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The Dead Game by [Leist, Susanne]
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The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a mysterious supernatural thriller with plenty of twists and turns that is well-written and keeps you turning the page. From the first page you start a wild ride and just when you think all is well, she throws in another twist. 
Rhonda Cratty, Parenting & Education Examiner


I was absolutely surprised by this book! I knew it had some enigmatic mystery and some dark action, but the author set up the story so well I was happily amazed. It starts with a very engaging character, a young woman who is very well portrayed in a community, Oasis, Florida. The town's mysteries are maze-like and become deeper and more sinister as the book progresses. This is a very original approach to the concept of vampires and their existence.
Ray Miller "Relevant Reviewer"

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a top-notch haunted house horror thriller. The author excels at spooky descriptions, terrifying scenarios like opening a door and stepping into a black abyss or forever trapped in a dark maze with endless rooms stretching into infinity. Her characters are perfect and the reader can easily connect with them.
Simon Okill, Simon's Phantom Blog

A beachfront town, a haunted mansion, people disappearing or turning up dead--these are the elements of gothic horror, but this unique novel has a more than a few twists. The writing is first-rate, and the pace is fast. The characters are well-defined, and the plot is imaginative and unpredictable...
Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author


Susanne's take on vampires is fresh and new but you'll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampire legend and turns it into something I've never read before...

Elle Klass, Author of As Snow Falls

From the Author

I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I've read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I've begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery. It is hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That is why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It is the type of book that I search for and love to read.
My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don't forget the haunted house--we must have one of these.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2576 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 3 edition (August 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3IWF70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book, “The Dead Game” would make an excellent horror movie. I just could not get enough of it, and would love to see it on the silver screen. In fact, I think it would be even more fantastic in 3 dimensional.

Let me start by saying: I read this in the dark, along with one light on and in a big house. Wait, did I mention I was alone? I might suggest that , you might not want to do that. I’m just sayin…

Just let me be frank with you here. Okay, wait. I still want to be me. Here goes. I honestly love watching TV, and I know what would make for a good show, or movie. And as I was reading this, I was just so totally freaking out all through it, I could totally visualize everything. I know this book would be amazing as a Movie, you seriously need to read it, because you know it goes. When they turn books into Movies, they ruin them. And if the words are this good, you need to read them now!

Another thing that I loved about this book, was the fact that it is portrayed in Oasis, Florida. As most of you know, I am I currently live in Florida. So I love it when books put Florida, or Ohio on the map, I’m in.

This book, “The Dead Game” has Vampires, Beachfront property, a scary haunted mansion, dead bodies, romance and of course people. What a unique kind of mix.

But let me tell you, never ever go to a place called: “End house” and never attend a party on a Friday night where the invitation envelopes are black. I mean if that doesn’t just say: “It’s going to get weird.” As a warning, then nothing will.

I was so impressed, with “The Dead Game”, I couldn’t put it down. I give it five stars, it was just that exciting. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy horror, with a kick, then you need to read this. And you better be ready to get comfortable, because you’re not going to want to put this book down! It’s just that enjoyable.
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Shana, " This town is full of secrets, and you don't know which wall has ears...they're afraid that I will unearth all of their horrible secrets. But I'm staying until the bitter end--" This is the quote that allows the whole story to unfold. Linda and her friends are the driving force for the unraveling of these secrets. The plots unravels at a fast pace and maintain the momentum until the very end.

So the story goes. Linda arrives in a Town called ‘Oasis’ to open her book store. Just as she thinks she has found her paradise and desired lifestyle, many unwarranted bad events happen to the town. Even though curiosity kills the cat, the group of friends led by Linda is determined to get to the bottom of a town's supernatural events that have caused unexplained deaths, and many many bizarre incidents. As Manchurian Candidates for the Vampires, they are used as candidates and tools in a murderous, wicked exercise. You cant tell the good guys from the bad guys. Reality, Illusions and nightmares entangled into a tightly woven suspenseful thriller that keeps you edgy, sweating and perhaps screaming.

Its a good read for Vampire Lovers because the plots are not the usual stuff you find in the same genre. Its a good read for non Vampire Lovers because she has a different take on Vampires and Ghosts and every time just when you think the story line becomes clear, you are hitched for another big ride again.
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BOOK REVIEW by G. Franklin Prue
The Dead Game by Susanne Leist
November 25th 2015

Author Susanne Leist has reinvented the Vampire story. I didn’t think it could be done. It was a lot of fun going into the town of Oasis. The read got me going with the plot slowly opening up to murders in small town Florida. I use to live in a town like this in Florida but without the Vampires. The author details small town life and an invitation to End House to get you in the mood. The author plot twists and secret cabal of vampires plotting to get rid of all the human half-breed Vampires continues to guide you deeper into the horror of it all. Our heroine Linda comes to save the day and wake up the residents to stop this evil cabal called…The Dead.

Author Leist rich, textured description of the town of Oasis gives you access to the residents in the town. Her story flows with the characters of Linda, Tom, Mr. Wolf, Edward and other Vampires in the town trying to save the day from the bad Vampires. Her prose gives you a bigger than life personality in every possible level of storytelling.

Author Leist seem to have had fun writing this story and continuing the Vampire folklore. The story had romantic moments and battles between the Vampires and the Dead. I loved the haunted house passages, sounds of wild animals coming after you, walls closing in as you discuss your death with a pissed off Vampire and the character of Mr. Wolf. He was a hoot who owned the haunted house. Author Leist had a great ability to make you scared and laugh at the same time. I recommend this modern day rock and roll terror of The Dead Game.
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The Dead Game is a mystery/horror story that brings you into the lives of a group of people living in the quaint sea-side community of Oasis, Florida. Even though Oasis seems to be a lovely place to live, sinister forces are hiding around every corner and wreaking havoc on the innocent town-folk. The author does a good job of developing the characters (both good and evil) and fleshing out the world they live in. Two inanimate objects in the story that grew into characters as the book progressed were the town of Oasis, Florida as well as a place called End House. End House is an old abandoned mansion in a reclusive part of town that has a mysterious background. Invitations in black envelopes are sent to select people in town to attend a party at End House on a Friday night. The friends decide to attend the party and that is when all hell breaks loose. (Not wanting to reveal too much of the story) End House displays its paranormal personality with all sorts of terrifying entities from razor sharp saws to gigantic bugs. The author is very creative with the horror she dishes out making it interesting and detailed without being so graphic as to turn anyone away from reading the rest of the story. After the horrific events of the party the group has suspicions about the people within their own circle and if they are friend or foe. Friendships evolve between the characters both positively and negatively. Hidden attraction between a few of the main characters brings a romantic angle to the story as well. A few of the characters work together to discover information on an eccentric man named Charles Wolf and a group he leads named “The Dead”. Rich and powerful, Wolf is known as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and throws another wrinkle into the story.Read more ›
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