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Review: The Death Wish Game by Jonathan Chateau

Genre: Thrillers

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

It's the game you never asked to play.

A one-way bus ticket to Florida offers Rodney Corso the chance at a fresh start from his dead-end life in South Carolina.

Unfortunately, he'd never reach his final destination.

During the ten-hour trek to Miami, Rodney and the rest of the passengers awaken to find themselves duct-taped to their seats; stranded in the middle of nowhere. Their captor 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 live. Stay, and they will come tear you apart.”

Who is running this game? What awaits them out there in the darkness? And will these flares lead 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 uncover the dark secret that has brought them here and face a nightmare, unlike anything they have ever experienced before.

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Amazing thriller book that gives me a Dean Koontz type of vibe. It has been a while since I read this type of book and now I am ready to read more. Action packed, a little paranormal and an overall unique story line. It is always refreshing to find a plot that doesn’t follow the cookie cutter lay out many authors fall prey to. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.


I'm sitting here trying to process what I have read, and figure out what to say about it. One thing I will say is I went into this book completely blind. To be honest the cover is what grabbed my attention, I didn't read the blurb or any reviews. So I dove in hoping that what was inside would be just as attention grabbing. Well I can say that the first part of the story was able to keep my attention. Even with an annoying character, Damien, being introduced. I overlooked this, because I know that not every character is going to be liked. Still I kept reading thinking OK I can get into a good horror story about surviving a human hunting game. But, this author just couldn't stop there. Nope he had to go and introduce the supernatural into the game. Then when you have the characters trying to run for their lives, that's when they decide that it's time to share their stories. Oh and you can't forget that the main male character brings up at odd times that he's noticing the one female character romantically. Ummm, sorry to tell you, your running in the woods trying to survive, keep your head out of the gutter. Even more characters are introduced, these ones being just over the line of creepy. And it's with them you find out what's out there and why these people are there. Mainly you find out that this whole cluster is one man's sick and twisted version of entertainment.

By the time this was revealed I was already figuring that the author couldn't do anything else that I wouldn't expect. And I was right, there was the inevitable power struggle between the characters. Then in the middle of this struggle, there was one little twist that happens. And then the next thing I know the story is over. I almost felt that the ending was kind of anticlimactic, especially with the way that the power struggle was going.

I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this book. But, I also can't say that disliked it either. I'm going to say that I was in the middle. There was parts that I found kept my attention. And then there was parts that I found to be a little lack luster. At least to me, this may not be the way someone else will feel when reading this particular book.


Not my usual type of book and not what I expected from the blurb, but found myself unable to put it down till it was over. Has a hunger games vibe


This is not my normal mystery book but it was so captivating. I just couldn’t put it down. Definitely looking forward to more by this author.

Jonathan Chateau grew up reading books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Michael Crichton. However, it was Fight Club--both the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk and the 1999 film by David Fincher--that inspired him to pursue writing. Currently, he has completed three novels, Faith Against the Wolves & Nightmares in Analog and The Death Wish Game. When Jonathan's not writing, he's wandering the aisles of Home Depot, painting Warhammer miniatures, jamming out to Emo & EDM, or spending time with his wonderful muse & girlfriend, his family and his two spoiled cats. He resides in Tampa, Florida.


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