Ten strangers... marooned on an island for society's amusement. As they're picked off one by one, they realize that they have something in common -- they've each already survived atrocities. But can they live through this twisted mind game?
"A twisty, engaging thriller featuring well-developed characters." -- Kirkus Reviews
". . . the most exciting, most promising work of fiction to cross my desk in the past year." -- Michael J. Carr, Editor of over a dozen NYT and International Bestsellers, including Brad Meltzer's #3 NY Times Bestseller The Zero Game
"...might easily be a best seller. It's that good." -- Brent Butler, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
"...one of the most thrilling and nuanced books that I've read in the past several years. Meticulous yet effortless, this book is literature that will stand up to the test of time." -- Madeline, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
"Brilliant psychological thriller... New Year Island is dark, intelligent, with an intriguing and captivating plot." -- Edward Shook, Amazon Reviewer
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"As a whodunit, New Year Island ranks up there with Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians." --Robin Landry, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
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"...unforgettable survival thriller from the new master of psychological suspense." -- Ben V., Amazon Reviewer
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A Psychological Suspense Thriller with a Twist...
Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife.
One dies in a horrible accident.
Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before.
One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed.
Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.
There's nothing deadlier than a survivor-type whose back is against the wall. And one of them is not who he or she claims.
Seven fight to escape.
Six try to solve the mystery of who lured them there and why.
Five... Four... Will anyone survive New Year Island?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great debut for author Paul Draker. A motley group of strangers is mysteriously contacted by a film studio to play in a 'real' survivor series. Perhaps they should have paid more attention when the studio spokesman lamented the lack of realism in current reality tv but they were all a little too blinded by the $5 million payoff for the winner.
As the survival part begins to turn real, the group fragments under the pressure. Carefully crafted poison pen 'bios' of selected players are released by their mysterious employers which maximize suspicion and distrust and cloak the present of the real enemy who is engineering disaster at every turn.
The characters are believable (mostly) and compelling. I cared about them even when I didn't know which one was the real (perhaps I mean the worst) villain. Several of the players are concealing unsavory pasts (to say the least). Even though this is a long novel, you won't realize it as you race through the pages to...
As a high school English teacher, a former game-show contestant (the original "Dating Game"), and a former Disneyland Cast Member, Paul Draker had my attention from the opening pages of his book. With obvious similarities to "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, "New Year Island" is like TV's "Survivor" on steroids. Try to imagine the ultimate reality show that pits ten real-life survivors in a winner-take-all competition, and you've got an inkling of the story's plot. Our willing, but unknowing, contestants are literally plopped on Ano Nuevo Island in the middle of the night with very little information about what lies ahead of them. Even before daybreak they realize how dangerous their new environment will be. "New Year Island" has more twists and turns than the Matterhorn Bobsleds. (Take it from someone who knows.)
Mr. Draker has created a crazy cast of characters. There are so many, it would be wise to keep a scorecard...
Let me first say that my husband is a bit irked with debut novelist, Paul Draker. I took this book with me on vacation, and every time we were ready to head out someplace, he got tired of hearing, "Wait, wait...I'm at a really good spot in my book."
The book grabs your attention right from the start with short flashback storylines for four of the main characters...each of them facing an intense, life-threatening ordeal. The short flashback chapters leave you with the sense that there was much more left unrevealed to the reader about each situation.
Back to present time, and these same people along with six others have received invitations that are too hard to turn down. The mystery begins as the ten selected candidates board a luxury yacht to find they are the only ones aboard other than the ship's crew. A video announces the players for the two teams and provides a cursory explanation of "the game." They're then transported to a remote biological research...
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