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Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1 | [Mark Tufo]

Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.
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Publisher's Summary

It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try and attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country convulsed, collapsed, and died, only to be reborn. With a taste for brains, blood, and bodies, these modern-day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal. Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land.

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

Can he keep his family safe? Can he discover the secret behind Tommy's powers? Can he save anyone from the zombie queen? Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.

©2010 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Once you read the first few pages of Zombie Fallout, you're in for the series." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)

“The word lighthearted doesn’t usually come to mind when we think of the zombie apocalypse, but Sean Runnette does a skillful job balancing humor with horror in this audio edition, which makes for an entertaining stroll with the walking dead…Runnette gives Talbot a dry, I-knew-this-was-going-to-happen-to-me-someday attitude that captures the wry spirit of Tufo’s prose. This provides a welcome departure from the doom and gloom of most zombie tales, and Runnette wrings plenty of chuckles from the material. Still, the narrator doesn’t forget that this is an apocalyptic horror story, making sure there are plenty of chills and thrills along the way.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

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    Ray SPOKANE, WA, United States 08-11-13
    Ray SPOKANE, WA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "first zombie type book"

    I am normally a high tech warfare reader( tom clancy, joe buff. etc) I drive truck, and listen to audio books everyday. Honestly, because of all the corny zombie movies out there, I, at first, held out little hope that these books would be worth the money. But, wow!!! I have bought and listened to every one of the zombie series. And because of the zombie series, i have bought all of the Indian Hill series. I have never read or listened to a more entertaining author. In fact, I have done something I have never done before. I have listened to both series twice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 08-09-13
    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    Now this is a great zombie book. I have read my share of zombie books and this one is by far one of the best. I love the humor and the action. The characters are all so well rounded. If your into zombie books this is a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angie the zombie Fan tampa, fl, United States 08-06-13
    Angie the zombie Fan tampa, fl, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.

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    "An Amazing zombie series with laugh out loud humor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the books, only listed to Ray narrate the stories on Audiobles and he makes those books come to life. The book itself is well written and allows your imagination to run free but listening to it brings it on a whole different level.... I have listened to a lot of books and there are very few narraters that are able to enhance the book, and Ray Porter is one of them...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor in this book was fantastic. It was not your typical zombie series and I loved it and the characters. I can't wait for zf7!!!


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Who does not love Michael Talbot..........


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to this book from morning to night and then bought the next one to the series right away!!!! Loved it. All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo is an amazing author! He makes us love and hate his characters!! Not just in the zf series but in all of his books, he makes his characters come to life. Add his sarcastic humor and it creates books you can't get enough of. I recommend Mark Tufo books to everyone, and will continue doing so... Now bring on ZF7 I can't wait!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. Quinn Georgia, USA 07-19-13
    M. R. Quinn Georgia, USA 07-19-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I Love It!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    Sean Runnette is, far and away, one of the best I've heard! He really brings Mike Talbot to life- the good, the bad, and the outrageously funny! I really loved his Jed and his Tracy, too. I don't think anyone else could have made me care as much as I've come to. I haven't even finished the book but I already know I'll be investing in them all! I can't stop listening!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Talbot. Although Tracy comes in a very close second. Pure and simply because of the amount of funny the characters bring to horrific events.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sets the tone perfectly. I might inflect the right amount of sarcasm and self-deprecation to Mike's internal dialogue while reading, but I also might not. With Sean, there's no need to worry. He embodies Mike Talbot so completely, and the rest of the characters almost as well, that I've yet to feel an inkling that my imagination might do a better job. He brings the book to life- vibrantly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spoiler Alert: When young Justin is riding out a terrible fever, on death's (or undeath's) door so to speak, the desperation and devastation that the family, Mike in particular, feel is very palpable. My own heart grew heavy and my eyes filled right along with their's as Mike was forced to contemplate the idea that his son may not be his son for very much longer and what that would mean he had to do in order to protect the rest of his family.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshyne Ewing, NJ, United States 07-08-13
    Sunshyne Ewing, NJ, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2008

    An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.

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    "Not Your Typical Zombie Story"

    A very plausible and entertaining take on a zombie takeover. It makes one care about the survival of the main character and adds an element of humor.

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    Jeanette lakeland, GA, USA 07-05-13
    Jeanette lakeland, GA, USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "BEST ZOMBIE SERIES EVER!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    Mark Tufo has a wonderfully warped way of writing that keeps me not only interested but THRILLED with each new chapter and every new book. And Sean Runnette brings Michael Talbot and his friends to life.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    In my opinion, there is no series that can be truly be compared to the Zombie Fallout series.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean has a great voice. Every time I think of Michael Talbot, I hear Sean voice. In my opinion Sean Runnette IS Mike Talbot.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved ZOMBIE FALLOUT. I introduced my sister and oldest son to Mark Tufos books because I enjoyed it so much. We all get every new Tufo book the day it hits the audible library. The only problem I can see is that Mark doesn't write as fast as I can listen/read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob United States 07-03-13
    Rob United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Perfect zombie book... Good humor and action"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Without doubt, my fave series ever in the genre. If you're a fan of zombie books and also love a sarcastic lead character, you'll love it. Shocked at the poor reviews- but to each his own. I personally LOVED the series...


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    Not a book, but movies... Perfectly captures the feel of zombieland.. and the kind of sarcastic/snarky wit that many a modern zombie fan loves.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Id have to say the lead character... Talbot.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    DEFINITELY made me laugh at times.... and also kept me on the edge of my seat at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously my fave zombie series.... Up there with "Patient Zero" and "Dead of night" by mayberry and "Cell" by King- my former faves.

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    Kaiser United States 07-01-13
    Kaiser United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is the zombie book of all zombie books."

    Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. I loved the narration, the story and the disgusting zombie sludge.

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    carmela niagara falls, ON, Canada 06-28-13
    carmela niagara falls, ON, Canada 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasantly surprised."
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    I loved that it wasnt all gore....it made me laugh out loud from the main characters comments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    The final scene of the book. Wont say more to spoil for the next reader.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    By far, the best was when Mike goes to save his eldest son from Walmart. A conversation he has with his wife when he asks his youngest son to help. I couldnt help but laugh.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes! I listen while I work but I found myself trying to squeeze in listening time at home.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Walking Dead tv show and thats what I expected. This book surprised me and I am about to get the next few books! Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    scott cedar rapids, iowa, United States 06-22-13
    scott cedar rapids, iowa, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "5 stars for sure!"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Descriptive, intense, and funny as sh*t!


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    It's not exactly like any of the zombie novels I've read, it was just....a bit different. (-=


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I got the second book right away.....sooooo, Happy!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but, I don't have 10hrs to spare in a day.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks!

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  • Neil
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    12/15/13
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    "The best zombie book I've ever listened to"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Gory ,entertaining ,surprising.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Talbot because he kept his family together at all costs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moment in the books particularly moved me but it was well written had really surprising twist and turns and I did really enjoy it.


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    Aberdare, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "The only book I've listened to more than once"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The humour that Mark Tufo brings to the book has me laughing out loud, even in the early hours while my partner was asleep


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to, and why?

    I havent read anything as good as this


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes but they have all been Mark Tufo books and all are great


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What would Talbot do


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    castle cary, United Kingdom
    9/11/13
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    "Apocalyptic awesomeness guaranteed!!!!!"

    I must admit that i had this book for over a year before i listened to it, and now i know i wasted a year of my life! I should have listened to it as soon as it had downloaded. When it comes to the end of the world as we know it Mark Tufo has it nailed. Horror at its best, with a dark wry sense of humour that few writers can master. A wonderful cast of characters that you can help but love, laugh at, and root for. Go team Talbot!

    My new Favourite Writer without a doubt. The Zombie Fallout series more addictive than crack (not that I've tried it) lol. oh and brilliantly narrated by Sean Runnette.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trudi
    REDCAR, United Kingdom
    7/7/13
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    "Hitch up your bandwagon & enjoy the ride"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Pacy, enjoyable, predictable


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's difficult to come up with something revolutionary in the Zombie genre but Zombie Fallout gives it a go with slightly patchy results.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I actually enjoy Talbot's ever-ready supply of survivalist knowledge & derring-do. It makes a change for a character to not be taken by surprise by the impending zombie plague & to actually have had the common sense to make some preparations.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect something earth shatteringly different in the genre but this series of books are engaging & well paced and you do feel invested in the major characters & their continued survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    TONYPANDY, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Mark Tufo is a brath of fresh air"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    FAN TAS TIC


    What did you like best about this story?

    Witty cripping great Characters all bond well big t is great good all round story


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great voice draws you in


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and did


    Any additional comments?

    Great series all tufo books are fab like having the same characters in different books but playing different parts and different outcomes well done Tufo

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniela
    Ashtead, United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "An interesting and witty twist on zombies"

    I totally loved the humour of this book, there are many laugh out laugh out loud moments. I thought that Tommy was very intriguing and was so sad when Bear the rotti gave his life for the family. It was a refreshing change to the usual dour zombie world, but I personally prefer my zombie stories to be dramatic and down right evil. If you are looking for something light with humour go for this. I love that the narrator sounds like Peter Griffin :-D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    Axminster, United Kingdom
    2/24/13
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    "Amazed"

    I bought this audiobook not expecting much and I was blown away but the characters and the story I loved it and could not wait to hear the next installment I would highly recommend the Zombie Fallout series of books if you like Zombies and great Characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Naas, Ireland
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent listen"

    This is an excellent start to a great series of books chronicling the journey of a man and his family through the zombie apocalypse. It's a brilliant listen with great narration and it's funny too. As soon as its finished you'll want to start the next book straight away.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    PRESTON, United Kingdom
    8/22/12
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    "Fan of the series."

    I'm always on the hunt for the next zombie novel and was not disappointed by this one, or the four that have so far followed it. Fantastic story and characters you will either love, or love to hate. Tufo wants the reader/listener to smell every zombie pounding at the door and feel every blood spatter and the details he strings together bring every moment to life, perfectly. He has written the apocalypse the way I might imagine living it. It's not an action movie, it's a human being trying to survive.

    Sean Runnette has done an excellent job putting a voice to Mike (and everyone he interacts with along the way). His tone allows for humour and tension, when respectively called for.

    Wonderfully written and read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P. Erickson
    6/21/12
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    "1 of 4 and desperate for 5 and 6"

    Easily the most interesting take on the genre. The character development is very exciting and I guarantee you will empathise with Mike, Tommy, BT, et al. Mark Tufo is a prolific writer and his narrative and literary technique are fresh and extremely engaging.
    I occasionally find fault with his lexicon and some younger readers may not be able to relate to specific anachronisms, but these are very minor criticisms and they don't detract at all from the finished product.
    Narration by Sean Runnette suits the story perfectly. Intermittant vocal characterisations seem appropriate and not OTT as in other books in the genre (I'm looking at you Peter Delloro!) and pronunciation is also accurate. Some audiobooks seem to be read by illiterates (I'm looking at you Peter Delloro!!!).
    Looking forward to ZF 5 & 6 and so happy that Mark's books didn't get left in the garage (as have so many of mine and probably yours).
    Mark is a shameless self promoter and I'm glad it's working out for him!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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