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 just didn't enjoy this book. characters are simple and the story just didn't hold my attention well.
It's one of my favorites, I finished it faster than most because I couldn't stay away.
There were a few that will stick with me. Getting the kids off the Walmart roof. Building a zombie trap on the stairs. Finding what was in that guy's basement.
No, but I love his style. He fits the personality of the main character flawlessly.
Yes, I couldn't stop thinking about it.
I was barely halfway through this book before I decided to purchase the 2nd and 3rd in the series. This is a smart and unique take on the zombie trope that is so overdone and predictable right now.
Maybe if it was free.
I could not get past the first hour. In my opinion if a book can't grab you in the first hour of listening then it was a bad buy choice.
Definitely, I have listened to this book a few times, it's that good.
It is the perfect mix of humor and a great, original plot.
Sean seems to read all of marks books and is the perfect voice. I hear his voice and I think "Mike?"
Towards the beginning when everything is playing out, there is a great part where a zombie is licking the peep hole of the main characters front door. If you have read the book you are probably laughing right now. If not, you will.
Don't stop with the first book. The series continues to play out and more original story line plays out. It's addictive. Also don't miss the 4 1/2 book in the series. It helps tie things together.
This is a great series - particularly the first novels. It took me a bit to get used to the narrator's voice for the main character, but as the story progressed, I got used to the voice and began to appreciate it. The main character is actually very humorous, and is a good example of how to inject humor into a zombi/sci-fi novel without making the story corny/silly.
Sean Runnette's reading was excellent, with the proper inflections/emphasis placed at the appropriate moments. I enjoyed his ability to make the characters come to life by altering his register, intonations and accents for each.
was good was funny in places good is what i give it.... glad i got it listened to it but it was slow in places but had enough to keep me coming back for more........
indy music guy
As a stand alone book, it rates VERY highly! As the opening to an amazing series, not much to improve on. Writing is fantastic, the characters are some of my favorite and the narrator IS Michael Talbot!
Tufo does an incredible job throughout the entire series, as well as the other Talbot Adventures, of painting a vivid picture of the emotional state of the characters...so much so, that I find myself thinking in advance about how BT or Tracey...etc, will act/react to given situations. He was brilliant in capturing Michael Talbot's gravitational personality...in most cases, we all know someone like him...and we...love him? Hate him? Both? The range of emotion in the characters and the dialog remaining so true to them is rarely done THIS well. Despite, or perhaps because of, the overwhelming use of the sarcastic and, often, inappropriate sense of humor, the dialog feels right in every way. I found it very realistic that the fictional Michael Talbot could inspire the loyalty that he does...I know real people like him...they also inspire loyalty and a provide natural leadership...and they, like Mike, also bring out the best/worst in others! I could probably say something similar about my sarcastic-to-a-fault Bostonian friends!
He IS Michael Talbot...the comedic timing, tone inflection, range of vocal emotion...name it. He is, for me, maybe the only narrator that would inspire me to purchase a book just because he is the narrator. How he is able to put himself into the lives of diverse characters, like, Mrs. D, BT, Tracy, Tommy, and so many more...amazing! Don't get me started on the Progs and Genos, especially "D" from Indian Hill series!
After recommending this series to 5 people, all 5 feel as passionately positive about it! If you like Zombie books, but LOVE a great character-driven story, this book and series are a must!
Yes! The story has a serious tone but Mike Talbot's dry sense of humor takes away some of the End-Of-The-World dreariness and had me laughing myself to tears!
I got this book on a recommendation and was really excited about it. It's enjoyable and can be interesting at times. I just had a really hard time staying focused while listening to it. The story as a whole is interesting, but I found myself having to re-listen to entire chapters. The author's style of writing just didn't really keep my attention during a lot of scenes. I really am interested in how the rest of the series goes though, so I might give this one another listen through and then move on to book 2.
I have always avoided Zombie stories, but had a sudden turnaround after listening to this Fantastic, action packed, Hysterical series. LOVE Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout Series! The personalities of all the characters are a riot! I listen to Audible books while I'm at work.. I work in a very quiet office with a lot of quiet worker bee people. 15 minutes into the book and I was laughing so hard I was crying. I snuck outside so I could keep listening! The banter while all the insanity is happening is what finally eliminated my fear of Zombies. Don't get me wrong, the flesh eating Zombies are Scary, but between the story and the Narrator Sean Runnette I'm hooked! I have read all 7, one right after another. No other books have compared to this series. I felt a loss when I finished the 7th one, I can't wait for the 8th!
