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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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    Dana Kinder, LA, United States 07-10-12
    Dana Kinder, LA, United States 07-10-12
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    "WOW!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The roller coaster of emotions that you feel while listening to this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The nonstop action is GREAT, but to be honest I love the sarcasm that is brought out in the oddest times by the main character.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He was the perfect person for this series!


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

    I guess that is what I liked best about this book, one minute I was laughing the next I wanted to cry! I love a story like that!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james midlothian, TX, United States 07-10-12
    james midlothian, TX, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I listen to a lot of audio books and tend to like books that are dark in content and humor.

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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. They should make this into a movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tommy. He hears the voice of Ryan Seacrest in his head. Enough said!


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

    Great sarcasm.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Avondale, AZ, United States 07-09-12
    Brian Avondale, AZ, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.

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    "Not at all what I expected, thank you!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Zombie Fallout. There was no elite fighting force or one bad dude that kicked the crap out of every zombie and that is what makes this a great story. There are only so many things that you can do with a zombie theme and yet this story was very different from most I have read or listened to. The story has a very human feel to it (yes, I know I am talking about a zombie book.) I felt that if you remove the zombies and add any other type of real threat, this is how people would respond. For me that makes it human and down to earth.

    This book caught me off gaurd with witty sarcasm. I was not expecting humor but was very pleased with its delivery. Mike Talbot is very funny and a man that most people, reading or listening, will be able to relate with. It is great to hear the story from his point a view.

    The narrator was also fantastic. He does a wonderful job of bring out the humor of Mike Talbot's comments and sarcasm. That is a very under rated skill and really makes this story enjoyable.

    Zombie Fallout has action, suspense, humor and zombies, who doesn't love that combination? This was an unexpected pleasure and I will be listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 07-09-12
    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "a new look at zombie books"

    was skeptical about listening to another end of world, zombie book, but was pleasantly surprised. This book is done with humor but still is creepy. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug 07-08-12
    Doug 07-08-12
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    "Wow What a writer! So funny and so scary"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes, Tufo is a genius on how he describes the interworking of a man and the way it comes out is so funny that it breaks up the gore. The humor is totally original and if you don't find if funny I honestly think there must be something wrong with you. The entire series is a must read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story line, you can empathize with all the characters and they seem so real with each burst of humor and reality that goes through Mikes ( the main character's ) head.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-29-12
    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "love!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to listening to the others in this series. Funny, at times deep, scary... good!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick GOREVILLE, Israel 06-27-12
    Patrick GOREVILLE, Israel 06-27-12

    Ifenau

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    "This guy writes like I think!"

    It is nice to find a writer that writes like I think. My mind tends to wander and it takes me a while to reign it back in just like Mike. Of course I'm not dealing with walking dead and trying to rescue my family memebers while keeping others alive. I'm not going to describe any of the story and deprive you of discovering it for yourself. If you like Zombies and want to experience a new take on them get this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Yahner Rockland, MA USA 06-25-12
    Andrew Yahner Rockland, MA USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly good performance"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ZF ranks high in the list, but not near the top. It was fun


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

    World War Z, Rise, The First Days, Day by Day Armageddon


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    The protagonist is great. The cast is articulately differentiated.
    Big Tiny is first runner up.


    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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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 06-25-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "Who can face zombies without humor?"

    I love me some zombies. And I always appreciate the hangman's humor in any "The End of the World as we know it" type of story as I am pretty sure that is how I would handle it.

    I really do like the narrative voice of the main character, Michael Talbot. As a military guy I can relate, and the really funny bit is that Mike is a zombie fan in the novel. So unlike some stories where apparently all the characters are dumbfounded that zombies exist, with no knowledge of the lore and stories that surround them (no modern novel should have character that are too shocked by zombies, they are too prevalent in US pop culture). Mike even experiences the moment of giddy, "It's real! It is really happening" before the reality hits him and it becomes "It's real?!? It is really happening....... crap. We are screwed."

    Overall the story flows pretty well, from the initial outbreak (damn flu shots....) to the desperate battle to protect his family. It does introduce some likable or interesting characters, but given this is a zombie story do not get too attached to any of them. The author does decide to bring in a mystical capability on both one of the characters and on at least a few of the zombies that made some of the story a stretch, but overall it didn't hurt the story too much (though it made for a some convenient outs for the near terminal situations that author painted the characters into).

    Fun read, and also funny. Given the title it sounds like there may be some more story left from the remaining characters so I would be interested to see where this may go.

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    Barbara Dallas, TX, United States 06-22-12
    Barbara Dallas, TX, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Never thought I'd laugh so hard at a zombie novel"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The novel is fast paced and funny. The reader is great. I couldn't wait to download the next novels in the series.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Mike


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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