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 only have the audio edition
The gun related humor
Herring it performed helps to visualize the character better
I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.
There are a lot of Zombie novels out there, so why this one? Because it's fun! Tufo manages to give us a protagonist who's facing a horde of Zombies while keeping his priorities straight like the fact that he arms his kids with guns for back up but has to promise his wife he won't get her "baby boys" killed. And then knowing hordes of Zombies are outside but his dog needs to go for a walk. This isn't a story about killing Zombies either - something else that seems to be the focus of most Zombie myth. If the Walking Dead has a Situationial Comedy on CBS it would be Zombie Fallout. The gore and tension is often mixed with humor and laugh out loud moments as Mike swears "I'm not ashamed to admit it, because that's what happened"... you get the idea.
I have listened to several Zombie thrillers through Audible and most are okay to good. This series though knocked it out of the park! Mark Tufo does a great job at mixing guts, fun, and sarcasm all in one while on a wild ride. The tone, speed, and accent of the narrator could also have not been more perfect. Sean Runnette does and A+ job. I liked this series so much I am reading the print version of #6 because I cannot wait to read it, but I will probably get the audio as well....it is THAT GOOD. I will be sure you check out the other Mark Tufo books as well. Great job all and keep up the great work!
The tone and sarcasm! Perfect fit.
Keep them coming from this author and narrator, please!
Mark Tufo's performance was absolutely perfect for this story: his delivery made me laugh out loud too many times to count. And the story was hilarious: one scene was so gross I literally gagged while still laughing and singing the lala song (so I didn't have to listen!), and another scene went somewhere you never want to be in a zombie story. I loved it all and can't wait to get to the next one!
I've always been a big fan of Zombies and everything related to them, this book however, is a whole different thing, it puts you in a real life drama with a real family trying to survive the apocalypse, I laughed, I cried, and I just couldn't stop listening..
My name is Isabel, I have been in love with audio books since 2008 when I had to stop reading books due to several brain surgeries.
terrible book! I was very disappointed, I tried to like this book, but I just couldn't even finish the first chapter.
Duda Right Thing
I thought that the performance was very good. I had actually just finished listening to World War Z on audio between PA and TX. We made a stop and I downloaded this one as I love Zombie books. I wasn't disappointed at all.
A child or someone under 15 years of age.
The story was OK just the narration which, in my opinion, was a turn off.
I would put Mark Tufo in the top 10 of my favorite Sci-Fi authors today.
I read other reviews and I almost did not buy this book because of the comments of slapstick humor and the author trying to make a joke at every turn. I wanted something serious but I have to say that I enjoyed this book! I am now on book 4, looking forward to book 5. There is a lot of sarcastic humor but it works with the characters and you have to remember that much of this book is the character writing in his own journal, not the normal story telling. Another reviewer found it hard to believe that the character was ready for the apocalypses, have you seen the new TV show Doomsday preparers, there is a whole sub culture of people who have stockpiled weapons, food and other supply waiting for the end of the world. It is not far fetched at all.....as far as being ready for the end of the world. Zombies on the other hand.....remember, you are reading (listening to) a Sci-Fi soooo. I would recommend this book to anyone, even the people who don't necessarily like zombie books. I rarely write reviews or recommend any books to friends but as you can see I did write a review and have recommended this book to many friends and family.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
I really did enjoy the humor of the story that the main character's sarcastic narrative offered.
I could compare it to every other zombie survival story because in truth after awhile they all start to mix together. This one stood out due to the sarcastic humor of the main character. I know I will listen to the next in the series just out of curiosity,
No I haven't
No, I don't think so.
If you enjoy zombie survival stories, listen to it. If you are looking for something new and fresh? This really isn't all that new or fresh but it is interesting.
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.
"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!
"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.
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.
As the title sums it up in two words absolutely brilliant humour suspense great characters what more do you want.
"okay zombie novel, unsympathetic main character"
the narrator wasn't great, the main character was homophobic and misogynistic and I never felt anyone was in any real peril.
I love Mark Tufos writting, he has to be one of my favourite authors and I love Sean Runette. His voice just makes the stories come alive!!! A cracking start to a wonderful series!!
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