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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 ...more
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Published November 7th 2010 by Bishop (first published November 4th 2010)
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I recently finished this book, TORMENT - A Novel of Dark Horror by Jeremy Bishop, and it certainly needs a good review. I was honestly shocked by some of the one and two star reviews on Amazon that this book received (I don’t think I read those reviews before purchasing this $2.99 ebook from a new author) but now I am surprised that some people thought this book was bad, because I’m a pretty picky reader when it comes to zombies or anything post-apocalyptic, and to me, TORMENT was a wild, scary ...more
Lori Whitwam
What a disappointment. The first half, it was headed for 5 stars. Then it got weird. And not in a good way. The final third, I got through out of sheer stubbornness. It got too "theological," when it wasn't just run-run-run. And the ending? Really? Shame, because it had so much going for it.
This was extremely entertaining. Unfortunately, as far as the story line goes, it was crap. There is no real story. It never explains what exactly happened. It was Hell on Earth. No, it was a nuclear fallout. No, we don't know what's going on.

The author tries to tie in religion and modern warfare, but fails to really make any clear connection between either concept with what's going on. I realize there are things that can or should be left to the imagination, but the book left me with a general
Dan C.
I can't remember exactly how I stumbled across Jeremy Bishop's debut novel, Torment. I think I followed a link to another book that was in the bargain bin for Kindle books and this was one of the "similar books." I downloaded the sample and was so hooked that I didn't hesitate coughing up $2.99 for the whole thing. Not since the last Brian Keene book have I been so enthralled by a piece of horror fiction.

I'm finding that it's really hard to write about Torment without spoiling it, but I'll do my
Sean the Bookonaut
I came to this book blind, no inkling about what the book was about at all. Receiving it as an ARC meant that there was no advance buzz about it either.

The Story
An American sniper is captured and a plot to assassinate the Russian President exposed. World War 3 ensues and the world descends quite literally into hell.

The narrative focuses on a mixed group of survivors, including the President, his security detail, the fiancée of the American sniper and her niece as they attempt to survive a strang
David Biondi
I found out about this book when the author followed me on Twitter. I didn't recognize him so I went to his page and found out he was an author. This lead me to amazon where I saw his book "Torment" and read the little blurb. The book was only 2.99 for the kindle so I figured what the heck I'll give it a shot. I don't like to give a lot of spoilers when I give reviews so you'll just have to trust me when I say this book is really good. Torment is a very fast paced book that you won't be able to ...more
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. I was intrigued by the idea: an electromagnetic pulse, triggered by mutual Russian/American nuclear strikes, destroys almost everyone on the planet, except the few people lucky enough to briefly leave Earth just before it happens, via the pre-planned “Presidential escape strategy” (my description, not the author’s). When they return to Earth a short time later they, of course, find nothing as they remembered it. Just the kind of end-of-d ...more
Heather Faville
Technically I'd give Torment 3.5 stars, but Goodreads does not allow 1/2 stars.

The President of the United States, members of the Secret Service, and a few civilian visitors to the White House are able to escape the devastation being sent to destroy Earth in specially designed capsules that are thrust into space just as the warheads (both American and Russian) begin their descent. Amazingly, the fallout clears very quickly and the group is able to return to Earth. When they arrive back to Earth
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Jeremy Bishop's TORMENT launches the reader into the story and sends them on a free-fall until the end. When the president orders the destruction of Earth, only a few survive, only to land upon what might literally be hell. Apologetic killer zombies roamed the Earth, and the survivors have to run for their lives because death might not really be the end of their torment. Part zombie apocalypse, part Dante's' Inferno, and part Hades' underworld, TORMENT explores faith, hope, and redemption throug ...more

I am a big fan of the zombie genre and the post-apocalyptic genre (loved The Stand, Under the Dome, Jesse Petersen's zombie books, etc.). The plot for this book revolves around the end of the world brought about by the President sending in a sniper to take out the Russian president (seriously?). Russia retaliates with an EMP - and the President counters by setting off nukes. About 50 people total escape the world by hopping into EEPs (Earth Escape Pods). They then are sent back to Eart
Rian Martin
I LOVED this book. I don't feel it is a zombie book at all, these people were the living dead but not like the typical zombie living dead. They know what they are doing, are horrified by it, but cannot control themselves. It was a fun, fast read and I loved every minute of it, including the ending, I thought it ended perfect. Those who did not enjoy it must have expected a certain type of book or just didn't understand the book at all. This book makes you think, makes you wonder and for me had b ...more
Jen Walker
I am agreement with several others regarding this book. I thought it was great, high-paced, thrilling until about 75% of the way through. Then just like a turned........into a bible thumping story. Other than the over the top religous aspect I was also dissappointed that there was never any explanation for what caused the horrors on earth after the nuclear war. I mean I don't know much about nuclear war but I don't think it would result in what happened here. Also....the ending.. ...more
For the first time ever I let one star reviews keep me away from a book I wanted to read. No matter what I thought of the author and some of his other books (I loved The Sentinel and Raven) I wasn’t interested in read someone proselytizing about their faith. It wasn’t until it was recommended to me by someone I know that I decided try it anyway. I am glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers.

