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Eight Mile Island

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Dylan James is used to boarding schools. He's been thrown out of so many in the past two years, he's lost count. So when an elite academy in Oregon offers him a place, he doesn't think he'll be there more than a week.

But Eight Mile Island isn't like anywhere Dylan has been before. In the dense forests around the school, there are things that look human but aren't.

Things th
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published July 15th 2012
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Space Out With Sci Fi in June The Haunted Reading Room
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Space Out With Sci Fi in June by: Making Connections YA Edition
Review of Eight Mile Island by Tony Talbot
5 Stars

A new super-stunner from prolific and excellent YA author Tony Talbot, “Eight Mile Island” kept me on the edge throughout, with its intricate interweaving of cutting-edge scientific experimentation and paranormal elements, realistic characters, isolated (even spooky) locale, beautiful setting, and 1000-mile-an-hour plotting. I could not put this novel down until I’d finished it, and once I’d reach the denouement and thought, “Well-so it’s over,” I
Tony, Tony, Tony! You have created a truly amazing book here! I COULD NOT put it down!

Since reading your first book, I have thoroughly enjoyed your writing style, but I can honestly say, you just keep getting better and better. The imagery and realism captured in the story as I was bundled up and dragged along with Dylan was rather scary in parts.

The eerily strange goings on on Eight Mile Island kept me biting my nails and second guessing the plot twists the whole way. I didn't know who to trust
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10+ males or females who enjoy science fiction, thrillers and the mild horror genre
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

A creepy and action packed escapade with an elusive mystery that will keep you turning the pages!
I was really excited to read Eight Mile Island; the premise sounded intriguing and I don’t read YA novels from a male protagonists point of view as much as I probably should. Well, I’m glad to say that I wasn't disappointed, this book sure packs a punch with pretty much constant action from start to finish. If you’re looking for a quick re
Melanie Cusick-Jones
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is a great YA mystery adventure - with a male lead you'll probably loathe then like if you're anything like me (one sentence was all it took for me to dislike him, then another one to turn everything around! It sucker-punched me a bit, I will admit.)

Tony weaves a great story with twists, technology and science that will make your skin creep at times, as Dylan finds out more about the strange Eight Mile Island. With short, fast-paced chapters and lots of action, all told in a clear, descrip
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Having a high IQ, Dylan knew he was talented so being shipped off to another boarding school for the gifted and rich was nothing new, he knew he would just slip out the backdoor like always and continue on his way. He knew being placed on an island might present some new challenges but he could handle it. What Dylan didn’t expect was the voices and other comments he heard as he disembarked from the ferry. What seems like a tropical paradise to his parents, in not what is in store for Dylan as he ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, where the heck did that afternoon go to? I sat down outside, fired up my Nook, and opened up Eight Mile Island. What followed was a couple of hours of heart racing, mind whirling action that never stopped until the last page and left me feeling mentally exhausted from trying to figure out what was really going on! This is one of those gripping stories that you can't stop thinking about after you're done, and the ending totally floored me! I totally agree with my friend, Becky, that this is ...more
Anna Hub
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books you put down and turn the light off to go to sleep, then within 5 minutes you turn the light back on and go again. It's filled with action, it's a little bit creepy and there's lots of twists and turns in the story. The plotline is right up my alley and it certainly didn't disappoint!
Howard Malpas
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Could not put it down. You were gripped from the very start. Great
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first read about this book when someone else reviewed it on their blog and it sounded fantastic - but it wasn't available at B&N. I left a comment on the blog, hoping the author would soon offer it on the B&N site, but he very graciously sent me a copy - and I'm so glad he did. I'm officially a fan of Tony Talbot and will be looking for his other books.

Dylan was the epitome of a moody, angsty teenager - and I should know since I have two of my own. He was rude and surly and thought of
Lisa J. Finesse
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very hard to put this book down as I wanted to unravel the mysteries of Eight Mile Island. This book has a very unique concept, which in itself is unusual in an age where most sci-fi ideas have already been done. Actually, I don't know if I would classify this book as sci-fi or a thriller. Either way, it was excellent! I finished it in two days.

I agree with a previous reviewer that some backstory would have helped to sympathize with the characters more. Yet, I know from reading Tony Talbot's ot
Cheryl Landmark
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A well-done, creepy, scary, fast-paced thriller that had me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Dylan James was a troubled teen with a major bad-boy attitude that needed adjusting big-time. So many times, I wanted to reach through the pages and slap him silly! :) His rude and deplorable treatment of his mother and everyone else around him made me dislike him immensely. Then, partway through the book, my negative feelings toward him changed and I found myself experiencing sympathy and respect for h
Nycole Peech
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting storyline.

Confusing at times, but written well enough to hold my attention to the end. I will definitely be reading another book by this author.
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Tony Talbot started writing short stories in 2008, after a dream he had and couldn't shake; Finally his wife told him to write it down or stop talking about it.

He wrote his first Young Adult novel, Over the Mountain, in 2008, and has completed several others and a growing raft of short stories since.

He lives in a village in Leicestershire UK, with an American wife he met online and a cat called Bo
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