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.