I didn’t feel there was a hidden Christian Agenda. For a horror story to be effective and affective it needs
This was my second page turn in less than a week and it's a fun ride. Starts out like a thriller, when Russia and the U.S. drop nuclear bombs on one another, but then turns into an on-the-run zombie story in the second half, with a hell-on-earth twist. An interesting concept with some stock characters, but a nice little horror novel.


First off, I loved this book! Being the first horror novel by Jeremy Bishop, I thought he took the end of the world theme and gave it a twist and a thought beyond what has been done before. if you like your horror stories wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end, then this is not the book for you. That being said, if you have a hankering for an original story with an unusual head-scratcher end, then this is it!

I have never thought of myself as someone who likes hor
Nikki Wilde
'd just like to start off by saying, WOW. I found myself up at 3am with blurry vision trying to read through the book. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Still, it was so good.

It's basically about Mia who's fiance was just considered MIA but what's worse is that there is a tape of him on the news telling everyone he's a sniper and was sent to kill the Russian president. Mia wants more answers, she doesn't believe it. Matt was a truck driver not a sniper. Not getting anything from anyone, Mia fakes a
Shawn Hopkins
The beginning of this novel captured my attention right away. It's hard to write a review on this sort of fiction without giving anything away...see, just saying that gives away the fact that there is something to give away! But there are plenty of spoiler reviews that you can check for more details if you want. The thing that earned the full five-star rating from me was the end. It is an ending that I will not soon forget. I understand that some may not like the end for whatever reason, but it ...more
Nancy Silk
This novel stuns all your senses. It begins with a U.S. planned assassination of the Russian leader. The lone Army assassin fails, but is captured and confesses, then left to die in a wasteland. His fiancee is in Washington DC with her niece who was chosen for her winning essay. Mia is actually there with her niece to confront the president about the charges Russia has made against her fiancee in the deadly attempt. At the time of their meeting with the president, the White House is informed tha ...more
Wow! What a great read. If there is one thing I love about my Kindle, it has to be the books I have found through it. I never would have read Torment or any other book by Jeremy Bishop and that is just a shame that so many miss out.

This book is one of the best horror books I have ever read. I am not going to give away any spoilers here but I have never felt so exhausted (in a good way) from a story. You really get into the action that is happening and the unrelenting pace. I was expecting anoth
I have to say that most of the people who were rate this book as one really are nit zombie fans. I have to say I loved this book. I did not see a religion factor on this book like most people did on the reviews. I hate to give spoilers like most but if you want a twist in zombies and looking for a fast paced book the pick this up. But I would recommend this to a OPENED mind person. Very interesting read.
The title describes the book to a T. If you are into apocalyptic stories, this one will rock your view. Definitely not your typical end of the world story, since Bishop takes what we have come to expect and throws it out the window. I am still out of breath following the survivors on a race to live in this new world.
This is a book you will keep thinking about long after you have finished.
Jeremy Bishop's Torment takes on nuclear war and the horrible planet left in its wake. As the survivors return to Earth, they find out the hard way that this isn't their earth anymore. I could not put this book down. If you like horror, give Torment a shot. I've read a lot of horror and I found this book to be far more original than at least 96% of all the other books in the horror genre I've read. Do it, read it now!

Chris Goldman
Jeremy Bishop is a great up and coming author.He's debut book TORMENT has a little something or everyone, action ,zombies, post apocalypse, and mostly lots of dark terror. Very well written, and fast paced. But above all its some what controversial. Get the book and you decide....
This is a zombie apocalypse type of book but the zombies aren't your average run of the mill brain eaters. They don't seem to die ... at all and they are very apologetic about having to kill.

The book begins with nuclear bombs aimed at Russia and the US which send capsules containing a small-town news paper reporter and her niece along with the President of the US and several Secret Service members in to space to wait out the nuclear fallout. Once the on-board computer determines that the conditi
The first third of this book is a whirlwind that's difficult to put down. It's unfortunate that the last 2/3rds of the book didn't provide the same excitement, as least for me. "Torment" is not your typical zombie yarn. It has a little bit of everything including a great hook to get the reader to those aforementioned zombies. Without giving too much away, let me just say that the reader is in for a pretty wild ride accompanying a small band of citizens who struggle to stay alive in a post-apocal ...more
This book could have been great, but went ass over tea kettle into a huge pile of literary waste. The premise of the book was a stretch but I was willing to follow along, as the writing was entertaining. Yet, the plot never really coalesced, the characters never gained any depth, and the climax never ended. I kept reading in the hopes that there would be some redeeming factor, but I was sorely disappointed. The book simply fizzled out.

This book would be better classified as a religion/post-apoca
Tamara Bonshire
Waste of time.

this is one horrible book. So much of the plot doesn't make any sense. I read some of the reviews by others, then downloaded a sample. That was OK, so I went ahead & bought the book. Wish I had paid more attention to the 1star reviews. This book can't decide if it wants to be horror or religious. NOTHING is ever explained, there is no reason for much of what happens, & I never got interested in any of the characters enough to care what happens to them. I will never waste my
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 put it down 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 read' pile.
One of the best things about reading is finding those few gems, books that catch you off-guard and blow you away. This is one of those books. The action starts early on and just never lets up, this is truly a "can't put it down" book. At first I was simply amused and entertained by (what I was calling) the "apologetic zombies" but as the book went on I realized there was much more to it than that. I stayed up way too late reading this on more than one night, and didn't want it to end. The ending ...more
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