Tortures of the Damned

Tortures of the Damned

Hunter Shea / Dec 13, 2019

Tortures of the Damned SHOCK First the electricity goes plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack Millions panic Millions die They are the lucky ones AFTER SHOCK Next the chemical weapons take

  • Title: Tortures of the Damned
  • Author: Hunter Shea
  • ISBN: 9780786034772
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • SHOCK First, the electricity goes plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack Millions panic Millions die They are the lucky ones AFTER SHOCK Next, the chemical weapons take effect killing or contaminating everything alive Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter They are the damned HELL IS FOR HUMANS Then, the real nightmareSHOCK First, the electricity goes plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack Millions panic Millions die They are the lucky ones AFTER SHOCK Next, the chemical weapons take effect killing or contaminating everything alive Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter They are the damned HELL IS FOR HUMANS Then, the real nightmare begins Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter and into the savage streets of an apocalytic wasteland They are not alone Vicious, chemical crazed animals hunt in packs Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human These are the times that try men s souls These are the tortures that tear families apart This is hell on earth The rules are simple Kill or die.

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      • Hunter Shea

        Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house He doesn t just write about the paranormal he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself Hunter s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world He s a bestselling author of over 13 lucky number books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.


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    2. If you are one who has been apt to rely on the kindness of strangers, put that thought right out of your mind. It is not going to happen in post-apocalyptic Yonkers, New York. Poisonous clouds of chemicals have been unleashed upon those who managed to survive the initial nuclear hit. To add insult to injury, there is something wrong with the animals. Rats, cats, bats, and every other furry and feathered creature have gone mad, crazed, running in packs in full attack mode. It doesn't take long fo [...]


    3. This is the kind of book that is nice to read now and then. It's over the top action from the beginning to the end with some gore in it. I find it kind of relaxing to read like this. Which actually feels a bit weird, but it's the same with action movies. Sometimes you just want a lot of action and a story that moves forward fast. And, you got it in this book.The problem I had while reading this one was that I felt quite detached from the story and the characters. I just didn't care that much whe [...]


    4. 3.5 StarsOne day the world is rocked. By a bomb? Who knows. Power and communications are downs. The electronic they we enjoys so much are useless. Cars are now monuments of days just passed. The security of your home, no longer a place of comfort, just temporary safety. The Padilla and their neighbors, who camped out in an underground bunker while the world and its inhabitants went through a transformation, were saved from certain death.After days of being cooped up together, the group decides t [...]


    5. The horror/sci-fi genre has experienced a huge boom in post-apocalyptic stories in the last decade. Many are thanks to Brian Keene and The Walking Dead making zombies the popular choice these days and it shows. The market is over saturated with zombie books - some good, but most are mehen it, done it, read it before - and it makes me shy away from the post-apocalyptic genre, and that's really too bad. One of my favorite books of all time, Robert McCammon's Swan Song, resides smack in the middle [...]


    6. Review copyHunter Shea lives in New York with his family and one vindictive cat. Aside from writing horror he's been involved in real life exploration of the paranormal, he interviews exorcists, and has been involved in other things that would keep normal people up at night.Tortures of the Damned manages to avoid many of the cliches found in the typical apocalyptic horror novel and the result is a terrifying read that left me wanting more.The story starts with numerous explosions, the lose of el [...]


    7. [This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]Hunter Shea’s latest finds the Padilla family, and their neighboring couple, Buck and Alexiana, toughing out life in a post-apocalyptic Yonkers where, seemingly, everyone and everything wants them dead, right down to the skunks and racoons.After a series of attacks on the US mainland force the Padilla’s into Buck’s bomb shelter, they emerge to find a radically changed world. A chemical assault has killed o [...]


    8. I have a problem. I have a lot of books, more books than I can read. And I keep buying more. Tortures of the Damned is a prime example of this problem. Last year while on vacation, my wife and I hit up every book store that we could find (yeah, we do that). We’ll even pull off the interstate if we spot a Barnes & Noble or BAM. On one of these “pit stops”, I saw Hunter Shea’s new release of Tortures of the Damned; I had to pick it up! Now it is one year later on summer vacation, and I [...]


    9. The name Hunter Shea has long been one haunting my TBR pile, but until this read, had remained an author who never quite hit the top of that pile. This is despite his name seeming to feature prominently on a good many people's list of horror authors to watch. So with the release of Tortures of the Damned tomorrow, and with Netgalley having it up for review, the I figured it was time to give the man a shot. And, well, the results were mixed.Telling the story of a group of people struggling to sur [...]