Thanks Mark Tufu you are incredible!
"Just not for me . . ."
I think that sometimes there are books / authors / narrators which in combination just don't resonate with me. I only got about an hour into this but I just didn't really "get" the humour in any big way and once that didn't work for me the apathetic way the characters react to an apocalypse full of zombies just turned me off.
Clearly plenty of other people see it differently and I can accept that it's entirely possible I've just tried getting into one too many zombie series. But this one just didn't grab me and the style wasn't something I could enjoy.
Not the best zombie story, but I liked it. The main thing bringing this down, the narrater sound like the dad from Family Guy. Will get the next book, but as a priority.
I really enjoyed this, the humour that runs through it is great. Its different to the usual zombie end of the world theme, which does become more apparent in book 2. Which I downloaded as soon as I finished this one. Don't be put off by the humour it has plenty of sick bits.
The narration is really good, and following Mike, his family and friends on their journey is really good.
Buy this I don't think you will regret it.
"Mediocre zombie story with nothing new"
If you don't enjoy the first part of this book, just stop and get a refund. You can fill in the rest of the story in your head and it will most likely be better than this.
Not worth it for the characters either. No depth and the dialogue is mainly the main character having "comically" disconnected thought about the situations he gets in.
"Fantastic book for all Zombie Apocalypse fans!"
I loved listening to this book from Mark Tufo. Being a busy mum it's not viable for me to buy books to read as I never get more than five minutes to myself so I opted for the audible version. In go the headset and I was whisked into a world that was crumbling. The story had me ewwwing and chuckling, anxious and relieved. The smooth and warming voice of Sean Runnette even had me searching other titles he narrates so it was obvious that I added all the other titles in this series and others by Tufo to my 'to listen to' library.
I am a huge zombie fanatic and this book whet my appetite in a big way.
A must read/listen to for anyone who is interested in this genre!
Like everyone else in the western world I'm addicted to the zombie genre - why? I don't know, perhaps it's a brain disease or a government plot putting some drug into the water supply to keep us all happy - but that's not the point, the point is I've wasted half my credits trying to find a zombie novel that isn't utter crap - and I've failed.This isn't the worst of a bad bunch but it is one of the most annoying. The reader DOES sound like Peter Griffin which I could handle if the characters weren't so utterly stupid and constantly cracking wise. They wander about, as though being eaten was just a minor inconvenience, doing such stupid things, like going to fetch cigarettes without a gun, or arguing about what car to use because they're worried about the paint work! Infuriating!
Perhaps the worst thing about is that at no time do you think that any of the central characters are going to get bit or eaten because that would interfere with the awful American family cliche they inhabit.
Oh and were does the electricity, hot water and fuel come from in the post zombie world of Mr Tufo.
"Apocalyptic awesomeness guaranteed!!!!!"
I must admit that i had this book for over a year before i listened to it, and now i know i wasted a year of my life! I should have listened to it as soon as it had downloaded. When it comes to the end of the world as we know it Mark Tufo has it nailed. Horror at its best, with a dark wry sense of humour that few writers can master. A wonderful cast of characters that you can help but love, laugh at, and root for. Go team Talbot!
My new Favourite Writer without a doubt. The Zombie Fallout series more addictive than crack (not that I've tried it) lol. oh and brilliantly narrated by Sean Runnette.
"Mark Tufo is a brath of fresh air"
FAN TAS TIC
Witty cripping great Characters all bond well big t is great good all round story
Great voice draws you in
Yes and did
Great series all tufo books are fab like having the same characters in different books but playing different parts and different outcomes well done Tufo
I bought this audiobook not expecting much and I was blown away but the characters and the story I loved it and could not wait to hear the next installment I would highly recommend the Zombie Fallout series of books if you like Zombies and great Characters.
"Great zombie fiction"
I'll be a while before I listen to this book again because I'm only on book six of the series now and have discovered other series by Mr Tufo that I want to read first.
So many it's a constant thrill ride
If only I had the time!
Good book - nice addition to the zombie genre.
There is a constant pull back to gentle humour that works well amidst the blood and gore.
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