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TORMENT: A Novel of Dark Horror | [Jeremy Bishop]

TORMENT: A Novel of Dark Horror

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? 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

STORY DESCRIPTION:

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.

** THE SENTINEL, Bishop's second novel, is available now! Check it out.

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.

©2010, 2011 Jeremy Bishop (P)2012 Jeremy Bishop

What the Critics Say

"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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    Mike Naka 09-12-12
    Mike Naka 09-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "a touch of lost and the twilight zone with zombies"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Scot Southampton, MA 05-10-12
    Robert Scot Southampton, MA 05-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Call me a Fan!!!"
    Where does TORMENT rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of all the audiobooks I've listened to throughout my life, it's hard to rank it among Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King and the like - but I have to say that despite all of the negative feedback this audiobook has gotten (which, I admit, made me think twice about getting it) - I definitely rank it among those I'd listen to more than once... happily. Being a fan of both Bishop (Jeremy Robinson) and narrator RC Bray ultimately won out over the naysayers.

    If you're looking for an awe-inspiring life-changer, this isn't it. It's an adventure with a really freaky take on the undead (I'm sooorrrry!!!) that proves to be highly entertaining and totally worth while. I definitely recommend it!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The undead/zombies. In most movies today they're portrayed as ravenous spider monkeys who come standard with parkour in their blood (not knocking it - totally love it!!) but what they have in Torment (without giving too much away) is a very unique twist.

    Also the journey from the beginning to the end. That's not me saying I "like the whole thing" - I'm just saying that from where it starts out to where it ends up is a great twist!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A couple come to mind (the McMansion at the beginning, finding the other crewman in the forest) but definitely the ones with Liz (the little girl) - very well written! (and hysterical to say the least!)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes - but I think describing it would ruin it.


    Any additional comments?

    Jeremy Bishop (aka Jeremy Robinson) seems to put out a book every other day and, having read a bunch of them, I can't help but be amazed at how thorough he is with each. Nothing is sacrificed in his expediency. The storyline, the characters.... all fleshed out and solid. Outstanding work, Jeremy!

    Also, I've now listened to several audiobooks narrated by R.C. Bray and I have to say that he is definitely becoming one of my favorite narrators. He has a very approachable and personable manner of narrating and makes some very interesting character voice choices that really enhance the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 10-13-12
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 10-13-12
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    "WEIRD IN A BAD WAY"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story if flacky and weird. Half of the story makes no sense while the other half is boring causing me to roll my eyes in disbelief. The story is novel in its own special way but I will take a predictable Zombie novel over a novel that sounds like a 12 year old came up with. Spaceships, ex-hippie monster, insane preacher, worm like human creature that eats leaves and poops them out, and Zombies that don't want to be Zombies. Yeah just save your credit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeremy Bishop again?

    Depends on the topic


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was actually good.


    Did TORMENT inspire you to do anything?

    Roll my eyes countless times in disbelief and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit or wait till it goes on sale.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 11-13-12
    Margaret wurtsboro, NY, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW"

    This book at first - I was very skeptical - space and stuff.... but the rest of the story WOW - Im not going to be a spoiler - not a Romero Zombie book, but def worth a listen - Good book!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-22-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-22-14

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "Don't read any reviews - don't risk spoiling it"
    If you could sum up TORMENT in three words, what would they be?

    didn't expect that


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mia, simply because she had more time to develop the character. But all of them where pretty good!


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Bray could not have done any better! All were top notch


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time yes!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-07-14
    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-07-14
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    "Definitely a dark horror"
    Would you consider the audio edition of TORMENT to be better than the print version?

    Don't have the print version but R.C. Bray did bring it more to life with his voices than I could have reading it.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    His voices brought the characters to life. He made it feel like I was a bystander watching the events rather than being read to. That's a huge plus for me in hearing an audiobook.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction but it did leave me feeling satisfied. I was a bit frustrated through some parts (based on some of the actions of the characters) but when it finally came to an end, I didn't feel lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I came in thinking it would be like other post apocalyptic novels but this one had a twist. It reminded me of a TV show I used to watch...but I don't want to say what it is because it might give some of it away.
    This is a very exciting book...something I will listen to again at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 02-15-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 02-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"
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    Jeremy Bishop has a way of writing that makes you question everything and allows your imagination to continue what his started, which is totally creepy but fantastic. I couldn't turn it off and regret that I may have nightmares because of it. But it was definitely worth it. The ending is shocking and not what I expected, but that is what is so good about Bishop - he does the unexpected and doesn't apologise for it, nor should he. A book that will definitely be in the 'repeat listen' pile. R.C.Bray does such a fantastic job, I don't know if the book would have seemed as creepy with a different narrator. Bishop and Bray compliment each other extremely well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 01-28-14
    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!

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    "Big Disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better storyline. i kept waiting for it to get better. it seemed to turn into a Religious story. i just didnt get it. it started alright, then it got boring, i kept waiting for it to get better. Lame ending


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i've enjoyed some of Jeremy's other work, but i'm not sure if i'll risk another disappointment like this.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's the waiter, not the cook, not his fault the story sucks.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    uh...the settings were described well.


    Any additional comments?

    it's a story about religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 08-06-13
    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top

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    "Almost made it"

    Started off fast and strong with several turns. Thought it would be a strong ending but was disappointing. Ending didn't match the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 01-10-13
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 01-10-13

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "god ! why read this just shoot yrself now!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some ending that gave u hope for mankind(a live)not just where u go when u die


    Has TORMENT turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nearly !


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A+


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I listened to the end just to see if it did,no.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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