Steven Alexander has what he considers the perfect life. With a good job, a loving wife, and happy and healthy sons, he has little to complain about. In a flash that life is ripped away and he is thrust into a world of violence and slavery beginning with a brutal home invasion. His sons are murdered in front of him and he and his wife Rebecca are then kidnapped, drugged, and taken to an uncharted tropical island where they awake on a pristine beach in the company of five strangers.
The island is a playground of horror and the kidnapped are forced to participate in the Game, a modern-day rendition of the Coliseum of ancient Rome, where they must compete in acts of murder, rape, and self-mutilation for the amusement of an unseen wealthy elite. Contestants must survive the Game five times to earn their freedom from the island. Losers become the evening meal.
Steven struggles to survive in a world where violence is not only accepted but cheered. He fights to hold on to his wife in a community where cannibalism is survival, brutality is affection, and living another day is at the expense of his own soul. Survival comes with a price, however, and he soon learns that not all of the players are there unwillingly and they’ve paid a steep price for the opportunity.
Flesh Worn Stone
By John A Burks Jr.
Holy Crap - adrenaline Rush !!!
I loved this story from start to finish. I was instantly drawn right in and left with nothing but Gasps.
I started reading with wonderment trying to figure out what was going on, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks and I was totally drawn in through my state of shock. I loved that this was not cut and dry and that Mr Burks made me question with every turn of the page “what is going to happen next”. And just when you think that you have it all down, you find out that you were wrong.
This is not a story for the faint of heart – Mr. Burks has taken a horrific tale and woven in amazing detail that will leave you shuddering. I was amazed with the characters, and the complexity that was written into them, but alas just when you think that you are going to love a character Mr Burks has a cany way of changing that.
I would strongly recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good horror and is not shy of a little (OK A LOT) of gore !