When two worlds collide…
Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem. While it appears similar to the ones they come from, there are some terrifying differences. Is it a dream? Or has reality been somehow warped?
Jack comes from a world filled with nocturnal creatures that were once human, but now seek to destroy the last vestiges of humanity. Mike, living under a constant threat from hordes of the undead, arrives with a companion, John the Tripper. Ripped away from their family members and thrown into the unknown, they find that the nightmares from their worlds have preceded them. Survival becomes moment to moment as they encounter old dangers, and new.
Each wants nothing more than to be reunited with their loved ones. With dangers lurking around every corner, they seek to unravel the mystery that brought them. It may be a long road ahead, but they begin by taking the first step, hoping the next one will be the one that takes them home.
©2014 Mark Tufo (P)2014 Devil Dog Press
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The two best characters from the Zombie Fallout series are combined with a character from the New World series and each bring the problems from their respective worlds. The combination makes for non-stop action. Add in a few laughs and a new foe and you’ve got yourself a fun book. My only complaint is that the book doesn’t really go anywhere. We don’t meet the Whistlers until the very and end the plot is really just Jack, Trip and Mike surviving until they can meet. I’m sure taken as a whole the series will be very good, but as a stand-alone book it leave me wanting a bit.
Sean Runnette does an excellent job as always.
I'm a huge follower of the jack walker character. And although I enjoyed the fallout series until i think it was #8 when it just got boring for me, I like the mike talbot character. The issue I have with this book is it literally took forever for anything to happen and then the book concludes. I think putting jack walker and mike talbot together is a great idea for an uber-sci-fi novel. I hope book 2 gets a little more action packed and we learn a lot more about where these guys were transported to. On a note about the narrator. I enjoy Sean Runnette as the voice of mike talbot. But I think bringing in Mark gagliardi for jack's voice would cut down on some confusion of who is actually talking and I'd say I'm just used to his voice as jack walker.
I only purchased this book because of the previous series. This seemed unable to keep my attention, it droned on with a lack of excitement and too many drawn out, overly descriptive scenes. Sean Runnette did a nice job in the previous Tufo books, but when JACK is read, it almost brings on nap time. I gave this the 3 stars because of the loyalty to previous titles and, because it is a Zombie book...
The story was good and introduction of night runners wss good and so was Mikes abnesia, but a bit more interplay between zombies and night runners would have been better as well a better discription of them. The other last monsters, I just don't kniw what to make of them. Let us see where it goes in the next book.
The naration is always good, with the voice clear and intonations and verbiage clearly convaying the emotions.
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A Shrouded World – Whistlers follows the survival story of Jack Walker and Michael Talbot (with his companion John the Tripper) as they navigate a new zombie apocalypse world, different from each of their own. Trapped in this new world they have to find a way to stay alive as unique types of zombie threaten them.
A zombie apocalypse novel, it’s different from what little I have seen before. Most stories that I’ve read or seen involved one type of zombie creature. However, in this novel, there are multiple unique zombie types with different strengths and weaknesses. The plot itself was pretty simple in the sense that the characters are trying to survive different dangers, but they don’t actually move much distance in the world. And so the story is dependent on the characters’ personalities. Fortunately, all three were well defined and unique, which made their interactions fun to experience. Jack and Michael are military men, and John is a perpetually high hippie. John is clearly the comic relief in the novel, but there are hints to his importance that may come to light in future novels. However, the dependence on one or two characters perspectives in a novel involving three human characters, made my interest lag sometimes. While the inner monologues were often good, I think more dialogue could have made it more dynamic. It’s clear that this is a first novel of many. While the book comes to an end, it’s more like coming to an end of a section of to a novel rather than an entire novel. It’s clear that there is more to come and at the end of the novel, the hanging threads are laid out clearly.
This novel is told from two different points of view, Michael and Jack. One aspect of the novel, which takes a little getting used to, is that the voices of Jack Walker and Michael are different tenses. It’s unusual and doesn’t necessarily distract, but it’s noticeable. It’s an interesting complement to the confused and isolated emotions that the characters are feeling in a new, but still somewhat familiar world.
The narration was nuanced and wonderful. The characters were easily distinguished from one another through the tone of the narrator and that made the novel easy to follow and experience. This was especially great when there are multiple points of view. The voices ascribed to the different characters were also fitting to the individual styles of speech.
This isn’t a genre that I normally choose to read and I enjoyed the novel. However, I think it could’ve been improved with more characters. Female perspectives or characters would have made it more diverse and perhaps a little more dynamic.
