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)
Decided to try out this book/series out after getting back on audible and remembering I was finished with the Patient Zero series and I am hooked! Can't wait to "read" the second one!
All I can say is that I laughed out loud and I can't remember when I did that last. Prepare for a deliciously hilarious version of the Zombie apocalypse.
i was looking for something new and stumbled across this book (i just finished book 6). this story is out of my Paranormal romance genre but i would recommend it to anyone looking for a good story about the zombie apocalypse.
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
Way out of my usual comfort zone but an adventure packed and entertaining listen. Tufo is a new author for me. I really enjoyed Dystance, Winter's Rising by Tufo which takes place at a time far into the future from the Zombie Fallout books. A careful listen of the Epilogue of Dystance in which Mike Talbot ' s journal is found describing what happened to the world's population and one Aha moment later I realized that the Mike Talbot who wrote the journal ONLY mentioned in the Epilogue of Dystance is the same Talbot who is the main character in Z Fallout. So of course I need to see how Tufo is going to connect these two same but distant and different worlds. This book is more than it appears and less than some I have read. I do love Tufo's humor and real talent for blending the thoughts the main character has about himself and others seamlessly with the action going on at any given time. Talbot is strong, sarcastic, loving. protective, and a fierce thinker. We get to see the world through his eyes and his heart. I like that. There are obvious hints that Tufo is not revealing the full extent of the damage that has spread across the world and he's not telling all about the nature of each character whose part of his mighty band of unique survivors. He gives tantalizing tidbits which is just enough for readers to know this is not just a blood and gore fest at all. The narration is first rate and that makes this book worth a follow up if they keep the same narrator for the next one. I also enjoy books written in first person and that works very well with this novel. I promised myself I would read 3 newly recommended authors this year and stick with their tales. Book 2, A Plague Upon Your Family is already downloaded.
Hilarious, action-packed, relatable
I can honestly say I've never read another book let alone series like Tufo's ZF. This series was a great change for a fan who was running out of options for good zombie books.
“Look out the peephole,” my wife whispered. I put my eye to the hole expecting to see some little shit gang-bangers out there tearing things up. What I saw was a tongue. “I see a tongue! Some asshole is licking my peephole,” I said, and then I laughed a little bit. That sounded a little gross even to me.
At least we now knew what had the zombies so enthralled. Justin and a couple of his co-workers had escaped to the roof before it was too late. One of them had grabbed a couple of pellet guns and from the looks of all the empty beer cans on the ground somebody had the presence of mind to grab some cases of Keystone Light. So let’s make sure we’re clear on this: Obviously the people that managed to get to the roof knew their lives were in danger. They had the presence of mind to climb to a safe haven and even to arm themselves as best they could. So far so good, but then one of the group decided that they might need some beverages to stave off thirst, still good. That person, fearing for his life, went to the beer section, which again is admirable, everyone knows beer is the nectar of the gods. But then he grabs Keystone Light? Are you kidding me? I’d rather eat the can than drink the contents.
Mike and the rest of the Talbots willingness to not only take in Tommy but other people who find themselves alone. Would it happen in a real life apocalyptic scenario, probably not but it is nice to think people would ban together than look out for themselves.
I have read so many zombie/apocalypse books and I felt like I was coming to the end of the line with good books let alone a series. I bought this book with low expectations and that quickly changed. I had to check myself when listening to Zombie Fallout in public because I would burst into laughter. Then rewind and make my husband listen to it. Mike Talbots dry sarcastic humor is such a great fit for the genre. Another favorite thing for me, the noticeable lack of T&A. I like a good nude female zombie as much as the next chick (SARCASM) but I was getting a bit annoyed with not being able to go a chapter without some woman who apparently shows appreciation with sex.....in the first few days/weeks of a zombie apocalypse. There is also, thankfully, a lack of rape scenes in Tufo's book. There are a couple scenes throughout the series but they are done well, getting the point across and moving on. I'm sure sexual predators will be all over an apocalypse but I appreciate being able to focus on the zombies in a book rather than such a heinous act.
All in all, I have a new favorite writer. Once you finish this series, you should try out Lycan Fallout.
Probably not. I purchased this book after reading the reviews. So many people thought this was a great zombie story with a lead character that had a funny spin on the whole zombie genre. This simply was not true.
Everything about this book is predictable.
Maybe if it was on a major sale or you're bored and you want to see the depths of boredom you can reach without falling asleep.
The lead character really isn't funny. His sense of humor is borderline dry dad humor. Its full of quips and useless snarky internal dialogue that doesn't enrich the story line at all. Yes, I realize it's a Zombie story and not Shakespeare. But I believe you can write a Zombie story with a great plot, clear character development and humor. (Example: The White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland)
To properly write a gun slinging zombie book you as a writer should have some knowledge of guns, some basic understanding of balistics.
Some of the humor was enjoyable.
The story was excellent, the narrator captured the mood and personality of Talbot perfectly, and the humor was well placed well timed and very appropriate. I found it a pleasant change from the other zombie stories and I liked the fact that it was self aware and not afraid to call a zombie zombie
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