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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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!

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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!

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a touch of lost and the twilight zone with zombies

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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!

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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.

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Non stop action and left me on the edge

Sincerely loved this book. Crazy scenario with unexpected aftermath. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and a few times in my car a little longer so I could finish the chapter. I am now a new fan! Nice job.

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Ugh, such a disappointing ending

If you want some semblance of a acceptable ending where there is some hope or positive to take from it, this is not the book for you. Listening to RC Bray was the only redeeming factor of this book that I can find. The writer did fine in the storytelling, just not the ending I would have picked in a million years.

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wow

this book will make you question your faith....and scare the hades out of you, just be ready.......

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Zombies, zombies everywhere...

This was quite a book! I am a fan of the zombie genre, and this one was a bit different. There was such a sense of helplessness transmitted by our survivors, as these zombies they faced never stopped coming for them. The government's role in everything that was happening was intriguing and frustrating. I enjoyed the audiobook immensely and thought the story kept my attention to the end. I'm not going to lie - I did not care for the ending. It didn't ruin the book for me, but it didn't work for me either.

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Imaginative Horror

A thriller/horror for sure. Had some twists and some twisted momemts. Open mindfulness is encouraged.

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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!!

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weird and disturbing

What made the experience of listening to TORMENT the most enjoyable?

The narrator was very good.

Any additional comments?

This was a very weird and disturbing book. I won't buy another one by this writer.

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  • David Wilkinson
  • 07-07-20

Mixed up and nowhere to go

Terrible. The only good thing was R. C. Bray who tried his best to entertain with a bad story. The story was rubbish and never got better at any point.

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  • Nick Gilligan
  • 08-24-16

What a load of drivel

I feel the author of this novel is either on some mind altering drugs or has serious mental health problems! It's almost as if he's cobbled together 4 different books and as a collective it made no sense what's so ever. The whole plot from beginning was unbelievable and getting to the end was agonising. The only redeeming fact was that it was read by RCBray.

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  • sfak107
  • 10-22-15

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.

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  • John
  • 12-08-14

Worst Book Ever?

Would you try another book written by Jeremy Bishop or narrated by R. C. Bray?

Definitely not .... preposterous story, clichéd character

What was most disappointing about Jeremy Bishop’s story?

I wanted to be scared. I ended up laughing at the paucity of talent on display

What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

Shouldn't really blame the narrator ... I expect he struggled to keep a straight face whilst reading the story

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from TORMENT?

Pretty much all of it

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