By John Dixon
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR stronger 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, author of Repairman Jack). For enthusiasts 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 could develop into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative might 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 newest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the courtroom 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 kinfolk, and no destiny. situated someplace faraway the coast of the United States—and proof against 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 until eventually his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play through 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 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 previous guy, who desires to rework Carl into anything he’s uncertain he desires to develop into. For this is often no usual govt venture. Phoenix Island is floor 0 for the way forward for strive against intelligence.
And for Carl, it’s only the start…
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He pictured the deserted hangar, the deserted roads, the deserted camps . . . every person out at the seashore, prepared for the Phoenix Island great Bowl. nearly all people. There could nonetheless be an deserted woman locked in a cage at the different part of the island. . . . Carl sat up in mattress. What if . . . ? And he held pictures aspect by means of facet in his brain: Octavia within the cage, Camp Phoenix strength deserted . . . The boats bobbing within the water, unguarded . . . He stood and paced within the darkness. previous to lights-out, Stark had mentioned the morning when it comes to supporting Carl visualize the arrival duel. Stark may escort Phoenix strength to the seashore, leaving Carl on my own for an hour to meditate and concentration his brain. . . . What if, rather than meditating, Carl waited for Stark to depart, then left himself? What if he ran to not the seashore yet instantly to education Base One. To Octavia . . . How lengthy would it not take every body to achieve he wasn’t coming to the duel? He pictured the group shouting, pictured Stark dealing with a number of feelings: awareness, surprise, sadness, rage. . . . they'd all imagine Carl used to be afraid. terrified of Parker and afraid to die. Parker could escape with every thing he’d performed, with killing Ross . . . and he’d howl with laughter. Carl’s satisfaction screamed. might he stroll clear of the most important struggle of his lifestyles? It has regularly been that he could fairly die than backpedal to a bully. It didn’t topic who, how great, or what number. He’d fought many times, as though doing so might convey his father again to him. It by no means had. simply as scuffling with Parker now may do not anything to convey again Ross and not anything to save lots of Octavia. Ross was once long past. Carl’s father used to be long past. not anything might convey them again. Parker and Octavia remained. the alternative used to be easy: probability every thing to kill Parker or danger every little thing to save lots of Octavia. He knew what he needed to do. He needed to holiday his development of weak spot. He needed to begin preserving his promise to his father. He needed to cease struggling with the bullies and begin aiding the sufferers. He needed to protect, no longer smash. Love, now not hate. He needed to keep Octavia. THE contributors OF PHOENIX strength mobbed him, shaking his hand and slapping his again, all smiles and vibrant eyes and encouragement. Then one among them shouted, “Killer Carl! ” and so they hoisted him off his toes and onto their shoulders, chanting, “Killer Carl! Killer Carl! Killer Carl! ” Stark smiled like a proud mother or father as they paraded Carl round the hangar. Then he raised one fist within the air. either parade and chanting stopped, and arms diminished Carl to the floor. Boudazin gave him a brief kiss at the cheek. “For luck,” she stated, and smiled—a beautiful lady who shot bull’s-eyes at 300 meters. “Let’s avoid wasting of that party for after the duel,” Stark acknowledged. “Carl wishes time to organize himself. Agbeko, shape everyone up outdoors. I’ll sign up for you momentarily. ” “Yes, Commander,” Agbeko stated. “Phoenix strength, you heard the previous guy. outdoors, shape it up. ” The soldiers hooah-ed and commenced out the door, many turning for one final wave. Carl waved again, jam-packed with a surprising and unforeseen experience of loss.