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 haven't read the book.
Tommy, because it adds a very interesting twist to the story. "F***ing Ryan Seacrest"
What kind of Zombies are they?
Being someone who watches Zombie movies, TV Shows, and loves the general story of the Apocalyptic mayhem that ensues as a result, I found this book, and story to be quite entertaining. The story-line as it is written is fairly straight forward: End of the world happens, Shock ensues, Acceptance, Self-Defense Takes over. However in this story, it hooks you with a certain twist about the world that is now their reality. Intrigued? You should be, go read/listen to the book.
I love zombie books and video and games. At first I thought this one was no different but it has a new twist that intrigues me so I'll definitely be listening to the rest of the series! The story is engaging and funny and scary and the narrator did a great job conveying all those things. I recommend to anyone looking for a new zombie book to read!
This was a very nice start to a twist on the zombie genre! I was delighted by the characters involved and their humanity, as well as the normal reactions to the zombie apocalypse. I am now hooked on the series and look forward to more off the Talbot clan.
The storytelling is amazing. Narrator did a great job. The main character is very relatable to fans of the genre. The end leaves you wanting more, and luckily there IS more. Can't wait to read the next one. Got ahead of myself and gave a lesser review until I remembered that there is more to the story.
this book lacked originality big time...
Maybe... Only because i always give authors 2 chances, but i will not be listening to book 2.
I was 2/3s thru the book when i realized it should have been read with a New England accent. Surprised that this was overlooked.
Disappointment. I felt i had to grind through it.
I'm giving this 3 stars because I actually made it all the way through to the end. Normally when i find myself grinding thru a book 99% of the time i wont finish it, but for some reason this one was just barely good enough to keep me listening. Maybe it was the humor that got me, I don't know. Best line to me was... "I see a tongue! Some Asshole is licking my peephole." this made me laugh out loud.
The thing that EVERYBODY loves about ZF. When someone licks your peephole, it's not something you can just walk away from.
It was a combination of Mike, his family, and Sean's reading. Nowhere in this book was I able to say "this is the best part", because all of it was that damn good.
At the point of first reading this, I hadn't. I've since listened to all the ZF books and starting the Indian Hill series. He's been really consistent, so far. Love him.
Buy it. Buy it now.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Everything just seems to come together beautifully with this. It is half comedy, half action. It is very immersive and feels "real". Although it does address it, it doesn't heap on too much sentimental stuff about how the characters regret killing, ect. Instead it makes jokes to lighten the mood. Just very good overall.
Hmm... I have not really read much in the zombie genre. I thought it was refreshing, but maybe its cliche to others. I can't really say. To me it was unique and original. I would think the humor and the authors distinctive writing style would make it refreshing even if you have read a lot of zombie books.
Mike was, as he is the main character. I didn't really relate too closely with any of the characters, but that's just because they didn't have a character with my archetype. Which is fine... Every story doesn't need every character archetype. But since that is the case, it is the main character in the story that was my favorite.
Oh yes. It is very suspenseful to listen to. But at the same time there isn't a lot of stress. He lightens the mood with jokes and its really funny as well. I also like how its not politically correct. It isnt offensive but its not hyper politically correct either, like society seems to be leaning towards. It has a lesbian character that breaks down and hinders the group forinstance. It actually dares to have minority characters that you may not like.
The narrator is just excelent. It sounds like a colorado accent, and the story is based in Aurora, Colorado, so this is a perfect fit. You won't find better narration unless you go to something like redwall/Cowry Catchers with full cast/musical production added in. He did as good a job as a single narrator can. It might be the best job of narration by a single narrator I have heard.
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