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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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    Sharon Columbus, MS, United States 06-14-12
    Sharon Columbus, MS, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Zombies? Me enjoy a book about zombies? Heck yeah"

    I've never seen a zombie movie or read a zombie book before this one. I do greatly enjoy Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and select sci-fi but I am usually a mystery girl all the way.
    Loved it! Action packed like Clive Cussler's books. Maybe it is just because I am new to the zombie genre but I listened to all of Zombie Fallout Series in one week.

    The characters are great. The repartee is hilarious as long as the F word(in all its tenses and variations) doesn't bother you. Mike Talbot is the main character and he is filled with quirks and phobias that might make you think that you are sane. Great interaction between the characters and various locations and zombie battles make it a non-boring read. And Henry the bulldog is fantastic!

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    Rob 06-14-12
    Rob 06-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    This story was funny, intriguing and entertaining enough that I couldn't wait until I had a chance to listen again.

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    Matt 06-13-12
    Matt 06-13-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Excelent book"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Worth a second listen, the author and narrator did a fantastic job with this book, and there are some fantastic plot twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Talbot and BT.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    The narrator brought the main character to life, to the point of making the listener feel that he or she may actually know someone like that.


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

    The event with Eliza and the Armory Zombie.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is so compelling (if your a zombie novel fan) that I didn;t with to get more credits to get other books in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 06-12-12
    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not really a big Zombie reader, but..."
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like zombie flicks just like the next guy, but in general I'm a hard-core science fiction reader. However, between this series and JL Bourne's series, I'm starting to look for zombie post apocalyptic books. This series is riveting with the occasional tongue in cheek hurmor that I find myself laughing out loud occasionally. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't count this as a comedy, but there is some humor mixed in with the zombie killing and narrow escapes. Now I've got to use my remaining credit for the month on the second book. Arghhh.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharpshooter9x19 Pa, USA 06-10-12
    Sharpshooter9x19 Pa, USA 06-10-12 Member Since 2010

    "Jamais Arriere"

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    "Quite possibly Perfect"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    1) Need
    2) More
    3) Cowbell!

    Ok, seriously it'd have to be "Wicked Pissa Good!"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Talbot! How can't he be? 40 something adolescent germaphobe Marine! Semper Fi and pass the hand sanitizer! Just wish he was an "Anything but a Redsox" fan...The guy is inventive, witty, sarcastic, and well written. Period. He makes the whole story. the supporting cast of characters just serve to further enhance Mike's um...shenanigans.


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

    He does an excellent job with all of the characters throughout this entire series to date. Even the female characters, and ESPECIALLY Eliza (The uber villaness...can't say anymore).


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

    YES! Tufo balanced the origins of the Zombie Plague with the storyline very well. Just enough Science involved to make it (Extremely) plausable and well thought out while not hijacking the storyline. The focus on character development and the anecdotal "side stories" help develop Mike Talbot and the Talbot clan in a great way. You feel like you're part of the family....at least a second cousin by marriage anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it. Mark Tufo is the next Jonathan Maberry. Joe Ledger is everyman's special forces black ops guy we want to be and never will. Mike Talbot is everyman's "Joe the plumber" that doles out the harshness and the humor like a boss....even though his wife is "The Boss..."

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    JillAnne 06-09-12
    JillAnne 06-09-12
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    "Excellent!!"

    I'm not one to even consider reading this type of book (my personality doesn't fit this type of read), but I decided to step outside my typical "zone" and am SO GLAD that I did! Sean Runnette does a SUPERB job narrating and I hope he continues to do so through book 6! Never a dull moment...Loaded with laughs, suspense, anxiety... I would DEFINITELY recommend this author and this series to everyone! (Hope Audible will carry all of this authors books soon!)

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    Chris R. Holmes Alabama 06-08-12
    Chris R. Holmes Alabama 06-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This is an unexpected GEM!"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    At first, I was taken aback with the level of humor used to tell the story, but I put my judgement aside and withing 15 minutes, was totally engrossed in the story line. Upon completion, I immediately downloaded the 2nd in the series, and just PURCHASED (yep, out of credits) the 3rd. Well worth the money and time.


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

    Elisa's (zombie/vampire) kiss with Talbot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tommy's arrow shot.


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

    Lots of grinning riding down the road. I'm sure other drivers think I'm weird. LOL


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-06-12
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-06-12
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    "Great story"

    From the start I liked this Talbot guy, very resourceful and funny as heck. The plot was slow to unfold, however; it did not matter Tommy and Talbot with his black humor kept me hooked to the device, his "dirty mouth" and comments reminded me of my USMC boot camp drill instructor. About an hour or so later this mystery "zombie lady" appeared as the story unfolded it became evident this book was not only going to be funny but great. I truly enjoyed it, nice job at keeping the suspense, killings (zombie and non-zombie alike) and love wrapped up and hard to put down.

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    Mark Little Rock, AR, United States 06-06-12
    Mark Little Rock, AR, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny in a sick way!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mark Tufo has got the "Man's Brain" or at lest the way I think down to a science! Great Plot, Great characters. Mark even knows how dogs think..LOL


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr T. but BT is in close 2nd!


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

    I have listen to a hundred books and Sean Runnette is one of the best Narrators. I get the filling the Sean is really enjoying his work! Mark Tufo better not change the narrator better give him a rase!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You only thought you known about Zombie!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody & Kim 06-05-12
    Jody & Kim 06-05-12 Member Since 2009

    I am... Therefore I must...

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    "Fun!"
    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He is amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first zombie book I have ever even listened to or even read. This book is as realistic as a zombie book could get. The people are so believable. You find yourself rooting for them! The main character is a hoot! This book caused me to chuckle out loud more than once. The reader is great. He has the main character down to a T.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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