BT, Gary, and Mrs. Deneaux race to the Talbot compound in a desperate bid to turn the tides of a lost war. Is Michael dead? This is the question plaguing the Talbots as they prepare for the final showdown with a merciless enemy hell-bent on their absolute destruction.
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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
Yes! Yes! Awesomely Yes! From start to finish this books was amazing! The series isn't finished yet (I hope) but one chapter seems to be closed. There is so many things that Mark Tufo has gotten right in this one once more.
If you have been following the series (which I am guessing if you are looking at this review you have been) then you would probably have been slightly disappointed by book 5. Thank the powers that be the book has got back on track in book 6. The book is teeming with action and (unlike the precious book) does not have meaningless flashbacks. Mark Tufo seems to have been listening to my silent prayers after I finished book 5 and ramped up the action in every aspect.
Sean Runette is an excellent narrator and he kept up the great work. I am very very much satisfied!
To prevent myself from giving any away I will stop raving about the book. I am extremely thankful that the book has answered so many unanswered questions and have rejected the inclination to end on too big of a cliff hanger although I must say I was gripped up until the last sentence.
I have to say this is my favorite Talbot book so far. I have never laughed, gripped my seat and gasped, and cringed so hard listening to a book before.
Mike is separated from his family and begins a long journey back. Thinking he is dead the family begin to prep for the LAST STAND. Along the way Mike comes across a burned out hippie and a mysterious women. The funniest moments in the book was the dialog and circumstances the burned out hippie and Mark have. There is one moment I had grit my teeth and shut my eyes during a very CLAUSTROPHOBIC situation.
Brilliant and talented series!!!!
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
where to start? for me, there's a mix of fear and excitement reading or listening to the last book in a series, hoping the conclusion will match the overall excellence of the series. so, did this book meet my expectations? yes and no.
the good news. mark tufo is back! i didn't really like book 5 as much as the others, but this book is reminiscent of the others with a big dose of humor. some of that humor comes from mrs. deneaux. yes, the b!#*ch everyone loves to hate is featured prominently as she, bt, and gary flee north carolina for maine. while not politically correct myself, her stereotypical humor borders racism. i found it funny. most probably will b/c tufo likes to push boundaries, which is totally acceptable to me. speaking of "pc," most "pc" people probably couldn't have made it through book 1. LOL
speaking of mrs. deneaux. mark tufo is just as bloodthirsty of a killer as her. wow! the characters he kills in his novels. bet you don't see the 1st one coming.
i really liked and laughed at is a new character, john the tripper. his house is tin foiled and he wears a tinfoil hat. there are a lot of funny scenes with him and mike- when he doses mike and when he covers mike with lard.
there were several parts where i had to rewind a little b/c i couldn't pay attention to the story b/c i was laughing so hard. for instance, the get away vehicles or the clothing people are forced to wear. by far, the funniest scene was listening to what mike had to wear as he approached a bunch of truckers. sadly, i can't get that image out of my head. i won't spoil it for you, but its mike's worst nightmare. even now, i'm laughing and smiling at it.
the battles are awesome. tufo knows how to build the tension and effectively pace the fighting. the last stand at ron's house is well done. tufo outdoes himself describing the gore- running over zombies is like squishing giant packs of ketchup with meat in them.
well, we knew mike had to come back somehow. i wasn't sure how tufo was going to do it, but i figured his vamp powers had to be involved. i just didn't expect the divine intervention, and the repercussion it has on eliza.
there are a couple of plot holes. i wondered why this object of particular importance was never mentioned unless i had a brain fart and forgot what happened to it.
there's another interesting character that's introduced who has a connection to eliza. while i don't want to give too much away, she is part of the group that finally confronts eliza.
this leads me to the final confrontation. i didn't know what to expect. mike vs. eliza in a battle of wills. mike and tommy versus eliza. i guess the final battle never lives up to the hype i've built for it. when it is all said and done, i can see why tufo did it the way he did. it is satisfying, but i felt let down when it was over, mostly b/c a series i've really enjoyed was coming to an end.
speaking of the end, the final journal entry is mike's cathartic recounting of what mike went through after eliza kissed him. the last 10 seconds will blow your mind!
The Zombie Fallout series is riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies. It is in desperate need of a good editor before it reaches publication. So why do I keep listening? The characters and the narration. Sean Runnette is the perfect embodiment of Michael Talbot and does an excellent job with all the characters. And Tufo has really given life to the characters in the book. We care about what happens to them.
Some are saying this is the last in the series, but I haven't seen any confirmation by Tufo on that and there are a lot of loose ends that need resolving. The Zombies still abound. I feel confident there will be a book 7, and I will gladly spend a credit on it.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I have to say that all the series was a huge disappointment.
It became too long
at most it should have been 3 or 2 books
all this dragged out suffering was the last nail in the coffin
The talbot series continues - I am sad to say if is the last book (which I hope not) I will be so bummed - I love this series and I have become such a Huge Tufo fan. I loved this book and its so worth the credit -
There's just something about the Talbot crew! I love the walking dead series and could see a series based on the Zombie Fallout series giving in some great competition. I can only hope! If you're contemplating purchasing the Zombie Fallout series go NOW. You will NOT regret it. Start with the first and listen to them all. This is the only series that I have EVER gone back and listened to twice. I am on book 4 AGAIN. Love love love them! (I can't imagine anyone other than Sean narrating)
Huge Zombie fan! Need I say more?
As of now #1.
You cant compare Mark Tufo's books to any other books.
Sean always makes me as the reader feel like I am there in the story.
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!!!!!
IN THE TOP 10!!!! This is my fave of the series so far!!! This was the funniest..and saddest of the series...loved loved loved!!!!
