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The Fort [Kindle Edition]

Aric Davis
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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During the waning summer days of 1987, a deranged Vietnam vet stalks Grand Rapids, Michigan, abducting and murdering nameless victims from the streets, leaving no leads for police. That is, until he picks up sixteen-year-old Molly. From their treehouse fort in the woods, three neightborhood boys spy the killer holding a gun to Molly’s back, they go to the police—only to have their story disregarded. But the boys know evil lives in their midst. A growing sense of honor and urgency forces the boys to take action—to find Molly, to protect themselves, to stand guard for the last long days of summer.

At turns heartbreaking and breathtakingly thrilling, The Fort perfectly renders a coming-of-age story in the 1980s, in those final days of childhood independence, discovery, and paradise lost.

About the Author

Born in Ithaca, New York, Aric Davis has lived most his life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of A Good and Useful Hurt and the acclaimed YA novel Nickel Plated, called by Gillian Flynn a “dark but humane, chilling and sometimes heart-breaking work of noir” and given a “Top 10” Booklist designation in 2011. A punk-music and tattoo aficionado, Davis has been a professional body piercer for sixteen years. He and his wife and daughter live in the chilly Midwest, where they can enjoy roller coasters, hockey, and cold weather.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2219 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099390
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (11 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XDDVOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical coming of age novel 12 Jun 2013
By ratscat13 VINE VOICE
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Davis' The Fort is a novel about Tim, Luke and Scott. Three young boys who witness a strange man with a gun to a missing girl's back and are not believed. They set out to find the killer and to prove themselves truthful.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a coming of age novel with three believable young lads as the key characters. The boys are trapped between enjoying life as kids and playing war games in their fort in the forest and growing up and facing the realities of the adult world. They try to tell adults in authority about the things they witnessed, and tried to prevent, but are not believed. They set out to uncover the truth about the murderer in their midst and are sent on a dark journey.
The book is well written and the characters are rounded and developed. The kids have individual personalities which work well in the story's progression. The adults are believable and don't impinge too much into the kids' journey. The writing is good and the story unfolds at a good pace. No great mysteries here but it's not meant to be a thriller, it is a story about three boys. I enjoyed it and I think most people will.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fort 16 Jun 2013
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Couldn't put it down had to read it in one sitting. The main characters were true hero's and a lesson should be learnt about listening and respecting our children
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant warmly told story 8 Oct 2013
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I loved how this book was written. It was like getting in to bed with a hot water bottle. Such a sad ending. Definitely recommend anyone to read this book. You will be sucked in from the first chapter. Definitely going to read more by Aric Davis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Sep 2013
By anjosha
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Really enjoyed this book.kept saying why does nobody believe these boys . Look forward to another book by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 12 Aug 2013
By Kirsty VINE VOICE
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A book about three boys and the events that surround one summer, how they witness a kidnapped girl and her captor and how these circumstances spiral out of control.

A really engaging coming of age crime thriller. I really enjoyed the writing style, it was quite simplistic and straight to the point, which I found hooked me right from the start.

It was a short book, and although I found it intresting throughout I did feel that some parts felt slighly rushed, especially in the character development of the three boys, two of which I found particulaly interchangeable. But I found that the boys difficult journey into adolescence was described well, and there were some intresting perspectives from the parents and police that also added depth to the novel.

Some parts of the book did feel a little Nancy Drew to me, when the boys are trying to solve the mystery themselves and at times it did feel like a YA book rather than an adult crime novel.

Overall it was a great book to pass the time with, it's not the best book I've ever read but it did keep me constantly entertained, and I did enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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What attracted me to this book were the comparisons (on amazon.com) to Stephen King's masterful coming of age novel 'The Body'. After reading the book - an okish thriller by a writer of limited talent - I can only assume the people who made those comparisons didn't really get what made 'The Body' (filmed as 'Stand by Me') such a great read. What made that novel special for me was the way King brought us into the world of the boys, their unique characters, the way they interacted with each other and the strange poignancy of a summer poised between childhood and the loss of innocence.

Sure some of those themes are attempted here but I didn't really find the child protagonists at all convincing- they seemed pretty interchangeable to me and their conversations didn't feel authentic - there was none of the grossness and pruient curiosity of the average American boy which King captured so perfectly. Their conversations could equally be put in the mouths of a bunch of middle aged characters (in fact this is a problem with the whole novel - all the characters have exactly the same voice and there isn't a lot of character development)-

The plot - teenage girl snatched by psycho, witnessed by kids who can't get the police to believe them - drew me in at the start - but once the kids are left on their own there is a lull in the action where nothing much happens - and despite the fact that a teenage girl's life is at stake there is surprising little sense of urgency. The ending wasn't that great for me either - and I felt that the author missed some great opportunities to thrill the reader/twist our heartstrings.

I have to admire the effort the author has put into this tale but I probably wouldn't download another of his books (unless it was free). It was just ok - at some level the sort of book which makes the reader wonder (probably incorrectly in my case) if they couldn't do just as well themselves if they were prepared to put the time and effort in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but sad 6 Aug 2013
By wange
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Do like Aric Davis's style of writing, have read a few of his now and shall read some more. JL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance 29 July 2013
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What a book it was fantastic i could not put it down the plot was pure brilliance i just had to finish it before I went to bed oops it is nearly four in the morning
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a brilliant book, but its OK.
Published 9 days ago by David J Weaver
3.0 out of 5 stars Rambles a bit
takes its time to get going and rambles a bit, not too bad though as I got it as a Samsung freebie!
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like an Enid Blyton mystery for adults!
Loved this book. Took me back to my Enid Blyton days with an American, adult theme. This is the 2nd Aric Davis book I have read and I highly recommend the author.
Published 1 month ago by Clare Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD HOLIDAY BOOK
Not a complicated plot. Easy to pick up where you left off if you put it down.
I enjoyed it as a casual read.
Nice book to have on holiday. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Light Read
Confused, unnecessary setting in the late 80s, this reads like an episode of a US crime show. All neatly wrapped up by the end of the hour. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Fast-moving if slightly predictable plot at times and well-drawn characters make this an interesting read.
American setting, which I don't always like but this was OK. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bookworm8
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
Plods along at a mediocre pace but has no real twists or turns. Had so much promise but didn't really deliver.
Published 4 months ago by STEVE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but left me wanting more
Aric Davis is a skilled writer who weaves an interesting and well-paced tale of three young men coming of age. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful coming of age story
The Fort tells the story of a small town and three boys within it who have to grow up when events in their town drag them into the spotlight. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Syriat
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Its been awhile since ive read a book i didnt want to end,but i really didnt want this one to end.i will be reading more from this author in fact im going to buy one now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by praden 15
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