By John Dixon
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR enhanced fulfillment IN a tender grownup NOVEL
John Dixon’s seriously acclaimed Phoenix Island reads like “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, writer of Repairman Jack). For fanatics of The Bourne Identity, Alex Rider, and Melissa Marr.
The pass judgement on informed Carl that at some point he’d need to come to a decision precisely what sort of individual he could develop into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative can be made for him.
A champion boxer with a pointy hook and a brief 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 guard 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 in the world: Phoenix Island.
Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the top of the road for delinquents who've no domestic, no relatives, and no destiny. positioned someplace faraway the coast of the United States—and resistant to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run via sadistic drill sergeants who exhibit no mercy to their younger, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stick till his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by way of the principles, so he makes neighbors along with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed lady named Octavia. yet he makes enemies, too, and after a couple 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 executive lab the place Carl is given anything he by no means dreamed of.
A new life…A new physique. a brand new mind. presents from the fatherly previous guy, who desires to remodel Carl into whatever he’s uncertain he desires to develop into. For this can be no traditional govt undertaking. Phoenix Island is flooring 0 for the way forward for strive against intelligence.
And for Carl, it’s just the start…