The Colony

The Colony


Fiction - Thriller - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2012
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Author Biography

Blaine is a consulting engineer, inventor of FakeTVTM, and writer. He’s won Best Science Fiction in the San Diego Book Awards and the Beverly Hills Book Awards, a Bronze IPPY, and now a Silver in the Readers Favorite contest. His novels have been described as quirky, captivating, creepy, eccentrically wild and irreverent, wonderfully succeeding, top quality, a surprise winner, intense and chilling, hilarious, deft, weird, whimsical, witty, entertaining, and intelligent.
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He lives in San Diego where the climate allows him to wander around the neighborhood year-round muttering to himself about plot points.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

“The Colony” by Blaine C. Readler is a thriller of a different flavor. In this fascinating tale, a handful of farmers and one hitchhiker defend themselves from a vicious alien attack, in an isolated area of rural Wisconsin farmland. As events unfold, this alien species replicates and evolves, becoming larger and more intelligent with each passing hour, literally making evolutionary leaps of millions or even billions of years in mere hours, mimicking native life forms as they adapt to the planet’s environment. Ultimately, the handful of human survivors, using tactics largely proposed by a 13 year old boy, manages to defeat the alien horde. But the subsequent appearance on the scene of two “men in black” leads the hitchhiker to suspect that the “aliens” weren’t alien at all, but rather a top secret military experiment gone awry. His suspicions are ratcheted up a notch when they threaten him with a charge of treason before a military tribunal if he ever says a word to anybody about what he witnessed.

In good conscience I have to start with a warning: do not start reading this book if you have plans or obligations for the following several hours. You simply will not be able to fulfill your obligations until you finish reading it. Putting it down, unfinished, is not an option. I was absolutely captivated by this book! It is one of the better thrillers I have read in quite a while. It is very well-written, with characters as real as anybody you would meet on the street. There are characters you are happy to see survive, characters you are sorry to see die, and maybe even a character you are happy to see die – depending on your mindset toward real jerks! When the book ends, you still won’t know for certain whether these were aliens or some secret government experiment. What you WILL know is they are very, very bad. They are ruthless. They are incredibly resilient and adaptive foes. And they make for very good reading. I recommend "The Colony" by Blaine Readler to anybody looking for a top quality book to read. You will take a long time to find a better one.

Jean Brickell

Blaine C. Readler has written an extraordinary science fiction book, "The Colony", about small creatures that come from an unknown source, and which are able to bond together to form killing machines. Kiel, a wanderer running away from the law, Cam, a most intelligent teen, and Nicki, his little sister, discover the creatures while they are yet small individual creatures and discover soon that the creatures can bond together to make large creatures that can kill and destroy. The family farm where Cam and Nicki live with their mother, grandmother and uncle becomes the scene of a battle between the horrifying creatures and the family plus Kiel. Without electricity, phone and gasoline, they are in bad trouble, cut off from help, and they must think of a way to defend themselves from certain death.

"The Colony" is an extremely scary book, which will have you glued to the pages as this story unfolds. Horrifying creatures are taking over the lives and property of a family and nothing seems to be able to stop them. Are these creatures from outer space or is there another source that is causing these creatures to be self-replicators, machines that can exact energy and material from the environment to reproduce itself? Keil, a man running from the law, and Cam, a precocious 13 year old are determined to find the answer and in a hurry too before they and the family are all killed. I recommend this intriguing sci-fi book to all of you!

Alice D.

Kiel Martin is a drifter and a fugitive from justice in Altoona, Pennsylvania. His schizophrenic former girlfriend has accused him of molesting her five year old daughter Bernice. Though innocent, he is still on the run and now is in rural Wisconsin. Kiel is looking for a barn to sleep in as it is raining but he settles for a hollowed out place where a road and sturdy old iron bridge once met. He sees a colony of tiny crabs who seem to be multiplying themselves and fights them off. He is found by a twelve year old boy, Cam, and Cam's younger sister, Nikki. They bring him to their family's farm where their grandmother and mother live along with their Uncle Daniel Bakke and his family in a modular home on the property. The Bakkes invite Kiel to stay with them as long as he does his share of the work. Kiel bonds with the family and he, Cam, and Nikki go back to investigate the strange colony of crablets. Kiel warns Cam and Nikki that what the crablets are is unknown as is what they are capable of doing. Cam talks with Kiel about the crablets being clanking replicators, machines that can extract energy and material from the environment to reproduce themselves. But what are they really and how dangerous might they be?

"The Colony" is a well-written and well-edited science fiction story that is a thriller as well. Kiel, Cam, Nikki, their mother Julie and estranged father Brandon, Uncle Daniel Bakke, grandmother Bakke and all the other characters in "The Colony" are well-created and totally believable as they take on the little crablets who turn themselves into drones just for openers. The action and dialogue throughout the book are believable, although sometimes overwhelming, as Kiel, Cam and the others take on the crablets time and time again. Readers who love scary, violent thrillers with a science fiction bent will absolutely adore "The Colony". And the faint-hearted who are loath to read anything scary will be missing one incredible read!