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  • 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)
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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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Usually I stay away from any books promoted on Facebook or Twitter (or any other social media) as they are usually self-published, with comments controlled by the author. But for some reason my attention was thin and I impulsively bought Bad Games by Jeff Menapace. It has "hundreds of five star reviews" on Amazon, most of which are by reviewers who have either reviewed one book or lots of unrelated products.

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.
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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.
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Two stars because it's just not to my taste. Very very violent with far too much lingering on the details of how two murderous psychopaths torment and torture a family. This brutality sits oddly with the soppy dialogue between husband and wife. I think the idea is to contrast their humanity with the brutality of their torturers. However, the dreary chat goes on far too long and I ended up skipping a lot of it.
Overall the writing isn't bad for a free book - I just wouldn't want to read another like it.
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I found the plot very thin and padded with many pages of trivia which didn't move it forward. To be honest the 'story ' could be summed up in three sentences. I found myself skimming huge chunks of the book but at least it was free!
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Quite a good read. Psychological Thrillers tend to scare me to death so I don't often buy them. This one didn't give me nightmares as it was pretty predictable. As a free book it's worth having a look at.
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This book is not my usual kind of read and now I know why. Too much blood and violence for my gentle soul.
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A rip roaring read!!! A truly evocative read. Intelligently written and leaves you thinking. I enjoyed every sentence. I thought this would be fairly standard stuff however Jeff Menapace takes things to the next level.
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Couldn't put this book down a little graphic in places but a good storyline
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