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.
©2010, 2011 Jeremy Bishop (P)2012 Jeremy Bishop
"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)
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
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!
the world's fastest fat man
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!
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!!!
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!
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!)
Yes - but I think describing it would ruin it.
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.
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.
Depends on the topic
Narration was actually good.
Roll my eyes countless times in disbelief and frustration.
Save your credit or wait till it goes on sale.
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!!
Starting out with a typical Apocalyptic tale with the missiles,the fire, and realistic nuclear war- I have to say it wrapped up nicely even though I was disappointed in the ending.A reader can always hope that the unknown hero was going to survive and get to where she needed to go but ...it was hell after all.Not my type of books normally, but I enjoyed the thorough struggle of the group, you cant find that on tv.Narrator does excellent EXCELLENT work of inflicting the characters emotions.If he did an audio cookbook id buy that in heartbeat, hes that good! I will definitely recommend this to others!!
Some reviews said this book jumped all over the place and was hard to follow. To those people, I say go buy books at the 5th grade reading level. This book wasn't jumpy or hard to follow. Other reviews compare this story to the twilight zone. Only if the twilight zone was written by the creator of the Saw movie series and the creep that did those human centipede movies. This was an original, post apocalyptic story. Nuclear war, crazy people, hell? No zombies, just scary things going down. Great book.
The plot twists and turns a few times but rather than being confused you are left with a feeling of being treated to multiple genres simultaneously...and multiples are ALWAYS great 😉
First I LOVE RC Bray as a narrator, his mastery of voices is phenomenal.
As for the author, this isn't my first rodeo BUT I didn't know he was the same writer as some of my past "listens" on audible. His skills are exemplified in this novel. This book really gets you to sit up straight and ask yourself: ARE YOU READY?
Teacher and family man.
I am a huge fan of Jeremy Bishop/Robinson. His books entertain and educate, and often too, as in this case, are thought provoking. Torment was a terrific read when it was first released, provoking plenty of controversy. There is plenty to read regarding that on Amazon, so I will simply state that I found the story intelligent, filled with symbolism and existential contemplations.
While a huge fan of the author, I have avoided many of the audiobooks due to a dislike of the narrator typically used. However, I decided that Torment was too good to miss out on, especially since R.C. Bray (a narrator I was unfamiliar with), performed this title. Bray did an outstanding job, truly brining the story to life. Thanks to this performance I will purchase other Bishop/Robinson titles narrated by him.
The author and narrator found true synergy with Torment.
What I really liked about this book - aside from keeping me interested throughout - was that there was no boring baggage that several authors (like S. King) relentlessly provide to develop their characters, making their books quite boring. Additionally, the type of zombies we see in this story are refreshingly different.
"As the title says, it is a torment to listen to!"
The story is what can only be described as random bits of deluded imagination. Not at all scary and certainly not what it says on the tin as FEAR inspiring. I can only say that it was hard going to continue with the story and it must have been a torment for the narrator to read.
However RC Bray does make it listenable, as he is by far one of the best narrators out there.
In summary the story is pish! but well read by RC Bray.
"Worst Book Ever?"
Definitely not .... preposterous story, clichéd character
I wanted to be scared. I ended up laughing at the paucity of talent on display
Shouldn't really blame the narrator ... I expect he struggled to keep a straight face whilst reading the story
Pretty much all of it
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