All of the characters are exactly the same as they were from book 1. Not 1 iota of growth from any of them. Mike started out as a fun, interesting character, but quickly morphed into very one dimensionial and annoying. What made it worse is as the books went on, he seemed to become more shallow then from book 1 or 2.
No. It just makes me think twice before I get another book from Mark Tufo.
Narrator was decent
I would cut the Author out.
I enjoyed the first couple of books, but they were maginal to begin with. I enjoyed more the novelty of the main characters as they were fun and original in the zombie genre. I was able to overlook some really poor story development and literary gambits. This book though was almost too much to bear.
First off let me start with all of the ridiculous flashbacks that he uses in every book, but it was really bad in this book alone. Using flashbacks can be a powerful and useful tool in story development, but in this book there must have been four horrendously long and useless flashbacks alone. This has something he has done in every book, but at this point it really detracts from an already lackluster story.
The second item I already discussed, but bears repeating. The lack of character development really hurt this story as time went on. By this book, all Mike every says or does is something sarcastic. So much so, that it has become very annoying. To make it worse, is the other characters who were pretty shallow to begin with are starting to begin mirror images to Mike. Everyone has become a comedian in this book, and too many comedians in one story is just not funny after a while.
My other gripe is the ending of this story. You could tell that Mark Tufo had phoned this in. After everything you have gone through with his family and friends, it was very anticlimatic and borederline stupid. I don't want to put any spoilers out there, but as it was unfolding you will know exactly where it's headed and it's just the typical lazy author out.
I could go on and on, but needless to say I am very disappointed where this story has ended up at this point. If this trend continues I could see this story heading in the direction of Laurell K. Hamilton's s Anita Blake series. Where the author will spit out book after book of the same canned stuff, just to get paid. I'm still hoping against hope that this story can be turned around, but I'm not holding my breath.
I amso hooked on this series..... as Always Mark Tufo does not dissapoint <3 Keep them coming Mark, cant wait for the next one <3
I definitely would recommend this book. If you follow Mike Talbot and associates, you have to listen to this one!
Mike as always, followed by BT as a close second.
All the Mark Tufo books read by Sean Runnette. He makes the story come alive.
Yes! I almost did.
Just waiting for the 6th installment now. The story was great but left things unfinished, so I can only assume there will be another episode to this story.
I don't necessarily agree with others that book 5 was not as good as the first 4. Tufo remains my favorite author. I know there have been some complaints from others. Not enough Eliza & Tomas, too much filler with Paul & Mike's past, not enough B.T. (I agree with that one but I could never get enough of him), not enough of the rest of the Talbot gang and last but not least the ending. I can see were the author was going and why some folks were disappointed. For me, I loved it all (the end better not be what it appears though or I'm finding Tufo) As for the lack of page time for Tomas & Eliza I really liked the focus on good ole' post apocalyptic zombies! I'm sure Eliza will raise her nasty head in book 6. As far as the filler complaint, I personally don't agree with that. For instance, quite some time is spent on a particular story of Paul & Mike during their freshman year in college and then again with a weekend trip to a concert eight years before the zombies arrive. I didn't see it as a "filler". Considering what happens towards the end of Z5 I have to say I think Tufo was trying to point out the "history" these two men had, that they stuck with one another no matter what, had loads of fun and most importantly loved each other. It was meant as a somber last hurrah. I liked the focus on Mike. B.T., Gary & their small posse. The fact that the other Talbots weren't mentioned too much wasn't necessarily a bad thing and let the reader focus on Mike himself. The two new characters, Mary and her son Josh, weren't haphazardly placed in the story and were developed well. I also like the evil turn Ms. D. has taken as it is much more entertaining. The infamous cat scene? EEEK!!! I'll never look at my two cats the same way again! Cujo would run screaming from those little gremlins. I don't think this book was rushed as some people have said. I think it was not only a good story but also a good lead in to what is supposed to be the last book in the series. I will however be very disappointed if I'm wrong and the end to a major character really IS the end! I'd better see him/her (and not just a ghostly vision) in book 6! What can be said about Runnette? The man is awesome. Unless you knew in advance you'd never guess that it is one person voicing B.T. AND Mike. He gives life into every one of the characters male, female, young, old etc. Overall GREAT read, well worth the credit. This remains my favorite zombie series and I've read every one that audible has to offer! I can't wait for z6
Im a listener.
....what a crappy...crappy ending...loved the characters....please say there is more....was the author just bored? omg crappy ending
I'll start by stating the obvious...start with Zombie Fallout: Book 1
This series is all that I have listened to by Mark Tufo. ZF5: AiaDW is as entertaining and annoying as the others in the series. After finishing I felt a little amazed that Tufo took this one in a surprisingly different direction and I think that he managed to pull it off well enough. It's has an "Empire Stikes Back" flavour that kept the series fresh and makes me want to get Book 6 as soon as it's available
Tufo has a strong series story developing and it makes up for any problems I have with smaller plot points, character quirks or stupidity.
