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)
This book is kind of like a dad sitcom (think Everybody Loves Raymond, Sinbad, Blackish, Home Improvement, etc.) set in a zombie novel. It is not necessarily a comedy, but it is definitely comedic and the comedy takes a backseat to the suspense.
The tasty nibblets:
The voice actor who reads it does a good job and does a decent job with both humor and suspense.
Some of the characters and relationships are well developed.
Some of the novel is genuinely suspenseful.
The dog is pretty great.
Tommy, while something of a trope-character, is a really great character.
The parts I could live without:
The women in this novel are basically all either helpless and underdeveloped, or helpless and added to create tension in the group. The women are perpetually defined by how they relate to the men.
So many soiled drawers.
The sons are just kind of the sons without any real development.
This zombie novel is one of those zombie novels that tends to completely discount the merits of melee weaponry when fighting the undead.
It's decent and worth a listen, but it definitely doesn't belong on a top ten list anywhere.
No one I would want to interact with. Depressingly bad because out of the hundreds of audio books I have listened to, this is without a doubt is the worst, and that so many people gave it good reviews it makes me very sad. I can always find a positive aspect of most any book so here it is. Thank God it wasn't longer. It would have been one of the few books I have given up on, but I had to go on, like being unable to look away from an accident. Prejudiced, masaganistic, homophobic, and just plain illiterate, and how many sequels does it have? I'm not sure but one is too many. I rarely offer up reviews but I just couldn't let this one pass without warning other innocent buyers. I'm sorry to be so negative. It makes me feel bad writing this. Look elsewhere, there are many good books in this genre.
There was nothing I can think of that stands out. It was all bad. See above.
This is the first time I have hear Mr. Runnette. Perhaps he submersed himself in the tone and feeling of the book and did a great job. I can't condemn his performance based on this material.
Try "The Remaining" , "Extinction Age", "The Dog Stars", "The Joe Ledger Novels", "World War Z", "Day By Day Armageddon", to name a few.
I was excited by all the titles in the series. I was eager to get started. This series is simply not for me. I found it campy and full of toilet humor. The main character hit me as slapstick. I assume that is the intention. The supporting characters were simply idiot burdens in his life.
I thought the narration was done by Richard Kind at first. :-)
I am not calling the book horrible in general, but it was not one I enjoyed.
He vomits every 10min and the some of this book is like the green mile with the retard fat kid and Rambo leading the way and needs more zombies but the books not bad just ok
Norwegian in a English world!
Another one reading it! Sean Runnette made me wish i WAS a Zombie! Dear Mark Tufo, i am sure your book is better then the 3 i gave it, but Sean Runnette made me fall asleep! Holly macaroni i wish i never got this serie! WOW!
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.
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