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A one-way trip to Florida offers Rodney Corso the chance at a fresh start from his dead-end life in South Carolina. Newly divorced, broke, and unemployed, a bus ticket gifted to him by his sister could not have come at a better time.

However, this bus would never reach its final destination.

Sometime during the 10-hour trek to Miami, both he and the rest of the passengers awaken to find themselves duct-taped to their seats and stranded in the middle of nowhere in the black of night. Their captor soon reveals himself, informing them that they are participants in a game of survival.

"The rules are simple," he tells them. "Follow the flares to reach the safe zone. Make it there, and you get to live. Stay here...and they will come tear you apart."

Chaos ensues, and the passengers are picked off one-by-one - slaughtered in their very seats by an unseen threat.

Who is running this game? What awaits them out there in the darkness? And will these flares lead them to freedom or straight into a trap?

If Rodney and the others want to live long enough to find out, they will have no choice but to confront the dark secret that has brought them here and face a nightmare unlike anything they have ever experienced before.

©2017 Jonathan Chateau (P)2017 Jonathan Chateau

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Buckle Up You are in for a wild ride.

What did you love best about The Death Wish Game?

The Narrator is super he does many accents and gives a special flavor to the story.

What other book might you compare The Death Wish Game to and why?

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Have you listened to any of Aaron Shedlock’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time will listen to more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it is a ride that you did not want to stop.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Chk-Tah Chk-Tah

Get your shoes on for this book because it hits the ground running and doesn't stop until the end. This was a really fun book to listen to. I hope that this was meant to be a bit hokey, because it definitely was, but that worked very well for this story. A supernatural twist to the standard game of hunting the world's top predator, humans. Who are the hunters, why are the hunting, who is running the game, will Kyley and Rodney come out of the game alive, and what does Chk-Tah mean? All those questions get answered so come listen to this fun and thrilling ride.

Chateau and Shedlock make a great pair and Shedlock really does a fantastic job. You can tell he is having fun with his narration and he really brings the story to life with his different voices for the characters.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Holy. Crap.

This is a book that I will not soon forget. It reminded me of 'From Dusk Till Dawn' in that it starts out real-world scary with a plot that feels possible and quickly spins off into a horrible fantasy. I loved that aspect! I also absolutely loved the characters in this book - every single one seemed dynamic and fully fleshed out. A completely crazy ride, this book is scary, adventure packed, paranormal, fantastical, and even a bit romantic (but not too much). 'Death Wish Game' really has it all and is the most fun read I've had in a while. Aaron Shedlock did a phenomenal job with narration, making each character sound unique so I could tell who was speaking without them being referred to by name. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the horror genre - it was awesome. 10/10

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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❤️

Ah this is just what I needed for my commute. Non stop action. The way the whole thing played out was a bit like a campy horror, but it worked well for the story. Loved it. The narrator did an awesome job. Loved the performance.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing horror!

Not my normal listen, this book took me on a wild, mysterious ride and I am glad I took it! Jonathan Chateau has crossed Death Race with the Walking Dead and has come out with an intriguing plot. At rock bottom, Rodney is ready to end it all when he gets a call from his sister. Boarding a bus to go be with her, Rodney is literally in for the ride of his life. Little does he know, this bus takes him into a game of survival of the fittest. With a paranormal twist, Rodney and several of his traveling companions will fight to keep alive. Even with all the twists and turns this book has, Chateau is able to give that glimmer of love giving the characters hope and determination to survive. Edge of your seat suspense will keep you listening until the end.

Always giving an outstanding performance, Aaron Shedlock brings this book to life.With the many characters in this book, the talent of Aaron is able to be showcased. His variety of voices from ancient Indians and Spanish Warriors to depressed crazy teenagers, he will create the movie in your mind as the game goes on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 11-11-17

Pretty good story bogged minus the padding

I've listened to short stories by Jonathan Chateau as well as a full novel (Faith Against the Wolves) and mostly enjoyed them. The Death Wish Game feels like it's stuck between the two -- that is, that it's really a long short story that got further elongated into a novel.

The premise is pretty straightfoward (and is summarized in the book's description -- no surprises there), what adds the "meat and potatoes" to it all is the action and mystery behind it all. When I first started the book, I was hooked and listening as much as I could in any given sitting. There's some backstory, but the ball gets rolling fairly quickly. Before you know it, our protagonist is in the game.

During the first couple hours I was hooked into trying to figure out what was going on and listening hard for clues. Is the game real? Are his fellow participants actors? By about hour 3-3.5 though, I started to feel that distant dread that a book may spoil itself by dragging on too long.

There are several times during the story where our protagonists narrowly escape danger, go on the run only to be thrown right back into danger, nearly die and be miraculously saved once again. There were also a few points where you felt the book could have ended (had the author not had the final resolution in mind -- which did work well btw). Adding that to the fact that the primary antagonist shifted quite a few times (you thought HE was the bad guy? Oh no, now HE is! Oh wait, nope, now HE IS!), I really began to feel the book was being padded out for length.

If we ignore the padding however, we have a solid story. There's action, intrigue and some emotional scenes that really put you in the moment. Characters are pretty well developed, and the plot came full circle in the end. While I felt the ending did resolve most plot points, I still walked away feeling there was much that could have been left out. I give the story 3.75 stars mainly due to this.

The narrator did an excellent job not only bringing the characters to life (he REALLY made me hate one of them, kudos), but also keeping the momentum going throughout. Would happily listen to another reading by Aaron Shedlock.

This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Nothing is Free

I really enjoyed this different thriller it is full of action, good character developments, some paranormal and lots of twists and turn. It holds you’re interest. Starts out with free bus ride to Florida for select suicidal people and free meal and the next you know they are all tied down that is where all the action starts. Recommend to anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers and if you enjoy supernatural horror recommend his Nightmares in Analog. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fast paced ride, bob and weave, duck and run!

This was a supernatural story of ancient vengeance and modern day survival. It grabbed me from the very beginning. It wasn't anything that came to mind when I thought supernatural. However, the whole background on the supernatural aspect had me wanting to know more about these people and the vengeance they sought.

The narration on this was great! This was fast paced and the mood was fearful. With his narration, Aaron made you feel the energy and fear, the desire to survive, angst, and anxiety. And, through it all, somehow there was a blossoming attraction between characters. Aaron is fairly new to me, but is fast becoming another of my favorite narrators. He delivers a stellar performance. J

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great horror story!

Great Horror Suspense! I must admit, I don't listen to horror stories anymore. I wanted to listen to this audiobook because of the narrator, Aaron Shedlock.

This horror story is fast-paced, intriguing, suspenseful, scaring, with some paranormal side and twists and turns. There are also some creepy sarcastic scenes. This book has it all! I'm always impressed by the strength to survive, even more when it comes to someone who was wanting to end his life.

The story is well written, the storyline is well built and absolutely breath taken. I like Rodney and Kylie, of course, but all characters are really interesting and they bring so much intensity in this story. Jonathan Chateau and Aaron Shedlock took me on this ride and I must say that I wasn't always willing to known what will happened next!

The performance of Aaron Shedlock is brilliant and magnificent! He brings this story to life and keeps us on the edge until the end. Bravo!

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Prepare yourself--this one grabs a hold of you

Wow, this was a good one! It was like the mainstream Hollywood horror movie of the year, in audiobook form. So much suspense and action that pulls you in right from the beginning. It grabs you by the pants and throws you on a roller coaster you can't get off. I will definitely be waiting for more from this author!

The narration is excellent, and I actually listened to the whole thing. From me, that's the best recommendation I can give.

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful