Cover Reveal: Phoenix Island by John Dixon + Giveaway (International)


Hey YABCers and guests from the Interwebs! Thanks for stopping by and celebrating today’s cover reveal with us!

Today we’re revealing John Dixon’s PHOENIX ISLAND, available January 21st, 2014 from Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books. But before we get to the goods, here’s a message from John:


Hi, YABCers!

Welcome to the cover reveal for my debut thriller, PHOENIX ISLAND!

Writing a book takes months, and pubbing the thing takes even longer, so I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a looooong time… Thanks so much for sharing it with me. 

The last couple of years have been such an exciting time. After years of writing short stories and teaching middle school, I landed a great agent, sold PHOENIX ISLAND to Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books, and jumped on board the crazy roller coaster ride that has turned my debut novel into INTELLIGENCE, an upcoming CBS TV series starring Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, and Marg Helgenberger. Amazing times, indeed… and I’m feeling incredibly blessed. 

One of the most exciting moments was when I heard that the great John Vairo, cover artist for heavy-hitters like Vince Flynn and Stephen King, would be creating my cover. I couldn’t believe it – at least not until I saw the knockout cover that I’m so excited to share with you today. 


~ John



Ready to see this amazing cover? 

































Here it is! 

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By John Dixon
Release date: January 21st, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books
ISBN: 978-1476738635

About the Book

The story that inspired CBS TV’s INTELLIGENCE. 
When sixteen-year-old boxing champ Carl Freeman jumps in to defend a helpless stranger, he winds up in real trouble—a two-year sentence at an isolated boot camp for orphans. Carl is determined to tough it out, earn a clean record, and get on with his life. Then kids start to die. 
Realizing Phoenix Island is actually a Spartan-style mercenary organization turning “throwaway kids” into super-soldier killers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction. 

Our Thoughts 

Can you say Holy Gritty Thriller, Batman? Because this book cover can!
I love the wraps on his fists, alluding to his boxing champ background, paired with the vines in his grip. There is something pretty and ethereal about the delicate vine and leaves, yet also something sinister and kick ass and defiant about the position of the fist. I’m really digging this cover.  

About the Author

A former Golden Gloves boxer, youth services caseworker, prison tutor, stone mason, and middle school English teacher, John Dixon is now a full-time novelist and consultant to CBS TV’s upcoming series INTELLIGENCE, which is based on his debut novel, PHOENIX ISLAND.

Giveaway Details

Five winners will receive a signed ARC.
(Prizes will be mailed when copies are available — hopefully late October.)

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends. 

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they’ll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover?


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29 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: Phoenix Island by John Dixon + Giveaway (International)”

  1. LOVE THE COVER! Wow! Book sounds amazing too.

  2. Brian Abell says:

    Great Cover, can not wait to read to the book.

  3. Kaitlyn Weiler says:

    I think the cover is fantastic! It is simple, yet blog. I really like how well the green and white stand out against the black. Nothing is distracting the readers eyes from the title and authors name. They are both very easily visible. I also really like the font!

  4. Elaine Prizzi says:

    Great impact ! Captures the essence of the story. A super cover for a super and deserving writer.

  5. Elaine Prizzi says:

    Great impact! Gets to the essence of the story. A super cover for a super and deserving writer.

  6. Awesome cover!!! I can’t wait for this book to come out.

  7. Jerry Diaz says:

    I absolutely love the cover- the contrast of the vines and the wrapped fist really capture what the story is about, and work on several different symbolic levels. Awesome, and I can’t wait to read the story!

  8. Jennifer DellaZanna says:

    I love the cover! The green of the vines just jumps out, making it much more interesting than just the gritty fist would, as a…girl…you know!

  9. Stefanie Miller says:

    Love, love, love. I am spreading the word about your book and tv show to all my friends! Everyone at the Lake is so excited. We will have a book chat after the release 🙂

  10. Joe Varillo says:

    The cover looks amazing! Can’t wait to read it, Mr. Dixon

  11. Pam Gregg says:

    Wow, John. I got goosebumps when I saw your name in print on the cover. It looks amazing!

  12. Matthew Sterner says:

    I think the cover looks great! Definitely covers a sense of intensity and primality.

  13. Kenny Mullen says:

    The cover looks great, I’m sure it definitely does the book justice. It’s far from the illustrations in the flibbertigibbet though! I can’t wait to read the book.

  14. Peter Aragno says:

    Awesome cover. Can’t wait to read the book and watch the show.

  15. Wow … this looks like it’s going to be awesome. Release date 2014?! Ack!

  16. Sciguy says:

    Cool cover, I generally judge books by their covers so I can’t wait to read.

  17. Victoria S says:

    Ooh, I love it! It’s gritty, yet dynamic– very eye-catching.

  18. Margie says:

    Cover looks great. Can’t wait to send a copy of the book to my son, a Springton Lake graduate!!

  19. lejla says:

    love it, it´s amazing, it looks like such an adventure:))

  20. Michelle Lane says:

    The cover is interesting. Most people say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I disagree. This cover make me want to see what’s inside.

  21. Travis B. says:

    😆 Awesome Cover! Sounds like this is going to be a great story, And a good TV show to follow up with!

  22. Robert Schultz says:

    Looks amazing. Getting even more excited to read it!

  23. Aarika says:

    Love it, so graphic.

  24. That cover IS a knock-out! The book sounds incredible, and so does your bio, John. Congrats on the book and the TV series!

  25. DanaLaughAlot says:

    The cover looks super duper awesome!

  26. Eli says:

    I think the cover is really intense and would attract boys to reading it. I like how it fits in with the premise really well too. The boxing tape brings in the characters history as a boxer and also the Spartan warfare, and the vines bring in the island/survival aspect. Love!

  27. Anne Consolacion says:

    That’s a unique cover! A break from all the usual faces and people covers. I would love to have this book on my shelf. 🙂

  28. alicia marie says:

    The cover definitely shows the intensity of the book! I think it does a good job of showing what the book’s about too!

  29. John Dixon says:

    Thanks so much, YABC-ers! I love this cover, and it’s a rush, hearing all this great feedback. I really appreciate your taking the time to enter this giveaway, and double-thanks to those of you who’ve left comments and spread the word. Being a debut author is exciting, and you guys have ratcheted my excitement through the roof!

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