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
"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)
I like zombies and comedy, but I called it quits on "Zombie Fallout" after a few chapters. I'm chiming in because many of these "unanimous five star" genre books have been unqualified hits for me. With this one, I wish I'd listened to the sample, although frankly I think the cover, title and marketing should indicate a bit more of the schticky style contained.
There's a lot here that just wasn't my taste - constant references to past zombie pop culture (no 00's movie or videogame goes unnoticed), the conceit that the main character was fully prepared for a zombie apocalypse, and, most of all, Mr. Tufo's overeager and slightly corny sense of humor.
Not a minute goes by without him trying to elicit some kind of laugh from the listener/reader, and just about every attempt was a failure with me. It's all firmly from the Jeff Foxworthy/King Of The Hill school of "redneck sitcom husband" humor; he slips in poop, gets annoyed with his wife, disdains anything more high-brow than a monster-truck rally, and expresses exasperation at the idiot neighbors. Hey, I have no problem with humor or bending genre conventions, but it didn't connect with me and felt fairly stale after Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland (which, of course, are knowingly referenced).
I can't say the narrator helped. Mr. Runnette is affable and sympathetic but his reading neither delivered the punchlines or amped up the suspense for me. Frankly, he sounds like a quirky character actor more than the leading man I'd want to join for a multi-book saga.
I sensed some inventive supernatural twists before I quit, but all of this was too much baggage for me. But hey, a quick listen to Audible's generous sample should be enough for you to tell which reviewers you should listen to.
The first thing you should know is that this is a zombie story in the tradition of movies like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. That is to say, a zombie comedy (zombedy?).
I am going to make this review easy. I imagine you are not going to buy two zombie comedies this month which means you may be considering this or The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton (also available from Audible). The difference between the titles is easily articulated: Zombie Fallout generates its humor primarily from one-liners, bad smells, slapstick, and bodily functions. The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton's humor is primarily situational, satire, and irony. I think the The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton is the much better of the two books, but you should assess by your own sense of humor.
Taken on its own, Zombie Fallout isn't bad. It is amusing, and I love a good zombie story. I think I'll even buy the sequel. However, if I were looking to buy a zombie-comedy this month, this would be my second choice.
These books are incredible! Tufo and Runnette are a great team. Yes, the books are about zombies but they are filled with so much more. Its an emotional roller coaster and the side trips Tufo takes are great. So many laughs as well. I've loved every book so far and will continue to buy them.
Some stuff seems to me like I have been there before, maybe it's the genre,don't get me wrong it's only one I enjoy my problem is I have read the book so in my head it was a hell of alot better, the narration didn't sound like the marine I imagined anyway it was good start and I'm off to the next book I have faith that it will just get better. Hope this helps you in your decision to get. Enjoy.
Most definitely recommend this! As a matter of fact I have! The characters are rich, the writing is real, the story is great....can't say enough good about this book and all the Michael Talbot stories.
Michael....I guess, it's hard to say. They are all so good.
Sean Runnette's voice has made me fall in love with Michael Talbot. He is the best I've heard.
Haven't a clue.....but this would be a fantastic film series.....I would definitely pay to see this.
What can I say. I love the Talbots. I love BT, Tracy, the kids, Alex, all of the characters, even Mrs. Denoe. I've already listened to all 4 twice and preaparing to start over and listen again while I wait for # 5 to be published.
I've only just listened to this first in the series, but so far it's the best zombie book I've head on Audible. It has a perfect blend of character development, humor, suspense, and horror. I lost a few hours of sleep listening to this at night. My wife, who knows English but not well enough to concentrate on following the story, couldn't understand why I was cracking up while lying in my bed trying to fall asleep to this novel. In the end, I had to turn it off, because I couldn't stop listening.
My mind often wanders while listening to a story, and I'll sometimes I'll "wake up" and realize I didn't actually hear the last 20 minutes or so. In most cases, I just focus my attention again and keep going. Not with this book. I had to go back and listen to every word.
Get this book. Here's how good it is: I didn't have the credits to buy this and the next book, but the first was so worth the price, I paid for the second rather than wait for my next credit to kick in. I can't wait to hear what happens next.
