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"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 5 NYT and International Bestsellers, including Brad Meltzer's #3 NY Times Bestseller The Zero Game THE STAKES ARE HIGH...
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?
WHAT REVIEWERS SAY
"...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
"As a whodunit, New Year Island ranks up there with Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians." --Robin Landry, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
"...exceedingly well written...wonderfully horrific...This doesn't read like a first novel, but rather like one written by a pro who has been at this for a long time." -- James Tepper, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
"...one of the best books I've read in at least the last year." -- Cheryl Stout, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
"...nearly impossible to set down ...awfully, awfully good and shamefully good fun." -- T J McCarthy, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
"...one of the most riveting books I've read in the last few years." -- digsblues, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
"Every once in a while, you come across a book that stands out from all the others...and New Year Island is one of these...it's an experience you won't soon forget." -- terrylynn, Amazon Reviewer
"This is one you don't want to miss." -- OutlawPoet, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer
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Camilla Becker is a survivor.
The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake took her parents from her when she was seven and left her buried under a collapsed freeway. Twenty three years later, she's a producer of acclaimed animated films for children and runs a foundation to brighten orphans' lives. The invitation to be a contestant in a new reality show is not really Camilla's thing, but the studio promises funding and publicity for her charity.
Ten strangers meet aboard a luxury megayacht in San Francisco. They come from all walks of life and very different backgrounds. The show's hosts screened thousands of possible candidates in utmost secrecy before choosing these specific ten.
Their destination is an island off the coast of California, abandoned for decades, where nature's own grand spectacle of survival plays out year after year. An island that has already claimed lives.
The contestants will be marooned, cut off from all other human contact for two weeks, to compete for the five million dollar grand prize.
But nothing is what it seems. Everyone is hiding secrets. And each of them has, in the past, already survived something that would kill most people.
Now they find themselves trapped in a game where the stakes are even higher. Camilla must choose whom to trust as they are forced to confront each other, their own darkest impulses, and nature in violent revolt against a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round.
Maybe there isn't meant to be a winner...
Paul Draker writes tightly-plotted, gritty modern thrillers that combine a well-crafted mystery whodunit with gripping psychology and relentless suspense. Each novel is an immersive roller coaster thrill ride, filled with twists that keep the reader guessing, right up until the last page.
Writing and storytelling are nothing new for Paul. In sixth grade, a classmate liked a story he wrote and took it home. The horrified parents called the school and demanded that whoever wrote it be sent to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked Paul if he could keep a copy of the story... and then asked Paul to sign it for him.
Paul lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and three daughters. An avid scuba diver, he has spent much time underwater in Palau, Yap, Honduras, Thailand, Hawaii, the Florida Keys, the cenote caverns of the Yucatan, the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, Caicos, and the "Red Triangle" off California's coast. He also enjoys skiing, swimming, and windsurfing, and has had extensive tactical training in firearms. After one too many high-speed motorcycle crashes, he is no longer allowed to own open-class sportbikes, which is probably a good thing for him and everyone else.
Paul has worked in the aerospace/defense industry on a variety of classified and unclassified programs for the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and DARPA, ranging from strategic national missile systems to technology augmentation for small-team tactical infantry units. He has also led a Silicon Valley technology startup delivering massively-scalable custom Internet software to Fortune 500 clients, and headed a leading video game studio developing mobile games for top-tier publishers such as EA, Disney/Pixar, Sega, and Warner Brothers. He holds advanced degrees in electrical and aerospace engineering from MIT, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley. This broad-ranging engineering expertise lends impeccable technical authenticity to his stories.
For news and details about upcoming books, visit PaulDraker.com
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