The Dead Game takes place in a mythical (I assume) Floridan tourist village called Oasis. All is not well in Oasis, however, with any number of demons and otherworldly beings threatening the peace of the residents. It is left to Linda, Todd, and their friends to try to deal with the host of supernatural threats to the quiet tourist haven.
Her writing is descriptive and colorful and I found the horror and paranormal scenes, of which there are many, incredibly compelling. The author has a vivid imagination and translates this to paper very well. More than once, I was reminded of the great story; "Jumanji". I'm sure the author mentioned it at one stage, so perhaps she drew inspiration from it. The paranormal scenes were very reminiscent of Jumanji; fast-paced, with all sort of perils, to be faced, almost like running an obstacle course. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of this novel and would recommend it to anyone who likes fast-paced action paranormal/horror.
For a first novel, which I am assuming this is, given it is the only book on Leist's Amazon page, it was a very successful and enjoyable debut.
The one drawback and something I'm sure that will come with experience and practice was some of the dialogue. I did find the dialogue somewhat stilted at times and a little bit forced. Good dialogue is a learning process and I'm sure Leist will improve this over time. It didn't detract from the excitement of the story, which was related at a breath-taking pace.
An excellent debut and the promise of much more in the future. A solid four stars for The Dead Game.
Check out The Dead Game, here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RNsXHX