- File Size: 2783 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099390
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 11, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 11, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009XDDVOC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
It's Summer of 1987 and Tim, Luke and Scott want nothing more than to spend the long, hot days playing in their fort and enjoying life-the way any 12 year old boy should.
But fate has other plans for them. When local girl-and friend of Tim's older sister, Becca-Molly Peterson goes missing, the boys speculate exactly what happened. See, someone is killing prostitutes and dumping their bodies in the park, but Molly's a good girl, is she about to meet the same fate?
No one knows what happened. Perhaps Molly ran away, but then the three boys see her being led through the woods at gun point, and they realize what they need to do.
The last third of the book is at times gripping, intense and then heart breaking. Davis still writes with the same straightforward style that I enjoyed so much in his other book. He doesn't feel the need to use overly flowery terms, he keeps things neat and to the point, but he doesn't sacrifice feeling or heart.
This book actually reminded me, in a very good way, of the movie "Stand By Me." I haven't read the short story the movie was based on (The Body by Stephen King) in years, but I remember the depth of friendship the movie portrayed, and I got that from this book. The three boys believe in one another, they support one another, and Davis really brought that home.
This isn't a long book, clocking in right at 250 pages, by any means, but it has heart, it has grit and it shouldn't be missed.
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 demented Vietnam War veteran who has already killed 14 prostitutes. THIS story is about what happens when he takes a 16 year old girl from the suburbs instead.
I laughed, I got mad, I remembered, I cried - this book has it all. Great characters, fast pacing, suspense, drama, heartbreak.
I loved this story for its own merit but it reminds me of A Fine Dark Line by Joe Lansdale and the novella "The Body" by Stephen King.
The Fort is tightly plotted, with not a lot of extra time spent on motivations, or anything else that might dilute the suspense. Here lies my problem with this story. I just didn't buy into some of these character's actions. The teenagers didn't sound much like teenagers, and their behavior seemed very unlikely. The three boys at the center of the story were great characters, but once again, they didn't sound like kids to me. I wish the author could have fully explored each one as a kid before plopping them down into the middle of this mess. It would have made what happened later all the more powerful.
Strange police department responses, a histrionic mother, and assorted other family members that exhibit a curious lack of concern when faced with a serial killer all combined to leave me scratching my head at this one. I enjoyed parts of this story very much, but in the end found the whole thing so unlikely that I am forced to give it just a three star rating. The Fort ultimately succeeds as a beach read but is not a recommend for anyone looking for a story characterized by much depth or authenticity.
Due to the subject matter, The Fort is going to be compared to Stand By Me. I know that it is heresy but I actually like The Fort much better than "The Body" which is the novel that Stand by Me is based on. Davis captures what it was to grow up in the 80's. But it's more timeless than that. He has a firm grasp of how people and relationships. I do not like reviews that tell the story so I don't want to give much away. But when one the boys dad says, "To think, I almost believed you" you feel how devastated that kid is. It is beautifully done.
The subject matter is hard. Since we things from the boys eyes, we know more than they do. When a sister arrives home late, tearful and dishelved we understand before the boy does what has happened. Davis never pushes the characters. It never feels contrived. What happened to Molly is necessarily graphic but does not feel prurient or cartoonish.
This is a fantastic coming of age novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not predictable based on the initial summary! Don't want to reveal outcomes, but be ready for sharp turns in mood and plot-Published 26 days ago by Camillia McKlevis
You will love this Book ,Aric Davis does a great job writing this .keeps you up reading to see what happens next, You really get to know the characters and get close to them .Published 1 month ago by Donna . P
It didn't grab me from the start. Got into it and still no good vibes. Very seldom do I stop reading a book, but this one I deleted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan M Ader
Great cereal killer murder mystery. Crazy high schoolers pull a dangerous, deadly, scheming prank that will cause them nightmares forever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay Selig
At first it seemed like a pretty standard "kids not being believed" kind of story but the last third is intense and surprisingly well constructed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bob Joyner
So we all read reviews o.k. but the end result is like or not like. Its that simple. I like,very much.Entertains, yep. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Are you looking for a good thriller to read? Do you like reading into the night? If so, this book may be for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by impossible girl
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