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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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    Sean SOUTH PORTLAND, ME, United States 09-10-12
    Sean SOUTH PORTLAND, ME, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, slow start"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top Ten in my library


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different from the usual.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Carnival ride on the stairs


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

    No, not really


    Any additional comments?

    Narration A+

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy selah, wa, United States 09-10-12
    Stacy selah, wa, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Scary how close this book tracks to home"
    If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Personable, Funny


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Mike Talbot


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

    while on a long road trip, My wife (who didn't want anything to do with a "Zombie" book) finally looked over at me about the third chapter into the book, and asked if the author knew me or something... We were hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Tufo and Sean Runnette are a perfect match! I enjoy how every time I start to ponder a plot in the story, I am answered by the author like we were having a conversation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew HILLSBORO, OR, United States 09-09-12
    Andrew HILLSBORO, OR, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't Stop Recommending This Series"

    Five stars should be reserved for the best of the best. This book is one such book. Characters are all interesting and diverse. Story keeps moving and gives plenty of detail. The humor is so much greater than I could ever expect from a zombie series. I was sold from the five minute sample and have not regretted the purchase once.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-06-12
    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2012

    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”- Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

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    "Awesome Zombie Story & Best Narrator Ever!"

    I haven't enjoyed a zombie book so much since reading "Dust" by Joan Francis Turner. Fantastic story, very well written. The problem I have with many audio books is that I have a hard time adjusting to the narrators voice. Some are better than others but it always just sounds like somebody is reading a script. The narrator for Zombie Fallout, Sean Runnette, does not sound like he is reading a script...he is actually telling me a story, like he is talking to me and not just reading. Best narrative I have ever heard! And funny...omg... so much humor!

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    Paul 09-04-12
    Paul 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Humorously Apocalyptic"

    Just because you're writing about the end of life on earth doesn't mean you can't have some fun with it! Mark Tufo mixes the standard apocalypse survival action/adventure story with a bit of the supernatural. Then he adds just the right touch of wit, sarcasm, and morbid humor. All of this expertly delivered by Sean Runnette. With his telling you feel the suspense and heartache, while every punchline is delivered with perfect timing. Overall a great listen and the rest of the series is shaping up in perfect harmony with the first book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    zoecat North Carolina 09-03-12
    zoecat North Carolina 09-03-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Could not stop listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator was amazing. He was spot on with the characters and voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't really say. They were all unique.


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

    The accents, voices, cadence... it was all a wonderful experience.


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

    No, I can't say it was a moving book, but there were points that really made me smile. I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already purchased the next edition. I hope it is just as good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Alexander Austin, TX, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Sculptor and costumer

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    "Do not miss these books!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    Sean Runnette read this with aplomb. Mark makes this a very worth while series to get lost in. There is wit, sarcasm, human altruism, imagination and excellent character development in spades in this series.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    I would not compare it to any.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Micheal Talbot with a close second of Tommy.


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

    yes, many. listen to this.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no complaints with this series. It is not slapstick, it is not a typical zombie apocalypse. Mark really took a lot of chances with his story and character development. It works in every way.

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    James 09-03-12
    James 09-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Zombie Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The character was hilarious. His thoughts weren't about the zombie attack but, instead on how is he going to replace the flat-screen TV the zombie just destroyed in his home. I found this perspective fresh and funny. Good job.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he was believable.


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    L. Leonard Upstate NY 09-03-12
    L. Leonard Upstate NY 09-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Perfect Post Apocalptic Mix"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Maybe someday but I have to listen to the sequels first!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a fairly traditional zombie apocalypse story but with personality. Mike Talbot, the main character is just incredible with tough, comedic and relatable persona, his side notes, anecdotes and comments really let me connect with the story.


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

    No, But the reading was great. His voice is different than many traditionally smooth talking readers. Sean had a hint of gruffness which suited the first person voice of main character Michael Talbot perfectly. Superb performance.


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

    Watch This Film Because Ryan Seacrest Said So


    Any additional comments?

    Best zombie apocalypse story I have read/heard. Give this one a listen!

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    Sharon Shanks 09-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A different spin on your typical zombie"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of zombie books, it's not bad as it takes you into the thoughts and justifications of an ordinary person (OK, a survivalist with hangups) facing the end of the world.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut out excess verbiage


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

    More of the "ordinary man" experience - I think Ray Romano when I hear him.


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

    Extreme? No - but it held me to 2 a.m. on a work night.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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