Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Field by Ian Dawson Review

Published July 4th 2018 by BookBaby


When fourteen-year-old Daniel Robinson is abducted during a game of hide-and-seek, his focus switches from enjoying his summer vacation to simply staying alive. He must find the courage and strength to escape his captors and get home, no matter what it takes. Will he survive? Or is this a nightmare that's too real to escape?

As Daniel finds himself at the mercy of his captors, his best friend Kyle sets out to bring him back to safety. With nothing but teenage instincts to guide him, Kyle's quest could result in a happy ending—or in tragedy.

In his first novel, author Ian Dawson draws from his real-life experiences to create an action-adventure story about unconditional friendship, courage, and determination.

My Review

INTENSE read from the first to the last page. A toe-curling read that will shock your mind, break your emotions, and compel you to open your eyes.

Daniel and Kyle are your typical young teenage boys, going on adventures together, expanding their imaginations, along with their typical guy talk and learning about puberty.

Until one adventure goes wrong, Daniel is kidnapped by an insane bully, and he learns more about himself in one night than he ever will for the rest of his life. Survival instincts kick in, and he knows he has to do something, anything to survive. Kyle is distraught, lying to parents to cover for Daniel, and searching frantically for his best friend. In the end, Daniel an Kyle escape as heroes.

You need to read this book to discover the intensity of it. It's difficult to review without giving away any spoilers. The toxic friendship of Austin and James will baffle your mind, Austin being of pure evil, and James knowing right from wrong, however utterly controlled  by Austin who threatens his safety.

As a mother, when I first starting reading this story, I didn't know if I could handle the torture and is in fact, every parent's nightmare for their children. However, I had to keep reading, I had to know the outcome. And as I kept reading, I couldn't put it down. 

I would recommend this book. I honestly think it could help open young adults eyes to the relationships they have in their lives.

AND I would recommend reading a book from cover to cover. Many authors put vital information that could be helpful. So check this out at the end.

Resources (from the author)
If you suspect a friend or family member has been abducted, don't act on your own. Contact your local authorities or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at
or call 1-800-843-5678

If you are in a toxic friendship or relationship and need to talk to someone, contact Crisis Text Line at 741741 int he US, or contact your local authorities.
There is help out there. Get it

About the Author

Ian Dawson has been writing his entire life. He started when he was a kid writing puppet shows to perform for his friends and family, then started writing and drawing comic strips as well. Ian has always enjoyed writing stories that are entertaining and fun, which led him to get his BA in Dramatic Art at UC Davis where he wrote and directed a popular comedy play and a variety of short films. Ian also wrote a play that was produced through Sacramento State University and worked at the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium and Davis Media Access writing and producing content.

Ian later moved to Los Angeles to work on his Masters in Screenwriting at Cal State Northridge. While there he wrote a number of screenplays and interned at Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures. Ian has written educational/training videos for American Eagle Outfitters and Ralphs Grocery Company.

After working on it for 15 years, Ian finally published his first novel, The Field, which he is excited and proud to present to readers all around the world.

Ian loves to read, write, hang out with friends, travel, cook, and try new things. He also loves writing comedy and making others laugh. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Twenty-five years ago author Ian Dawson was kidnapped by two older teen boys in a field behind his home in Redding, California. They held him captive for several hours and assaulted him before finally setting him free. This traumatic experience became the inspiration behind his debut YA thriller novel, The Field (BookBaby, Sept. 28, 2018). 

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