    10. Review: TORTURES OF THE DAMNED by Hunter SheaThis is one SCARY story! I don't know if the generation deadened by tv and film violence and violent, Armageddon-apocalyptic video games will similarly react. For a child of the early Cold War like myself, living during the Korean Conflict, the McCarthy Era. John Birch Society, the Cuban Missile Crisis, reading TORTURES OF THE DAMNED is familiar territory: nuclear holocaust and the aftermath, fallout shelters, widespread pandemonium and societal colla [...]


    11. Hunter Shea’s Tortures of the Damned is at its most unsettling in the early going of this post-apocalyptic novel during its pre-apocalyptic period, when catastrophe of an unexplained (but clearly terrorist nature) befalls New York City on an ordinary day.Explosions. Mysterious poisonous gas. Normally docile animals turned rampaging beasts. And this is before the terrorist attack. I’m kidding. Hunter’s second venture for Pinnacle focuses on the Padilla family (mom, dad, four children of var [...]


    12. *4.5/5Hunter Shea suggested that this book be enjoyed old school, in it's physical form, small paperback versus digital reading. To bring back the vibe and the smell of the traditional reading experience. So that is what I did. I put my Kindle down and picked the physical copy up, carried it around with me everywhere. It took some wear and tear, I showed it some love. Worn corners, cracks in the spine, a smudge or two of dirt or food on the pages. And I think that was the point. A renewed connec [...]


    13. First of all Hunter Shea, how dare you DARE YOU.That ending.I hate you.The whole time I was reading it I knew it would end on some awful gut-wrenching cliff hanger, and it did.It was a good book. I really enjoyed it, I devoured it.But now, god knows how long I'll have to wait for the sequel.Riddle me that Hunter Shea, riddle me that.Bet it'll be a trilogy.Well I'll be waiting with bated breath.Also totally deeply concerned about possible EMP bombs now, thanks a lot book.*Also received this via N [...]


    14. Good book, like any post apoc, i would love to keep reading for a few books. This one is scary in the carnage and the believability of happening. Plus when you are finally safe, man is the most dangerous creature of all


    15. Tortures of the Damned really is the right title for this novel. Once again, Hunter Shea has created a world where things just seem to go right. Lucky for us, that's the way it should be when reading one of his novels.The "Damned" are two next door neighbors that are very close to each other. one family, The Padillas, consisting of husband, wife and four kids of different ages ranging from single digits to their teens. The other family, The Clarkes, Buck and Alexiana.The "Tortures" everything th [...]


    16. I received an ARC of this novel from Oh, for the Hook of a Book as part of a blog tour run by the amazing Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.What a fantastic book! Tortures Of The Damned is easily my favorite book by Hunter Shea so far. I sat down to start this novel and the next time I looked up several hours and all 439 pages had passed by in what felt like a few minutes. It's not often that a story will grab my attention the way that this one did. The stor [...]


    17. What fun.Let it be said I love end of the world what are we going to do now stories. I love them more with lots of mayhem and interesting troubles that aren't only the bad people we all expect to meet on those quiet streets.Hunter Shea has imagined an end that is both huge and personal. At the same time he has made it all the more terrifying by not telling you exactly how or by whom. There are so many questions unanswered but that's how things would be I imagine. Nothing is ever easy or clear cu [...]


    18. Review copy provided as part of the Tortures of the Damned blog tourIt is no secret to those of you who have been following the blog since the beginning that I am a huge fan of Hunter Shea’s work. I first got into his work through The Montauk Monster which was a hell of a read and worked my way through his catalog from there. One thing I have discovered through reading all of Hunter's works is that he is a truly gifted storyteller. His novels are always action packed and you can tell they are [...]


    19. Hunter Shea's TORTURES OF THE DAMNED instantly captured my attention and kept me turning pages long past my bedtime several nights running. Shea's a fine writer. He keeps his prose tight and his action is non-stop. The forward momentum of the novel makes it one of those "difficult to put down" books.I went along on Shea's ride for 98% of the way. And then, within easy sight of the proverbial finish line, Shea screws the pooch so badly that I am now in the position of resenting every minute I spe [...]