JOHN THE TRIPPER!! Hands down, best character besides Mike, and maybe BT so far!!!!
The Cave Scene!!!! LAUGH OUT LOUD, TEARS FLOWING, PEE YOUR PANTS FUNNY!!!!!!!! I had to go back and listen to it again after I finished the book...JOHN THE TRIPPER ROCKS MY WORLD!
ABSOLUTELY!!!! loved it!!! I have loved all these books!!!!!
OMG!!! This has got to be the best book of the series so far, and that is saying A LOT!!! This is a GREAT series!! Cant wait to read book 7!!! John the Tripper is one of the funniest and unique character in this series...he is HIGHLARIOUS in every sense of the word!!! I loved this book sooooo much, I may just listen to it ALL again right now...I did listen to the cave scene again..and JUST as FUNNY a second time!!! I WANT TO HANG OUT WITH JOHN THE TRIPPER!!!!!! 2 THUMBS UP!!!!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Say something about yourself!
Still a great story!! Mike comes across a few new characters. One of which.. John the Tripper. I found to be very fun. Its interesting to listen to Mike try to adapt is normal communication as his normal sarcasm is lost here. Listen to story and you will understand my meaning.
The ending is good but not what I was thinking. I thought something more dramatic. Its the very end where Mike is writing in his journal that makes me want to buy book 7 right now!!!! It "starts" to answer a question I have had all along. Why is Eliza to fixated on the Talbot's? It was never addressed that I recall until now.
A great series with a great reader.
Highly recommend this book and series
"There is meat on the bone here"
Like all of the books in the series, the contents is a balance of humour and action that is so perfectly merged ,that person needs to remember not to laugh out loud whilst reading/listening(Audio book) in a public place (lest you be looked as being a crazy person). Mr Tufo seamlessly amalgamates the narrative and thus answering questions that has plagued us, the reader, throughout the series. While tying up loose ends, this book also manages to create more new questions than ever - as it forces the reader to become more and more immersed into the plot. This total absorption creates a feeling that the characters are more flesh and bone, no pun intended, as opposed to ink on page. There is the feeling, a connection if you will; for these people, and you begin to genuinely care for them.
I guess you could compare other Zombie novels. However, best comparison would be the other episodes in the series.
Oh yeah its got to be our main Mr Talbot - his voice is just gtreat
In short if I could I would. However, life just is not that way, and it is good ration out this episode.
Keep up the good writing Mr Tufo
"A poor series finale..."
This is the final book in this particular saga and it's by far the worst. Whilst this particular genre is never going to be considered great literature the previous novels have all been enjoyable, consistent and reasonably well written.
Without giving anything away the main problems include:
The ludicrous "showdown" scenario.
The constant inability of the main character to remember how he had been changed in a previous novel and what benefits this granted him.
The transformation of one of the most interesting and morally ambiguous characters into a cartoon villain.
The overly long epilogue.
Anyone who is considering buying this has presumably bought the previous novels and will inevitably buy this to complete the saga. However I've found this to be irritating enough to ensure I won't be buying any other Mark Tufo audiobooks.
"To much drug trips not enough zombies"
I liked the series as a whole, but this book was very annoying to how much he wanted to talk about drugs and getting high. Other books on the series had a little of it. But this one was horrible...
"Great read from a great series!"
Without trying to give away the story, this was a excellently read by Sean Runnette again continuing the story of the Tabbott family Which completes the saga. writer Marc Tufo produced another excellent book which left wanting more!! If you have read the rest of the books you will need to read this one too!! If you have not read the Zombie Fallout books yet I highly recommend you do. You will not be disappointed! I wasn't.
"The last but not the least"
Excellent novel. So many great characters that have been built up over the entire series. Their personas have been cleverly and lovingly crafted so that their successes an losses are keenly felt by the reader. An unexpected ending. The narration is excellent: a comfortable friend is reading to you by the fireplace in a darkened room with the lights dimmed low. If you want to read this book you absolutely must buy the entire series and start at the beginning, it's worth the investment.
"Superb finale to a brilliant series"
Mark Tufo has written a character that you can relate to on so many levels. The humour is just brilliant and set against an undertone of horror that puts it in stark relief. You will go from being nervous for the characters on minute to actually laughing out loud on the next page.
If you opt for the audiobook (I listen each day on my journey to work) I have to say that Sean Runnette's voice is simply perfect for the main character. Couldn't have imagined it read better.
I wholeheartedly recommend the entire series, and its is so refreshing to have a finale that as well as fitting with the overall story line (and not letting everything down at the last minute) actually does conclude the story. Too many writers feel they have to leave a hook or a loose end which leads on to the story never really coming to a conclusion. This one has "the right end" and concludes the story.
The most enjoyable series of books I've read in a very long time!
"Mark Tufo does it again A*"
An excellent ending to a tremendous franchise. Mark Tufo is easily one of the best horror writers out there today. With lovable characters and tongue in cheek humour as well as a fair ammount of gore thrown in for good measure. My only worry is that we've heard the last of Mike Talbot although after just recently finishing the Indian Hill trilogy I doubt it. Must have listening for the last chapter and can't wait to hear what comes next..
This was a great conclusion to an amazing series I would highly recommend the Zombie Fallout series of books if you like Zombies, Vampires and great Characters.
"Best for last.."
Brilliant all the way through with an excellent ending. The whole series was absolutley compelling. This was so well worth the wait. I'm just dissppointed it had to end.
"Addictive, emotional and unique!"
I have really loved this series. The author has built a universe you invest in and people to care about. Equal and generous measures of atmosphere and humour! By far my favourite zombie series across all mediums! Cheers Mr Tufo!
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