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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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    Jody & Kim 06-05-12
    Jody & Kim 06-05-12 Member Since 2009

    I am... Therefore I must...

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    "Fun!"
    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He is amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first zombie book I have ever even listened to or even read. This book is as realistic as a zombie book could get. The people are so believable. You find yourself rooting for them! The main character is a hoot! This book caused me to chuckle out loud more than once. The reader is great. He has the main character down to a T.

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    Ron 06-01-12
    Ron 06-01-12

    Just a fun loving family guy! Obviously I am a zombie genre fan as well as post apocolyptic genre.

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    "Another good one in the zombie genre"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The narration was fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ryan Secrest!


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

    He gives a life to the main character that I quite possibly would have interpreted differently had I just read it. I enjoyed his take on the eldest Talbot.


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

    Nothing especially moving, but never really a down moment for me in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seana Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-31-12
    Seana Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2002

    I like Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse, mysteries, and good romance. If you can mix it all in together, I am one happy camper.

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    "So Fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend or stranger. The characters were fun and I definitely laughed out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    This Kiss. I won't say anything more. But I will say that while I loved this audio book, there were moments where I just had to stop listening because of the intense visceral reaction I was having to parts of the story.


    What about Sean Runnette???s performance did you like?

    This is always a difficult question. For me, a good Narrator doesn't detract from the story, and that's how I felt about Sean Runnette.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Lawrence concord, CA, United States 05-30-12
    Clayton Lawrence concord, CA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2010

    i love post apocalyptic fiction, and of course zombie fiction.

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    "Fun zombie read"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    Alot of people said there was alot of bad humor in this. But the books main character is a smart ass and a Cinic. And to me this made this very easy to follow. Im on the second book and looking forward to the third


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline LaFayette, GA, United States 05-28-12
    Jacqueline LaFayette, GA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I Loved this book!"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    The main character Mike Talbot. The had a sarcastic remark for almost everything. This book had me laughing out loud numerous times.


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

    Can't really think of any. It had the gross out factor that most zombie stories should have, but also a lot of comedy that you don't usually get with the horror genre.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Very much.


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

    I laughed my behind off. In fact because of it, I got the whole series. And am anxiously looking forward to the other 2 in the series coming to Audible.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Perth, Australia 05-18-12
    Justin Perth, Australia 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like zombie books its worth a read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Over all yes, there were parts of the book I thought were really good and made me want to know what would happen next. Some parts of the story were not explained but might be covered in the next book …. Possibly.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Tufo before, how does this one compare?

    Nope … this is my first Mark Tufo book, over all I liked it


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

    I found the narration a good, there was emotion without being over the top. For myself I found that he helped bring the characters to life.


    Could you see Zombie Fallout being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don’t think this story would move to the small screen very well, as there is a lot of what the character is thinking and feeling and this is never transferred to the screen well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you’re into zombie books, when this is on special give it a go

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 05-17-12
    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 05-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "LOVE IT!!!"

    Great listen. The story line got me hooked and I loved the characters - so much so that I bought the whole series. I have been telling all of my friends that this series is a must listen. I think the narration helps make the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Brown 05-07-12
    Mr. Brown 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Love reading books and listening to books. God bless the written word!

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    "A Great Listen for the Weekend"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Overall it is a hugh midway selection. Entertaining enough. The plot and the characterization is strong. Enough humor and action for a entertaining listen. I was a little disturbed by one or two similes used by the author. I found them a bit homophobic. But after re-listening to the passages I am going to excuse them as part of the character. Ex army guy, suburban dad, so I guess in line with the character. But gave me pause a moment. There is some strong prose in this piece. The author has done a great job at adding to the canon of paranormal/zombie novels. Will be buying the sequel because I need to know what happens to them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the characters. The rye humor of author.


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

    His performance was causally animated and lively. His reading was natural and real.


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

    Sometime the only person for the job, when zombies attack is Dad!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Pottstown, PA, United States 05-03-12
    Steven Pottstown, PA, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Zombie Book"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    I loved that this book kept me entertained the whole day


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of the smells and out look on the characters. It's almost as if i was there in the with mike and his family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tommy was one cool dude and that he can take out a guy with a toy bow and arrow... Pretty bad ass in my book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did listen to this book in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who likes the walking dead or anything with zombies I'd recommend this book and can't wait to listen to the next one

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas arlington, MA, USA 05-02-12
    Nicholas arlington, MA, USA 05-02-12 Member Since 2000
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    "It Gets Better"

    If you can make it through the sarcastic and extremely parenthetical first 15 minutes of this book, you will find some solid story telling, and maybe a few genuine laughs. Not that the style changes, but the listener gets used to it fast. Describing it as "king of the hill, of the dead" only refers to the narrator, but yes, it sounds like Hank Hill is telling you a story from the apocalypse. Kind of loved it. Downloading the second book now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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