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A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2 | [Mark Tufo]

A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

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. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....
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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

What the Critics Say

"Mark Tufo has written the first zombie series that kept me up reading all night." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)

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    Rachael Mill Creek, WA, United States 02-12-13
    Rachael Mill Creek, WA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Listen!"
    If you could sum up A Plague Upon Your Family in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really do like Mike.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I can't imagine any other voice telling the story! It's a perfect fit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada 02-08-13
    Sarah Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "zombies"
    What made the experience of listening to A Plague Upon Your Family the most enjoyable?

    I love mark tufos writing style. His humor and pacing are very well done. He has strong characters with very individual personalities that make you care about them.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    I love Mike. I love his mix of weaknesses and strangth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did


    Any additional comments?

    Great series of books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 02-07-13
    jami hiawatha, ia, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing sequel!"
    Where does A Plague Upon Your Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I LOVE all of the Zombie Fallout books. It would be hard for me to choose a favorite one, similar to choosing which is the favorite child.
    This second installment takes the Talbot clan on the run, meeting some good- and some not so good people along the way. Tufo gives a little glimpse of reality of how survivors in any disaster would act. Not everyone would be neighborly and helpful.
    Eliza is at work souping up the zombies a bit, along with a few other suprises up her sleeve to keep things interesting.
    I enjoy the little side jaunts too, I think it builds a stronger main character. You really get some insight of where Talbot is coming from when you hear how a situation in the past played out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definately Talbot. I would love to hang out with him and have a beer. He shares my love of sarcasm.. and dogs. Coming in second would be a tie between BT (the huge teddy bear of a man) and Henry (because I have a soft spot in my heart for gassy canines)


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Runnette gives the story some definate emotion. He separates characters with small voice changes and brings them to life. Before the last book was out on Audible, I read it and had Sean's voice in my mind the entire time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A card carrying germaphobe saves his loved ones from the zombie plague!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some comments saying people do not like the 'journal' style of the book, calling it lazy. I completely disagree. The way these books are written gives more of a feel of the author relaying the events directly to you- the listener. Makes it much more personable in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tristan 02-07-13
    Tristan 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This will keep you up all night listening"
    What made the experience of listening to A Plague Upon Your Family the most enjoyable?

    The mixture of true zombie horror, and unexpected humour that keeps you saying to yourself one more chapter before I put it down.


    What other book might you compare A Plague Upon Your Family to and why?

    The only other books I could compare it to would be other title from Mark Tufo. But even then it cant really because it is so unique.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Even though his female voice is very much a like to his male voices, it somehow easy to tell which character is talking by the slight changes in his voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes extremely hard to stop. Even made me late for work once. It was worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cara 02-07-13
    Cara 02-07-13
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    "A new twist"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An addictive story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Talbot. Just a character that's easy to relate to.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Tommy. Just loveable.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, this book threw me a little. No spoiler just a twist on the genre that made me question whether or not to continue on in the series, but, I will admit, I like Michael Talbot and feel he's such a character. He'd be the one who I would want to be with in the zombie apocalypse. The thing about the book and this main character is that you see him tested time and time again, and he makes decisions and -- Mark Tufo does a good job with this -- explaining the logic behind it. The backdrop for the decisions, too, make me question mt moral comfort and what I might do in a stressful/life or death situation. All in all, I found myself reflecting on what I would do, and I became comfortable in relying on Michael Talbot. Other zombie apocalypse books did not bring their readers into the story and allow us to reflect on our own choices. All in all, it was a great read. As the series progresses, I can happily say that I am a Fallout addict. Truly enjoyable, but start from book 1!

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    Michael United States 02-07-13
    Michael United States 02-07-13
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    "Ruined me for all other zombie books."
    Where does A Plague Upon Your Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to several zombie books that I thought were very good until I got the Fallout series. Amazing story telling.


    What other book might you compare A Plague Upon Your Family to and why?

    The only books I can compare to this is the other books in the series. There are no other books in the genre as original as these.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sean's voices are the voices you would expect the characters to sound like if you read the book yourself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book caused me to gain a few pounds since I spent all of my time listening to the book instead of going to the gym.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never been addicted to a book series like this before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Barstow, CA, United States 02-07-13
    Jennifer Barstow, CA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Love Zombie Fallout!"

    I'm on about my 4th trip through the Zombie Fallout series before I finally get to hear the new Zombie Fallout 6!! I love all books zombie but this series is absolutely my favorite. I was a little concerned when Eliza's story was first introduced but my concern was unnecessary. Turns out that her "condition" isn't only good for the story line, it's vital. Mr. Tufo did a great job with all of the characters. This is one of the few zombie stories where the characters are completely normal (everyone I know is a little neurotic, so I guess to me it's normal) everyday people. There are no military elite Rambos here, thank goodness! Turns out a good zombie lead isn't a special forces sharp shooter...he's a sarcastic germaphobe with a touch of paranoia!!! The series is just fun! Thanks Mr. Tufo!

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    Clayton Cornelius, OR, United States 02-04-13
    Clayton Cornelius, OR, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not so good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the first book in the series, though there were some silly parts, so I was eager to get A Plague Upon Your Family and pick up where Zombie Fallout left off. Unfortunately I was not impressed with book 2. The series went into a direction I didn't really see coming and don't like. I couldn't get behind the plot line or story anymore.


    Has A Plague Upon Your Family turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre but this series. I barely finished this book and will not continue the series.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was decent.


    Could you see A Plague Upon Your Family being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hollywood never ceases to amaze me with it's stupidity, so it wouldn't surprise me, but this should NOT be made into a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thebugroom 01-15-13
    Thebugroom 01-15-13
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    "Zombie review"
    Where does A Plague Upon Your Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Plague Upon Your Family?

    Jet showing up as a zombie and Durgen being alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything where Mike is being a smart allelic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Same as the book.


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Houston, TX, United States 01-02-13
    Amazon Customer Houston, TX, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.

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    "Tufo is a fun writer so my fear is for the plot"

    Let me start by saying I like Tufo's writing. I like the character and the world he'd created in the first novel. Mike is a great protagonist for a Zombie infested world because all of his bravado is tempered by being a family man who knows his wife's in charge. I love Tufo's pacing, and once you get into this book, like the first, it's hard to put down. That said, I have to take off some stars for a few things but I'm getting really picky here; First is the glaring pov changes. In the first book Tufo made them work, but if this is supposed to be the second journal of Mike Talbot there should have been more explanation as to why we are suddenly following two characters Mike never seems to hear the story of. Little things like that just come across as "lazy writing". This bring me to my second problem, in that references were made to Mike's "first journal" but indicates he lost it before the final chapters could have been finished - I usually expect a writer to start breaking their own continuity, but not in the second book. These two things just made me feel like this story was rushed to publication. Unlike the first book where things were shoehorned into place, this one just tried to cover it up with a lamp shade. I'm not a fan of Deus Ex Machina and while there were a few slipped into the main plot I almost feel a big one is put in place to end this novel. As for the story, this one tires to introduce something new and at the the risk of being a spoiler, it's in the prologue. Vampires are in Tufo's world, but they aren't vampires like you know them. It makes sense as this is a book about the UNdead but there is no big lead in or foreshadow. You open the book and here's a vampire. It just feels like Tufo dropping in a new plot element for the sake of dropping in a plot element.
    All that said, this was still a good book and I'm going to read/listen to the next one. Again, i like the characters and Tufo's writing but I'm starting to feel more afraid for the fate of the plot than the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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