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Vengeful Games - A Dark Psychological Thriller (Bad Games Series Book 2) by [Menapace, Jeff]
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The sequel to the #1 Kindle bestseller Bad Games. Now optioned as a feature film!

In Bad Games, the Lamberts weren't safe at the family cabin.
Now they aren't safe anywhere.

Playtime is not over...

In Autumn of 2008, the Lambert family headed to western Pennsylvania for a weekend getaway to the family cabin.

They visited hell instead:

The Fannelli brothers. Two psychopaths who believed themselves exceptional, put on this Earth for the soul purpose of tormenting others for their own amusement. To make people play their twisted games.

Except the Lamberts managed the impossible. They played the game and survived. Showed the Fannelli brothers that they'd messed with the wrong family.

However, the game is far from over. There are some new players in town. Players who appear to have close ties to the Fannelli brothers. Players who are taking things very personally...and promising results that are very deadly.

If you thought you'd glimpsed evil before, prepare to plummet headfirst into the abyss as award-winning author Jeff Menapace shows you a new level of fear and heart-stopping suspense.

Let the vengeful games begin...

Praise for Jeff Menapace and his award-winning fiction:

-Winner of the 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for Horror 

"I find the author to be ridiculously talented." -MichelleR, Red Adept Reviews

"If you're a Richard Laymon fan, check out Bad Games...a gritty and very dark read that's rough around the edges in a refreshing way." - Bill Braddock, author of BREW

"If you like Jonathan Kellerman, you'll love Bad Games. Read on if you dare!"

"Jeff Menapace is one of the rising stars of the horror thriller genre...he can scare the daylights out of the best of them." - J. Chambers, Amazon Hall of Fame, Top 10 Reviewer

"This psychological thriller will keep you totally captivated and enthralled." -Top Ten Psychological Thrillers


The Bad Games trilogy can be downloaded for FREE as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription. Enjoy these e-books on your Amazon Kindle Fire, your smartphone, or even your laptop after downloading the FREE Amazon Books Kindle app.

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About the Author

A former school teacher in the Philadelphia area, Jeff has published multiple works in both fiction and non-fiction. His short story "Sugar Daddy" was the recipient of the 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for Horror. His most recent release, BAD GAMES: HELLBENT, is the third and final installment in the acclaimed BAD GAMES series. Free time for Jeff is spent watching horror movies, The Three Stooges, and mixed martial arts. He loves steak and more steak, thinks the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the greatest movie ever, wants to pet a lion some day, and hates spiders. Stop by and say hello on his website Follow him on Twitter And visit his FB page

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
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  • Publisher: Mind Mess Press; 1 edition (Nov. 27 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8GBT1C
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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He has become one of my favourite authors. So far have not read a bad book of his. Never disappoints me!!! Loved the whole series, couldn't put it down!!!
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Vengeful Games is the much anticipated sequel to Bad Games... If you have not read Bad Games, go and buy the book now and read it- it is terrifyingly thrilling and suspenseful- a nice family weekend in the country turns a families life upside down forever and just when they think it's safe to turn out the lights and go to bed.... the terror has not ended. New enemies come to light in Vengeful Games and the terror continues. I absolutely love this author's writing- his books SHOULD be adapted to the big screen- he has a way of bringing the reader into the minds of each character (even the bad characters) and unfolding the terror and suspense upon this poor family and you cannot help but read one more chapter, and then another until the wee hours of the morning. I am highly anticipating the third installment. If you enjoy a good thriller , excellent writing and open to being "uncomfortable in suburbia", you will love these novels.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x110717a8) out of 5 stars 316 reviews
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ebccf48) out of 5 stars Better Than The First! June 25 2013
By Mookie - Published on
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After reading Bad Games, I couldn't wait to read Vengeful Games. As good as the first book was, the sequel was even better. I was hoping for another book and to my surprise on the very last page was the notice of "Bad Games-Hell Bent" book #3 coming soon. Hell Bent can't get here quick enough! Read "Bad Games" first, trust me, you'll be glad you did. I don't think that you need to read Bad Games before reading this book, but it would definitely be a good idea. Especially after reading this and wanting to read more from Jeff.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef443f0) out of 5 stars Natural born killers June 24 2013
By J. Chambers - Published on
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In Jeff Menapace's terror novel Bad Games, the Lambert family - Patrick and Amy and their children Carrie and Caleb - endured a nightmare of gruesome torture and murder at the hands of the psychopath Fannelli Brothers. They survived, and now the only live Fannelli was in jail waiting to come to trial. The trauma still haunted them, but at least they were now safe.

