As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.
©2011 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor
"Mark Tufo is a natural talent. He writes a relentless experience of a story." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
If you've read the first 2 books, then you are most likely already hooked on the Talbot saga, so you don't need to be enticed to read more of the series. This review is more to let people know that the story just keeps getting better and better and you will continue to enjoy the series and our favorite 'common' hero, Mike Talbot, and his family and friends.
BT,Tommy and Mike
great story enjoying it even more this time around. great humor, Tufo has done a fabulous job. Sean really is Mike T
listening to his performance,he like hearing a old friends voice.
I'd recommend to anyone who has been swept up by the zombie movies, books and stories filling the marketplace these past few years. The story is original, though at times your imagination has to be stretched due to another close escape that shouldn't have been possible. Why still read? You WANT them to survive and their luck is all that they have against vampires and zombies. They lose a large asset this time around and things never looked bleaker. The Talbots will survive and do so with humor. Until it's impossible to live any longer of course.
Humorous comments we all can understand and relate to though some can be offensive. Small victories when none seem possible or even likely.
Great narrator. Good pacing and performed wonderfully.
Fear for our heroes/heroines prevails.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
There is less rectal humor in this one, so that is a big plus. And a bit less complaining about women, so that is another plus. The story, however, went on too long. It felt like the story should have ended after the battle at Camp Custer since that was the climax of the story, but then it goes on and on and on with dozens more scenes that had no real purpose (i.e. no goal is reached).
And to top it off, the epilogue goes back into the past where we have to hear about Talbot using drugs (I thought he was a marine?? drug use doesn't really fit that, does it?). The only purpose I can see for this epilogue is so the author can use a short story he wrote about the same characters - because it certainly has nothing to do with these zombie books. Or with character development: we've already seen tons of pages about Mike, so why do we need this unrelated flashback?
I also don't know why we're subjected to an unrelated thread where we start following Paul's journey... it is tacked on at the end, has no point or resolution and seems to be there to add some pages to this story, and, perhaps, because the author needs these characters 'in place' for book 4? No idea. But really, the last 1/5 of the book was just a let-down with more of the same old, same old and no forward moving points.
I already have the next book in the series, but that is the last one of these I'll be reading, regardless of how the author drops the ball at the end of the book as his ploy to get you to keep buying (i.e. you will buy the next book to find out why on earth he tacked on 60 pages of junk at the end of this one).
The narration is the same as the others. I wouldn't recommend reading the books out of order. The is some foul language, no sex, and the violence is mostly non-graphic.
This series has turned out to be the most unexpected listen so far. At times the authors has too many side tracks in the story but not so much it annoys. Only a few book dries have made me laugh hard. This I happily one of them.
BT rocks! Keep him forever! Even starting to like Tracy. Mike is the little brother we all feared to have. If Tracy can stay with him, I must notch her to the better side of saintly.
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