By John Dixon
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR improved fulfillment IN a tender grownup NOVEL
John Dixon’s severely acclaimed Phoenix Island reads like “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, writer of Repairman Jack). For lovers of The Bourne Identity, Alex Rider, and Melissa Marr.
The pass judgement on instructed Carl that at some point he’d need to make a decision precisely what sort of individual he may develop into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative can be made for him.
A champion boxer with a pointy hook and a quick mood, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster domestic to foster domestic. He can’t appear to remain out of trouble—using his fists to protect weaker classmates from bullies. His most modern incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court docket is sending Carl to the worst position on the earth: Phoenix Island.
Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the tip of the road for delinquents who've no domestic, no family members, and no destiny. situated someplace faraway the coast of the United States—and resistant to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by way of sadistic drill sergeants who express no mercy to their younger, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stick till his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play via the principles, so he makes associates together with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed lady named Octavia. yet he makes enemies, too, and after a number of tough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” in addition to a string of punishments, together with a brutal evening within the “sweatbox.” yet that’s not anything in comparison to what awaits him within the “Chop Shop”—a mystery govt lab the place Carl is given whatever he by no means dreamed of.
A new life…A new physique. a brand new mind. presents from the fatherly outdated guy, who desires to rework Carl into anything he’s uncertain he desires to develop into. For this can be no traditional executive undertaking. Phoenix Island is flooring 0 for the way forward for strive against intelligence.
And for Carl, it’s only the start…