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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611099390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611099393
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,938,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ratscat13 VINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2013
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By louise kershaw on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Linton on 12 Aug. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2014
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Aric Davis is a skilled writer who weaves an interesting and well-paced tale of three young men coming of age. The backdrop to their loss of innocence is a series of local murders that they become embroiled in when they see a kidnapped girl and are disbelieved by everyone.

I was drawn in very quickly with this book and enjoyed the characters. However, this could have been spun out over another couple of hundred pages easily, Davis is a good writer and he would have served this story much better by slowly revealing these characters. Instead, they leap fully formed onto the page. Whilst this is fair enough this is a story that should have been given a Stephen King type sprawling feel, slowly revealing inter-connections between the characters, delving into their back stories and allowing us to fully absorb the small town feel.

This is no criticism, it shows how well Davis has lured me into this tale that left me wanting more.

As it stands, a fast paced and tense read.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2013
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The Fort is set around a clever concept. A veteran of war, horribly psycholigcally damaged, does an unspeakable thing witnessed by three young boys who are out playing their own brand of war games in a make believe fort. When the boys later relate their story to the police something happens to throw doubt on their credibility and nobody believes them.

What ensues is a cat and mouse chase as the three pretend soldiers stalk a seasoned veteran in an attempt to prove their story, save a life and clear their names.

The way in which the boys are cast down and not believed by the police when they report the crime is well handled. They're at the age, 12ish, when you can feel all of that adolescent anger welling up in them which makes you believe they could actually go off and do what they do. I also enjoyed a series of reveals which opens up the domestic lives of the boys and adds a lot of shadow and shade to their characters.

Ultimately; this is a coming of age novel. You're left with absolutely no doubt that once they set off on their journey the boys will either never return or return completely altered.

Their are some decent twists and turns along the way and the standard of writing is generally good.

Unfortunately I do have a couple of negatives.

I was never in any doubt about 'whodunnit' and I was left wondering why, if it was all so transparent to me, hadn't the police worked it out?.

At only 252 pages long, and plenty of spacing, I think the novel's too short and lacking in the necessary darkness and tension a plot like this needs to hook the reader in.

I'm being extra critical because this novel could have been fantastic but it's missing a certain something to lift it out of the ordinary pile and I was a little bit disappointed.
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