    20. Hunter Shea proves again why he is one of the sharpest and most versatile authors of horror fiction today with Tortures of the Damned. The novel is one of the post-apocalypse, or more accurate the unfolding apocalypse, that deals with life on a more street-level basis, or more potentially realistic. The main problems are that of keeping family together, finding food and shelter and opportunistic criminals. The only element of the fantastic is the way animals have reacted to the fall of society, [...]


    21. Welcome to Yonkers, NY. Kill or be killed. What was once an easy walk or drive across town has turned into a nightmare for the Padilla family and their forward thinking neighbors, Buck and Elizabeth Clarke. Yonkers has a problem, a big, big problem. New York City as a whole is in trouble. The entire state, it seems, may have fallen under the same fate. So, too, America. Maybe the whole world! Thanks to Buck they have all survived, but after two weeks in his underground bunker, they are all getti [...]


    22. Hunter Shea is one of those horror authors who just keeps getting it right. By ‘it’, I mean the formula for terrifying reads. The tales he weaves will force your heart to race and your breath to catch in your throat. His bibliography is growing at a rapid rate, and, thankfully, his talent level is keeping pace. And if you’re not scared by his prose now, give him a bit…I’ll bet he will find a way to chill your blood soon enoughRTURES OF THE DAMNED, a recent book from Pinnacle, is just s [...]


    23. I received this book free as part of the "First Reads" program and here is my review:This is my first time reading anything of Hunter Shea's and my first time reading a horror novel in quite a while. I didn't love the book, but I didn't hate it either. One thing I am certain of, though, is that it left me wanting more. I am the type of reader who likes everything in a book to be tied up in a nice, little package, no loose ends and no questions left unanswered. This is not that type of book. I've [...]


    24. As always, I assume that if you are reading the reviews, you have already read the description of the book, so let's jump right in.This is the book that should make Hunter Shea a household name. Crisp, clean writing helps to move the story along at a rapid pace. (The short chapters help.) The characters are well written. The action (Including animal attacks! One of my favorite things, in horror.) splashes across the page. The main characters (The Padillas, along with their neighbors Buck and Ale [...]


    25. Not since Brian Keene's 'The Rising' have I been refreshed by an apocalyptic novel. Instead of relying on a story that has been told many times. Shea gives a great glimpse at a world that shatters quickly.It begins with an explosion in the night. It becomes a question that constantly lingers and is never answered. This novel follows a family and their very well-prepared neighbor. They face the dangers of the world.152 chapters sounds daunting, but the way this novel is written, it gives short bu [...]


    26. The end of the world as we know itBombs hit Yonkers, New York (and who knows where else) plus a chemical cloud is getting whoever the bombs didn't get. All the animals are turning into raging beasts after being exposed to the chemical cloud. And people are dying.The Padilla family (parents and four children) and their neighbors, Buck and Alexiana, are some of the luckiest people because Buck built a bomb shelter under his house and when the SHTF, Buck invites his neighbors into his shelter thus [...]


    27. I love Hunter Shea’s books. His characters leap off the page. You suffer with them, fight in their corner, feel their fear – the whole package. The premise of this story centres on a post-apocalyptic, world where some cataclysmic episode has wiped out most of humanity and turned other living creatures into raving, rampaging killing machines. In this world, the lucky ones were those who were killed instantly. Those who survived, but were contaminated by the chemical cloud, become fatally sick [...]


    28. My second Hunter Shea book, a second open ending. Not a bad thing, but frustrating for anyone who needs closure, as I just get this sense that he's not a "sequel" kind of guy. This is a good novel, fast paced, scary and dark in tone. Will make even the most hardcore PETA member think twice about how cute and innocent Bambi and her ilk are, lol. Scary premise, especially with an EMP blast putting all communications out of service, we never know what is really going on, big picture, but instead fo [...]


    29. Hunter Shea has delivered yet another gripping masterpiece of horror! This is an action packed tale that will keep you riveted to the edge of your seat as you follow the family through the hell that life has become. Shea perfectly illustrates the human condition, showcasing how love, loyalty and friendship are sometimes the only things that can keep us hanging on by a thread, even in the most hellish conditions. The emotional struggles and fraying of the survivors’ nerves are incredibly realis [...]


    30. The book kept my interest through both the character interaction and development, as well as the very exciting plotline. You get to follow the characters through the real-life landscape of Yonkers during the world's end-days. The new take on the "zombie" craze, in which the animals are now the crazed killers ushering doom along, certainly makes for an interesting time of it all.Certainly recommend! And whether or not you live in the Hudson Valley region of New York, you can follow along the acti [...]


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