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 grew up with books....not television.
Prior to this series, I always compared other Zombie survivalist stories to Day by Day Armageddon but Mark Tufo has raised the bar!
The first book in the series was great, but this book (second installation) is absolutely fantastic. The writing, the characters and the humor make it my new #1 in this genre. You can't help but laugh, cry and panic with this family as they struggle to survive. The supernatural aspect adds so much depth to the story. The sardonic, sarcastic but loving and loyal personality of our main character keeps the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. Being a bit jaded, I rarely laugh out loud when listening to a book, but this one had me laughing hysterically (see the pickle incident at McDonald's and the narcotic induced "tighty whitey" conversation).
Mr. Tufo is a genius and out of all the zombie books I've read, this one deserves a movie deal. I cannot say enough good things about this book other than - it's not only worth a credit, it's worth paying outright for. Oh, and the narrator is spot on in his interpretation of the characters - if I had to compare, think of the sarcasm of someone like Ray Romano (Everyone Loves Raymond) or Jerry Seinfeld and put them smack dab in the middle of the end of the world via zombies. I love it - and you will too. If you love this genre, you MUST add this to your collection.
Loved this one as much as I loved the first one. Only thing that grated me was the ending. Just means I've got to get book 3.
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
Overall this book is consistent with the first one. It's a decent tale. Great pace and lots of excitement, but I have several quibbles that prevent me from thinking this book and series is exceptional. If I wasn't an end of the world type of guy I wouldn't bother any further. Concerns re: this book include:
- Sloppiness. Part of the main characters backstory is that he fought in Afghanistan or Iraq. Almost unbelievably, the author seems to confuse the two wars. In one reference it's Iraq, in another it's Afghanistan. It's possible he fought in both, but the author gives no indication of this. Here's another one. His wife a terrible driver, pulls a U-turn at 70 mph? C'mon!
- The constant references to poo, feces, etc. We get it. Everything smells terrible and the dog smells constantly. In this second book it's now juvenile.
- There some plot leaps that are just plain silly. One key character, basically on a whim leaves the group. Really it's unbelievable. Also, it took me a while to accept that the main bad person was something else before she came to be a zombie. I get it; this is the author's decision and if wants to take the story in this direction, he is free to. A part of me still finds this element unnecessary and yes very silly.
- The soliloquys and tangents. I stopped listening at the very end, when the narrator started the backstory of the main character's arrest as a teenager. It was one too many. Again, I get it. This is the authors style and helps to make his story and characters unique. It's too much. At times, it seems like he's adding these things to hit his page quota. I'd rather have him delve into some of his secondary characters. They're a bit thin going into the third book. They could use some attention.
- Finally, the main character's wife. You'll read it in other reviews. She is a shrew and terribly annoying and the author has done absolutely nothing over the course of two books to give the reader any indication why the main character is so loyal and dedicated to this entirely unlikeable person. Based on the wife's behaviour, about 98% of the male population would have never stayed married to this women for 20 plus years. I get they are four weeks in the zombie apocalypse, but surely this character could have revealed at least one redeeming quality that would engender such marital devotion. Alas, we are left to scratch our heads.
Narrator does a super job. Saves the book in some cases.
Naturalist, firefighter, actor.
I had 2 credits, Audible offers a 3 books for 2 sale. I picked up these books thinking they might do for mindless summer entertainment. Boy was I wrong!
I don't think these books ever saw the services of an editor. They are poorly written with loads of plot problems and really, really bad word choices. In fact, I don't think Mark Tufo knows the definition of many the words he employs.
This book reads as if it were a first or second draft that was sent to a publisher. Somehow these books managed to bypass the editing room and were sent straight to printing. I'm not exaggerating, they really are that bad.
The most amazing thing about these books are the good reviews that are posted about them. Either this series was written by, and for, zombies or somebody is gaming the system.
Spend your credits elsewhere, my friends.
My husband & I share the account. Anything on history is his read. I'm more into fiction/zombie & apocalyptic reads.
This book really starts with a bang! Well thought out, great story line. I'm hooked for the entire series. Hey Mark Tufo, thanks, I'm thoroughly entertained!
Love a Good Audio, and a Great Flip Flop.
Once I ended book 1 I immediatly started the download of book 2, I did not want to miss even a single day. I found myself listening while getting ready for work, on the drive to work and during my lunch break. I purchased an arm strap for my iphone and on weekends cleaned my entire house in less then 1 1/2 hours (which is a feat) without batting an eyelash! The comedic presentation, description of events makes you feel like you are right there with the Talbots!
The easier questions would be what did I NOT like about this story, one word. Nothing.
I am on book 6 now and they have all ran together (the signal of a wonderfully written story) so I can not exactly remember what happened that singles this book out.
Seriously, they need to make a film of this book and all the others. It would by far do better then World War Z!!
If you are doubting you would like a Zombie story, DONT. Download the first one and you will be hooked!
This is Book 2 of the Zombie Fallout series. I would love to meet the author of these books because this man is funny and it comes through in his main character, Michael Talbot. This is the continuing story of the Talbot family's attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. They are trying to travel from Colorado to Maine in search of surviving members of Mike's family.
I would say this book is a tiny bit weaker than book 1 but not much. Still a great story, and a great performance by Runnette. Looking forward to 3!
The book was good but there was completely unnecessary amounts of vomiting. I get it already - the world stinks figuratively and literally, but Mike is going to get throat cancer from all the vomiting he does. Also, with the exception of a new female character in this book, the Talbot women are weak, annoying and nothing that a female reader can relate to. I get the impression that Mark Tufo does not think too much of women.
Mark Tufo's writing style draws you in and hooks you from the start.The characters are 'real', aside from the zombies of course, and I think that's what sets his stories apart from the rest. He has created a relatable set of characters that will make you laugh, gag and sometimes cry.
I picked up this series only because of the massive number of favorable reviews. I generally am not interested in the zombie genre. This series is an exception. The main protagonist is overly moralistic at times but he is a fun character. The narrator does an excellent job. I didn't expect to pick up book 2, but I am now anxiously waiting for my credits so I can get book 3. I have several other books to read or listen to until then, but they are not what I want after just finishing this book. Kinda like popcorn
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