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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Review: Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavignano


Print Length: 314 pages
Published: January 25, 2015

From Goodreads.com: A DEMON'S REVENGE ... AN ADDICT'S STRUGGLE ... THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF A TOWN

Nestled in the heart of the Berkshires lies Glenwood, Massachusetts--the perfect picture of suburbia. But when the children of this affluent town begin vanishing one by one, baffling local and federal authorities alike, Glenwood becomes anything but a utopia.

Built upon the ruins of a lost colony, Glenwood is home to a long-forgotten secret, and when three strangers are lured into the midnight woods by the phantom of a Puritan boy, they discover the truth of the town's dark past and must face a vision of its bloody future.


Together, this unlikely trio--Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, Tim, a wise-cracking new kid in town, and Sarah, a nine-year-old with a host of imaginary friends--must somehow find a way to rescue the town from an ancient demon and its legion of human slaves. But in order for them to succeed, Jay must first conquer his own inner demons.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This novel was.... interesting. While its not exactly what I was expecting based on the synopsis, it was still a decent read nonetheless. In fact, I finished it within one day - partly because I wanted to see how closely it continued to remind me of other "old school" horror novels I have read, and partly because I wanted to see how it would end. 

Without a doubt, there are several things in this story that boarder on the unbelievable. And while I won't go into detail on the things that could be considered "spoilers" what I can say is that I find it hard to believe that the main character could be featured on the news well outside of Glenwood as a "person of interest" and still manage to move freely about without attracting attention from anyone. I also find it hard to believe that gunshots were able to go off in such small quarters without anyone being alerted and therefore alerting the authorities. 

I will say I found the "internal battle" between Jay and his alcoholism could possibly have been the most interesting story-line. The author depicted this struggle in such a way that you could find yourself sympathizing with Jay as well as shaking your head as he continued to justify his behavior. 

Overall, I do believe this story will appeal to a variety of readers. I enjoyed it, but its not something I would read over. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Colony of the Lost is available from Amazon.com

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