have done this before me, lets say this debut story is very well composed and professionally written with vivid descriptions of both the physical landscape of Franz Josef Land, a Russian archipelago located in the Arctic Ocean composed of 192 islands over 80% covered in snow and Ice and the character's and prehistoric dinosaurs (yes I did say this). Ben uses his background in archaeology to good effect ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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DaN McKee
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
This book was exactly what I was looking for to kick off the half term holiday after a stressful six weeks of remote teaching. A page-turner of the highest quality. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil all the surprises the story has, but rest assured as Callum Ross and company’s time on Harmsworth gets worse and worse, you will only enjoy spending time there more and more. Read it now!
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for a monster movie. During these dark winter months, with so much going on in the world, I have found some solace in fictional monsters. One of my all-time favourites is John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), itself a remake of Howard Hawk’s classic from 1951. I love the setting, the isolation, the unknown that’s ‘out there’ and ‘within’. It was the perfect movie for its time, and nearly 40 years later, I wouldn’t change a single frame.

Author Benjamin Cross’ debut novel, Colony, captur
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! I could not put the book down! What drew me to the book was the term “archeology, but it was more than that, a group of scientists (each an expert in their field) doing a survey at the Artic before it is “set free” for future gas mining. Main character Callum is perfect for his roll, the twists and turns, the characters are perfect for the roles (an unexpected villain who is likable), the story is strong, descriptions so clear I could see it, and information that is fascinating. Thi ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven king meets Jurassic park - the perfect horror, sci-fi and crime thriller. Insights a fantastic mix of Wayward Pines fear and morbid curiosity. There are parts of this book that I read and thought “why am I doing this to myself?” Similar to when you watch vague Netflix horror movies alone and spend half of them hidden behind a cushion. Some of the gore in this book was a bit much for me - makes me worry about what is going on inside the authors head! But if you love horror movies in genera ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unashamed B-movie in book form. Set in the remote arctic environment of Franz Jozef Land, a group of scientists are tasked with conducting an environmental impact assessment in preparation for a new gas pipeline. But they’re not alone on the island...

As a fan of character-rich fiction, I found that the characters here were only developed as far as the plot required. The two female characters, in particular, felt underdeveloped to me, spending much of the action either unconscious or in shock
Dan Barbier
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For starters, I will not say that it’s an amazing book from a first time Author, cause even some experienced writers don’t have Mr. Cross storytelling skills. It’s a Techno-Thriller/adventure novel in the purest sense. Think Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park or Preston & Child’s The Ice Limit mixed with a bit of James Rollins and a dash of Matthew Reilly. It is the perfect companion piece with any of these. It works perfectly as a stand-alone but could easily span a trilogy. A five star action-pa ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
383 pages

5 stars

What is going on on Harmsworth Island? Quite a lot it seems.

Harmsworth is located in the Russian part of the Arctic off of Franz Josef Land. A Russian oil and gas magnate named Volkov wants to drill for gas and agrees to a environmental survey while his rigs are being constructed. He has a wide variety of experts in archeology, fauna and flora and so on invited aboard his large ship that is anchored of the island.

The scientists are ferried to and from the island by helicopter.
I received an e-Arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

"Colony" by Benjamin Cross is a debut novel - and a fantastically creepy one at that! This book was full of action and suspense and I relished every minute of it. If you are looking for a fun, creepy, thrilling book, look no further! I look forward to reading anything from this author in the future in the same genre. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good horror or thriller or just a good book in general! Don't
Dan Warner
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always intensifying action in a brutal environment with realistic villains and a horde of nasty creatures that would destroy any of Michael Crichton’s creations – yeah, this is a fantastic debut thriller by Benjamin Cross that I couldn’t put down.

A team of scientists performing a variety of ecological impact studies on a remote island in the Arctic learn the hard way that they are no longer at the top of the food chain. Not even close. With every chapter we learn something more deadly about what
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Matador for providing pre-access to this book! Personally, I liked it because there are elements of horror, thriller, and spy genre. The author seems to understand archeology and this is one of the advantages of the book - a team of scientists who go on a mission, but there is also a conspiracy against them. In addition to the conspiracy, they will have other problems that they did not expect at all.

I like that the book pays attention to the climate, to politics - it makes references
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-Galley ARC of Colony, authored by Benjamin Cross, for review consideration, what follows below is my honest review, freely given. I am thankful for this opportunity.

I rated this novel 5 stars. There was a stretch as a child when I desperately wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up; I wanted to see the pyramids, discover the location of Atlantis, and to be a part of the excavation of the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (an underground city! a moat filled with me
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I'm an archaeologist and writer based in Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. I've 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. I've excavated many fascinating archaeological sites across the UK an

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