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)
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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!
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.
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