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)
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.
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.
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The End: Zombie Fallout, Book 3 begins immediately following the conclusion of A Plague Upon Your Family, which I fully expected. Interestingly much of the first half of the book is told, instead of from Michael Talbot’s point of view, from the point of view of Brendon, Michael’s daughters boyfriend, filling in what he was up to when he ran off in Book 2. We are also given more information on Tommy’s background, which fills in a lot of his mystery. But here it is again, The Walking Dead + Everybody Loves Raymond. I feel like The End: Zombie Fallout, Book 3 doesn’t break any new ground for the series, but does supply me with my ever needed zombie fix mixed in with laughter. I do find it interesting that this book is titled “The End” and the story doesn’t come to an end, I am on the fence about whether or not to purchase The End Has Come and Gone: Zombie Fallout, Book 4 or not. I think I will have to mull it over for a while instead of rushing to Audible.com and buying it instantly.
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!!!!!
The narration and story of course...it was really good!!
Mike!! I love him...he is hilarious, and believable...he makes you want to know him!!
hmmmmmm....I dont know if I can pinpoint a fave in this book....it was a bit darker than the first 2...maybe the beginning!!
I almost did....lol if it wasn't for sleep and work...I would have!
I adore this series...Mike and his family are all awesome...this book is darker than the first 2 and some secrets are revealed...so it is a very important installment....I think it is just going to get darker from here on out...and I cant wait to listen to the next one...I love this series and if you like zombies and the end of the world books, you will too...2 thumbs up, would give it 3 if I could!! :)
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.
great, great, great!
Destruction of the camp.
He is great! Sounds like Billy Crystal. Makes the story interesting yet humorous! Makes the story enjoyable.
Not sure why. Just can't get enough. Listen on the way to work with Whispersync on the way to work and read Kindle at lunch!
Hope there is a Whispersync version soon for the newer editions soon. Will have to start on a new series for now. Maybe Wool.
I like the series so far. I like Mike Talbot and i like the other characters too.Action aplenty. Good character development. Good narrator.
My only criticism and its a minor one is some of the flash backs and dream story lines are to long for me.But its only a minor set back to an otherwise great book and series.
Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.
Yes yes yes yes and again yes!!! Listen to this series you will not be disappointed.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I love Mike Talbot's adventures, from Indian Hill to these books, the dry humor & relatively funny situations but Zombie books are in no short supply & in truth, the only thing that really makes this series a lil'better is the narrator & MT... But its starting to get a bit old, not sure where Tufo is going to take this, I've read up to book 5, & I have not look to jump into book 6 because the series is still just about Zombies & fighting them with a little bit of 'magic' like abilities, but as a reader of Sanderson, Weber, Ambercrombie, etc... the story undertones are not that thrilling or new, even the jokes are not so funny any more, its a lot of sarcasm & some funny situations that are avoided or lived thru
I'm sorry I can only give the rest of the series mild to moderate stars because it is only semi-interesting, I'll probably finish all 6 just for the fun, maybe but I'm not sure when I'll finish the 6th book, I don't take anything away from Tufo & def don't take away from Sean... but Zombie books get reeeeeeeeel broing after awhile
Mark Tufo's writing style draws you in and hooks you from the start.The characters are 'real', aside from the zombies of course, and I think that's what sets his stories apart from the rest. He has created a relatable set of characters that will make you laugh, gag and sometimes cry.
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