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)
Sean Runnette was the perfect choice for this audiobook. He has the right accent for the main character, and allows both the humor and horror to shine through.
This is the first zombie story that made me laugh. The story line was funny and gross at the same time, and the characters could be anyone's neighbors. The best part is the internal dialogue of Mike Talbot, which shows him to be as perfectly twisted and real as anyone you may come across.
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!!
What a wild ride. Great start to a series. With all of the movies and books about zombies these days, I wasn't too hopeful for anything original here...Boy was I wrong! Sean Runnette also does a fantastic job with the narration. Listen to this one and you won't be disappointed!
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.
This has to be the greatest audiobook i have ever listened to. The story is great, and the narration is perfect. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
It is the blend of humour and the serious undertone that make this book what it is. I am extremely excited to listen to the rest of the series. Trust me if you are contemplating getting this book, stop thinking about it and just do it, you will not be dissapointed.
On a final note, i think that because the book is mostly written in the first perspective, and coupled with the references to real objects and events, it makes it a very real experience.
"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.
"Hitch up your bandwagon & enjoy the ride"
Pacy, enjoyable, predictable
It's difficult to come up with something revolutionary in the Zombie genre but Zombie Fallout gives it a go with slightly patchy results.
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.
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.
"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
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.
"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 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!
"Nice satisfying zombie book"
Fun read, well paced and with a slightly different take on the zombie tale. Very funny in places. Just bought the next one.
Good Narration too :)
love it and still have 5 more books :), if you like end of the world stuff and zombies you will want this
well i really can imagine his voice as mike.I feel like I am rite there with him
"Good Zombie story"
Yes, a little bit different from the normal Zombie stories I have read. Liked all of the characters.
Less long descriptions about the characters past lives. Could have been summed up quicker to get to know the characters.
Nice voice to listen to.
Could gave put more expression into the exciting parts.
There are a number of follow up books that I intend to listen to or read
"What a fun ride!"
I would recommend this to a friend. particularly if that friend liked zombies. But also if that friend liked engaging characters, intricate plotting, wild rides and stories with a strong core yet feel they could go anywhere.
My favourite character has to be Mike Talbot. Because he's a truly engaging protagonist, written with wit, depth and humanity and a slightly addictive line in morgue humour. He is the beating heart of the Zombie Fallout series, His journey is epic, and he becomes heroic through that journey, but he remains an everyman character.
Sean Runnette's performance is wonderful. He gets across the essence of all the characters. Less a reading, more a one man ensemble performance. I like the rhythm of his delivery too; it draws you in.
I had to exercise serious amounts of self-control to switch the story off and sleep when I listened to it at night. Then I listened in the morning on the train. And on the way back. And again in bed. And then I bought the next one in the series...and then the next...
Just keeps getting better and deeper.
This is one of those stories I wish never had to end at all.
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