As this series went along, I got the distinct impression that Tufo was taking one or two books & s-s-t-r-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g them out to maximise his bucks for [lack of] our bang. With me, that strategy boomeranged; I won't be wasting my money on him again. Whatever he's gotten from me is already too much.
The characters remain two-dimensional & straight out of stock. That's one fo the problems with the whole series; they don't really change. Even turning into an immortal doesn't seem to have changed Michael at all; you'd think that'd have some impact on most people. but he stays the wise-cracking, snarky hero. But, he's considerably over the top with the snarky cracks and deficient in the wise.
Or BT, the Big Black Dude Sidekick. I actually liked BT, and really, really wished he was given something interesting to do in addition to just being the BBDS. (Interestingly, he seems to be the only African American to survive the apocalypse in any of the books. Hispanics do only slightly better, with one small family. Asians & other groups apparently are right out). BT had no existence & evidently no interests whatsoever outside Michael & his little group.
Basically, I can see someone who really gets off on say, Adam Sandler movies or TV shows like "Workaholics" really liking this series. Unfortunately, I loathe both and wish I'd stopped at ZF1. Why did I keep listening to them? Partly because good zombie/horror books are fairly thin upon the ground & some tiny hopeful part of me kept hoping Tufo would improve (plus, there was a sort of horrified fascination in seeing what words he'd mangle next -see below), partly because I'm laid up a lot & even irritating boredom gives some distraction from pain at times.
I can't decide whether I'm more depressed or alarmed by all the 5 star, frothingly enthusiastic reviews here.
And now, a side issue with writing style/vocabulary: what IS it with Tufo & words?! And has an editor ever looked at his manuscripts, an editor with a good vocabulary that is; as in someone who not only knows big words, but knows the actual MEANINGS of the big words? Tufo or whomever (both?) continually, repeatedly, come up with words that sound close to what they actually mean but really aren't at all correct. This drives me crazy enough in an audiobook; in print my head would explode.
Bizarrely enough, Tufo actually used "clowder" correctly in ZF5 (the actual term for a group of cats, like "murder" is the delightful term for a group of crows. But almost nobody knows "clowder"). Yet Tufo comes out with sometimes fate "intercedes" (mediates, or interposes on behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble) instead of "intervenes" (gets in the way) -fate intervenes, it never, ever intercedes...that's what novenas are for.
As always, people nod their heads "in ascension" ("climb, soar, or rise") instead of (presumably) "in assent" (agreement). This nodding in ascension business goes on repeatedly in every ZF book. Maybe when Tufo's people nod, their heads go down, then up, up, and away.
In ZF3.5 the scientist speaks of identifying something to "species and genome" (genus). In another (I lost track of book #s) someone takes a "controlling" breath before they shoot a gun...perhaps if they took a powerful enough controlling breath they wouldn't have to take a controlled breath in order to accurately shoot. Elsewhere more party crashers arrive than are "interested," not "anticipated." (In my experience people who throw parties --whether pleasant ones, or when the term is used ironically, they aren't interested in any crashers.)
I have many other examples, but unfortunately jotted them down while listening to the books at night by the light of my ipod, & I can't suss them out. However, there are a very many examples of this kind of demi-illiteracy in all 6 of the Zombie Fallout books, and it is maddening. I have no delusions of being omniscient when it comes to vocabulary but that's why God made dictionaries: LOOK IT UP, for zombie's sake!!
I really enjoy the books I read and hear!
Thought the whole series was a bit fun and scary at the same time! Good series!
In my opinion this was the worse book in the entire sequence. It was very disappointing, long and frustrating. I did not enjoyed the book as the previous one, the author made a mistake in "stretching" the story what ever the reason it was a failure. I will listen to the last book when it becomes available hoping that he story will finally come to a closing.
Buy the book to keep informed, the entire book is not a failure is just not what you would expect.
Even though this book was not as good as the first two for me, it still was not bad. Its sarcastic and humorous, while still having the hole zombie thing going for it. Just wish the writer would have stuck more with the zombies rather than trying to merge it with other fiction. This is not a work of art, so if you are looking for literary pro's and writing awards you should look else where. This book is purely for entertainment, and thus achieves its goal in my opinion.
this book is absolutely amazing - the main character is so funny his name is mike - and to hear him think his thoughts - OMG I loved this book - you won't be disappointed :)
I read the reviews, but I ignored them. I couldn't even get through the end of the book because it go so contrived. Please skip this series or just stop after the first book. I am so disappointed that I wasted so many credits. And many of us zombie apocalypse purists find it sacrilegious to add vampires. So stupid.
I moved on to Deadlocked. Very good so far. Very exciting and the characters are multidimensional and relatable.
The story is too convoluted to be saved. His voice is fine I guess.
It really should have stopped at 1book. Not a series.
Audible should offer refunds.
Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)
Despite the fact that the story is getting a little hard for me to swallow (I'm just not on-board with the tiny people virus), I still very much enjoyed this book. But, at the end, I was mad as heck at Mike. I felt like he dealt with the Tommy situation in a cruel way. I understand his predicament, but blaming Tommy personally was harsh and unjustified and, I think, ultimately put his family in a worse situation than they were before Mike's actions caused Tommy to do what he did in the end.
Maybe; couldn't finish this book.
The Walking Dead ; Rise of the Governor. I cannot complete this Tufo series. The Eliza character and storyline ruins the series for me.
Book 1 was good, but after the storyline evolved with the "being chased by vampires" theme, I could not stay with the series. Very disappointing.
If you LIKE vampire and zombie stories, you make like it. Also, the lead character is a smart alec with an annoying sense of humor. Ok in the beginning, but begins to repeat and just bugs you after awhile.
Can't put my finger on it.
Dull, cheap cliff hanger with mixed in sound bites.
The narrator saves the book. He does a great job.
Yes to the series, no to this book.
Start with Book 1. If you like the series, this book is kind of obligatory.