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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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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 09-12-13
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Highly recommended!!"

    A good Zombie series with 5 more to read. I can't wait!!

    The first book in the Zombie Fallout series. We follow Mike Talbot and his family as the Zombie's spread.

    Narration was very good. Smooth!

    This is well written. I love the sarcasm from Mike. He thinks a lot like I do. I found myself laughing at times and even a few tears.

    If you are a zombie fan... even a small one.. Listen to this. You will not regret it,

    I will for sure be purchasing the next book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mikael 09-10-13
    Mikael 09-10-13
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    All of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess I have to say Tommy. Made me smile more than once.


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

    Mike Talbot.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 08-09-13
    Rachel 08-09-13
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    "really not for me at all"

    I can see why people think this book is so funny, and it did make me laugh at times, but I was irritated more often than I was amused. The book is written from the perspective of a 43 year old father and so a lot of the story is told through the random leaps and associations his mind makes and through his internal dialogues. True to his character, all the jokes (which are essentially constant) were bathroom humor, vaguely homophobic, or about fat people. Sometimes it was funny. Mostly it was annoying.

    Equally annoying was the fact that all the female characters in the book were irrational/hysterical caricatures and pretty much useless. The teenage characters also felt more like stereotypes than real people.

    Also, this is a nit-picky detail, but how can the main character only be 43 years old??? Say that the oldest daughter is 20 years old (we never actually get her age i don't think, but her little brother is 19, so at the very least she has to be 20), that means the main character had to be 22 when he got together with his wife. But before he even met his wife he'd been to college, had a 5 year relationship with some other girl, moved to Colorado with her, had a messy break-up, moved back to the east coast, then joined the Marines, and then met his wife. How could he do all that before he was 22? I think I'm predisposed to be a little judgmental of this book, but that was something that really stuck out as kind of sloppy about the story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margo 06-21-13
    Margo 06-21-13 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Underwhelmed"

    One of the listeners that I follow rated this book highly so I thought I'd broaden my scope. There are some science fiction books that I enjoy...this just wasn't one of them. I started to find the book boring, the characters weren't that interesting, and the premise was weak.

    There are a lot of books in this series, but I won't be wasting my time on them.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lora 06-05-13
    lora 06-05-13

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "Take me with you"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    Yes yes yes this gives you the characters emotion where if you we're reading you only have your emotion. It's much more fun with two!


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

    Yup and I'm moving on to book two then three then four....


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlene Saint George, UT, United States 06-02-13
    Charlene Saint George, UT, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2011

    Love a Good Audio, and a Great Flip Flop.

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    "I know, ANOTHER Zombie Book BUT......"
    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    I love the narrator Sean Runnette! he is my new favorite narrator. He made the story take on a different vibe. Sarcastic and witty you could not have gotten a better person to read. I found myself laughing out loud many many time. Imagine a 40+ year old women pulling weeds in her front lawn and laughing out loud to a Zombie story. This book is everything I liked about Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland rolled into one!


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

    I just started book 1, so I am so happy that their are more to read! I love series books because once I am hooked it is hard to stop!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say that the very first part of the story " some a-hole is licking my peep hole" set the stage for what was going to be very interesting.


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

    This book is filled with comical, twisted and bizarre plots it keeps me guessing with each chapter.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sarah Yeongdeungpo-gu, Korea (South) 06-01-13
    sarah Yeongdeungpo-gu, Korea (South) 06-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Misogynistic and badly written"
    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    I will never read another Mark Tufo book. I'm not a masochist.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Peter Griffin did his best to narrate this rubbish.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character is a chauvinistic homophobe. All the women in the book (apart from the lesbians) were absolutely ridiculous! When they're out on a rescue mission, they decide to go shopping instead of completing it. This is just one example of many. It saddens me to think that in this day in age Mark Tufo's misogyny is applauded by so many. Don't even get me started on the writing. This book was written by an angry ten year old boy who had just been sent to his room by his mother.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George 06-01-13
    George 06-01-13
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    "Love the Michael Talbot Character!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainty recommend this entire series. The characters are richly drawn. The stories are engaging.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tarrengit Michigan 05-30-13
    Tarrengit Michigan 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tim Tinkle"
    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

    Yes, I need to remember all the jokes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I need to get the next book. I have some unanswered questions.


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

    Tommy


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

    The Cat fight between Mike and Tim.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so funny in so many ways. Too much internal dialogue though, but that's where a lot of the funny jokes came from. So I can live with it. I wasn't sure if I would buy the next book, but I want to find out what happens next.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 05-01-13
    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"

    The story was pretty boring as far as Zombie books go and the toilet humor was non stop. Didn't smile once. The attempt at being a zombie comedy was relentless and just not well done. Won't be reading the rest of the series.

