Isle of Savages
Genre: New Adult Action Suspense Thriller
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Date of Publication: June 13, 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-926-0
Number of pages: 220
Word Count: 59,400 words
Cover Artist: Eerilyfair Design
Tagline: Eleven souls are shipwrecked on an island teeming with sub-human cannibals. Who will survive to tell the tale?
On July 20, 20— a charter school’s sponsored sail from San Diego to Hawaii hits a reef during a violent storm. Sixteen souls abandon ship. Nine students, along with the hated captain and first mate, wash up on what they believe is a deserted island.
Separated into three groups by circumstance and mutual distrust, treachery and death lurks for all. Over the course of a single day, one student betrays all the others. Another drowns. Two others get ambushed by a great white shark. And, like falling dominoes, the captain, first mate, and six students fall prey to a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals.
In the face of almost certain death, who will escape from the isle of savages to tell the tale?
Excerpt # 8
Preoccupied with the horror facing them, Mia never saw Eric raise or aim the pistol, only flinched five successive times from the loud reports of the hammer striking the firing pin to send five little savages crumpling to the ground.
“The spears!” Eric growled at the girls following behind Mia as soon as they reached the statue. “Arm yourselves.”
The girls, wide-eyed and obviously terrified, obeyed with alacrity. Casey snatched up one, Veronica two, with Jennifer choosing two also. Mia noticed Tanya had stopped twenty feet short of them, the exact prescribed distance Eric had dictated.
Blam-blam-blam-blam-blam! Shots rang out, almost on top of them, definitely coming from the shoreline.
Eric seemed to pay the echoes no attention whatsoever, glancing at the girls and their weapons. “Okay. Let’s go to the edge of the jungle and take a look to see what’s going on. If it’s relatively safe, we don’t stop running until we’re in the water, and then we don’t stop swimming until we’re on the ship. Got it?”
All the girls, including Mia, quickly nodded.
“Let’s go.” Eric skirted the statue at a crouching run, pausing only when he reached the edge of the jungle.
Blam-blam-blam-blam-blam! The shots came from directly in front of them now.
“Fuck!” Eric darted worried eyes at Mia as if to ask if she saw what he was seeing.
The captain and some other fella were lying prone in the sand on either side of the raft, fending off the savages hiding in the jungle flanking them, and by default, Eric’s and Mia’s survival party.
Even worse, fifty yards out to sea, between the yacht that floated dangerously close to reef and the raft on dry land, a shark patrolled the waters. By the size of the bluish gray dorsal fin cutting the water, Mia judged it to be close to seventeen feet in length. For whatever the reason being, she couldn’t help wondering if the handle of a stainless-steel butcher’s knife sprouted from one of its eyes, along with deep stab marks in its snout.
“What are we going to do now?” Mia asked, wanting to hear sheer brilliance come flowing out of Eric’s mouth.
Instead, he averted his eyes and hung his head. “I’ve got an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”
About the Author:
Always striving for pulse-pounding action, sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, and hair-raising thrills, T. Briar’s mainstream thriller writing places courageous heroes and heroines in the fight of their lives against the elements, hostile surroundings, morally bankrupt villains, and any other obstacles T. can think of.
But be warned, once the wheels are set into motion with the first sentence, it’s a twisting, turning journey to the end to see who lives and who dies. And make no mistake, someone’s going to die. Some will even die badly. That’s just the way it is when fighting for survival under perilous conditions. The only question is: Will it be the heroes and heroines, or the villains?
T. Briar’s target audience is New Adults who boldly step up to meet life’s challenges with the confidence of youth urging them on.
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Interview with T. Briar
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Usually by seeing the opening scene in my mind’s eye. In the case of Isle of Savages, I saw Eric lying face-down in the wave-wash, coughing and sputtering, simply trying to live. After taking a closer look, I couldn’t resist writing his story.
How did you do research for your book?
I used the Internet. It seems funny to me now, but a few years ago I published a story in my other genre that I’d written from meticulous notes I’d taken before the advent of the Internet. I remember spending days perusing medical texts and obscure medical books from the 1800’s, all that jazz. These days I could have done the research in a single afternoon on the Internet.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
Not really. At this point, my primary goal is to get more books published. Just wish I could write faster.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I liked the 1980’s pretty good. Probably would go back there to school my younger self about the realities of writing and what all I expected him to get done for us before we turned thirty.
What is your next project?
My very next project is finishing an erotic novella/novel. I think I’m half-finished with it right now but who knows how many words it will turn out to be. I never do. Just a vague outline so the story goes where it should without author intrusion. I’m hoping to get it finished no later than the first day of August. This is extremely important to me because I want to be finished with my next thriller by New Year’s Eve. But I’m giving no guarantees on either deadline.