From Mike Talbot's journal:
"The End . . . has come and gone. This is the new beginning, the new world order and it sucks. The end for humanity came the moment the U.S. government sent out the infected flu shots. My name is Michael Talbot and this is my journal. I'm writing this because no one's tomorrow is guaranteed, and I have to leave something behind to those who may follow."
So continues Mike's journey. Will he give up all that he is in a desperate bid to save his family and friends? Eliza is coming: can anyone be prepared?
©2011 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor
"Mark Tufo is one of those writers whose stories are elevated beyond the usual." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)
Tufo is shaping up to be a really good story teller. This series is from the perspective of the main character but is not a strict "first person". The narrator is fantastic, yes he sounds like Hank Hill, but I always get a kick out of hearing Mike Talbot curse or talk about his past. I can't get Hank Hill out of my mental picture. Book 4 and the storyline is still fresh, looking forward to more from Tufo
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I love these stories. This series is very funny. Some have complained about the humor, but it is spot on for me. I love the sarcasm and most of Mike's thoughts are the things we are all thinking - he just says them. The fart humor is the only part that is kinda stupid. The action makes the story go by without pain. It also helps that I listen at 2x speed, which really improves the adventure. Face it, you don't run from zombies at 1x speed for long!
Yes, they are both talented
I am a fan of this series--good characters, strong plot lines, humor, good use of flashbacks.... However, the problem with this 5th novel is that it is directionless without an ending. He introduces too many story lines without ending the original story. FINISH the original narrative instead of dragging the reader into new story lines that do not end. Complete this story, then move into the next major story line.
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.
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