No phones. No television. No internet. No escape.
When his defense of a helpless classmate lands sixteen-year-old boxing champion Carl Freeman in real trouble – a two-year sentence at an isolated boot camp for orphans – he’s determined to tough it out, earn a clean record, and get on with his life.
Then kids start to die.
Realizing Phoenix Island is actually a mercenary training facility turning “throwaway children” into super soldiers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.
Phoenix Island won the Bram Stoker Award and inspired the CBS television series Intelligence.
Warning: This book contains graphic violence, truly evil villains, and fast-paced action scenes. The author is not responsible for any lack of sleep!
“Dixon’s page-turner will keep readers of all ages enthralled. A fast-paced, exciting novel with the promise of future installments.”
“…the pacing and smooth prose will have suspense fans waiting for the next book, as well as the upcoming CBS adaptation, Intelligence.”
“You could describe Phoenix Island as Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke. But at the racing heart of this compelling, action-packed novel is something too rare in modern fiction: a tribute to the indomitable human spirit that challenges the mob and chooses values over expediency. Read it.”
—F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack
“Fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing—I could not put it down!”
—Lissa Price, international bestselling author of Starters
“Filled with both menace and heart, Phoenix Island stands out in all the right ways.”
—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series
“Phoenix Island is one of those rare books that stays with you. I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after I had read it. I loved the characters, the action, and the world. I am excited and proud to have had the opportunity to adapt this story for television and look forward to what the very talented John Dixon has in store for us next.”
—Tripp Vinson, Executive Producer of Intelligence and Journey to the Center of the Earth
“Imagine Holes crossed with The Hunger Games crossed with Lord of the Flies and ‘The Most Dangerous Game’, and you still wouldn’t begin to grasp the power and ingenuity of Phoenix Island. John Dixon has taken all these fantastic themes and made them current, real, and superbly suspenseful, as well as unpredictable and frightening. Welcome to the next big thing. Phoenix Island will blow you away.”
—Mark Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Rogue and coauthor of Private Games (with James Patterson)