WINNER, ZEALOT SCRIPT BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (2016)RUNNER UP, SHELF UNBOUND BEST INDIE BOOK (2016)
"Rich language,memorable characters, and sharp dialogue are clearly Watson's stock in trade. Cage Life takes you on a trip through the world of mixed martial arts and then makes a detour, dropping you smack dab in the middle of the New York City mob. You're never quite sure what's coming next, a choke hold or a bullet to the back of the neck."
-- John Fortunato, Tony Hillerman prize-winning author of Dark Reservations
"Walk the mean streets of New York, brushing shoulders with the mob, the molls, and a tough MMA fighter in a debut crime novel, CAGE LIFE by Miles Watson. A former law enforcement officer, Watson knows his characters and tells a helluva story."
-- Patrick W. Picciarelli, author of Undercover Cop and Mala Femina
Watson's own experiences are clearly seen throughout the book...But this book is about more than authenticity, it's about the characters, it'sabout the atmosphere created, it's about being gripped by the story. The smoky gambling dens, the meets in abandoned warehouses, the showdownsin the cage. The sleazy made men, the whores, the gamblers, the oldhands. It all fits together in a memorable and compelling fashion....I think the greatest testament to Watson's writing is that the moment I finished Cage Life, I reached for the sequel (Knuckle Down) and kept reading without a beat in between.
-- Zealot Script
"As one of the best MMA fighters in the world, protagonist Mickey Watts knows how to defend a takedown and can get out of the tightest submissions. But when he enters the mob's cage, he learns there is no tapping out."
-- John Dixon, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Devil's Pocket
"The fight scenes--in and out of the professional cage--are stirringly described, cataclysms of feral but controlled aggression...the reader in search of a Mafia thriller...will still find lots of action, vividly rendered. Pulsing with violence, this mob tale provides plenty of excitement."
-- Kirkus Reviews