Or were they? It soon becomes evident that someone else is messing with their lives. It can't be Arty Fannelli, he's in jail. But once again, the Lamberts find themselves fighting for their lives against a pair of killers who make Norman Bates look like a choirboy. And these two twisted fiends are a lot smarter and deadlier than the Fannellis ever dreamed of being.

The climax of Vengeful Games was just as gut-wrenching as it was in Bad Games. And if they lost, this time the Lamberts had no illusions about their fate. Once again, Jeff Menapace has demonstrated his mastery of the modern terror story. I often find sequels to be disappointing compared to the original story, but with Vengeful Games, Menapace is clearly at the top of his game. This one will scare the daylights out of you.

The surprise ending was out of the blue, but was very satisfying.
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HASH(0x9ed8c3b4) out of 5 stars Pretty great! Aug. 19 2015
By Richard T. Baker - Published on
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I love a good action thriller, but I'm also really picky. I read the previous book and this one only because my friend is the narrator (audiobook). The first one I thought was okay. Not terrible, but not really great. This one however, I liked a lot. I would say it's closer to the quality of story telling I get from authors I love like W.E.B. Griffin, John Sanford and Brad Taylor stories. The author uses too many passive verbs, but his ability to convey his characters thoughts and emotions clearly is as good or better than anyone else in the genre. I recommend this book. Even if you haven't read the first in the series, I think all you need to know is contained in the book. At most you'd need to read a quick and basic description of the plot to the first one.


This book felt like two distinct parts. Everything before the Domino character shows up feels like a thriller in the vein of The Game or Gone Girl. But after he shows up it feels more like a Bourne movie. The second part felt a lot better than the first, but both are good. The ending was a little quick for me. Felt like we deserved a few more pages there, but overall I was happy to read it and hope the author writes another book with Domino in it. I'd love to read his own series with sequels and prequels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed34d2c) out of 5 stars Good follow up to a great read July 16 2014
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I loved the first Bad Games, it was one of the only times I couldn't put the book down. That being said vengeful games was a good follow up, not great, but good. The follow up to one of my favorite books I've read in the past five years, told an interesting story from start to finish, gave us more revolting horrific characters and caught us up with a family we felt like we fought and bled with at crescent lake. What kept this book from being great to me, was the fact it didn't have the same claustrophobic feel that mixed well with the almost feeling of experiencing what the characters were going through. It also felt as though everything was too open and too easily foreshadowed, and the new villains though great, were never fully explained and had a little too much equipment at their disposal to make for a real taught twist at every corner thriller. All in all, I did really enjoy this book, it's most definitely worth your time if you were a fan of the first and I'll definitely check out hell bent.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed8c6fc) out of 5 stars Great Follow Up to Book One!!! Jan. 14 2014
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Usually the first book in a series is the best...not the case here. Book One was really good, but book two is spectacular!

I was fortunate enough to be able to read all three installments for free. The first two books were on sale for "free" at one point or another and since the summary seemed right up my alley, I got the books. The third book was lending enabled to I borrowed it for free. I finally got around to reading them and am so glad that I happened upon them. In fact, I enjoyed them so much that I went back and purchased the third book, which I had originally borrowed for free to read. It's the least I could do for the hours of psychological terror this author has given me. This series is definitely a great addition to my collection of dark thrillers.

If you enjoy reading about serial killers, or twisted games, this series is definitely for you! I was actually disappointed when the last story ended. Not disappointed in the end, just disappointed that the games were over. Or are they?!