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)
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!
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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 Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Always is...but I only listened!! :)
MIKE!!! he is hilarious...and then BT....this story was a bit darker than book one, and left me SUPER CURIOUS for book 3!!
Just these Zombie books...and they rock just as much as he does!!!
I laughed and laughed...no I did not cry...but I feel things are getting more and more intense and tears may be coming in future books!!
I absolutely love this series, and am moving on to book 3 now...I love Mike and his family, and this narrator brings them all to life...so glad I got book 1 on sale...and tried this series...if you are a Walking Dead fan, you will love this series...But along with a zombocalypse you get tons of humor...this series rocks!! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!
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.
I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!
I am listening to ALL the stories
I'm Liking all the characters, especially his kick ass wife!
Sean Runnette is excellent
I am excited and anxious about all the situations, it's a roller coaster
Digging all the characters!!
This is a weird little series. It took me halfway through the first book to get into the groove of the inappropriate humor, what is usually internal dialogue being external, and seemingly light-hearted approach to the zombie genre. Once I got it into my head that this felt like a character with some time and distance from the events using the "laugh or lose your mind and cry" approach it all made sense to me. I would encourage readers to hang in there, get through the first book, and see if it doesn't grow on you. If I hadn't paid 20 bucks for the audio book I would have stopped a chapter in. I'm soooo glad I didn't because now I'm on book 6 and I love this series. This isn't a humorous take on zombies. It is a character (like cops, military, er nurses etc) using sarcasm and black humor to get through tragedy and horror.
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Love second book as well.
Tufo is doing a great job of making this apocalypse same real. Mike is very realistic. He knows what people are like and what humans will do! I would recommend that you read book one first. This review would make for sense if you have.
I just love Tommy!! So clueless one minute, with his candy then giving very helpful one liners the next. Its not clear to me what he truly is yet but I look forward to finding out. Nor am I clear on why this family it targeted.. Perhaps I should read book one again.
These Zombie's are evolving. That's all I will say. Its a great twist...... Speaking of great twist Zombie's read Diane Roland's My life as a white trash Zombie.... Anyway back to Zombie Fallout. The end of the book is frustrating but that is what sells books. I promptly went to buy book 3.
Zombie fan=Zombie fallout. Enjoy!!!
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