on April 13, 2011 :
I am not a critic, a writer or one to think my opinion is superior to others. I am a reader. I read for pleasure & my pleasure is fear. The darker, scarier & more out of the box a book is, the more I tend to love it. Years ago I was haunted by a D. Koontz novel, The Taken. As I started reading this one I thought, ok so this is gonna be like that, cool. Well, it is, kinda...but darker, scarier...& not such a feel good story when you got right down to it. For that reason, I loved it. It was well worth my 3 bucks. I have no complaints. It engaged me from the very beginning & I was almost out of breathe, racing from page to page...like I was running with them. Thoroughly enjoyed it, my only regret is that I can't read it again & get that feeling back, well, at least not for a few years :)
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2011 :
There's nothing quite like a good zombie tale mixed with a shot of apocalypse, and Torment hooked me at first. It began as original, fast-paced, and had a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading. The storyline is utterly unique, the prose is direct, and the characters are more or less believable, despite some unlikely interactions (but hey, that CAN add to good fiction, right?).
Unfortunately the story stumbled about halfway through and didn't get back up. The characters, which at first can be forgiven for lacking depth since it's the beginning of the book, didn't develop resonance later on. I didn't have any emotional reactions when characters are iced one by one, for instance. The human aspects of Torment are forgotten in favor of gratuitous action.
While I really enjoyed the first half, I was disappointed by the second half. I think Bishop would do well to pull this book down and reissue it once the kinks are worked out.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on Dec. 16, 2010 :
This is an interesting book. Written by an established author under a pen name, it is a departure of a sort from his normal fare. It is his first horror novel. Like some of his past work however, there are religious overtones and questions about God and faith. The horror in this book is supernatural. This is not a zombie novel. If you are looking for a Romero type zombie novel, this isn't it. If you are looking for a supernatural apocalypse, this is what you want.
Ultimately, the action of the story is one long chase scene. The beginning act of the book nicely establishes the main character and then . . . the chase scene begins and lasts until the very end of the book. It's a long chase, and Jeremy tries to keep it interesting, but there are parts that simply go on too long.
While this appears to be a stand alone novel, there are unanswered questions in this book that leave it open for a sequel. Personally, I don't think it needs any follow up. The unanswered questions are best left to the reader.
So. I said it was interesting, but is it any good? Is it enjoyable?
Yes, it's good read but not great. I enjoyed it. I don't want to say the book drags, but man, that is one long chase with lots of running. I skipped some of the running, and enjoyed the book more for it.
Good characters, good action, good ideas.
Give it a try.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)