A thought-provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…
In prisons across the country, inmates are forced to fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on. Awaiting his death at the hands of the government’s ‘Phoenix Project’ is Raven Kennedy, a bitterly depressed young man who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime.
As the real war wages within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines – people who will either save his life or drag him to his death.
Can he survive long enough to unravel his guilt and self-loathing, or will the battle arena and his own insanity kill him first?
‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.
Read on for a sneak preview of Chapter One…
Chapter One – the opening, which throws us straight into Raven preparing for his first fight to the death
Cold, dark terror trickled through Raven Kennedy’s veins, freezing him on the spot. There was a thunderous drumbeat echoing around his skull and it took him a while to realise it was the relentless, agitated pounding of his own heart.
As he became more nervous, more afraid of his looming fate, his breath came quickly, sticking in his throat and choking him. A cough threatened to burst forth from his lips, but he held it in, afraid it would bring with it the contents of his stomach—the bland, tasteless meal he had been given in his cell.
It was the worst possible time to feel weak, but Raven felt like he could hardly lift his arms, his exhaustion was so great. He hadn’t slept a wink last night. How could he with today hovering over him?
The time for his first fight had come around quickly. He’d hardly been given time to think about it at all. Raven looked down at his hands and was not surprised to see they were shaking.
His opponent’s name was Wilson. Raven knew nothing else about him. He’d never spoken to him, had never even met him. Had they passed one another in the dining hall and never even looked up? If he had spoken to him would that make what he was about to do any easier?
He heard heavy footsteps in the corridor and his heart jumped into his throat. They were coming for him.