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The Phoenix Project
Title : The Phoenix Project
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ISBN : 9781513702957
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 278

A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice... A man fights for life-and redemption-in D. M. Cain's riveting new novel, The Phoenix Project. Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penaA thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice... A man fights for life-and redemption-in D. M. Cain's riveting new novel, The Phoenix Project. Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born. In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on. Raven Kennedy, a 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 on 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 Reviews

  • Bill Ward

    This book was a surprise and must be applauded for the originality of the hero and dystopian view of the future. It is a near future, which made it seem all the more plausible and at the same time worrying. I didn't immediately connect with Raven, who should probably be referred to as the main character rather than the hero, as this is a deeply troubled man who has committed a terrible crime and finds himself in a new type of prison, where you have to fight other inmates to stay alive. Raven is [...]

  • Cynthia Morgan

    After reading the book’s cover description, I was already intrigued to learn more, not only about the history of this futuristic society where brutality has become the norm, much as it had been in Roman times, but also by the main character, Raven. It did not take long to connect with his tortured soul as he was beautifully and lovingly developed; his pain and the trials he faces to survive, outwardly and inwardly, are poignant and marvelously developed in a story that delves far beyond the gl [...]

  • Phillip Stephens

    Prison fight club tale fails to land knock out blowIf The Phoenix Project feels familiar to readers, they need only search for "Arnold" on Netflix. The premise reads like the logline to The Running Man and a half-dozen similar movies and books. A corrupt police state forces the protagonist, Raven, to fight in televised prison games. In her favor, Cain's visualization of the premise, as well as her characters, shows more depth than the Schwarzenegger movie (or the Sthratham version of Death Race) [...]

  • K.S. Marsden

    The forgiving world we know has crumbled in the aftermath of terrorist threats. In a bid to appear strong enough to make the tough decisions, and to make the public think that something is actively being done, the government create the Phoenix Project. A brutal new way for prisoners to live, being forced to fight and die in pits for entertainment.Once a anti-Phoenix campaigner, Raven winds up in Salverford prison, and becomes entangled in a much bigger game.This was brilliant! Although it is a d [...]

  • Maggie Thom

    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. This was a different story but a really good one. The characters are interesting - you really felt like you got to know them, which was good and bad as you're not sure who to get attached to. Raven's remorse is almost more dangerous though than having to fight for his life. It has a very dark pull to it that will keep you reading, needing [...]

  • Lorraine

    An original, entertaining, thought-provoking and, at times, an uncomfortable read. The story line was well thought out, refreshingly unique and well worth reading.I followed Ravens journey in the present as he dealt with life in prison and the brutality of the Phoenix Project, and learnt, through a series of flashbacks, how he ended up there.His remorse, self-loathing and guilt, but also his survival instinct are graphically brought to life by D.M. Cain.The world Raven inhabits is brought to lif [...]

  • Nicholas Adams

    The Phoenix Project is a brilliant story of tragedy and redemption. D.M. Cain will take you into a world that has ceased to value human life. The characters are easy to relate to, and you never know who will survive to the end or perish along the way.

  • Matthew

    How can you fight to the death, when you've given up on life?Ready for a dark dystopian full of action, consequences and riveting redemption? I bloody hope so, because Ms Cain brings it!The Phoenix Project is a hooking psychological thriller with a scary world that encroaches too closely on the reader's reality. This world could happen; especially when related to global events today. But its social commentary isn't the only selling point, with Cain's creativity culturing a chilling novel that th [...]

  • Domoni

    I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.A dystopian future that could be. The world has been plagued by terrorism in the name of religions. As religions are blamed they then become more brutal. The British government decides to deal with violent offenders by creating the Phoenix Project. Inmates will be sent to prisons where they will be matched in battles to the death. After a years trial the government votes to continue w [...]

  • Stewart Bint

    A Never-To-Be-Forgotten MasterpieceIn my humble opinion The Phoenix Project is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It succeeds in an extremely difficult task of being both thought-provoking and entertaining at the same time – while also being uncomfortable but essential reading. DM Cain has created a terrifying scenario set in the not too distant future where terrorists and other violent prisoners are pitted against each other in a fight to the death – televised for the world to see. T [...]

  • Lynne Murray

    The Phoenix Project evokes the darkness of a not-too-distant future in which televised broadcasts of prisoner fights to the death double as mass entertainment and a veiled threat to keep protesters in line. We meet the hero, Raven just as he is about step into the arena where he will kill or be killed. This not his first such fight nor will it be his last. That would seem to be the deepest depths to which a man could sink. But Raven finds that the psychological torment and guilt overpower the ph [...]

  • Jason Greensides

    GENDER AND EMOTION IN A DYSTOPIAN NIGHTMARERaven, a man with a tortured past, is serving time in a prison where convicts must fight to the death for the entertainment of the free population. The dystopian world Cain creates is entirely convincing and downright scary: this world is not too far removed from the one we know and experience everyday. But religion and morality have partially broken down, allowing brutality to exist, rupturing the souls of all who fight for their survival and those who [...]

  • David

    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 ha [...]

  • Sunshine Somerville

    This book is packed with emotional depth, psychological complexity, and political/religious commentary. At no point did it feel preachy, but there is a wonderful undertone to the whole story that consistently gets the author’s message across. It’s very easy to compare the basic premise of “forced murder for cultural entertainment” to The Hunger Games, but there’s a lot more going on here too. Being mostly inside the main character’s head, the reader becomes immersed in Raven’s pain [...]

