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.
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!
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'd be the last to praise this book as I often found myself cringing at the writing, but I was entertained to some degree.
It is interesting to hear a zombie story for the point of view of someone who might be suited to deal with it (mike's guns and weapons training) rather than the usually random dude. The characters were mostly unbearable.
Different narrator, was not a fan of the narration.
It was pretty entertaining if you overlook the obvious problems.
Mike was not funny, not in the slightest. No one was legitimately entertaining. Sarcasm seems to be the only attempt at humor which was kind of awful. The wife is irritating, irrational and endlessly nagging.
Meets zombies.... worth your time and credit. Main character in the book is a joy to follow... very funny. . The story has a bit of a supernatural twist that makes it interesting.
The narrator did a good job he was very well suited to the main character.
I will get the next book.
Tell us about yourself!
Yes because it's highly entertaining.
Mike and Timmy...can't choose between them.
I love his voice. It's so unique. He plays the part so well.
There's not one part in particular that I can think of. I enjoyed the entire book!!!
If you are into zombie books you should check this one out. It is awesome!!
I was skeptical when I downloaded this book, because of the few bad reviews. I will admit, it's not a literary masterpiece, but this book is fun and exciting. Perhaps I just have the same sarcastic sense of human as the author. This book made me chuckle and kept me listening the whole way through.
I read other reviews before getting this book and some had an issue with the humor throughout. This was actually one of my favorite parts. I don't think it's just me, or my family, that often uses humor as a stress release or laughs at inappropriate topics, right? In my family nothing is "off limits" and "If you can laugh at it you can live with it" is our motto. So I actually loved the main character's (Mike) bizarre thoughts and humor throughout. It seemed perfectly in keeping with things I might find running through my head as I was about to be eaten by zombies. . . but as I mentioned, that's my and my family's way.
I really enjoyed this story and I plan to continue with the series.
Undecided. I tend to enjoy post apocalyptic/dystopian as well as zombie works. I thought the author instilled much good humor and clever observations throughout, but despite that I found myself working hard to pay attention. The writing in general I found to be above-average for the genre, however the constant relentless asides I found to be tiresome and distracting, and especially in the latter half of the novel had a major impact in impeding the pace and immediate drama of the proceedings. Furthermore, all too often I was confused about simple things like geography and stage direction. And by the end there were so many characters, more than seemed necessary as few got enough attention or development to justify their inclusion. The author seemed to constantly get in the way of himself as far as any attempt to tell an exciting and engaging story. That's quite a feat considering we're talking about a zombie survival novel. And let's not overlook the wife Tracy- at first I found some good humor in the typical husband/wife spats cast against the unlikely zombie apocalypse scenario, but Tracy quickly got tiresome and annoying with her constant nagging and disapproval. I think it was a rather grating depiction of a female character, and hell she was just annoying I kept hoping she would get bitten and put out of her misery.My favorite characters were Tommy and the loyal loving dogs, Henry and Bear.
If the author didn't make 3/4 of the book content about metaphors of the situation and cheesy ones at that. This more about the main character analyzing situation describe through metaphor after metaphor which kept things from moving along. It wasn't believable that in the face of zombies one would stop and think all these humors thoughts. DO NOT BOTHER
Just interesting enough to pick up the next to see if got any better...wrong!
Not sure if the reader w as bad are just the content, reader didn't have much to work with.
When it was over
"A great Zombie book with a sarcastic sense a humer"
I love zombie books & films and this zombie book is 1 of my favourites. It is a little bit like Shawn of the Dead, or maybe like Family Guy with zombies.
It's a sarcastic American man trying to look after his family from zombies.
It's funny & has zombies!!!!!
What's not to like.
He reads it well & really draws you in.
Yes if it was short I would have.
Very good book & I download the 2nd book straight after.
If you have a sense of humour (sarcastic & a bit dark) & you like zombies then get this book.
900 miles is also a good zombie book.
"Stumbled on to a real gem of a book!"
