- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Mind Mess Press; 1 edition (27 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988843307
- ISBN-13: 978-0988843301
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bad Games Paperback – 27 Feb 2013
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About the Author
A former school teacher in the Philadelphia area, Jeff has published multiple works in both fiction and non-fiction. His short story "Sugar Daddy" was the recipient of the 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for Horror. His most recent release, BAD GAMES: HELLBENT, is the third and final installment in the acclaimed BAD GAMES SERIES. Free time for Jeff is spent watching horror movies, The Three Stooges, and mixed martial arts. He loves steak and more steak, thinks the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the greatest movie ever, wants to pet a lion some day, and hates spiders. Stop by and say hello on his website www.jeffmenapace.com Follow him on Twitter http://twitter.com/JeffMenapace And visit his FB page https://www.facebook.com/JeffMenapace.writer
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, Amy and Patrick and their 2 children are travelling to Crescent Lake for a holiday when they meet an odd man on the way. And so begins a game of hunter and hunted. The man, is one of two brothers, Arty and Jim, who like to torture families for fun and the Lamberts are their new target. Initially I was reminded of the film(s) Funny Games by Michael Haneke where well-to-do families are tortured by two brothers which is genuinely disturbing. The only real differences Menapace brings to the plot here is that he gives the brothers motive and that the brothers remove the game to their own home.
You know, this book does have it problems. It relies too heavily on gratuitous violence to set itself apart from similiar plots. The dialogue between Patrick and Amy is a little trite. It doesn't appear to have been proofread (have a look at the first four lines of chapter 27). There's about 5 too many chapters at the end. The title is truly simple and uninspiring. And yet despite this, it's an exciting read. I did want to keep reading to find out how the plot played out and I quite liked the finale. This is the kind of book you read on the beach and throw away at the end of your holiday. Apparently it's part of a trilogy, but my game ends here.
Bad Games was my first encounter with Jeff Menapace and it won't be my last, of that I'm sure.
The overall story is quite different from anything I have read for a long time and it was suspenseful and a little graphic. After realising the book was described as a horror I wasn’t sure how far I would get (horror stories aren’t my thing). Luckily what I did find was a brilliantly written psychological thriller about nature versus nurture and just how far mum and dad would go to save their children.
The book started off a little slow to begin and I nearly stopped reading. However, I don’t like quitting with books and told myself just one more chapter. I’m so glad I did as things escalated pretty quickly soon after.
The story follows Patrick and Amy Lambert and their two children, Carrie and Caleb. They are on their way to the family lakehouse in the woods when they have a bizarre encounter at the gas station. Several further strange occurrences leave Patrick and Amy feeling spooked and vulnerable. They try to put the unusual happenings behind them and continue with their vacation. However, things soon take a more sinister turn when the Fannelli brothers put their sick and twisted plan into action, leaving a trail of death as the go.
The characters were developed perfectly and I connected instantly with the Lamberts. I thought the scenes between Patrick and Amy worked well to establish their personas. However, there were a couple of times when I did think that their actions were a little questionable. I was forced to wonder if they didn’t deserve what was about to rain down on them due to what, Patrick in particular, was willing to overlook.
The Fannelli brothers were clever and evil in equal measures.Read more ›
Overall the writing isn't bad for a free book - I just wouldn't want to read another like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good built-up. Climax great. Leaves you wanting more! Characters interesting and you have to read continue reading to the end!Published 27 days ago by Sandy
Just kept me reading.Why not 5 star?Not fussy on books that become part 1 of 3.4.5.Published 1 month ago by dave-ear
Wow ....what a great read...well written. Moved onto the 2nd book now.Published 1 month ago by shellie Marshall
Frightening but superb story. I could not put this book down, there was so much happening. A vey good read.Published 1 month ago by Karen
The Lambert Family are heading for a nice, quiet, relaxing weekend in a cabin at Crescent Lake. Unbeknownst to them, along the way, they have attracted the attention of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natalie @ BookLoversLife
Enjoyed reading and am looking into getting the next book in the trilogy. Not bad at all for a freebiePublished 1 month ago by Paula Slobin