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I enjoyed the Talbot zombie series. I could not get into this or the Indian Hill series because Tufo uses the same characters. In the introduction Tufo says this is a stand alone but on the same time line. I was confused in the start of chapter one when in the main character, Mike Talbot begins the story, as usual with a journal entry. He is the main character in the zombie and Indian Hill series.
Talbot use the same narrator, which reinforce that sameness from the other series. The characters has the same personality characteristics. Despite what he says, understanding Mike's character and relationship with Tommy does play in this book, at least in the beginning. If you have not read the zombie series, you will not understand the significance of Henry or the pop tart reference.
I did not even get to chapter two before I was finish. Why can't Tufo just create new characters. If your three series are stand alone, create new characters. If they are not, put them in a chronological order.
Awesome book but I suggest listening to his Zombie series first... 7 days I have listened to 5 books. That's how great they are..
5 all around. The reader is very versed in voice and emotion. I love this guy. This is not a continuation of zombie fallout in true form. Follows up to book 6 of that series. Then follows a tangent from that series. Don't focus on that or you will only enjoy it for 4 stars worth. You can find more emotional backstory if you just absorb what mark has to give.
it's rare that I quit a book rather than finish it, but this was just too stupid. the beginning is interesting. the setting and premise for the story are also interesting. but the main character is not only a complete moron, but also a platform for the author to preach about how humans are destroying nature. one or the other I can withstand in small doses, but when the whole plot revolves around the protagonist doing the dumbest thing he can in order to rant about man made evils, I bail. I get it, it's a post apocalypse setting, make the point and move the story along. using a really dumb character to beat me over the head with "tech is unnatural and evil" rantings just wastes my time and money. sean runnette is a good narrator, but this is not his finest performance. not much difference between characters though still well read.
Top 5, easily.
Revisiting the Talbot homestead. It was nostalgic, bittersweet, and firmly grasps the heartstrings.
In my head, Sean Runnette IS Michael Talbot. He does an amazing job capturing the personality of this character and making him 3-dimensional.
Meeting Bailey for the first time. I laughed and cried over this character-- you will too if you loved the ZF series.
Mark Tufo does it again!