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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kimra Tuscola, TX, United States 10-21-13
    Kimra Tuscola, TX, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2010

    My husband & I share the account. Anything on history is his read. I'm more into fiction/zombie & apocalyptic reads.

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    "Even better than book one!"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 07-14-13
    Patricia 07-14-13
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    "Another Winner from Mark Tufo"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacalyn Calgary, AB, Canada 07-13-13
    Jacalyn Calgary, AB, Canada 07-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Throwing up ... anyone ??"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 06-16-13
    Anthony FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2006
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    "i love this series"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SameOldStory US 03-11-13
    SameOldStory US 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable."

    This was thoroughly enjoyable, but with a few slow steps along the way.

    But it really was only in a few places, and even then it was just to setup things for the next story.

    I’ve read only one other zombie book and that was about 20 years ago, so I can’t compare this series to any of the other zombie books out there. What I can say, though, is that it is written is such a way that you can care about the main characters.

    The main character, Mike, is a near looser that rises to the occasion and goes well beyond it. He’s no super hero, but he overcomes one disaster after another. Sometime by his own fortitude, sometimes by good luck, and often by family and friends.

    Would this series make a good movie? No. Anyone trying to make this into a movie would make an “action” film. This series, to me, is a “character” story with a lot of action. Make no mistake though, the fast paced action will make you want to finish it in a single day.

    Another thing. I’ve been a life long reader, and I haven’t read this book. But if it were available as a paper book for $1 or an audio book for $30, I’d strongly recommend the audiobook over the paper book.

    I use a Sansa Clip Plus ($25-$35) for listening as I drive or walk. It has a “fast” mode that helps to add urgency to the pace of the book. Yes, it raises the pitch a little, but you soon get used to it. While I like the reading by Sean Runnette, his voice, when sped up, adds more urgency to the main characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik FAIRBORN, OH, United States 01-14-13
    Erik FAIRBORN, OH, United States 01-14-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Fun story & concept - horrible execution"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of the zombie genre, who have already read every other zombie book out there, and are looking for something to do.


    Would you recommend A Plague Upon Your Family to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    oh lord no. He sounds like Paul Harvey.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    no reaction whatsoever. the reader is in no way emotionally invested in any of the characters, or at least I was not.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audiobook mainly because the first book ended abruptly, thinking that just maybe the characters will develop a little, or that I will begin to care if any of them lives or dies. Plus, the idea of intermingling a vampire with zombies sounded unique.

    After reading/listening to the first two books in the series, I've come to appreciate the role of "Editor" in the publishing process. Clearly this series is self-edited by the author. The reader is expected to believe that an ex-Marine, with a blue-collar background regularly uses words such as "interloper", "cacophony", "countenance", "find purchase", "ministrations", and numerous others...this is what i found most off-putting about the series. I guess it was cheaper to use the MS Word "synonymns" feature than to pay a real editor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Omaha, NE, United States 10-08-12
    Terry Omaha, NE, United States 10-08-12
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    "Interesting approach to zombiegeddon"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its a good listen, Sean Runnette is a very good narrator.


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

    I loved the whole series


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Yuma, AZ, United States 09-24-12
    Jason Yuma, AZ, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent listen"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like zombie books, start listening to this series. You wont be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Win Waterloo, SC, United States 08-01-12
    Win Waterloo, SC, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2009

    Naturalist, firefighter, actor.

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    "This is somebody's idea of a joke, right?"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    james midlothian, TX, United States 07-10-12
    james midlothian, TX, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I listen to a lot of audio books and tend to like books that are dark in content and humor.

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    "I am addicted to this series."
    Where does A Plague Upon Your Family rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This kept me totally interested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Equal parts fun and gore.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Great sarcasm.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I dont wanna give anything away.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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