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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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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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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.

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.

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  • Marcus
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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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Be ready to be hunted by something greater than man

A tale of of a group of people down on their luck who were all ready to cash in their chips and exit the game of life. Instead they all had a last minute change of mind and ended up on this bus to a better life. Or so they thought. Instead they are trapped in the middle of nowhere being hunted by demonic versions of men. They must learn to trust each other and to move without hesitation. Death awaits them all. Good luck. And may the odds ever be in your favor. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A bit short, but enjoyable book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I quite enjoyed this one. It was an intense, supernatural ride. I loved the gritty voice of the narrator and thought he did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I'd definitely be open to more from this duo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Compelling and Intense !!

Wow! Im shocked & speechless. This book is dark but so good. A unrivaled novel that is very well developed with no plot holes. With complex characters that are realistic with real emotions & flaws. The title sure fits the story well. This novel is extremely twisted, dark, edgy, filled with some violence, & painful moments. A tale that will have you at the edge of your seat the whole time with jaw dropping moment's.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A good horror story with a satisfying ending

I have been contacted by the author that gave me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I usually read mostly mistery thrillers so I'm not an expert of horror novels but this one suprised me in a good way.
I was expecting something like modern horror movies, since the book started with a bunch of people trapped in a bus while some unknown enemy tries to kill them. I thought the journey was mostly about seeing how each one of the characters will got killed, but I really hoped there would be a meaning in all this. I got even more. The book starts with some dead people and a lot of violence and blood, but it evolves in a more complex story, explaining why this is happening and delivering a satisfying ending which is not so common in the horror genre. So in the end I really loved it and I will follow the author in the future.
The reader was also good and his voice was the right one for the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful