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Memory of Trees, The [Kindle Edition]

F.G. Cottam
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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.

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"Readers will enjoy Cottam's imaginative exploration of the power of discredited myths" Publishers Weekly "Cottam reads like Graham Masterton, with more of an interest in his characters and their relationships but with the same eye toward the supernatural" Kirkus Reviews A solid horror tale." Booklist "Cottam creates an atmosphere of eerie, otherworldly suspense." Library Journal


'Readers will enjoy Cottam's imaginative exploration of the power of discredited myths.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Cottam reads like Graham Masterton, with more of an interest in his characters and their relationships but with the same eye toward the supernatural.' (Kirkus Reviews)

'A solid horror tale.' (Booklist)

'Cottam creates an atmosphere of eerie, otherworldly suspense.' (Library Journal)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital; First World Publication edition (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very scary. 16 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Billionaire Saul Abercrombie is dying and he wants to recreate the old forest that was once on his land. He calls in Tom Curtis a well respected Tree Surgeon to fulfil his dream.

What Tom and his gang of hired help don't know, is the land is cursed and many people have been killed there in the past by a particularly nasty entity.

Eventually when people start disappearing and trees they haven't planted start springing up Tom, Francesca (Saul's Daughter) and a Professor of Myths and Legends attempt to kill the entity for good. What they didn't know was that Saul had made a pact with Amelia the Entity that if he built her Forest, she would cure him of his Cancer. She does heal him but not for the right reason.

I have never read anything by this Author before and was pleasantly surprised how well it was written. The story really is scary as Nature seems to have taken on an evil memory of things that have gone centuries before.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Cottam doesn't put a foot wrong building his themes of mythology and ritual as the forests of Wales, and the ancient secrets within, begin to encroach. He uses those themes to great effect as he builds a slow, gentle sense of threat that lingers from start to finish.

I was particularly impressed with the contrast between the two lead characters Saul Abercombie and Tom Curtis. Abercombie's a filthy rich eccentric with a corrupt dream and an overwhelming greed. Curtis a down on his luck specialist in all things tree related who's being used and abused. The way they're bought together is highly dubious and I had cause to doubt the motivation of both men almost from the start...they both have secrets tucked away, so watch out as the intrigue builds.

The backdrop of Wales, Pembrokeshire, works well as the 'old and noble' myths and legends are slowly unearthed to reveal the true nature of Abercombie's plan while Curtis is being slowly drawn into the heart of an ancient mystery of which he has no idea. There's a good sense of 'something nasty this way comes' as the plot opens up deeper and darker threads and it soon becomes obvious there's more at stake than the restoration of an ancient forest. Good mix of the ancient and new, the known and unknown, run alongside the lore of trees, ritual magic, legend and cave dwelling creatures.

This isn't a contemporary type horror/supernatural. This is quite an old fashioned, traditional, tale of ghosts, history and legend as the past reaches out to touch the future. Forget action sequences, pace and themes of modern horror, they're not here. This is a slow paced, quite predictable story that in parts reminded me more of Henry James, Turn of the Screw, than modern authors of the supernatural.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Memory of Trees 13 Aug. 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
I’ve read a few of the author’s other books and enjoyed them to varying degrees. His latest, The Summoning, was great and I hope will be the start to a series. This book, published in 2013 follows a similar type of pattern to The Summoning. A young arboreal expert, Tom Curtis is employed by a billionaire who owns a vast area of land along the Welsh coast. Saul Abercrombie is dying, and before he leaves this Earth he wants to restore the Welsh land he owns to its original forestation of a thousand years earlier. But he’s not just being ecologically thoughtful; Saul has his own reasons for wanting to return the land to tree and forest. And it’s that fact which haunts Tom, even though he isn’t aware of Saul’s calculations. Meanwhile, Tom’s past is catching up with him, and it’s more frightening than he could ever have envisaged.

This is a pleasant read; spooky with an undertone of myth and legend. The characters in Tom’s life generally seemed rather unpleasant, which helped add to the tension in the narrative. While it all may seem a bit farfetched to a general reader, I found it an engaging read. Recommended for an enjoyable light read in the spooky/gothic genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy trees.... 22 Nov. 2013
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
When millionaire Saul Abercrombie enlists the services of arboreal expert Tom Curtis to manage an ambitious project to return trees to an ancient woodland along the wild Pembrokeshire coast line, the fine balance between the forces good and evil are disturbed. Ancient forces long buried are unleashed and it soon becomes obvious that the woodland has much more to reveal.

The story gets off to rather slow start, but I feel that this is entirely in keeping with the way the author controls the narrative. With a rather subtle hand the tension starts to build and conflicts arise, not just between the characters, but also with whatever forces are being unleashed in the forest. The ancient woodland has much to reveal, and as most of its secrets are decidedly unpleasant, the sense of unease starts to creep up until it becomes impossible not to look at the branches of a willow or yew tree, and wonder...what if?

I have read a few of Cottam's books now and I am always impressed with the stealthy way he lets his story creep up on you, until almost without realising it, the story completely overwhelms. This is a perfect read for a wild winter night, but best read by a cosy fire with preferably something comforting close by....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Read
This was the second book I read by this author, and I was a bit disappointed. Found it unnecessarily crude in places.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Sheila Lester
4.0 out of 5 stars As ever from this author a pacy and thoroughly engaging ...
As ever from this author a pacy and thoroughly engaging read - with no deviation from his commitment to avoidance of fairy tail endings.
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Published 6 months ago by Robert Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all of his books are really good so 10 out of 10
Published 9 months ago by christine dodds
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory of trees
Really good, engaging read, especially if you like your horror to creep up on you rather than slash and gore! Read more
Published 16 months ago by AW
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
I am a fan of the author, but for me this is one of my favourites. I really enjoyed the subject matter (I like trees ) and it was a good length. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hollycat
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Creepy, I dont get easily spooked but the start of this book makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lucy Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It would make a fantastic film.
I have yet to read a book by this author I didn't like so please give him a try.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea...
Liked the concept of the story, being Welsh and enjoying the mystical aspects of such novels. HOWEVER! Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem
As I always maintain, good horror is difficult to achieve, but Cottam creates realistic characters to whom we can relate and plots which are believable enough for us to suspend our... Read more
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