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)
While it attempted to try some new stuff with the genre, I could not overcome how poorly the females were written. There was not on female that was at all useful in the series. It was just too blatant to ignore, and came to a head with the scene at the gas station with Mike's wife and daughter. The only female sin Mike's family, a self proclaimed survivalist, and these two women can't even tell if the guns are loaded. And still they go out recklessly and then decide to get some smokes. It was horrible, and frankly insulting. I cannot support a book with such little regard to its characters. It doesn't feel fresh or unique within the zombie genre, just a throwback to the 1960s mindset.
Unless I saw some massive shift in his writing, no I would not.
The voice actor did a great job realign the story. I heard that there are loads of grammar and spelling mistakes in the published form, that is fixed in the audio book. No complaints about the voice acting what so ever.
Frankly all fo them, even the decent male characters aren't really that great. They aren't even really well fleshed out characters, more just tropes put in for a spot.
I was very disappointed by this book, and although I usually don't give up on a series I just can't say this is a very good series. The humor is lacking in a lot of spots, the characters are not well written nor described, and frankly the fat and gay jokes are insulting not funny, and its really disheartening just how much the writer must think women in a crisis are useless, since he goes to such lengths to ensure that no female is useful at all in this world, and is only good to yell or go into hysterics at critical moments.
No no no no! I really tried to give this book a chance. Like 5 hours tried. It was horrible. The characters are basic. The lesbian a butch, the black man big and scary, the mentally disabled slow and stuttering, the women stupid and slow. I felt offended by it almost from the first line. The reviews I saw on audible suggested it might be good, but wow! I have as of yet NEVER not finished a book I bought, but I bought the first 3 in this series (on the sale buy 2 get one free), and I will never even download the other 2. The humor is offensive, and the fat jokes, lesbian jokes, Mexican jokes, the JOKES are soooo not funny. After the first hour I tried thinking of it solely as a comedy thinking that might help me through. It didn’t. It felt like whole pages were being skipped. Very fragmented. I wasn’t ever sure where I was in the story. I can’t go on with this review. I did NOT enjoy this book, and sadly will NEVER download anything by this author again because of this book. Luck to the next sale.
Terrible writing and hobbled together plot. The narrator did you the best he could under the circumstances and there were some funny moments but that's all.
The book is ok, I thought is had alittle too much comedy. I wasn't to thrilled about the way the story was told through the eye's of Mike. I believe anyone could have wrote something like this it had no moments of suspense it was plain I don't know if these books get better but this author has nothing on how the walking dead novels were brought to life! Those books were great reads this was more a a sarcastic comedy about zombies and zombies who actually have power to think and organize and there is a paranormal side to the book , C+ AT BEST. 13 bucks it cost I think 7.99 is better....
This is a poorly written book led by a red neck protagonist that exhibits little common sense or internal fortitude. The book consists mostly of graphic descriptions of blood, gore and mostly smells. The author is fixated on body fluids coming out of various orifices. The most annoying habits of the author consist of ending sentences with propositions and apparently writing a story, then going through a thesaurus and replacing every adjective with the most obtuse substitute in said thesaurus. The result is completely ridiculous text and a completely unlistenable story. The author exhibits little to no ear for dialog and little appreciation of the zombie genre. I'm shocked this story has received multiple 5 star reviews.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I have just recently listend to the Arisen omnibus, and that is some of the best zombie books I've ever came across. Unfortunitly, those books greatly influence my judgment of this one. I know it's unfair. This is a completely different kind of book, but what can I do?
Zombie Fallout is, for me anyway, a mixed bag. On the one hand I enjoyed the hell out of it. There's some fairly decent writing here and the characters are interesting. On the other hand a lot of the jokes fall flat. I get what Mr. Tufo is trying to do, but the parts that were more serious were my favorite parts. The parts that were supposed to be witty and humorous felt too forced. This may be the reader's fault, but I don't think so. Sean Runnett does a great job.
Something else I didn't get (SPOILER ALERT) was the mind controlled zombie make out scene. What was that all about? I think Mr. Tufo is setting up for a plot development at some later date, but the whole scene was strange and out of place and it also felt forced.
I think my favorite part was the last 10 minutes when the "Canada story" is told. This may be the one spot in the whole book where the humor was actually humorous.
...but what do I know?
You'd have to have a terrible sense of humor and dislike dogs, not to thoroughly enjoy this book. I've listened to both lycan fallout 1 & 2 before starting the zombie fallout series, and I still laugh just as hard. Mike Talbot is the reason I can't get enough of Mark Tufos work. Do yourself a favor, and follow the adventures of Mike Talbot. You won't regret it!
"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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