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The Phoenix Project [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Cain
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Raven Kennedy, a bitterly depressed young prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.

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About the Author

D. M. Cain earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature before moving to Japan to teach English for two years. Returning to England, she now works as an elementary school teacher.

A writer since the age of thirteen, Cain has produced a multitude of different short stories and novels. A Chronicle of Chaos, the first book in her young adult fantasy series, is due to be released in late 2014. She is now hard at work on the sequel, The Shield of Soren.

Cain currently lives in Leicestershire with her husband and young son.

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  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K974TOM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and a fantastic story. June 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Phoenix Project is so amazingly written and has characters that are so well formed its impossible not to feel you know them all personally. After reading the book description I thought this book would be just about the brutal life in jail and constant fighting. The kind of story that while entertaining isn't especially deep. While there is plenty of scenes where Raven and other inmates are required to fight to the death, the book is so much more than that. I was so wrong to think it would have such a narrow narrative.
The book is very, very thought provoking in the areas of life, death and religion and i found myself questioning my own beliefs about these topics. This is a story of the journey of Raven (our main character). His personal journey, the ups and many downs he endures in his life. The consequences of his actions and the affect it has on him and how he learns from all that he has experienced.
D.M. Cain has done a fantastic job capturing the real emotions in the lives of these characters. I felt the sadness and emotional torture of the characters, I could completely feel for them and understand why they acted the way they did. I found some of the people in the book despicable and easy to hate, just to find I didn't know them as well as I thought and later found them redeemable and not the monsters I saw them as.
D.M. Cain has a fantastic way of presenting the prisoners in a way that leads you to judge them, only to later reveal more of their back story causing you to do a 180 and re-think your assumption.
The more I read the more I found myself wrapped up in the story, I needed to know what made Raven tick, what had happened to get him where he was both physically and emotionally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, creative storyline June 9, 2014
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D.M. Cain has written a very creative story about the future environment in England when terrorism and conflicts between the major world religions has lead to a totally different penal system, which includes prisoners being forced to fight other prisoners, where only one of the fighters survives. Raven, the lead character, has committed a terrible crime which is not revealed until almost the end of the book. He believes that death is too easy a solution for his terrible act and turns to self injury to punish himself. He befriends a female prisoner at Salverford prison, and she tries to help him save himself through religion. Later, he befriends another female prisoner, and again she helps him understand the importance of religion to his "freedom". The story is very well written and the characters are very interestingly developed. The story moves along at a good pace, but slows a little before the final scenes.
D.M. Cain has written a deep, sensitive novel with focuses on life, death, and religion. I enjoyed the book and strongly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificently Creative Story! August 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Kudos to author D.M. Cain! The Phoenix Project is a well written, magnificently creative story of how the future could unfold in the prison system to involve terrorism and religious wars.

The setting is in England, where religion and terrorism are battling conflicts. The government feels they made a major breakthrough in crime prevention and bringing criminals to justice. The one-year trial project was set in place to eliminate terrorists and violent offenders from the streets of the world.

In an effort to make more prison space, prisoners were forced to fight in a ring till the death. An amphitheater was set up to publicize the fights and gain ratings. The main character, Raven, was a protestor against the project but somehow he landed in prison, facing the terms of the Phoenix Project. Raven's crime wasn't revealed till the end, but he felt death was an easy way out and would self-harm as a punishment for his crime. Although a loner, Raven makes friends with a female prisoner who tries to help him find himself through religion, which he hopes would lead to his freedom.

This compelling story took me through the twists and turns of an emotional roller coaster ride. The characters came alive and I could feel their turmoil. I understood why they felt the way they did. This book moved at a fast pace. I could hardly put it down. I love to read books that keep me thinking, and reliving it over and over in my mind for a few days after I'm finished reading. The Phoenix Project did not disappoint!

Review by Monica McDaniel for eBook Review Gal. eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, brooding, horrific, just some of the ... January 2, 2015
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Dark, brooding, horrific, just some of the adjectives that one could use to describe D.M.Cain's dystopian novel of the future as represented in The Phoenix Project. Here we find Raven a prison inmate brutally discovering that in that place exists a dog eat dog mentality, a policy encouraged by the management with a view to filth thinning out the filth. Raven is forced to fight and hates it but hates himself more for a crime he feels guilty of. Self loathing brings about self harm and he continues along a path with few possible outcomes.
The writing leaps off the page and although not my usual read I found myself needing to read on in the hope that something miraculous might happen. To say more would prove to be a spoiler but I will say that I found the ideas incorporated in the book sticking with me for days after I had finished it. I will read more from this author and I award it five stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale
D.M. Cain has written a gripping tale of a dystopian society that uses prisoners to perform capital punishment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael R. Stern
5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting For Your Life
In this novel prisoners engage in MMA style fights to have their criminal records expunge and return to society. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ricky KImsey
5.0 out of 5 stars A fight to the finish
An amazing book with some of the best hand-to-hand fight scenes you will read anywhere. Makes you feel like you would not want to get into a fight with the author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim S. Melvin
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Writer!
D.M. Cain is an exceptional writer that I had the pleasure of connecting with! The Phoenix Project was extremely hard to put down and even harder to forget once it was over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Whaley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read...
The Phoenix Project by D M Cain, is set in a dystopia like version of Great Britain. A place where criminals are all given the same sentence, regardless of their crime. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fantasy Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark pull to it.
Its a well written book that pulls you into a gritty reality of not only the mob mentality of kill or be killed but the despair of being the next name called. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maggie Thom
4.0 out of 5 stars The Phoenix Project is a wonderful metaphor
I enjoyed the book, but I didn't expect the name of the name of the penal system to become the metaphor of the protagonists personal journey. It was nice to be surprised by that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adam Nicholes
2.0 out of 5 stars The Phoenix Project
Sorry I didn't like this book, couldn't get into it and didn't finish it. This was the first time reading anything by this author and might be the last.
Published 6 months ago by Dawn R
5.0 out of 5 stars A violent book that makes you think.
The blurb of “The Phoenix Project” by D.M. Cain struck me as reminiscent of certain video games recently, or a few movies that have played in the last couple of years – yet that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heather G
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved this book, it must have been written by an incredible author and it was amazing in every way.
Published 7 months ago by fnr
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