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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Thomas Ford Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780061999796
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The First Rule of Torching: Cleanse with fire.

Josh is by far the best zombie Torcher around—at least, he is in his virtual-reality zombie-hunting game. Josh has quickly risen through the player ranks, relying on the skill, cunning, and agility of a real Torcher.

The Second Rule of Torching: Save all humans.

But luckily for Josh, zombies exist only in the virtual world. The real zombie war is now more than fifteen years in the past, and the battle to defeat the deadly epidemic that devastated his family—and millions of others—is the stuff of history lessons.

The Third Rule of Torching: You can't bring them back.

Charlie is the top-ranked player in the game. Since all the players are shrouded in anonymity, Josh never expects Charlie to be a girl—and he never expects the offer she makes him: to join the underground gaming league that takes the virtual-reality game off the screen and into the streets. Josh is thrilled. But the more involved he gets, the more he realizes that not everything is what it seems. Real blood is spilling, members of the team are disappearing, and the zombies in the game are acting strange. And then there's the matter of a mysterious drug called Z. . . .

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is terrifyingly real in its portrayal of a young man’s descent into an addiction that threatens not only his life but his friends as well. Ford does an excellent job of hooking both adults and young readers. This is one not to be missed.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A rollicking ride.”


  • “A fast-paced, futuristic thriller. Ford artfully constructs a credible concept against the backdrop of a darkly atmospheric, post-apocalyptic world. Equal parts chilling and fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ford expertly builds the tension in this long, escalating thrill ride.”


  • “This book is a thriller, and the clever plot and characters will have readers hoping for more.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Ford leaps in with flamethrowers blazing and burns through pages at a rapid pace.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/11/2011

    " This will appeal to teenage boys who like first person shooter games where the targets are zombies. Be aware, there are some teens in the book who take a drug to make them feel like zombies. I must have a teenage boy in my heart because I found this one pretty entertaining... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/5/2011

    " Fun. A great recommend to teens, especially boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Safiya | 3/30/2011

    " So trippy... I really hope there's a sequel
    It's not like most zombie books and I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harla | 3/8/2011

    " Zombie story with high teen interest, especially for boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/1/2011

    " Did not expect to - but totally ended up loving this book! A really fun idea for zombie lovers to mull over. Hope there's more soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) | 2/6/2011

    " Quick, exhilarating read. Lots of frantic running around and a few scary moments near the end made it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ABookVacation | 12/23/2010

    " I really enjoyed this novel. It was clean and had a great take on zombie attacks. Good read for YA. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Thomas Ford

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books, for both young readers and adults, in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. As a writer for young adults, he is the author of the popular Circle of Three series (writing as Isobel Bird); nonfiction books about spirituality, the AIDS crisis, and the gay community; and the novels Suicide Notes and Z. His work for adult readers includes the bestselling novels Last Summer, Looking for It, Full Circle, Changing Tides, and What We Remember, and five essay collections in the Trials of My Queer Life series, among other books. His work has been nominated for eleven Lambda Literary Awards, twice winning for Best Humor Book and twice for Best Romance Novel. He was also nominated for a Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for his novel The Dollhouse That Time Forgot. He lives in San Francisco with his partner, a bunch of very bad dogs, two hamsters, and seven tarantulas.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini, an American writer, director, film producer, and actor, has won many awards for his audiobook narration. Within only a few years after beginning his narrating career, he won several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work and has since won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has narrated two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.