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from mike's prospective, the story opens as he and trip are fleeing from trip's house in a van. mike and trip are on their way to ron's house in maine to head off eliza when mike swerves hard to miss a propane truck. in a flash, they find themselves walking down a desolate, wooded highway, jammed with the world's largest exodus of cars.
from jack walker's prospective, he's eating with his team when he notices his periphery close in, and in a flash, he finds himself standing on the same desolate highway mike and trip are on.
the story is told from both mike's and jack's perspectives, with each chapter flipping back and forth between the two. both mike and jack notice something is off, and their first experiences are with the other's nightmare. mike and trip discover a new type of threat, the nightrunners from jack's world, and jack runs into a hoard of zombies.
the pacing of the story is really good. there's a lot of action with downtime for the characters to reflect on their situation. it's exciting when jack and mike and trip eventually meet up. their meeting is timed well and doesn't seem contrived. they are a good match b/c they are similar in a few ways.
trip is definitely a fun and interesting character. he is zany, and his dialogue is funny. at first, i was worried b/c trip is soo out there that i thought his character would be overexposed, and i would tire of his outlandishness. but tufo is a genius in how he uses trip. i truly enjoyed his character in this book. trip shines in this story. i won't spoil anything, but there definitely seems that there's more to trip than meets the eye!
there are interesting implications of having both zombies and nightrunners hunting you, especially when zombie 3.0 shows up- 1.0 being shamblers, and 2.0 being runners.
together, mike and jack try to unveil where they are, how they got there, and possibly who brought them there. by the end of the story, the mystery deepens as they find bodies fused with the land and a new enemy to deal with, the whistlers. i won't spoil what they are, but they are just as horrific as zombies and nightrunners.
sean runnette as always does a fantastic job narrating the 3 characters.
overall, a very entertaining story.
note: i have listened to all of tufo's zombie fallout series, but i haven't listened to mike's other adventures. so, i don't think tufo has overstretched mike's character. i have not listened to the jack walker series, but i might give it a try now even though the reviews have been bad.
Very much enjoyed. Some real guy busters of laughter. Next ones, please?? Pretty, pretty please!
Was a bit worried with the coauthor but I was happy
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!!!!!
Trip as always..he is friggin Nuts and I love him!!!
Sean is Mike Talbot, I cant imagine him any other way!!!
hate this question...moving on!
I really enjoyed this, but found Jack's parts a little drawn out at times...even though he is very similar to Mike...and I cant wait for there next adventure together...i think they are going to be an Awesome team....and I have a sneaky suspicion that they may be related some how....and as Always I love Trip!!!!!!! Great listen!!!
"Better Than I was expecting"
Tripp food baby uugghhh.....
This is as good as others, he caries the story well
I love Mark Tufo books but never got John O'Brien books due to terrible narration but i am told they have been re-recorded now so will give them a go now.
Was not sure the book would make sence as i never know Jack's character but it was pretty simple to work out what he was about and what he brought to the book so that fear was put to bed. Overall i enjoyed this book very much. Having two main characters working together also works with the way it is written no match rubbish just two Alphas working together to survive and Tripp there to aid the humour :)
For me 5 star all the way, the more the book was going on the more i was into it. Done all Mark Tufo books at this stage so off to download some of John's
"Funny and engaging"
Great supplement to the Mike Talbot saga, new characters and threats. Bringing humour and a strong story.
"Good points, but lacks any real meat to the plot."
Most fans of John or Mark will enjoy it for the humour elements and the creatures/zombies/runners show signs of interesting mix. The problem was the plot seemed to go nowhere really and we learnt nothing at all. But it has moments.
I will listen to the second one in hope that Atlantis goes somewhere, else I'll likely give up on the series.
The narration was ok, though I do find he could voice the characters more individually. Sometimes hard to tell which one was talking if the sentence didn't end with, "Jack said," etc. I find him fine to listen to, but he isn't in the top tier of narrators and hence the average rating.
Silly question given it's the two authors hero's and Trip who is about the first character you wouldn't cut.
I didn't overly like that I felt Mark was turning Trip into a Trip/Tommy character. Think Tommy with a Bow in book one and Trip with a catapult in this one. The Twinkie's and other snack foods. I do love Trip, though he would be a nightmare to put up with in real life.
This book really needed to be longer, or more time spent on plot and less on long winded descriptions of bullet shots and general combat. These are fun, as are some of the conversations, but the plot dragged, went nowhere and the book ended in a pretty weak way.
super book can't wait for the next one ,what a great idea Talbot and Walker together
Really wanted to like this book so as to start a new series but to no avail, the story seems to go no where in particular. The narrator has an annoying tone which ranges from boredom to apathy. He has a habit of trailing off into a quiet uninterested tone at the end of every sentence. All in all, it was a challenge to finish listening to, disappointing to say the least.
Mark Tufo & John o Brian actually pulled it off, I didn't think it would work, but with John the tripper included it really did work
Great Reading By Sean, and a good story line with lots of humour. It was great.
Definitely will buy the next in the series.
Well done !!
"Two authors come together and make it work...."
The main characters are from two authors each with well established series of stories
I was sceptical about how these would be merged but actually it's a credit to both authors that they HAVE made this work and work well...!
John O'Brien even has captured Trip from Mark Tufo really well
Over all a superb blend and read masterfully by Sean Runnette
Nobody else even COULD have read this for me as he IS the voice of Mike Talbot
probably because there was a lot to take in being as it was written by 2 people
Sean was awesome as always
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