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Bad Games: Hellbent - A Dark Psychological Thriller (Bad Games Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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"Hellbent may be my favorite of the three books in the series...[Menapace] has ratcheted up the suspense to excruciating new levels." - J. Chambers, Amazon Hall of Fame, Top 10 Reviewer
From the Author
-Book 1 - Bad Games
-Book 2 - Vengeful Games
-Book 3 - Bad Games: Hellbent
-Bad Games Two Book Set (Vengeful Games & Hellbent)
-Bad Games Box Set: (Books 1-3)
- ASIN : B00GYG47TY
- Publisher : Mind Mess Press (December 10, 2013)
- Publication date : December 10, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1832 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,589 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Menapace's "Bad Games" series started well, the first book was a good potboiler with interesting characters, so he gets a pass for writing a decent thriller. The second book upped the ante and started unraveling halfway through the story as it crossed into James Bond/Michael Myers territory with a psychotic female villain who has unlimited finances, a hot daddy, mysterious people who give assistance to our lady villain over the phone, and a thirst for blood. She evidently cannot be stopped, but that's the fault of the "good guys" who never check to see if she's really dead. Plot holes abound.
Now, our unkillable villain is back, hellbent on revenge. She should be dead by lung cancer, given how many descriptions of the cigarettes she smokes the reader is treated to. All the short chapters end with cigarettes, thrown into coffee, out the Lexus window, etc.
This twaddle spirals out page after page into science fiction and ends up using the plot from Ian Fleming's "Dr.No", in which James Bond (called "Domino" here) is forced into a ridiculous maze and tortured room by room. Our villain is finally shot in the face after being bested by someone who encountered this psycho in the first book. Naturally, one more crazy person who assisted the now dead villain escapes to set fire to more houses and people, as well as show up in a fourth book. No sense in spending money on yet another ridiculous pulp thriller. We all know book four is a set up for book five, etc. Go read "Dr.No" again, you can usually find it for free on your Kindle.
I was way into the concept of our ice cold killer Monica finding the perfect protegee, who ended up being my favorite character this go-round. I hope we see more of her in upcoming book(s). Monica's brainchild, in a way a demented hamster wheel that is a matter of life and death, was amazing.
Other than pushing a bit past what I believe a human beings physical limits to be I loved this book just like the rest, the first being my favorite. All three are most definitely worth your time, they're all going onto my favorites list.
I also enjoyed reading the second book although I did not find it to be as good as the first. This third and final book really was a disappointment to me.
The plot is both overly structured and unrealistic. Each chapter seems designed to be innovative with depicting vengeful scenes of violence. Unlike the first two books where the victims were everyman types, this books pits formidable foes against each other in a fight to the death.
If it were not the last book written in the series, it would still be the last book in the series for me.
That said, the author's depiction of the villain is excellent, you get a visceral hatred for them and while they are sociopathic, they really don't get campy.
These three books are in a new genre of their own, a genre I'll call "Terror." They're not in the Horror genre, with all the occult, supernatural, zombies, vampires, ghosts, hell, etc. They are pure unremitting terror, evil done by humans to humans, and the intensity of the terror puts it miles above mystery, thriller or suspense.
If you want mind-blowing terror, and have a heart that's in good shape, you will read these 3 books, and you'll never forget them.
Top reviews from other countries
After the end of the second one I was devastated and had no idea where this would go. I can't give too much away but I wasn't disappointed. As usual, the story was so cleverly written there was no way you could put this down - you HAVE to know what happens. I like the fact that there are small chapters too so when you do finally have to come back to the land of the living you can jump straight back into it.
I was not disappointed with this and I would recommend this series of book to everyone and anyone. I have never had a favourite author before but I think Jeff Menapace has just become it!