  • Susan Barton

    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 a [...]

  • Ellen Watkins

    Raven Kennedy is trapped. Trapped in Salverford, the country's most harsh and unforgiving prison, and home of the Phoenix Project. It is where entertainment and death have become sickeningly intertwined. Most of all, he it trapped inside his own never ending spiral of guilt and remorse.His life-changing mistake, the horrific crime he committed, haunts him daily. He wants nothing more than to be thrown into his cell, his own personal hell, and left to rot. But the public is baying for his blood t [...]

  • Tom Fallwell

    I am not much for reading psychology based novels. I'm not into that genre, but after hearing some about The Phoenix Project, I decided to check it out. I can say without a doubt that the author is a good writer and knows her stuff. I was impressed with the wording, descriptions, and mental thought processes of the main character, Raven.Just as a personal opinion from someone more into action and adventure type stories, the beginning seemed a little slow to me, but it did not take long before th [...]

  • Lisa Veldkamp

    The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain has caught me by surprise. While one might argue there are elements in the book not unknown to us and may remind the reader of The Hunger Games or a really depressing episode of Prison Break, The Phoenix Project brings us political and religious views that are new and refreshing.We follow Raven as he deals with life in prison, the dreadful Phoenix Project. He lives in a society where religion is outlawed and criminals are put away in a prison to fight to the deat [...]

  • Jack

    The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue.Protagonist, Raven exists in an over-reactive, terrorised society where the prison system has been changed into a kind of barbaric death camp via implementation of The Phoenix project. Through pitting prisoners against each other in a kind of death match style duel, the government hopes to put off potential law breakers and better control the terrorist threat. Thematically, this book could be compared to [...]

  • Lloyd Baron

    I read this in only a few hours as I couldn't put it down. It is an exciting, thought provoking, sometimes violent and superbly written from start to finish. I can’t really say I “enjoyed” the entire book because it is so dark, but I can say that I loved how it is written. Some parts are heavy going, but never boring, and you really get nervous and gripped by the events going down in the prison.Raven, the protagonist, is self-hating; full of guilt and in serious need of being punished. But [...]

  • Iain Clements

    The Phoenix Project is set in a future where the government has come up with an innovative solution to keep prison populations down. A new type of prison is currently on trial in Salverford where prisoners fight to the death, on television, as public entertainment.We explore most of this world through the eyes of the book's main character Raven. D.M. Cain conjures up a really detailed dystopian future vision of what prisons could be like in the near future and the book is a really interesting ex [...]

  • Kenneth Kerr

    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 inj [...]

  • Jack Everett

    This review is from: The Phoenix Project (Kindle Edition) 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 guilt [...]

  • Mathew Gregory

    The Phoenix Project is a bleak look into the not so distant future, a disturbingly believable future where prison overcrowding, fear of terrorism and a general lack of political and professional accountability has led to the prison systems degrading into a series of publicised death-matches that are more about entertainment and profiteering than justice.The story follows the convict Raven through his internment in Salverford Prison, and his first exposure to the realities of life within the Phoe [...]

  • L.E. Fitzpatrick

    I really enjoyed this book and found it was over much sooner than I expected. Set in a "reality TV" prison it follows Raven's incarceration and life fighting to survive. The imagery and even the character's name led me to believe that this book was going to be heavy on the dystopia and sci-fi, but actually the setting, although futuristic was very gritty and real - no flying cars here.The only criticism I found with this story was we only got to explore a little of Raven's personality. He's a co [...]

  • Peggy McAloon

    This dystopian thriller drags the reader into the mentality of the ancient Roman games as the society of the future engages in the Phoenix Project. This attempt to force the television audience to feed off the death battles rather than to face the realities of a world rejecting religious values is written with gripping emotion and a gift for description. There is no explicit sex. The violence is necessary to the story but is not so graphic as to be offensive. As we follow the main character, Rav [...]

  • Clare Wilson

    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.While their five year terms are short, the prisons they enter are death camps. Places where for the public's entertainment, they must fight to the death in a gladiatorial style arena. The main character, Raven, is a troubled soul, and as the story unfolds, we learn exactly what crime had him sent to the dreaded prison, Salverford, [...]

  • Angela Shirley

    I gave this book 5 stars, wished it was possible to give it 10 or more! D. M. Cain has certainly given us a lot to think about the worldwide prison system. What she is describing in her book is a daily possibility and who knows, may be happening as we speak. She has taken the time to develop each character and what their story line will be which keeps her readers totally into this story. As I turned each page of this awesome book, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen n [...]

  • Nicholas Adams

    The Phoenix Project is a wonderful metaphorI 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. Overall, I enjoyed the story and character development, and even the surprising elimination of some key characters. The ending was just mushy enough to be touching without being sappy.I did find myself predicting much of the storyline, however the author did a marvelous job in [...]

  • Michael Elliott

    A terrifying futureDM Cain has taken the problems of terrorism and religious upheaval from today's world and transposed it to a bleak violent future where criminals are forced to fight to the death for the benefit of the public. Shockingly brutal yet always tinged with hope through the eyes of the protagonist Raven. My only criticism is that the book seemed to end too suddenly going from a dark situation facing Raven directly to the epilogue. I would've liked a little more detail but that's only [...]