Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TORMENT by Jeremy Bishop

Author: Jeremy Bishop

Book Blurb: 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 already 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 forty 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.

Review: 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 through horrific acts. One by one, the survivors either escape in death or become killers. Bishop brilliantly makes the reader want to flip through the story as quickly as possible. The philosophical and religious beliefs between good and evil and life and death in the novel are thought-provoking, although personally I would have liked them to be a little less heavy-handed. Overall, I recommend TORMENT for the fast action, horrific scenes, and lesson of forgiveness and redemption.