Official Blog Tour: Devil’s Pocket (Phoenix Island #2) by John Dixon

Devil’s Pocket (Phoenix Island #2) by John Dixon
Official Blog Tour July 29 – August 4

Phoenix Island #2
Author: John Dixon
Release Date: August 4th, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Phoenix Island, which reads like "Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke" (F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack) and inspired the CBS TV show Intelligence.
With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he'll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he'll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face...and possibly a way out.


“Dixon, using his experience in boxing, creates a fascinating young character in sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman. Phoenix Island is an excellent book that shows Dixon is well on his way in becoming a great storyteller.”–Suspense Magazine on Phoenix Island 

“Fantastic… superbly suspenseful… unpredictable and frightening. Phoenix Island will blow you away.” – Mark Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Rogue and co-author of Private Games (with James Patterson) 

"Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke. A tribute to the indomitable human spirit that challenges the mob and chooses values over expediency." -- F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack. 

"Crisply written and imaginative... Dixon's page-turner will keep readers of all ages enthralled." -- Kirkus Reviews

My Review for Devil's Pocket:
I enjoyed the first book, so I was excited to read the second one! The premise of this book is similar to The Hunger Games which was disappointing. However the story felt fresh and had some original twists. This book picks up right after the first and follows Carl again. He has a plan to end Phoenix Island and to escape alive. However our chipped super solider Carl is put in a tournament to kill for the entertainment of others. Being faced with the new challenges in this book Carl grows as a character. New Characters are introduced and they add to the depths of the story. The pace keeps you reading to the end of the book. The tension, violence, and descriptive dark elements that I loved in the first book are back. Overall a great read and addition to the series. I can't wait for the third book!
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My Rating for Devil's Pocket:


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. . 

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My Review for Phoenix Island:
I read some where that this book is suppose to be the next Lord of The files.... Do you hate it when they compare one book to another???? I do, but I still decided to read this series anyway. I am glad I made this decision to read it because the theme of teens on an island are the same but this book is one of a kind.
This is an adventure story that will keep you intrigued. The main character Carl is strong and fights for the weak and you will grow to love him throughout the story. The purpose of Carl on this island for troubled kids is an important part of the story and will keep you reading. I found the dark parts to be well crafted and chilling. The plot is original and engaging. The pace of the book could have flowed more evenly because there are parts that slow down too much. There is a lot of violence in this book and its quiet descriptive so be aware, but I liked this aspect of the book.
Phoenix Island is a great first novel to a series. It sets up a intense dark world and a likable hero to improve it. The ending is the best part!
This is one of the best YA dystopian books I have read in the last few years!

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John Dixon’s debut novel, Phoenix Island, won the Bram Stoker Award and inspired the CBS TV series Intelligence. A former boxer, teacher, and stone mason, John lives in West Chester, PA, with his wife, Christina, and their freeloading pets.

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