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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Yes because it's highly entertaining.
Mike and Timmy...can't choose between them.
I love his voice. It's so unique. He plays the part so well.
There's not one part in particular that I can think of. I enjoyed the entire book!!!
If you are into zombie books you should check this one out. It is awesome!!
still waiting for audible to sell me Metro 2033
It's a must own for any ZPAW fan.
No but he is now one of my fav readers
The main character is super relateable.
In the beginning when the zombies come.
This movie won't suck.
I have listened to the series for the 2nd time once the 6th book came out.
Mike is a Normal guy who is trying to save his family from zombies.
Sean Runnette is one of the best narrators i have listened to!!!!!
I am so glad he read the whole ZF series he really gives each character his/her own flare!
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
This is a good story about the H1N1 virus going crazy and the fallout is,we get zombies!!!The good thing about the story is a former marine now father a good husband
named Michael Talbolt... Michael has a funny outlook on life and a great since of humor!!
I catch my self laughing threw the whole book with the crazy things he says or thinks in the most horrible situations.. If you like zombies get this book i know you will like it..
My main issue with this audiobook is the incessant bickering and sarcasm. Maybe some people like that, apparently a lot do, but I wouldn`t recommend this book. I just found myself getting annoyed and frustrated with the relationship between the main character and his wife, and how he`s always getting the evil eye`from her.
For instance, who bickers over which car to take when your kids life is on the line?
I tried the second book and just couldn't deal with it. Slow plot movement, and the character kept referencing back to the first book in an attempt to explain plot holes away.
I stopped listening after a few chapters of nothing much happening and returned it.
The performance was well done, he captured the character's essence very well. Should be a 5 star performance but I just can't stand the character enough to rate it that high.
The survivalism aspect of the book was neat...personally I think that's what a lot of people are drawn to with zombie stories. It definitely satisfied in that department.
Mostly I felt frustration.
As I said, I wouldn't recommend, but clearly most people really dig this story. Maybe it just wasn't for me.
The story was excellent. It was the comic relief in the book that I had a hard time adjusting to. Some of it was so out of place that it really took away from the story. It took me awhile to get into it, but I'm glad I did- I enjoyed it.
Given some of the things the main narrator says (in his head and aloud), at times, I was rooting for the zombies. I am hoping that one day, the main character will have a change of heart and not be such an unlikeable character. But that change doesn't really happen in this book. Also, Homophobic and the many other traits of the main character didn't fit into the title of my review. The writing and narration were very good as far as that goes, but considering I sincerely didn't like the main character, I didn't give this book an excellent rating. There was also an odd chapter that dropped from being written by the main character to being written by his wife. I don't know why that was important and played into the story-line, but it felt awkward. Now, I have said all this bad stuff about the book, so I have to say that if you like a good zombie story, this one was very good. There were a few times that I felt anxious for the characters, which doesn't normally happen when I listen to audio books. At times, however, this was like being trapped in a van driving cross-country with someone you don't really care for that much, but you have to love and care about them because they're like family. Will I read the next book in the series? Yes. I'm hopeful that this guy can change and be a better person through all of his experiences. Do I think that is the direction the author will take him? Probably not.
This book is written in a pleasant, joshing tone; a self-deprecating ex-Marine survivalist trying to keep his family and friends alive, under siege in a gated suburban community during a standard zombie apocalypse. I enjoy zombie novels and horror in general, and I've read all the best. Tufo's writing is cutesy and his storytelling clear - he never reaches the literary genius of Jonathan Maberry or the originality of Scott Kenemore, but the character is solid and the narration above par. I *was* enjoying it.
Then I reached past the midpoint of the novel, and the few female characters began to be featured in more-detail. I had to check the publication date to be sure I was listening to a book written in 2010, and not 1940. Tufo's female characters come in two types - aggressive whores and mean, inept feebs. How has this Master Survivalist raised two teenaged sons who stand side-by-side in battle with him, can shoot like marksmen and reload with their eyes closed, yet his daughter - their *older* sister - doesn't know which end of the gun to put the ammunition into. His wife is equally useless, pouty and sullen, and isn't motivated to kill a zombie until she spots the dead slut who almost ruined their marriage years ago. The daughter has value ONLY because she brings a gun-toting boyfriend into the group.
