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)
Love this series and how down to earth it is, it makes me laugh out loud at times. If you are searching for a good zombie series to suck you into an apocalyptic world, this is the one. Give it a chance, you won't be sorry...
It's semi-realistic in terms of the survival aspects but not so realistic that it gets tiresome. The story-line is going to take an odd turn, I could already tell about half-way through. Reminds me of "The Stand" in that sense. The pace was fast, a lot of action right away and an interesting choice of main character.
Henry the bulldog. I don't know why, the author just has a funny and accurate way of describing his actions.
Not really. Many of the characters sound the same and the accent isn't consistent. I couldn't do better but I don't think he's the best fit.
Not really. The relationship between husband and wife is hilarious and stays lighthearted which is a little ridiculous but adds a good element to the story.
If you can get past the "Mid-western" stereotypes the narrator is actually likable. It's the view point of someone from the Baby Boomer generation who grew up in the midwest. As much as I hate to admit it, it's fairly accurate.
I am already listening to the book again!! I love Zombie books and the humor that slips in makes this book a must!
It has to be Mike! It's his account of what happens when Zombies come true! It's fun to hear the wild thoughts that pop into his mind!!
Sean does each voice so unique that you know who it is as soon as he speaks. He gives individual humor to each character!
Sure it was sad in some parts but it mainly made me laugh out loud at what his thought process is!!
This is a great series! Looking forward to more!!
Avid reader, lover of the arts and an altogether fun gal!!!
Thrilling, thrilling, thrilling
The last three chapters are fantastic!
He is really good with the tongue in cheek delivery of the male lead!
If this wasnt an audiobook I would say it was a real page turner! Im a zombie movie enthusiast and I was skeptical when I bought this...but I was NOT disappointed in the least!!
Pretty close to the top. Somewhere below the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell, which I really enjoyed, but above most of the others in my library.
About halfway through the book, Mike Talbot spends a night watching his son fight off an infection. Dawn comes, and Mike, certain that his son is about to become a zombie, lifts his handgun to end the process before it finishes.
Honestly, at first, I hated his narration. I almost stopped listening because of it. Several hours in, however, it dawned on me that he was doing such a good job of narrating that it was Mike's personality quirks coming through Sean's voice that caused my initial reaction to his narration. It really was good, but it took me a little while to realize how good.
Mark Tufo did a good job writing the story, but really missed the mark on his descriptions of military weapons. As a OIF veteran, my bullshit sensor was tweaked when he described the SAW, a weapon I carried rather a lot, as a 50 pound weapon. It weighs a hair above 15 unloaded. I was able to effectively handle it like an M-16 for the purposes of firing from the shoulder, although it was obviously much less accurate than a rifle.
The characters are someone the reader could relate too.
Tommy or Mike had to be my two favorite. Tommy because he was so innocent but there is more to him than meets the eye. Mike because he was a normal person not some over the top main character.
The way he reads the different parts really has you believe that there are different people playing the parts.
Yes, if I had the time I was very curious about what would happen next.
I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.
I enjoyed the style of the story. The main character reminded me of Harry McGlade from the Jack Daniels series. He was funny, goofy and immature but he managed to keep his head and get the job done.
A sad one for me because I'm a dog lover. Eat the humans but please leave the dogs alone, ok? I'll just leave it at that.
No particular favorite.
No but it was an entertaining listen while commuting to work.
My main problem was his portrayal of female characters, and one pot shot he took at gay men. Women are basically objects to flesh out the world for the protagonist and his friends, to give them something to fight for and fodder for humor. They're written as people helplessly lacking in common sense, slaves to their emotions. Also, something distasteful in the story was described as "gross as two guys kissing". I know that some people -- evidently including Mr Tufo -- have a hard time handling the fact that gay people exist, and I guess it's his right to be an idiot. Well, If that doesn't bother you, you might like the book, but even if I really enjoyed it I would not give him any more of my money just on principle.
I doubt it.
I enjoyed the performance well enough; I think Sean did remarkably well with the material he had to work with.
Meh. I finished it, so it wasn't entirely bad, but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
I felt like I was reading a John Ringo book. Conservative macho he-man saves the day. The story itself, while technically poorly written, was not terrible, and some of the (male) characters and their situations were interesting enough I embarrassingly wanted to see how it ended. I'm glad it's over.
Sean did the best he could with the given material, but couldn't overcome the poor quality of the writing. He story is full of stereotypes and cliches. Characters are very poorly developed and often act very differently from the way he describes him. Most of them use the same sarcastic speech patterns that Tufo seems to think is humorous. Worse still is Tufo's misogyny and homophobia. The women all seem to be stock characters - either shrews, sex bombs or "bull dykes" (yes, that is a direct quote). At least he goes out of his way to make the racist characters bad, so I assume his bigotry only extends to women and gay people.
No, I love the genre. I just hate this author's feeble attempts.
The one where the main character steps in dog shit and wears it around for a few hours. I felt the same what about this book.
Not really, unless poorly thought out, poorly executed misogynistic, homophobic literature are your thing.
There are better books in the genre out there. Try D.J. Molles The Remaining series for instance. Much better written without so much stereotyping and overt misogyny/homophobia.
It was an enjoyable story. I am not into Zombie's. My brother was visiting and we were taking a road trip. I thought it would be something he would like. It ended up I enjoyed it more than he did. When I get caught up on all my books I will purchase the next in the series. There is enough humor thrown in here and there to give you a chuckle. Sean Runnette was wonderful in the narration.
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