By John Dixon
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR more desirable 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 instructed Carl that someday he’d need to come to a decision precisely what sort of individual he might turn into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative may 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 shield 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 kin, and no destiny. positioned someplace far flung the coast of the United States—and resistant to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by means 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 by way of the foundations, so he makes buddies 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 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 is often no usual executive undertaking. 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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That intended he needed to do secretary stuff: take notes, checklist the day’s agenda, manage the obligation roster. It was once a drag, and it reduce into unfastened time he didn’t have. “Get up right here, Hollywood! ” Carl jogged to front of the road. “Yes, Drill Sergeant? ” “What’s your challenge, Hollywood? Can’t you learn? Or are you simply attempting to screw all people out of chow? ” “I don’t comprehend what you suggest, Drill Sergeant. ” “I don’t recognize what you suggest, Drill Sergeant,” Parker mimicked. He pointed to the whiteboard. “You didn’t block out any time to your platoon to consume breakfast, Hollywood. ” “Blue falcon,” one of many different drill sergeants commented. “You can say that again,” Parker stated. “Drill Sergeant,” Carl stated. “I copied the agenda simply like—” “Oh no,” Parker stated. “You’re unlikely to pin this on me, Hollywood! you simply expense each orphan during this corridor thirty push-ups. Front-leaning relaxation place! ” Groans. circulate. Outraged, Carl dropped down into push-up place. “Get set! carry the express. . . . Hollywood! get up. I didn’t inform you to push. You’re going to observe your friends push. after which, because you made up our minds to go away breakfast off the time table, we’ll all simply move with no this day. How does that sound, orphans? am i able to get a hooah? ” “Hooah,” they mumbled. “What are you, woman Scouts? Get prompted! pontificate such as you suggest it! ” “Hooah! ” Their roar crammed the slender hallway. Parker acknowledged, “Count them off, Hollywood. this can be your convey. ” “Yes, Drill Sergeant. ” The platoon glared up at him with anger burning of their eyes. “Get set,” Carl stated. “Down-up. ” “Zero-zero-one! ” they roared, hating him. DAYS handed. Brutal days finishing in fewer than 4 hours of sleep. “Look at the shiny side,” Ross acknowledged. “As publication guy, you don’t need to pull accountability. ” “Don’t remind me,” Carl stated. “That simply makes everybody hate me extra. ” It used to be silly yet precise. men resented Carl for assigning safeguard responsibility, as though it have been his selection. Even the obligation itself used to be silly. They have been society’s rejects, drowsing in barracks, inside of a patrolled fence, on an island in the course of nowhere. It was once like locking your trash in a vault and hiring armed safeguard guards to monitor it. Absurd. extra army crap, all simply because an individual someplace believed for those who received young ones to play soldier for your time, they’d turn into law-abiding voters. The drill sergeants driven and driven. as a rule, it used to be unnecessary and dull, marching round and cleansing and operating and forming it up after which marching a few extra. The drill sergeants pressured them to profit principles and codes and poems and songs, after which, once they’d discovered whatever, the drill sergeants may swap it on them. The barracks smelled like sweat and Pine-Sol, and every little thing used to be damp to touch. the employees issued them boots and uniforms, and there has been a continuing emphasis on retaining and securing equipment. each couple of days, the platoon failed one other inspection. extra punishment. they'd to sq. it away, the drill sergeants reminded them many times, ahead of the outdated guy arrived. the various young children have been genuine screwups. One evening, drill sergeants pulled the entire platoon up and doing and smoked them for an hour, shouting as young ones duckwalked up and down the corridor, arms atop their heads, loaded rucksacks on their backs, the whole lot like a foul dream.