Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it - anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you ready?
Small town reporter, Mia Durante, finds herself having brunch with the President of the United States on the day civilization comes to an end. An electromagnetic pulse blinds the U.S. Cars crash. Planes fall. Chaos reigns. Power is restored within minutes, but it's already too late. Russian nukes are falling. U.S. allies around the world are all ready wiped out. The United States will cease to exist inside of five minutes.
After giving the order to launch a full-scale retaliation, dooming the planet, the president, White House staff, Secret Service, and those lucky enough to be visiting the white house, are whisked below ground where they board several Earth Escape Pods. As the EEPs launch into Earth orbit, missiles descend.
Less than 40 survive the end of the world. When they return, they're greeted by survivors of a different sort. The bloodbath that follows leaves Durante and nine other survivors on the run. They find themselves fighting for survival in a world in which only torment remains and where death is the only escape.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeremy Bishop has, by all outward appearances, lived a normal life. He grew up in a nice home, in a friendly seaside town. But, as is often, the pleasant facade seen at first glance conceals a darker side. Throughout childhood and early teen years he encountered malevolent entities that whisked in and out of rooms, moved furniture and haunted his dreams.
He processed these encounters through drawings of monsters and devils, expunging horrible images from his mind. As an adult, he continues to expel the monsters of his childhood through his novels, the first of which, Torment, is based on a dream.
Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.
"Jeremy Bishop takes a terrifying bite out of the zombie genre with TORMENT. This is a dark and devious post-apocalypting thrill-ride!" (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Best-selling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin)
"Torment is a nightmarish descent through Armageddon. With barely a pause for breath, Bishop drags you out of normality, straight into the depths of a devastated post-apocalyptic landscape. Surreal and extraordinary locations, grotesque characters and outlandish events rise up from the devastated ashes of the familiar in this startlingly original horror novel. Dreamlike, disturbing and never predictable, once you start reading, you won't want to put it down." (David Moody, author of Hater, Dog Blood, and the Autumn Series)
"Jeremy Bishop explodes onto the zombie scene with Torment, a thought-provoking gorefest that turns the genre on its head. Both shocking and riveting, this is a debut novel that leaves the reader hungry for more." (Steven Savile, number one best-selling author of Primeval and Silver)
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Don't read any reviews - don't risk spoiling it
didn't expect that
Mia, simply because she had more time to develop the character. But all of them where pretty good!
Bray could not have done any better! All were top notch
If I had the time yes!
Bray does so many other books at times it is hard to disassociate the characters. His reading style means that you can increase the speed to 1.25x and hardly notice a difference (shortening the book, which is a pity because I wanted more).
The style of writing is excellent, no 'he said', 'she said' type of thing. I loved the way the author allowed the inner thoughts of the main character to develop the characters of others within the story.
Do yourself a favour be very careful what you read in some of the other reviews. One in particular gives away too much of what happens in the story, spoiling what should be an unexpected surprise.
I was expecting a a standard zombie flick but was blown away with this. A zombie story it is not!
- The Zombie Specialist
a touch of lost and the twilight zone with zombies
torment is like a really good episode of the twilight zone. it keeps you guessing what the h-e-double hockey sticks is really going on.
the story starts out with mia's fiance being captured and forced into confessing he's an assassin. mia finagles her way in to a meeting with the potus (president of the united states) by writing her niece’s essay on why the medal of honor is so important. she wants to confront potus and find out what really happened to her fiancé, who is mia (missing in action) and been declared a traitor. before mia can confront potus at brunch, all the power goes out. the secret service realize an emp has knocked out all electronics. if that's not bad enough, when the white house's backup comes up, there's a warning that there are inbound nuclear missiles. so, the secret service rushes mi, potus, and the others from the medal of honor ceremony to a secret subterranean railway. they are zoomed to a secret survival area where there are 4 rockets to take survivors into space to escape a nuclear war. each rocket is outfitted with food, supplies, and dna samples kind of like a 21st century noah's ark.
while in space, the survivors witness the changes of an all out nuclear war between the u.s. and russia. the rockets are state of the art, and the survivors prepare themselves to live in space while the earth heals.
however as the survivors begin to wrap their heads around what has just befallen them and the earth, the rocket's computer states that it is preparing to land. they think it's a mistake until they peer out and see that the earth amazingly looks normal.
the rocket lands a few blocks away from another rocket that survived takeoff. as they are landing, they hear a transmission from the other rocket's survivors. they are greeted by seemingly normal people. however, all they hear is, "i'm so sorry," followed by the screams of the survivors from the other rocket.
what follows is a bunch of running, fleeing, hiding, fighting, killing, and dying. the survivors think the nuclear war has driven the town's inhabitants crazy until mia notices a man come back to life afer being killed by a mob.
i won't give away any more, you'll just have to listen to it yourself. i'm a zombie fan, and i enjoyed this audiobook. it's got a lot of action and gore with some interesting characters. it's freaky and creepy.
it's a mix of lost and the twilight zone with zombies thrown in. the story kind of starts off slow, so stick with it.
i've got a question for you. "are you ready?" you'll get it after you listen. oh...by the way...CRAZY ending. you won't see it coming!
- Mike Naka