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.
This volume focuses too much on history and very little on present. Presentation is great as it has been throughout the series.
Love a Good Audio, and a Great Flip Flop.
Thrilling, Funny, Nail Bitting.
Learning Mrs. Denows real name and the reaction by BT I could see myself saying the same thing. Without spoiling too much for others when Mike learns of his special powers. That was pretty freaking funny in the way he decribes it.
OMG, Sean Runnette is the BEST ever! I mean seriously he IS MIke Talbot. No doubt, and not just Mike, he can do Tracy, BT and all of the other characters without me ever thinking that it is the same person. He is amazing. Heck I think he could even do Henry if he wanted to and pull it off!
Finding the children in the convience store. The scene was written so well that I thought of all the places they have been there was no way that ANOTHER place could be described so well, but this book and the reader does not dissapoint!
I truly love this series and it is much more then just a typical Zombie story it has more of a meaning. Download it and you will see.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Considering that there are about 2 bazillion zombie or zombie like novels (viralistic humans, cannaibal humans, etc...) the 'Zombie Fallout' books is probably the best in my opinion but regardless I think the series should have been a trilogy... Not everyone likes Mike Talbots sense of humor & I'm still confused after all these books what kind of powers, the properties of the infected, & so many other questions regarding books like these... I really lost my sense of any continuity when all of a sudden Mike is a half vampire & the whole chase has devolved into a Benny Hill chase, I can almost here the music..
The 1st three books are good & there are parts of 4,5, & 6 that are worth reading but not enuff to write 3 complete books... I enjoyed Mike Talbots adventures on Indian Hill & outer space... these zombie boks are just draggin on & on.... even Sean who is a great Narrator cannot save this series.
I can see those who love these books & read the whole series & hoping for more, but I'm not one of them....
The scene with the cats was by far, one of the most disgusting and horrific chapters of this whole series. It was so intense I had to listen to it twice!! I absolutely loved it!!!!
I almost passed this book by after reading the other reviews, I am very grateful I didn't. Yes there were a few flashbacks that were pretty detailed and long winded but the minimal annoyance of those chapters was worth the revelations and character growth of this story.
Not to mention that frig'n cat scene, I will remember it for years! If you enjoy this series don't skip this one!!!
ZF5 continues the steady entertainment the Zombie Fallout series has provided. It hasn't jumped above the rest or fallen below the rest - the entire series is consistently good!
It's a solid pace that isn't afraid to get a little wild in its plot devices to keep things interesting and entertaining. Through the curves and twists, no matter what, you won't be putting this story down.
Mike Talbot - he just instills a perfect mix of humanity, levity, and gravity to this character.
You can sleep when you're dead.
The only drawback/reservation I have is the voice acting for the character Paul. Paul slips in and out of a Southie accent as the story telling goes on after book 1, and it's most prevalent in this book. It always throws me off that Paul and Mike grew up together, but Paul is the only one with the accent. It seems to grow more and more prevalent the more the narrator uses the character, as opposed to anything in the story that would prompt it. It draws me out of the story a bit - I'd rather have Paul never pick up the accent.But that's a relatively small gripe compared to the awesome way Sean Runnette manages the rest of the story telling. He slips very seamlessly between the rest of the characters and it's extremely engaging. ZF6 is out, but I'll be waiting for the audiobook version before I get into it!