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 have listened to several zombie books that I thought were very good until I got the Fallout series. Amazing story telling.
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.
Sean's voices are the voices you would expect the characters to sound like if you read the book yourself.
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.
I've never been addicted to a book series like this before.
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!
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.
Not this genre but this series. I barely finished this book and will not continue the series.
The narration was decent.
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.
One of the best.
Jet showing up as a zombie and Durgen being alive.
Everything where Mike is being a smart allelic.
Same as the book.
I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.
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.
A great follow up and a great series. Sean Runnette really does a great job with the characters and is outstanding in his role as Mike Talbot!
Can't wait to listen to the next one!
This is the second and last, I'm sorry to say. I got through the first one because of the novelty. However, when I found myself telling myself the tired, Catskills-esque jokes during the stagey pregnant pauses, I decided to stop trying.
Been 15 years older, I think.
None, but I would clarify the qualities of the main character, Mike. I was tossed between thinking he was a nerdy, obsessive type who is terminally scared of his wife and the ex-Marine with lots of handy skills...a WHINEY ex-Marine. Ended up dizzy, instead of interested.
The concept is interesting, a nice twist on the usual, but if you're too far past teenage perspective, either in body or mind, this is probably not for you. Final straw? Listing two men kissing as more repulsive than zombie grossness. It was the final touch of the frat house for me. All the women are pretty helpless or seductive, yet the husband is terrified of the wife. The boys are all good with a gun, the girls can't drive an automatic transmission and Mom mangles the stick shift. So much for the 21st century!
yes I would this is a great book it has awesome twists and turns along the way
call chase slash shootout
it made me laugh and cringe and some parts not really crowded though but there is always the next 1
I started watching the Walking Dead on TV, and found it extremely compelling. So much so I started looking to see what Zombie books I might find interesting.
The Zombie Fallout books are really, really good. There are a couple of continuity issues early on that are easily forgivable considering the quality of the characters, the action, suspense, and everything else a good Zombie book should be.
The narration is also top-notch. The characters all have distinctive voices, in addition to personalities, and it’s very easy to follow.
The only problem is (as of this writing), it’s not finished!
Finish it, Mark. I need to know what happens next!
It is all too easy to get sucked in to these stories. I enjoy relating to Mike- and the characters are well developed enough that I find myself laughing and crying right along with them. Which can be a bit embarrassing, as I listen to these at work.
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