Phoenix Island

Phoenix Island

by John Dixon
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Phoenix Island 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
MichaelScar More than 1 year ago
It has been so long since I have had time enough to read a book that wasn't assigned by an instructor to be read for class, or isn't a textbook. Phoenix Island was an excellent read that has reawakened my want to read books for fun. This story is packed to the brim with action and so full of emotion that it was difficult for me to take my mind off the plot when I wasn't not reading, and proved to be almost impossible for me to put it down every time that I began reading it. Carl Freeman is such a strong and lively character (as are the rest of the characters that are included in this book) that has such a tragically sad backstory, that it's hard to believe that this book is a fictional piece. John Dixon lays out the storyline in such a vividly descriptive manner that he enables the reader to accompany Carl on his hectic and challenging stay on Phoenix Island. Great book!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Carl Freeman has not had an easy moment in his life from losing his parents at an early age to bouncing around the foster care system because he just can't help sticking up for those being bullied - but was something bigger in the works?   Carl was a character that from the beginning I grew to love and fight for - I wanted what was best for him.  I loved the different characters beyond Carl, they were all crafted so perfectly to revolve around him and the struggles that he was facing.  The concept of this far away camp that raises boys to be mercenaries isn't far from reality in parts of the world and it was hard at times to read and realize that thought.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For violence (torture, bullying, beatings, etc.) and sadistic militants who are deviously twisted... obviously they have no souls. Very well written but definitely not for the faint of heart.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I feel like i im le kid in the book i have lived with 7 foster families and now in an orphanage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed both books and looking forward to seeing the future of this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in silently and sighs she walks over to a tree and sits down
theaterofthemind More than 1 year ago
I was given a print copy of Phoenix Island by John Dixon by the publisher, Gallery Books. They sent me this book as an apology for not sending another book in a timely fashion. It took me a while to get to this book because it didn't go through my usual channels. I have to say, I have mixed reactions to Phoenix Island. The book is apparently the inspiration for a tv show (at least that's what the cover says). I haven't seen the show and it doesn't really matter since I am reviewing the book not the show. Phoenix Island is a good action/adventure. No lulls or slow passages, the action is nonstop and over the top. There is a romantic interest which softens the overall story a bit, but not much. It is a hard bitten, militaristic, testosterone filled ride. With the exception of the main character Carl, most of the players in Phoenix Island are pretty one-dimensional. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it pretty much goes with the macho-military style of the story. I said earlier that I had mixed reactions, so here we go: The story is exceptionally sadistic. When books go over an invisible line for me, it tends to turn me off. I was counting on an ending which would make the journey worthwhile, and I did get that, but I almost quit reading with about 100 pages left because it was just so cruel. The unrelenting cruelty probably more accurately describes what I have a problem with. I don't have a problem with graphic violence (Phoenix Island has that in abundance), or graphic anything for that matter. My personal limits don't change the fact that Phoenix Island is a well written book, good descriptive and engaging story telling. The action grabs the reader and doesn't let go. Even though I had my own issues with the tone, the story did keep me interested, so what can I say? So if you are a fan of over-the-top, militaristic, action, and don't have too much of a problem with sadistic cruelty, Phoenix Island will fill your needs. Enjoy! Mike
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in wearing a dark blue hoodie and a pair of skinny jeans she looks around curiously
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks at the new guy and smirks "hello and who would you be?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*the girl saunters in, humming some Bongripper song.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He wanders in quietly, glancing around himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'emmuska' res 3!!!! Bios at res 2!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ate some fish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He yawned quietly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sagittarus: "can i be the camp cook?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in with Paris <p> Paris waddled beside her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*drives a truck into the camp with multiple fruit plants and animals*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A massive crystaline building that shapeshifts. Has an inside and outside pool. Has two living rooms with stronblike camp fires in the middle of them. A massive kitchen, and two stories filled with weaponry. <p> outside here are two massive feilds for corn patatoes, squash eggplant an any other startch and vegetable.<P> a crystal clear lake with a veriety of fish hangs off untill it reaches woods. The gate enterance is two bronze gates, with a massive Phoenix on the front.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written, gritty, addictive. A saga of horror and madness that you won't be able to put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out strong but quickly became tiresome. Lots of emotional over explained banter. Hardy boy adventure.
Rustyshingle More than 1 year ago
Very good book. reminded me of the unwind series. Well written great plot. I look forward to sequel. Story is about an orphan who gets in trouble with the law and sent to an island with tuff love type training. Things become not only tuff but deadly and the characters find themselves in a situation of fight or die. After all who will miss an orphan? Recommended.
lg22 More than 1 year ago
Great original story and characters.  I purchased the audio version and Kirby Heyborne did a fantastic job!
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. If you like action, adventure, thriller, suspense and so much more then this books for you.