The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. This book follows the journey of Michael Talbot; his wife Tracy; and their three kids, Nicole, Justin, and Travis. Accompanying them are Brendon, Nicole's fiancé and former Wal-Mart door greeter, and Tommy, who may be more than he seems. Together they struggle against a ruthless, relentless enemy that has singled them out above all others.
The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? For, on the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the war-torn countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of: With law and order a long-distant memory, some humans have decided to take any and all matters into their own hands. Can the Talbots come through unscathed, or will they suffer the fate of so many countless millions before them?
It's not just brains versus brain-eaters anymore. And the stakes may be higher than merely life and death, with eternal souls on the line.
©2010 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor
"Mark Tufo has written the first zombie series that kept me up reading all night." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I don't know that I'd go as far as to say the book is misogynistic... more like the author pokes fun at the stereotypical relationship where the wife has the husband's balls in a cup. But, perhaps, it's the fact that the narrator mentions this fact EVERY SINGLE TIME the wife is in the scene that makes people think it's misogynistic.
The fart humor (yes, I use that word VERY loosely... kinda like the sphincter control in the story) is here - and more frequent - than in book one. I guess the fact that the dog, or the narrator, farts in every chapter is FUNNN-Y. I laughed and laughed and laughed, until I farted.
So, those points aside... did I like this book? Not as much as book one, where we see the family escape from zombies... this installment has them leading zombies across the country. This could have been okay except for the tiny little fact that about 1/3 of the way through, the narrator REALIZED a) that they are being followed by the zombie hoarde and b) WHY they are being followed. And, instead of dealing with WHY they are being followed (there are things he could have done to stop this following), he just continues on, blundering into one event, then another.
I don't mind fantastical plotting, but I do require that the characters - once they know what a problem is - at least attempt to deal with it... not just keep carrying on because that's the only way the story is longer than 80 pages.
The story is sorta wrapped up here... well, not really, but at least it's not a cliffhanger ending. I already own the next couple books in this series, but they are quite a ways down my to-read list now. The fart subplot left a bit of a stink in the air and I'll wait for that to clear before continuing the series.
Just love Zombie books. Favorites so far by Mark Tufo.
Storyline and the characters were very beleivable. You felt a conection with them. I will listen to this book again in the future and probably many, many, more times.
Mike Talbot--if he was a real person I would love to be his friend. He is hillarious, fun, and a very serious, caring character.
Liza--super scarey, very vindictive
This whole series is a MUST LISTEN/READ. I went through the whole series in less than a week. I WANT MORE....PLEASE HURRY MARK TUFO!!!!
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. This one was good but it dragged a little. The first was power and action packed with many funny moments. This one did have its humorous moments but a bit too much unnecessary dialog. I hope the next is better than this one.
Many times an author will establish the story and then really take off in the second novel in a series. I felt that was hardly the case in this series. I was very much interested in reading all the Zombie Fallout series after the first book but have been reticent to going on after reading this book. Let me explain. The first novel balances the action with the character development seamlessly. This book, feels like it has a hard time switching between the two. And when we get to the character development, it feels like the Michael Talbot is becoming much more depressed and sullen. He doesn't have the spark he has in the first book, and Tufo's sparkling witticisms are fewer and farther between as well.
I kept saying to myself, 'come on Talbot, quit just being forced into situation after situation and be pro active or at least try a little harder.' It really did feel like he was partially giving up in places, and that is something that is acceptable on occasion in a main character. However, Tufo doesn't give sufficient reason or driving action to make his floppiness feel justified or palatable.
I may go on to book three, but it will be a little longer than originally expected after this let down.
Again, Sean Runnette is the perfect choice as talent for this novel.
Long live the walking dead of Zombie Fallout and Michael Talbot.
Not if you paid me!
The lack of Story. The author has fallen so deeply in love with his character that he lost sight of the fact that there is supposed to be a story. I liked the first book in the series so I bought the second thinking that it would be mostly story and not constant background and side trips to no where! I was wrong.
Is the extremely poor decision making that permeates this genre intentional or are the authors really that dumb? None of these characters stand a chance in h*** of surviving if they actually behaved as they are written.
There's no comparison. The humor is "natural" and not forced. No zombie three stooges here.
He's great - enough said
This is my favorite zombie series. I LOVE this one! Tufo does a great job. He's my favorite author. I'd "read" anything this guy wrote!
Still an interesting enough story but my goodness, just how many prologues does one book need?
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I really wanted to enjoy A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2 just as much as the first book. I didn’t, simply because this was one of those stories that has to be told but not much really happens. This audio book is a must listen for anyone that has already listened to Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1 and wants to continue on down the dark and comical path with the Talbot’s. A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2 wasn’t the book I was looking for but Tufo had me hooked right in the beginning and I had to keep listening the bumblings of Micheal. Because of the cliff hanger ending this book made me need to listen to the third book in the series, needing to know what happens. As I was entertained with this audio book, and I would recommend to any Zombie Fallout fan, it did not live up to my sometimes unattainable expectations. I will be listening to the third book soon.
9 year olds who enjoy fart humor every 10 minutes
Relentless, unfunny sarcastic "humor" About 30 fart jokes and I'm only an hour in.
Unbelievably ridiculous, relentless sarcasm in the face of death in an apocalyptic world. I could not believe how many fart jokes. And I'm only an hour in. I finish everything no matter how bad but I don't know about this one. Book 1 was annoying but descent but I was thinking it had to get better and it got worse. If one second after and the stand are at the top of this genre, this book is absolutely at the bottom. If you've read every apocalyptic book made, and are desperate for just one more, DONT BOTHER WITH THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!!!!!
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