ALL the women in this book are useless at best, and evil detriments at worst. The wife is a chain-smoking bitch who petulantly withholds sex and says things like "If you don't know what you did, I'm not going to tell you!" and cares more about damage to the carpet and the resale value of their house DURING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. If this is meant for laughs, it's not even a little bit funny. The "other wives" -- and that phrase is used -- are a bunch of similar sniping harridans, more interested in stabbing each other in the back than doing anything remotely helpful.
Tough white guys are pretty standard in this variety of fiction and I'm accustomed to it. I read the Walking Dead series and have been very glad that the often-brutally sexist portrayal in the graphic novels has been largely corrected in the TV series. But even in the original format, women may have been victims, but they were also strong, smart and worth having around.
I understand that there are a half-dozen more books in the Zombie Fallout series, but I fear that Mark Tufo has too many personal issues he dumps into his novels. I won't be reading or recommending any more of them, and will warn half his audience to stay away or risk being greatly insulted.
"Nice satisfying zombie book"
Fun read, well paced and with a slightly different take on the zombie tale. Very funny in places. Just bought the next one.
Good Narration too :)
love it and still have 5 more books :), if you like end of the world stuff and zombies you will want this
well i really can imagine his voice as mike.I feel like I am rite there with him
"Good Zombie story"
Yes, a little bit different from the normal Zombie stories I have read. Liked all of the characters.
Less long descriptions about the characters past lives. Could have been summed up quicker to get to know the characters.
Nice voice to listen to.
Could gave put more expression into the exciting parts.
There are a number of follow up books that I intend to listen to or read
"What a fun ride!"
I would recommend this to a friend. particularly if that friend liked zombies. But also if that friend liked engaging characters, intricate plotting, wild rides and stories with a strong core yet feel they could go anywhere.
My favourite character has to be Mike Talbot. Because he's a truly engaging protagonist, written with wit, depth and humanity and a slightly addictive line in morgue humour. He is the beating heart of the Zombie Fallout series, His journey is epic, and he becomes heroic through that journey, but he remains an everyman character.
Sean Runnette's performance is wonderful. He gets across the essence of all the characters. Less a reading, more a one man ensemble performance. I like the rhythm of his delivery too; it draws you in.
I had to exercise serious amounts of self-control to switch the story off and sleep when I listened to it at night. Then I listened in the morning on the train. And on the way back. And again in bed. And then I bought the next one in the series...and then the next...
Just keeps getting better and deeper.
This is one of those stories I wish never had to end at all.
Marks style of writing combined with his sarcastic attitude makes every minute interesting. Sean Runnette works perfectly with marks works and I would recommend this to anyone regardless of weather its there kind of genre.
Mike of-course because of the way his mind works
the opening is 1 of the best starts to any book iv come across
Listen you wont regret it!
"Not realistic (lol)"
Now I know that Zombie's aren't exactly "realistic", but I found this book to be lacking in realism.
This guy wakes up with zombies in his garden and he just doesn't seem to really mind, or be phased. I can accept that, some people would be like that.
But then his son casually shoots zombies with a shotgun out of the window when they're passing, not questioning it at all.
It just seems like the book doesn't accurately represent what people would be like in a post apocalyptic situation, and that's a pet peeve for me.
Great zombie tale!!!!! Best zombie story I've read/listened to in a long time.
Made me scared, cry & laugh. A*
"The best Zombie book series ever!"
Well, my title says it all! Me and my husband love the Zombie Fallout series. Tufo's take on a zombie apocalypse is brilliant, witty and very well thought out. You are taken into the world of Mike Talbot via his diary, and you will be hooked very quickly!
"A standard Zombie story"
First off, the narrator sounds very similar to Peter Griffin from Family Guy. This can be distracting in some scenes, but generally I liked it.
There is nothing original in this story, and the pace was a little slow. I enjoyed the listen, but not enough to race out and read the others in the series.
"Entertaining but flawed."
I found certain often-repeated aspects of the writing quite irrititating, ('he struggled to gain purchase with the xyz' is a particular offender) but once I was able to accept that it really wasn't going to as good as I had hoped, I enjoyed the book. The narration is sometimes hilarious, and the parts that irk me (often the rambling of the main character) are down to the writing rather than the performance. That said, the deadpan humour of that same main character is a strength of the book. It could have been so much better with more editing. Set your expectations low and be pleasantly surprised then.
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