The narrator is excellent in delivery, but his voice isn't crisp and clear, so if your hearing isn't perfect, it can sometimes take effort to follow every word. Most people shouldn't even notice, though.
This was my first zombie story ever and I L.O.V.E. it! The narrator was awesome and I'm looking forward to listening to all the other books. I heard some zombie stories were complex, but not this one. The author did an awesome job incorporating real life and reality into this story and at times I felt like I was there. This story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
I grew up with books....not television.
What made this piece of Zombie Fiction good was the suble element of the supernatural. This is a series so the explanation of what we are actually experiencing is not fully explained. The supernatural aspect is not obvious - therefore not ridiculous or unbelievable. I'm starting to sense that there may be an element of Good vs Evil here which would be really interesting in a Zombie novel. The survival aspect is what you would expect - hole up in a stronghold, scavenge for supplies and fight the zombies. I liked the fact that they are doing this as a family as opposed to one person on their own or a couple duking it out with the undead. I absolutely will be reading the next book in the series!
"Just not for me . . ."
I think that sometimes there are books / authors / narrators which in combination just don't resonate with me. I only got about an hour into this but I just didn't really "get" the humour in any big way and once that didn't work for me the apathetic way the characters react to an apocalypse full of zombies just turned me off.
Clearly plenty of other people see it differently and I can accept that it's entirely possible I've just tried getting into one too many zombie series. But this one just didn't grab me and the style wasn't something I could enjoy.
Not the best zombie story, but I liked it. The main thing bringing this down, the narrater sound like the dad from Family Guy. Will get the next book, but as a priority.
I really enjoyed this, the humour that runs through it is great. Its different to the usual zombie end of the world theme, which does become more apparent in book 2. Which I downloaded as soon as I finished this one. Don't be put off by the humour it has plenty of sick bits.
The narration is really good, and following Mike, his family and friends on their journey is really good.
Buy this I don't think you will regret it.
"Mediocre zombie story with nothing new"
If you don't enjoy the first part of this book, just stop and get a refund. You can fill in the rest of the story in your head and it will most likely be better than this.
Not worth it for the characters either. No depth and the dialogue is mainly the main character having "comically" disconnected thought about the situations he gets in.
"Fantastic book for all Zombie Apocalypse fans!"
I loved listening to this book from Mark Tufo. Being a busy mum it's not viable for me to buy books to read as I never get more than five minutes to myself so I opted for the audible version. In go the headset and I was whisked into a world that was crumbling. The story had me ewwwing and chuckling, anxious and relieved. The smooth and warming voice of Sean Runnette even had me searching other titles he narrates so it was obvious that I added all the other titles in this series and others by Tufo to my 'to listen to' library.
I am a huge zombie fanatic and this book whet my appetite in a big way.
A must read/listen to for anyone who is interested in this genre!
Like everyone else in the western world I'm addicted to the zombie genre - why? I don't know, perhaps it's a brain disease or a government plot putting some drug into the water supply to keep us all happy - but that's not the point, the point is I've wasted half my credits trying to find a zombie novel that isn't utter crap - and I've failed.This isn't the worst of a bad bunch but it is one of the most annoying. The reader DOES sound like Peter Griffin which I could handle if the characters weren't so utterly stupid and constantly cracking wise. They wander about, as though being eaten was just a minor inconvenience, doing such stupid things, like going to fetch cigarettes without a gun, or arguing about what car to use because they're worried about the paint work! Infuriating!
Perhaps the worst thing about is that at no time do you think that any of the central characters are going to get bit or eaten because that would interfere with the awful American family cliche they inhabit.
Oh and were does the electricity, hot water and fuel come from in the post zombie world of Mr Tufo.
"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.
"Mark Tufo is a brath of fresh air"
FAN TAS TIC
Witty cripping great Characters all bond well big t is great good all round story
Great voice draws you in
Yes and did
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
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.
Can't rave about this one. A non-memorable addition to an over catered-for genre. It's not bad, just not great. I also regretted having read another reviewer's comparison of the narrator's voice to that of Peter Griffin, which I struggled to shake as I listened.
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