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)
Top Ten in my library
Different from the usual.
Carnival ride on the stairs
No, not really
Exciting, Personable, Funny
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.
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.
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.
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”- Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
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!
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.
Yes, the narrator was amazing. He was spot on with the characters and voices.
I can't really say. They were all unique.
The accents, voices, cadence... it was all a wonderful experience.
No, I can't say it was a moving book, but there were points that really made me smile. I enjoyed it.
I have already purchased the next edition. I hope it is just as good.
Sculptor and costumer
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.
I would not compare it to any.
Micheal Talbot with a close second of Tommy.
yes, many. listen to this.
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.
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.
Yes, he was believable.
Maybe someday but I have to listen to the sequels first!
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.
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.
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Best zombie apocalypse story I have read/heard. Give this one a listen!
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.
Cut out excess verbiage
More of the "ordinary man" experience - I think Ray Romano when I hear him.
Extreme? No - but it held me to 2 a.m. on a work night.
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