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)
Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription.
Never read the print version, but Sean Runnette does a nice job with Mike's sarcastic humor!
Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore is really good. It is narrated by R.C. Bray
He does a great job with the sarcasm on Mike and I really like Tommy's voice he does.
Little of each! Some Humor and some sadness as some key characters have died.
I will be buying book 3 soon.
Tufo continues to bring on the raw survival story of the Talbots and company..It is hard to rate this one book against all of the others once I have gone through all of the Fallout books.. This story helps set the hook in for this zombie series.
Runnette’s performance is spectacular..he has an uncanny way of portraying Mike and bringing out Marine Corps memes. Talbot reminds me of a few of my buddies from the Corps.
indy music guy
Perfection. PERFECT narrator for this series!
I cannot say enough great things about this series! All of Tufo's Zombie Fallout series are equal parts of excellence...add them all together and get my favorite series - BAR NONE - of all-time! If you, even remotely, enjoy Apocalypse stories and/or like Zombies or Supernatural stories...even a little, you should REALLY enjoy this! I've recommended this series to more than 20 readers and listeners so far...the overwhelming majority of them react with a statement like, "Dude, why didn't you tell me to start this on a Friday night! I can't stop reading/listening...I haven't slept in days...but man, I love the part where..."
The ones who don't respond that way to me are the ones who "didn't have time to start it yet!"
I like some humor in the novels that I most enjoy but it's not always a necessary element. this series just takes it a bit too far. It's not slapstick (as has been said in other reviews) but more of a constant commentary on day to day life by a smartass. That's fine but in this book it takes it to the point of hindering the story. The tale itself i find interesting but you have to dig thru countless comments, asides and silly stories to get to the meat.Some reviewers have fawned over the "McDonald's" tale which baffles me. I understand that this is a work of fiction but to have the main character go on and on about an obviously over-the-top unbelievable experience at Mickey D's was the last straw for me. I couldn't sit thru it and I just couldn't find it funny... Mainly because it just doesn't ring true as anything other than a play on the stereotypes of the Indian, the teenage girl, the bad mother, the roach infested fast food restaurant, the defeated manager, blah, blah, blah... I came to read an apocalypse novel but at this point in the book i finally came to realize I was getting about 25% zombie novel and 75% rant. Pass.
Stay on the subject and not so much on the internal ramblings of the main character. But, hey, I'm obviously in the minority here so who am I to judge the writer's technique?
The reader was great and really makes the main character come alive. He IS Michael Talbot. It's a very good reading of the tale.
The McDonald's scene would hit the cutting room floor faster than you could blink your eye.
Meh. If you want a comedy along the lines of Archie bunker, this is for you! If you want a Zombie Apocalypse novel, there are much better books available.
Love me some creepy, scarey, suspenseful, thrilling reading - when discovered I could hear some of my favorites read TO me...Audible had me!
While this is my first "audiobook" review, I have read the entire Zombie Fallout series, and listened to the first of this series....well, first.
It is so difficult to listen to one of your favorites, after "hearing" the characters in your head while reading them all originally - but Sean Runnette did a great job, portraying the personality of the main characters, and really bringing me back to the enjoyment of when I was reading them.
Mark Tufo is a fav writer of mine, but I do think you have to have a particular sense of humor to always "get" full effect of his stories (at least the ones I have read). Another reason why I appreciated this narrator so much - I felt like he "got it:.
There isn't a book, or series of books that compares to the Zombie Fallout series, specifically A Plague Upon Your Family. I have purchased so many "zombie" books trying to capture this style again, and though there are many other great zombie books - this is certainly unique.
Another writer I enjoy for his quirky humor in his zombie books, is Chris Philbrook, and his "Adrians Undead Diary" series is fabulous - but very different from the "Fallout" series.
Sean Runnette did a wonderful job narrating this book. When I heard him reading the book, it took me no longer then a few paragraphs to imagine his voice as the one I could hear when I was reading them myself. He did an excellent job with the Michael Talbot character, and that can't be easy - Michael Talbot is an endearing, quirky, weird, funny, neurotic guy - I have no idea how Mr. Runnette pulled him off!
If I didn't have a 6 year old, and a 3 year old around listing for swear words over the speaker, or tugging at my sleeves for attention when I had my ear buds on - I most definitely would have listened to it in one seating. No doubt!
Also enjoyed by Mark Tufo:
Lycan Fallout: Rise Of The Werewolf
The Book Of Riley A Zombie Tale ebook set 1-4
Zombie Fallout Pt 1 - Pt 7
I don't like his reading but I guess maybe he is growing on me. I thought he did pretty a good job. He just doesn't seem to fit the sardonic character he is reading for.
Ok, I did like the book and the story line. Even though the story line is picking up into a more fantasy style of zombie book where there are Higher forms of ancient undead, that was kind of the lead-in from book one anyway so you kindo of knew where they were going with it. It should not have been a bad surprise if you liked the first book. But what was my issue with the book well...
****BIGTIME RANT*****How can zombie's not freeze in -10 degree weather? I mean serious?!?!! Warm blooded, out door, animals FREEZE in that temperature if they do not find shelter. Going north should be the safest place on earth for them during the winter time. The author totatally messed up the time frame. Maybe have them cuaght off guard in the spring or something, but being attacked in one of the coldest part of the country at the harshest part of the winter season? C'mon dude you really need research at least a tiny bit.
For instance, I don't know anything about guns so when i read the books i take it for granted that the author has researched a little to get his facts straight about how the guns work, type, and range, etc...But not having a zombie freeze in -10 degree weather makes me feel the author didn't research crap and maybe he just made up the guns and they don't exist and such. Well Thats my rant but i did like the story line. But dude, DO SOME RESEARCH!!!
gluten-free and happy
This book is fun, scary, exciting and well performed.
Warm bodies, but scarier!
I listened to the first book in the series. I really enjoy his performance. My favorite reader of all the books I've listened to.
I have recommended this audible book to several others. Very enjoyable if you like this genre.
looking forward to the next book!
Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.
The narrator for the writing was perfect. The book's natural speech and the narrator's nonchalant way of reading them meet well in this book that has some dumb, crazy, and attempted frightening points. I would place this narrator for this book up with Mark Thompson narrating a Star Wars book. The book isn't great, especially since it's going into vampire territory now, but the narrator puts it up there.
The son being used to speak for the vampire.
Mike...everyone is Mike, I guess.
I loved the first book in this series - it has a great gross-out factor tempered with a lot of humor, and a dead-pan delivery (ha ha) that reminds me of Ray Romano (love him).
The second book is much darker, dramatically ups the gross-out factor, and has way less humor. Plus, it introduces vampires, which feel very out of place in this story, and I had a hard time reconciling it. I don't think I'll continue with the series; I wish I'd stopped at book 1. (Still read book 1 - it's an awesome ride!)
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
You may wonder why I'd give a book with such a horrific name five stars. Such a nightmarish idea in the second person is sure to rile anyone up. But I don't judge books by their cover, and this was was an incredible horror book.
The main character and his family continue to develop in the midst of a horrific setting, with a plot line based on family group survival. The plague creates mindless herds of violent masses seeking to eat the flesh of the family. Society appears to have lost the battle, and these large groups of subhumans are able to roam the country in groups attacking who they please.
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