By: John Dixon
John Dixon’s Phoenix Island is a modern day Lord of the Flies but this story has a significant twist, these kids, these orphans were sent to the island to become trained and ruthless mercenaries. The book was a wild journey through a topical island, prison camp and merciless training program. Dixon did not just craft a great story, he constructed a new world or an island with its own culture, rules and punishments. In Phoenix Island there is a unique blend of fiction, science fiction, history and psychology. The story moves quickly and at a consistently engaging pace. It makes a great gift or read for both guys and girls in high school or college as a new take on the now classic story line.
Carl Freeman, former youth boxing champion has traveled through life finding himself sticking up for those who are too weak or meek to stand up for themselves. His series of fights and altercations earns him a trip around the country through different detention centers and foster homes, and ultimately landed him on Phoenix Island. This work was surprisingly complex with multidimensional characters struggling through a spartan style jungle agoge. Lead by the ultimate warrior bent on creating the most ruthless and vicious soldiers for hire, Carl has to figure out where he fits, and to whom his allegiance lies. From friends to a love interest, a protective but ruthless adoptive father figure Carl’s world is turned upside down when he first arrives at Phoenix Island and then over and over again as the book progresses.
John Dixon in Phoenix Island has an interesting, emotionally evocative, hair raising and fast moving story that readers will find themselves devouring faster than the jungle is devouring these throw away kids. It is clear how this book was able to inspire a CBS Television show. This book is worth a read. If you are interested in action, intrigue, hero’s and overcoming obstacles, books that inspire you to think and question, then Phoenix Island needs to be on your list.