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Survival Op: The Fear in the Wilderness
by Scott Allen   

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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595420629 Type: 


Copyright:  March 2007 ISBN-13:  9780595420629

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In this heart-pounding novel, a teenage boy and girl
must survive debilitating hunger, harsh weather, and
ruthless assassins as part of a cruel experiment.

One horrible night, Marcus, a runaway teenager, is suddenly seized by men in black masks. They throw him into a van and administer a sleeping serum. When Marcus wakes up, he’s surprised to discover a tattoo on his arm that reads, "Marcus1125." He soon learns that he is part of a radical group’s cruel experiment called Survival Op, a test that gauges the neurological, physical, and emotional endurance levels of individuals who must survive in extreme situations. With this information, the group will be able to better assist their soldiers in the field.
Taken to an isolated island in the Bermuda Triangle by the Survival Op personnel, Marcus’s objective is simple: to survive no matter what happens. Marcus tries to adjust to his new environment behind the electric fence. When "Lynn312", another runaway teenager, is thrown into his life, the two put their wits together to increase their chances of survival.
Battling overwhelming hunger, harsh weather conditions, and ferociously thick vegetation, Marcus and Lynn struggle constantly to stay alive. But none of their obstacles compare to the fear of being hunted by the Survival Op assassins. Worse, a vicious creature lurks in the wilderness, waiting to catch them. Can Marcus and Lynn find a way to survive, or is their fate already sealed?

Professional Reviews

"An intensely readable...cross between Lost and Survivor. Unquestionably readable, full of action and suspense!"

Midwest Book Review
"Survival Op was a fun, educational, exciting read...a captivating adventure!"

Kaye Trout Reviews
"I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for its quality and substance!"

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Reviewed by Floyd Orr 8/10/2007
Eighth-grade English teacher and sports coach Scott Allen has released an exciting adventure novel for young teens and preteens. The Fear in the Wilderness is planned as the first book in a series, and the ending certainly leaves room for a number of brewing subplots. Mr. Allen's first novel offers many enticements to young teenage readers with its thirteen-year-old characters, macho braggadocio of an immature nature, and somewhat gratuitous violence. With its short, direct, declarative sentences and simple dialogue, Survival Op is certainly appropriate for the age of its potential audience. Adults might prefer a more sophisticated approach in both plot and grammar. If the author's intent is to encourage more reading for pleasure by youngsters who might otherwise be stuffing quarters into a noisy machine, he has probably succeeded. With Survival Op, Scott Allen has launched his new career as a cheerleader for reading in the middle schools of America.

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