Billionaire Saul Abercrombie owns a vast tract of land on the Pembrokeshire coast. By restoring the original forest that covered the area before medieval times, he believes he will rekindle the spirits of ancient folklore. But the re-planting of the forest will revive an altogether darker and more dangerous entity - and young arboreal expert Tom Curtis will find himself engaging in an epic, ancient battle between good and evil. A battle in which there can be only one survivor.
Former magazine editor Francis Cottam is the author of four novels and the novelization of a feature film. His debut novel The Firefighter was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Literature award. It was followed by Hamer's War, Slapton Sands and A Shadow on the Sun. All four of these novels are either set in, or examine the repercussions of the Second World War.
The Firefighter examines one man's experience of the most intense period of the London Blitz. Hamer's War takes as its theme the moral dilemma facing a brave German soldier recovering from a wound sustained in battle on the Eastern Front.
The Resident is the novelization of a film made by the resurgent Hammer production company. Along with Slapton Sands and A Shadow on the Sun, it is available for download on Kindle.
Francis is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers published under the pen name F.G. Cottam
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Fun and fantastical.
This is not a 'great' book but it is an enjoyable listen. Some of the character descriptions were clunky and stereotypical: almost everyone is good-looking, young, with rather suspicious fire-arms knowledge but it's easy to overlook such ridiculous flaws when the plot keeps jollying you along.
Unlike one previous reviewer, this was the first book from Cottam that I read but it lead me to the Lazarus Phrophesy which I found to be FAR superior both in thematic depth and construction.
His accents were good. The voice of the Welsh goddess was subtle and convincing.
The choice of vernacular used to populate the speech used by Saul Abercrombie didn't ring true - his character was the most one dimensional of all and the phrases selected jolted enough to make me snort with derision a little.
A fair summer listen if you're easily spooked. A warm winter evening listen in front of a roaring fire might be better.
All together satisfying my taste for mystery and spooky stories.