The most horrific ending of the world but a group you can invest your time into and laugh and laugh with through good and bad
This is a real new style of zombie book writing and it WORKS
Mike Talbot of course!
Seriously never listened to zombie fallout then get this book now it is brilliant!
"Cartoonish, gratuitous and unrealistic"
Any concern for scientific accuracy. The idea behind how the zombie outbreak starts is laughably bad. The main protagonist is impossible to sympathize with, in particularly found his description of an encountered obese character to be particularly unpleasant. The lack of well written characters doesn't stop there however. His two sons are trigger happy and moronic respectively, and the rest of the cast doesn't get any better. With the militaristic way it's written, it feels like it's trying to be a Chris Ryan book, and fails miserably.
Discarded the cast, re-written the storyline, spent more than a few minutes coming up with the scientific basis of the story and dropped all of the needless references to modern era brands. I personally got bored of comments like "With their Xbox 360's" scattered amongst the narrative
Steady, mature, disconnected
Massive disappointment, and occasionally guffaws of disbelief
"Classic horror with modern wit."
Yes I would recommend this audiobook. Told in a fascinating and thought-provoking manner. Actually gives you something to think about.....granted it's a zombie apocalypse, but the way it's told and the bond you build with the characters, it's nail biting stuff.
The narrator has a voice that you just can't help but enjoy. One of the best spoke audiobooks I've listened to.
The characters. Mike Talbot and his principles bulldoze through this nightmare. The sarcasm, intelligence and wit that is brought into this story during what can only be described as hell, is just memorable. Keeps you glued every second.
When Mike Talbot put a bullet into the head of a civilian (psycho) who kept a zombie in his basement to use in a most deviant way. Considering the world had changed, everyone's beliefs and principles had changed and survival was the primary goal, Mike still stood by his principles and acknowledged this situation was very wrong. The moment were the sick psycho hinted or suggested about mike's female members was the moment you knew his fate was sealed. A very satisfying moment indeed.
Bear the Rottweiler. Don't think I could listen to that part again. I have an English Bull Terrier. I love her to bits and if I had to look at her the way Mike Talbot had to look at Bear knowing what was about to happen......
will be buying all the Zombie Fallout series.
"Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen Great Narrating"
Really enjoyed this book. The narrating was great and I loved the characters in it. Written with a very dry sense of humour that I enjoyed. I will be listening to the others in the series.
"Good story, narrator impersonating a muppet"
If i see the name as Sean Runnette I will not buy the book . Awful voice for this business he sounded like one of the muppets
Enjoyed the book very hard to get over the horrible voice telling it
the lead character and how i related to him
where he meets the zombie queen and doesn't deal with it very well
yes it was
loved it will buy more
"The best zombie book I've ever listened to"
Gory ,entertaining ,surprising.
Mike Talbot because he kept his family together at all costs.
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.
"The only book I've listened to more than once"
The humour that Mark Tufo brings to the book has me laughing out loud, even in the early hours while my partner was asleep
I havent read anything as good as this
Yes but they have all been Mark Tufo books and all are great
What would Talbot do
"Juvenile and disappointing"
Seeing that this was one of the highest rating zombie books on Audible, I tuned in with much excitement. The number of books gave the potential to have long-term character development similar to the Walking Dead. I was sorely disappointed.
The main character comes across as a self-absorbed narcissist. I can't help but feel that this is reflection on the author himself.
The treatment of female characters is also pretty reprehensible. I couldn't shake the feeling that there is a underlying feeling of sexism and mysgonism throughout the book, reinforced by female characters who blunder around like idiots, failing to recognise unloaded guns despite not putting in any bullets, being terrible shots, always getting the main character 'in trouble' for trying to do the right thing and many other examples.
Other targets of 'humour' include characters with learning difficulties, bodily functions, rape, and a completely pointless and unfunny epilogue paying out Canadians for some reason.
Maybe I just don't get it, but I really can't recommend this book.
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