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)
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.
The book is ok, I thought is had alittle too much comedy. I wasn't to thrilled about the way the story was told through the eye's of Mike. I believe anyone could have wrote something like this it had no moments of suspense it was plain I don't know if these books get better but this author has nothing on how the walking dead novels were brought to life! Those books were great reads this was more a a sarcastic comedy about zombies and zombies who actually have power to think and organize and there is a paranormal side to the book , C+ AT BEST. 13 bucks it cost I think 7.99 is better....
This is a poorly written book led by a red neck protagonist that exhibits little common sense or internal fortitude. The book consists mostly of graphic descriptions of blood, gore and mostly smells. The author is fixated on body fluids coming out of various orifices. The most annoying habits of the author consist of ending sentences with propositions and apparently writing a story, then going through a thesaurus and replacing every adjective with the most obtuse substitute in said thesaurus. The result is completely ridiculous text and a completely unlistenable story. The author exhibits little to no ear for dialog and little appreciation of the zombie genre. I'm shocked this story has received multiple 5 star reviews.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I have just recently listend to the Arisen omnibus, and that is some of the best zombie books I've ever came across. Unfortunitly, those books greatly influence my judgment of this one. I know it's unfair. This is a completely different kind of book, but what can I do?
Zombie Fallout is, for me anyway, a mixed bag. On the one hand I enjoyed the hell out of it. There's some fairly decent writing here and the characters are interesting. On the other hand a lot of the jokes fall flat. I get what Mr. Tufo is trying to do, but the parts that were more serious were my favorite parts. The parts that were supposed to be witty and humorous felt too forced. This may be the reader's fault, but I don't think so. Sean Runnett does a great job.
Something else I didn't get (SPOILER ALERT) was the mind controlled zombie make out scene. What was that all about? I think Mr. Tufo is setting up for a plot development at some later date, but the whole scene was strange and out of place and it also felt forced.
I think my favorite part was the last 10 minutes when the "Canada story" is told. This may be the one spot in the whole book where the humor was actually humorous.
...but what do I know?
You'd have to have a terrible sense of humor and dislike dogs, not to thoroughly enjoy this book. I've listened to both lycan fallout 1 & 2 before starting the zombie fallout series, and I still laugh just as hard. Mike Talbot is the reason I can't get enough of Mark Tufos work. Do yourself a favor, and follow the adventures of Mike Talbot. You won't regret it!
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This story was pretty fun, but there are some very, very, very weird bits. Parts where there appears to be something supernatural going on and the main character is somehow blessed. They didn't jive with the rest of the storyline, which was a storyline I enjoyed. There were also a couple of spots of wish fulfillment. But, overall, it was a fun story.
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