    Thought the narrator didn't have a voice that matched an ex-marine.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • ben
    EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom
    4/30/12
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    "It's ok!?"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    6/22/12
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Giles
    Portesham, United Kingdom
    4/6/13
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    "Bad"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    South Yarra, Australia
    10/26/13
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    "Juvenile and disappointing"

    Seeing that this was one of the highest rating zombie books on Audible, I tuned in with much excitement. The number of books gave the potential to have long-term character development similar to the Walking Dead. I was sorely disappointed.

    The main character comes across as a self-absorbed narcissist. I can't help but feel that this is reflection on the author himself.

    The treatment of female characters is also pretty reprehensible. I couldn't shake the feeling that there is a underlying feeling of sexism and mysgonism throughout the book, reinforced by female characters who blunder around like idiots, failing to recognise unloaded guns despite not putting in any bullets, being terrible shots, always getting the main character 'in trouble' for trying to do the right thing and many other examples.

    Other targets of 'humour' include characters with learning difficulties, bodily functions, rape, and a completely pointless and unfunny epilogue paying out Canadians for some reason.

    Maybe I just don't get it, but I really can't recommend this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    10/29/14
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    "A great Zombie book with a sarcastic sense a humer"
    Where does Zombie Fallout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love zombie books & films and this zombie book is 1 of my favourites. It is a little bit like Shawn of the Dead, or maybe like Family Guy with zombies.
    It's a sarcastic American man trying to look after his family from zombies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's funny & has zombies!!!!!
    What's not to like.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He reads it well & really draws you in.


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

    Yes if it was short I would have.
    Very good book & I download the 2nd book straight after.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a sense of humour (sarcastic & a bit dark) & you like zombies then get this book.
    900 miles is also a good zombie book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    6/29/14
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    "Stumbled on to a real gem of a book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    The most horrific ending of the world but a group you can invest your time into and laugh and laugh with through good and bad


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

    This is a real new style of zombie book writing and it WORKS


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

    Mike Talbot of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously never listened to zombie fallout then get this book now it is brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farran
    4/24/14
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    "Cartoonish, gratuitous and unrealistic"
    What would have made Zombie Fallout better?

    Any concern for scientific accuracy. The idea behind how the zombie outbreak starts is laughably bad. The main protagonist is impossible to sympathize with, in particularly found his description of an encountered obese character to be particularly unpleasant. The lack of well written characters doesn't stop there however. His two sons are trigger happy and moronic respectively, and the rest of the cast doesn't get any better. With the militaristic way it's written, it feels like it's trying to be a Chris Ryan book, and fails miserably.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Discarded the cast, re-written the storyline, spent more than a few minutes coming up with the scientific basis of the story and dropped all of the needless references to modern era brands. I personally got bored of comments like "With their Xbox 360's" scattered amongst the narrative


    What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s voice?

    Steady, mature, disconnected


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Massive disappointment, and occasionally guffaws of disbelief


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "Classic horror with modern wit."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook. Told in a fascinating and thought-provoking manner. Actually gives you something to think about.....granted it's a zombie apocalypse, but the way it's told and the bond you build with the characters, it's nail biting stuff.
    The narrator has a voice that you just can't help but enjoy. One of the best spoke audiobooks I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. Mike Talbot and his principles bulldoze through this nightmare. The sarcasm, intelligence and wit that is brought into this story during what can only be described as hell, is just memorable. Keeps you glued every second.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Mike Talbot put a bullet into the head of a civilian (psycho) who kept a zombie in his basement to use in a most deviant way. Considering the world had changed, everyone's beliefs and principles had changed and survival was the primary goal, Mike still stood by his principles and acknowledged this situation was very wrong. The moment were the sick psycho hinted or suggested about mike's female members was the moment you knew his fate was sealed. A very satisfying moment indeed.


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

    Bear the Rottweiler. Don't think I could listen to that part again. I have an English Bull Terrier. I love her to bits and if I had to look at her the way Mike Talbot had to look at Bear knowing what was about to happen......


    Any additional comments?

    will be buying all the Zombie Fallout series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    oxfordshire
    3/5/14
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Listen Great Narrating"

    Really enjoyed this book. The narrating was great and I loved the characters in it. Written with a very dry sense of humour that I enjoyed. I will be listening to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "Good story, narrator impersonating a muppet"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Tufo or narrated by Sean Runnette?

    If i see the name as Sean Runnette I will not buy the book . Awful voice for this business he sounded like one of the muppets


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Enjoyed the book very hard to get over the horrible voice telling it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    No way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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