Devil’s Pocket

John Dixon. S&S/Gallery, $10.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4767-3866-6
In Stoker-winner Dixon’s adrenaline-infused sequel to 2014’s Phoenix Island, 16-year-old Carl Freeman, now a highly trained fighter implanted with body-enhancing microchips, is part of a three-man team representing Phoenix Island, which is ruled by the tyrannical Stark, in the Funeral Games, “an annual underground tournament held at an undisclosed location and hosted by the Few, a small group of enormously wealthy elitists who happen to love blood sport.” Each participant will fight four bouts in four days. The winner of each weight class will receive $10 million. The games turn out to be on an island called Devil’s Pocket, where Carl, who’s posing as a loyal Stark supporter, is startled to encounter Margarita Carbajal, whom he knew as Octavia, his love interest, in the previous book. Octavia and Carl join forces in a desperate attempt to destroy Stark and the Few. A former Golden Gloves boxer, Dixon combines futuristic technical advances with graphic fight scenes for a satisfying adventure thriller. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 08/04/2015
Genre: Fiction
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