I'm even tolerating the occasional melodrama and repetitive rehashing of points already made. And made again,
and then again,
and then again with an epilogue...
and one more time after that..but as a joke this time.... /ha ha/...
I'd rank this book in my top 3 of the series...because Tufo twisted the plot and created a solid cliffhanger. He also fixed a problem I was having with one of the characters. AND! he replaced the farting bulldog with cats. I've always liked cats more than small ugly dogs...
Just the rest of the series.
Fantastic job all around.
Runnette *is* Mike Talbot.
All the characters are handled completely differently and I sometimes forget that it's "some guy reading a book". I will actively look for other books read by this narrator, even if it's just to see how he does with them. Talbot has such a distinct and recognizable voice which brings him to life.
As I await book 6 in the series, I look back on the 6 credits that I have already spent on the series and consider it to be of 'average' value. They are fair mix of humor, horror and suspense.
To me the series seems too character driven at times, in that, it focuses on the people a little more than the story. At times, this is problematic to me because it is an excellently captivating series story. Tufo's writing style also tends towards the long winded melodrama on occasion.
When the writing turns to a character development and melodramatics focus the cadence of the story starts to drag... a lot. This can be very tiresome when it is related to previously established information. For example, with Mike Talbot's germ phobia being constantly re-hashed at length to the point of having a completely pointless epilogue at the end of this book (5.5 books into the series). I think the reader "gets it" and Tufo almost seems to be using it as filler material. If one has brain matter on one's pants, a germ phobia is not a prerequisite to being uncomfortable...
Some juvenile humour does add to the essence of Talbot's character and the style of the book, but at times I found myself thinking /great/ here comes another stupid germ or fart gag. Not to mention 'the big tough Marine' cries...again. I do feel that the emotional points were better written in this book than in the others though.
The 'series' plot is only minimally developed in book 5, however it does set up much for the continuation of the series. I feel like it has a fresh set of legs, with additional sub-plots and very well developed new villains. The feature characters in ZF5 kept me interested and I was glad to see some of my 'less loved' secondary characters given a break. I read a couple of other reviews that bemoan the 'flashbacks'. I tend to agree that they could seem like filler, but I did enjoy them. For me the flashback's helped to strengthen one of the underlying themes of this book. Mike's youthful friendship being the type of bond that he has carried though his life as familial.
AND. I think it deserves to be said that any author that uses a character in his own book to plug another book that features that same character has lost his mind. It's entirely contrary to the mood of the story and pulls the reader out of the moment. It would have be far more 'classy' to reference Johnathan Maberry, Max Brooks or alike...rather than plugging Tufo's own 'Indian Hills' book.... of course, I could be naive... If it's a plot device from the other series.
32 y/o Maine native with a strong case of road rage who found audible a good way to distract herself from the insanity of the daily commute.
I like audio as much as reading. The only reason i would say that this audio book is better than reading it is because of the narrator Sean Runnette. His voice is Mike Talbot. I will never be able to read another Mike Talbot book with out hearing Sean Runnette. He is the best choice for these characters.
I liked the story. Mark Tufo writes one hell of a story.
I havent listened to anything else by Sean Runnette.
The Paul part. Thats all i will say,
Mark Tufo is a talented writer. He has the abitlity to create a world where an everyday joe smoe is the only man who can possibly make the end of the world worth living in.
Wow, Action, Suspenseful
Mike..........Why, he's your everyday guy
He really brings the characters to life, and the way he does B.T. aka Big Tiny aka Lawrence......Absolutely Classic
Can't wait for book six!!!!!!!
Love reading books and listening to books. God bless the written word!
The narrator has his character down by now in the series. The story was a roller coaster. I had no idea how it was all going to end.
Micheal is the best. Over the course of the books he is human, he is every man, he flawed but he loves his friends and family. He get through what he has to and still can have a sense of humor that makes the hard points soften. But he is someone who can get behind and cheer for.
Ummmm...not favorite but I will never forget. Paul and the abandoned house. Really well done. But yeah I can't more. It's in my head forever!
I was a little upset at end. I really need another book. I don't know if this is it for the series. I don't want to give anything away. I understand the ending but I would like more.
Mark Tufo best zombie book series next to Rhiannon Frater. Money, time, imagination and emotions well spent. Loved it. Getting everyone I know into him.
At first I thought the sarcastic humour was going to get to me. It didn't take long however to warm to it and make Mike's character the best in the story. I often listen to these audio books in the car. A few times I actually laughed out loud at some of the things Talbot said. God know what the people driving by thought when they saw me? This has by far been the best story I have listened to thus far.
The strong friendship that developed between Mike and BT
The scene on the roof top where Mike ends up fighting Durgan
Looks like the paranoid survival nuts had it right.
Please write more. This story is far from finished.