Mark Tufo, no. Sean Runnette, yes.
Tried a little harder.
It was all fairly pointless, so I really don't have a favorite scene.
The humor was of the bad Adam Sandler/David Spade variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.
This book isn't horrible. It isn't horror, either, or funny, or well written. It does, however, have zombies in it.
I was hoping for another good zombie series like Mira Grant's Newsfeed series. This is definitely NOT it. The characters were less than deep, the women even more stereotypical than others. The plot was choppy, with enough holes to drive Mr. Tufo's jeep through. The humor was of the Adam Sandler variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.
I listened to the audio book version of this because I have a long commute to work & back. The narrator was great, did a good job with what he had to work with. But just before the halfway mark I found myself fast forwarding thru the "comedy" and the absolutely unnecessary background info. However, I was hooked enough to listen to the end, and given some of the books I've tried listening to recently, that's saying something. That's why I rated it 2 stars instead of 1.
Honestly, I've been looking for good zombie books like World War Z and the Newsfeed series. After listening to this, I am still looking.
ZF ranks high in the list, but not near the top. It was fun
World War Z, Rise, The First Days, Day by Day Armageddon
The protagonist is great. The cast is articulately differentiated.
Big Tiny is first runner up.
I love me some zombies. And I always appreciate the hangman's humor in any "The End of the World as we know it" type of story as I am pretty sure that is how I would handle it.
I really do like the narrative voice of the main character, Michael Talbot. As a military guy I can relate, and the really funny bit is that Mike is a zombie fan in the novel. So unlike some stories where apparently all the characters are dumbfounded that zombies exist, with no knowledge of the lore and stories that surround them (no modern novel should have character that are too shocked by zombies, they are too prevalent in US pop culture). Mike even experiences the moment of giddy, "It's real! It is really happening" before the reality hits him and it becomes "It's real?!? It is really happening....... crap. We are screwed."
Overall the story flows pretty well, from the initial outbreak (damn flu shots....) to the desperate battle to protect his family. It does introduce some likable or interesting characters, but given this is a zombie story do not get too attached to any of them. The author does decide to bring in a mystical capability on both one of the characters and on at least a few of the zombies that made some of the story a stretch, but overall it didn't hurt the story too much (though it made for a some convenient outs for the near terminal situations that author painted the characters into).
Fun read, and also funny. Given the title it sounds like there may be some more story left from the remaining characters so I would be interested to see where this may go.
The novel is fast paced and funny. The reader is great. I couldn't wait to download the next novels in the series.
Would recommend this book as well as the others in the set, would not normally buy all books in one go but after the first hour of listening downloaded the complete set so far.. as there is more to come well done Mark Tufo
Not easy to pick one memorable moment, I think all of michael talbots inner mental ramberlings are hilarious
great author, will even take the time to write to you via his facebook page. enjoyed all of the books
Just a dude
So F$#%in AWESOME!
When Talbot sees dead walking and realizes this is his fastasy slash nightmare. That among a million fun and scary moments.
Talbot of course but Tommy was funny he does an amazing job with all of them.
I wanted to listen to this book multiple times in one sitting!
Every book he writes needs to be available on audible!
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Yes, it was full of dark humor and sarcasm.
His voice is perfect for the main character, Mike. He has a very dry tone that perfectly compliments Mike's sarcasm.
I liked this one so much, I immediately bought the next and the next until I had bought (and listened to) all four that are available on audio. I wish I could find more to read that is similar.
I'm what some folks call, "extremely average."
Yes - great story -good reader!
Mike! He's got big stones, but he's very realistic
Captures the author's sarcasm!
Laughed aloud many times!
Just bought book 2! Can't wait!
This series is AWESOME! I see some people have "complained" about the humor...it's dark and sarcastic humor and I think it made the book.! I didn't want to "put them down".!!! Highly recommended!
I love this book, the strange workings of Talbot's mind cracks me up and comforts me at the same time, It's nice to know you're not the only one with strange errant thoughts, and anyone whose been through war or in the military can relate to the strong bonds of friendship you make when you go through a disaster or crisis, If the apocalypse comes, I'm finding a Talbot!