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Torment

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  662 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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
Nook, 713 pages
Published November 7th 2010 by Bishop (first published November 4th 2010)
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Cheney
May 27, 2011 Cheney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan C.
Dec 25, 2010 Dan C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
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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.
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
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Christal
Aug 06, 2012 Christal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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
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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
Tressa
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.

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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Carla JFCL
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
Mike
Mar 30, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Torment is a real roller coaster of a book, but not necessarily in a good way. Firstly, the plot is pretty nuts: a nuclear war breaks out, the president and a few people get into some spaceships and make it into space until the planet it's habitable again. Strangeness quickly ensures and the survivors are beset by crazed survivors. Mix a zombie novel's style of run-fight-hide-repeat with Mark Rogers The Dead and you've got a good idea of what to expect.

This is the author's first novel, and sadly
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Ellen
Oct 19, 2012 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*SPOILERS*



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
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John
Dec 05, 2010 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Cherie
Nov 10, 2010 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rian Martin
Jan 11, 2014 Rian Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Tamara Bonshire
Dec 29, 2013 Tamara Bonshire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen Walker
Jan 04, 2011 Jen Walker rated it it was ok
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 zombie......it 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
txtrvlgal
Not the normal apocalyptic/post apocalyptic story.
Eileen Nichols
Feb 22, 2017 Eileen Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always recommending this to find someone to discuss it with. Ending shocked me. Loved it.
Nancy Silk
Dec 08, 2011 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shawn Hopkins
Jun 08, 2011 Shawn Hopkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen
May 14, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century
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
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Nikki Wilde
Nov 29, 2010 Nikki Wilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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
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Jayme
Sep 20, 2011 Jayme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Garnet
Feb 01, 2014 Garnet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOT WRAPPED UP WITH A PRETTY BOW

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
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TJ
Mar 01, 2012 TJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Aug 17, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle
Nov 08, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, horror
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
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Jeanette
Oct 22, 2016 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torment indeed...

What do you say? This is one of those novels that you read rapidly because it's so good, and then I have to stop & think about what I've read. This story is about Mia & her niece who happen to be at the white house when Russia decides to use their nuclear weapons. Of course we retaliate and things quickly begin to deteriorate rapidly. They escape along with the president and other people in pods that were designed for this purpose. When they land all hell breaks loose.
Wh
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Babette
Oct 16, 2011 Babette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, kindle-e-book
The book was brutal! It was as harsh, if not more so, then the ending of the movie "The Mist". Not the book. The story "The Mist" was much more hope filled. But I digress, mainly because Torment kicked my butt. It made my heart beat fast and I will have to read it again. And again. My husband is almost done with his book. When he is done, we are trading and he will read Torment. He is a huge horror fan, and this book will blow his mind!

I guess I am trying to say that I highly recommend this boo
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Adriana
Feb 23, 2011 Adriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I was not excepting that. I thought this book was about zombies but it is about end of days kind of stuff. The author states that this is not a christian book but it actually is a christian book. I absolutly loved the book. Russia launches nukes. America launches in return. Everyone is about to die except for a few lucky people that are with the president. They are launched into space on escape pods. When they return to Earth things are definitly not what they expected. This is a super fast ...more
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