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ISBN13: 9781476738635
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The inspiration for the CBS TV show Intelligence—a thrilling adventure that's “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack).

The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be made for him.

A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.

A new life...

A new body. A new brain.

Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become.

For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the beginning....

Review:

"An unusual premise makes Dixon's thriller debut a welcome series kickoff. Carl Freeman, a 16-year-old orphan, can't help himself from intervening on behalf of the bullied, and, given his boxing prowess, the results for the aggressors are often quite serious. After another such run-in, a judge sentences Carl to 'a military-style boot camp,' Phoenix Island, until he turns 18. The facility is worse than anything he could have imagined, with sadistic drill sergeants, violent fellow detainees, and plenty of bullies. Carl's independence earns him the enmity of a particularly cruel drill sergeant. Carl discovers a journal that suggests some of his predecessors were actually killed, indicating that something beyond tough love is going on. There are some predictable elements — Carl falls for an attractive girl with a secret — but the pacing and smooth prose will have suspense fans waiting for the next book, as well as the upcoming CBS adaptation, Intelligence. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The story that inspired CBS TV’s Intelligence. Phoenix Island was supposed to be a boot camp for troubled children. But as one boy learns, the secrets of this jungle are as vast as they are deadly.

When sixteen-year-old boxing champ Carl Freeman jumps in to defend a helpless stranger, he winds up in real trouble—a two-year sentence at an isolated boot camp for orphans. Carl is 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 Spartan-style mercenary organization turning “throwaway kids” into super-soldier killers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.

“Fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing—I could not put it down!” raves Lissa Price, international bestselling author of Starters. And Melissa Marr says, “Filled with both menace and heart, Phoenix Island stands out in all the right ways."

About the Author

John Dixon is a former Golden Gloves boxer, youth services caseworker, prison tutor, and middle school English teacher. Visit his blog at JohnDixonBooks.com and find him on Twitter at @JohnDixonBooks.

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The Lost Entwife, April 17, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
Before I start this review, I want to note that I had absolutely no idea that this book was being made into the TV series, Intelligence. I have never seen that show, and I think that I would not be inclined to based on my reaction to Phoenix Island by John Dixon. In short, the violence in this book was really over-the-top and had me scratching my head a few times as I tried to figure out how the world created in Dixon's future could resist at that level. That said, it did not fail to deliver in terms of suspense, action, and intrigue.

Phoenix Island is a toss-up of Hunger Games meets Frankenstein meets The Detainee by Peter Liney. As a last resort, delinquents are shipped off to the island where they, essentially, drop off the map from their home countries. It's on the island that they learn that their future is a grim one and that their lives may, in fact, be forfeit. Honest, I was really with the book as all of this is being explained. I enjoyed the boxing lessons as they pertained to the protagonist, Carl Freeman, and I really was digging the sort of end of the world vibe the story gave off. But then, something happened.

This is where the book really dove downhill for me. While I'm not a fan of violence, and there was plenty, I can understand it in this sort of book. I'm also not a fan of killing off characters because you can, but again... some of it made sense here. What I hated was the complete giveaway that happened halfway through the book. Seriously, having the main character find a book that details out exactly what is going on, instead of letting your readers discover it on their own, is bad form. I got this horrible taste in my mouth and only finished because I wanted to see how Carl managed to finish off the story.

So while there is tons of action and blood and gore and fighting going on in Phoenix Island, the mystery is not so much. And, since the main reason I was reading was to try to figure out what was going on... well, as you can imagine, my rating won't be really high as I am a reader who very much dislikes having her hand held and everything explained outright to her. I think had the intrigue been left alone in the story, the outcome would have been a bit different for me. It's a shame, really.
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nrlymrtl, March 19, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Carl is in a lot of trouble. In fact, he’s been in trouble for quite some time, which explains why he has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. The courts have had enough of him and he is being sent to a somewhat secret boot camp island prison called Phoenix Island. He will have to endure there until he turns 18. Carl is also a champion boxer and since he keeps slamming his fists into bullies, and Phoenix Island is run by bullies, I expect Carl will have some trouble there.

Phoenix Island is a mix of tough boot camp, abusive authority figures, really nice kids in the wrong place, and illegal science experiments on humans. Carl, our all-around boyscout, tries to help the weak and gets a few more scars for his efforts. His sidekick, Ross, is always quipping off some reply to the wrong person, which earns him a few more scars. The romantic interest is Octavia, who tries very hard to blend into the background and not draw attention, but things don’t work out that way and she earns a few new scars too.

Eventually, Carl’s physical abilities draw the attention of the Old Man, the guy who runs Phoenix Island. Carl is given a gift, one that enhances his physical prowess. Even more important, the Old Man becomes the caring authority/parental figure in Carl’s life as Carl is given further training in hand-to-hand combat, small arms training, and a taste of the Old Man’s zero tolerance policy for terrorists…….But perhaps the Old Man takes it too far.

I think if I had a lot of angst towards authority figures, I would have enjoyed this book quite a bit more. At first I questioned Carl’s all around good-guy-in-a-bad-situation character, I got use to it and thought he would be an exception. How many kids go through foster homes like crack-laced popcorn and stay boyscouts? But I settled into it. But then we get o the island. Seems like all of the ‘good kids’ are innocent cherubs inadvertently stuck in hell. There’s some bad kids, but they are totally bad, spoiled, rotten �" not redeemable. There are definitely black and white (good and evil) characters in this book and not much in between. I count this as the only big flaw for the book because it made things predictable.

That issue aside, I enjoyed this book for the suspense. It was like a mix of The Island and Lord of the Flies. The innocent eventually suspect they are being used for something more (what really goes on in the Chop Shop?) while the baddies start to hold sway (maybe there will be a really exciting hunt?). Still, I kept expecting the innocent to somehow out trick the baddies and win the day. The ending did surprise me. Nice little twist at the end sets it up just right for Book 2.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476738635
Author:
Dixon, John
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Subject:
Alex Rider; maze runner; Dashner; Horowitz; divergent; hunger games; josh holloway; tv shows; lord of the flies; kids for cash; island; boxing; Philly; boot camp; orphan; orphan stories; golden gloves; hot young adult; best young adult; hostage; tv shows
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An unusual premise makes Dixon's thriller debut a welcome series kickoff. Carl Freeman, a 16-year-old orphan, can't help himself from intervening on behalf of the bullied, and, given his boxing prowess, the results for the aggressors are often quite serious. After another such run-in, a judge sentences Carl to 'a military-style boot camp,' Phoenix Island, until he turns 18. The facility is worse than anything he could have imagined, with sadistic drill sergeants, violent fellow detainees, and plenty of bullies. Carl's independence earns him the enmity of a particularly cruel drill sergeant. Carl discovers a journal that suggests some of his predecessors were actually killed, indicating that something beyond tough love is going on. There are some predictable elements — Carl falls for an attractive girl with a secret — but the pacing and smooth prose will have suspense fans waiting for the next book, as well as the upcoming CBS adaptation, Intelligence. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The story that inspired CBS TV’s Intelligence. Phoenix Island was supposed to be a boot camp for troubled children. But as one boy learns, the secrets of this jungle are as vast as they are deadly.

When sixteen-year-old boxing champ Carl Freeman jumps in to defend a helpless stranger, he winds up in real trouble—a two-year sentence at an isolated boot camp for orphans. Carl is 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 Spartan-style mercenary organization turning “throwaway kids” into super-soldier killers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.

“Fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing—I could not put it down!” raves Lissa Price, international bestselling author of Starters. And Melissa Marr says, “Filled with both menace and heart, Phoenix Island stands out in all the right ways."

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