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The Wide Game (Harmony, Indiana #1)

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  24 reviews
On the advice of his wife, Paul Rice is making plans to attend his 10th year High School reunion. Returning to his boyhood home of Harmony, Indiana, he finds that he is still haunted by memories of that time-memories of Deidra, his first love, and memories of the Wide Game. It was ten years ago that Paul and his friends watched their day of fun become a race for their live ...more
ebook, 251 pages
Published 2011 by Graveside Tales (first published June 23rd 2003)
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mark monday
Run!

this is The Wide Game: on Senior Ditch Day, seniors at the local Harmony, Indiana high school race each other through a cornfield to a quarry. the rules are simple: put some money in; if you or your group spot anyone during the game then you must trade personal items and then team up; first individual or group to the quarry wins all of the money. simple! it becomes not so simple when an accident forces eight students to slowly travel back together through the cornfield carrying the accident
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Renae
This book was absolutely awesome! I can definitely say after reading this book that I'm more afraid of corn fields than ever before. Which really sucks if you live in Indiana! I really feel that Mike West pulled out all the stops with this book, I truly had a hard time putting it down. If I HAD to put the book aside for a few minutes, I was always anxious to get back to see what was going on. It is something I will read more than once and anytime I want to jump start my heart. Hats off to Mike W ...more
Sheila
There’s something seriously scary about the Wide Game, and nearly everyone who’s played will carry the scars. But they won’t talk about it. And now Paul’s back in Harmony, Indiana, for a school reunion where he just might have to face up to what was. Meanwhile the reader follows his memories of that Wide Game played before graduation, and wonders at the cost.

The Wide Game is classic horror, with teenagers separating in the dark when you know they ought to stay together, with something scary in t
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Michael West
Jul 03, 2013 Michael West rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-novels
All versions out of print except ISBN Number 978-1-937929-18-3

The Wide Game the way it was meant to be!
Monster
The Wide Game starts off with Paul Rice and his wife arriving at his mother’s house back in his old hometown. This visit isn’t just for family fun, however: it’s also the day of his high school reunion. Feeling nostalgic, his mother pulls out his old high school yearbooks, which trigger horrible memories from his senior year where his class played a game out in the cornfields of Indiana known as “The Wide Game”. This wasn’t any kind of game, though, as many of his fellow students ended up dead.

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Nicholas
Harmony, Indiana is a small town overrun by endless fields of corn, young people languishing in the stereotypical boredom inescapable with small town living, and yes, legends of nightmare coupled with an underlying history of mystery, bloodshed, and horror.
Paul Rice grew up in this town, spent his high school years fraternizing with his circle of friends, aspiring to direct B-grade horror films, and falling in love with classmate Deidra. At a time when graduation is only days away, Paul and Dei
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Nikki
Aug 22, 2011 Nikki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Awesome horror book! Scary, good plot, great characters. 80's trivia galore.

This is my favorite book from Michael West (although all his work is amazing). I grew up in the 80's and he really brings it back to life.

It's so terrifically scary, there are parts I could barely stand to read!!
West makes you feel so close to the characters that there's even a bit of sadness when the 'bad guys' go down.
The plot never skips a beat, the love story is beautiful and realistic, and the manifestations of
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Kimberly
Harmony, Indiana: This was technically the first book Michael West based in this town besieged by otherworldly influences. I read the three novels out of order, but that did nothing to take away from the plot of any. Each novel is a stand alone, and each will have you eagerly searching out more stories from Harmony. The Wide Game takes place in the 80's, in a cornfield ruled by unseen energies. When these elements decide to play, there isn't anywhere that's safe....

Recommended!
Rhonda
Review to follow once posted at MonsterLibrarian. Will re-post blog at that time.
Kaisersoze
For a first novel, The Wide Game displays a notable amount of promise. The writing is particularly strong, as if author Michael West spent a long time honing his craft before submitting his manuscript to publishers. It's also more complicated than it seems at first glance, with some surprisingly deep themes eventually being raised. And though the idea behind the book isn't anything particularly new - a bunch of high school graduates get stalked through a remote location by someone or something t ...more
William Bentrim
Once again the small town of Harmony Indiana turns out to be less than harmonious. More demented souls seem to reside in this small, corn fed town than any major metropolis. What is up with all the corn fed fear? A high school tradition of questionable merit melds into a game with bloody consequences.

A group of high school students are studied as characters. They are fleshed out so the reader can develop a sense of empathy. Then bad things start to happen.

Michael West surely has a strange turn
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Matt
Picked this book up after seeing it on one of the Goodreads lists and seeing the high reviews.

The first 275 pages focus on character development and interactions between several pairings of characters with little plot development. The characters themselves appeared to be archetypes from the same 80's popular culture that serves as the stories main setting. As in the popular 80's classic movie The Breakfast Club, you have the jock Danny, the Nerd Mick, the misunderstood bad boy Skip, and the popu
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Robin Blankenship
Michael West is hands down in my top three Horror writers. Michael West, Richard Matheson and Clive Barker are my top three favorites in no particular order because I just can not decide. Michael West's stories are not only amazingly creepy, scary stories they are also deeply woven intricate plots with well flushed out characters. Michael West is one of the best storytellers I have ever read. The Wide Game from start to finish had me on the edge of my seat. It never lagged, it was never slowed, ...more
Ira Gansler
You will finish this book, put it down, and (had you read this before any of the other Harmony, Indiana titles come out) hope that Michael West is not done with Harmony, Indiana. This book was the perfectly paced horror novel. We are provided with a couple of key characters that we really get to know and follow although we may learn along the way that we don't know some of them as well as we thought we did. A corn field has not been this scary since Stephen King's Children of the Corn. Pick it u ...more
Kathryn
Wow is all I can say about The Wide Game, Michael West delivers a creepy and suspenseful story. All of the characters in the story felt like real people. I also liked the use of Native American mythology in it, each book in the Harmony, Indiana has a different mythology to it but still felt like the same universe that I enjoyed very much. This story had a little bit of a whodunnit and I didn't expect the twist towards the end. I hope there's a 4th book in the Harmony, Indiana series.
Keith Pyeatt
I enjoyed reading the novel. The writing was clean and kept me in the story. I loved all the atmosphere of the corn field and the old building. The characters were my favorite part, all well developed and distinct. They grew and changed and kept me guessing but never made me question their actions. I stayed interested throughout, never had the impulse to skim, but didn't get lost because of gimmicks to keep the pace fast without adding anything to the story. Good read.
Michael West
My first novel, and your introduction to the small town of Harmony, Indiana. Available for the first time in hardcover and eBook formats. Enjoy!
Anton Cancre
As a basic bit of horror slaughter fun, The Wide Game does all that it promises. We’re given teens in peril, fighting and screwing among themselves before becoming the inevitable meat for the beast. Then we get the continued infighting and a whole lot of terror as they begin to realize the full stakes of their situation. Giant crow attacks, murder, temptation and blood, blood, blood. For the most part, the pace is smooth, even if the transition from adult to youth back to adult does slow down th ...more
Elisa
This book freaked me out. Review to follow
Sheri White
Review to come soon at Xomba Horror.
David
Fast read. Surprised by the amount of sex in the book. Wimpy ending though. Could have been much more sinister.
WendyB
I liked this book. It read like a campy low budget '80s movie... not that that is a bad thing. :-)
I wish it didn't have the tacked on sex scenes. They added nothing to the story.
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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, West has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He lives and works in the Indiana ...more
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