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)
I was skeptical when I downloaded this book, because of the few bad reviews. I will admit, it's not a literary masterpiece, but this book is fun and exciting. Perhaps I just have the same sarcastic sense of human as the author. This book made me chuckle and kept me listening the whole way through.
Less bathroom humor. Female characters that weren't shrill harpies or idiots. Realistic reactions to the situations that the characters were put in. The writing style was very much "showing, not telling".
No, I've read some really good zombie books, Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin series comes to mind.
I didn't care for the narrator's style. I would recommend listening to the sample before buying.
The story and characters just weren't developed well enough to feel much of anything.
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
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..
I read several reviews about how this was the best of the bunch in zombie fiction, it was not.
Several things particularly annoyed me about this novel, first the shifting between first person, memoir, and 3rd person narration didn't really work, wasn't consistently executed and just came off as the author being lacking the discipline to pick a style and stick with it. Sure it's easier to suddenly have a chapter written by the wife of the main character, but the characters voice is essentially that of the narrator/main character what's the point, just use a 3rd person narration and skip the pseudo diary formmatt, it's been done and done better.
The second point of annoyance was the author's repeated use of homophobic slurs, the first couple times I was willing to let it go as being part of the character's world view, but they didn't add anything to the depth of the character, were not used as a prop in the character's growth and really server no apparent purpose other than illustrating the author's discomfort with men kissing.
Lastly editing, if I of all people am catching editing mistakes, you have problems. For Lovecraft's sake it's disconcerting not disconcerning(there is no such word).
Aside from those things, the story offerend nothing new by way of the genre. Tenuous explanation of how the plague started, check. Siege and survivalism themes, check. Plentiful and mind numbing "run and gun" action sequences, check.
A brief aside; I don't understand why authors try and offer an "pseudo-science" explanation for the origin, especially when the explanation is just a trite rehash of the "science gone wrong" meme, which was clearly speculated and not researched. There have been better explanations than others, none of them are great. Sometimes it's better just to leave to the readers imagination, how things got started especially when you haven't provided a better explanation that what someone might just ad hoc, and when the "how" is not critical to the story.
Other loose ends I won't criticize because it's a series and I immagine they will be the foundation for themes in the later novels. Needless to say I won't be reading them. Further more I think this book may have finally convinced me that the genre is as dead as the antagonists it portrays.
The narrator was fine.
The fact that I could multitask, and my time wasn't utterly wasted.
I think I've said my peace.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I’ve been reading (actually, listening to) a lot of zombie fiction lately and find most of it hugely entertaining. So I was looking forward to Zombie Fallout, but after just one-half hour of listening I had to hit “escape” and go on to my next audiobook.
The very first thing that happens in the novel is that the protagonist is about to take a shower when he is interrupted by zombies at the front door. So he has to abort the shower and run around naked saving his family. Many subsequent sentences are devoted to this guy’s interior ruminations on how he hates the feel of dry soap on his skin. SRSLY? Then he steps in a pile of dog poop. I guess this is supposed to humanize him, or be funny, possibly both, but the author’s habit of making every other sentence an aside about something completely inane from within the protagonist’s mind grated on me from the start.
So I took an instant dislike to the main character. He’s an ex-military man (not unusual for the genre) but on top of that, he is a survivalist. This seems like such a cop-out; the author has set up his protagonist in the best possible position to survive the zombie apocalypse. He has stockpiles of everything, especially weapons. He has taught his sons (three of them, I think, so obviously this book is going to be chock-full of testosterone) to be expert shooters. When the author started listing, with loving fascination, the exact names and calibers of eight or ten semi-automatic weapons in one sentence, I groaned inside. But I went on.
The family gets in the car to search for one son who is not home at the time of the zombie attack. I eagerly awaited my first real glimpse of the zombies in the book. Up until this point, I had been trying to ignore the man-child protagonist and weapon envy hoping that a plot would appear and get the book going. Then came a sentence that just could not be ignored. It went something like this: “These zombies were not the zombies that the visionary George Romero had envisioned” (paraphrased by necessity since I was listening, not reading}. I had overlooked a few other poorly written sentences and awful word choices earlier, but this proved to be the last straw. I knew I could not spend another minute on this drivel.
And I have now spent more time writing this review than I did reading this book. Don’t waste any more of your time. Check out my reviews of other excellent zombie books that really are either funny (My Life as a White Trash Zombie) or action-packed (Plague of the Dead), or both (The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten).
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.
Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.
Absolutely love this book. It is a zombie story, obviously. A man trying to protect his family and stay alive. But the twist here is the protagonist, Michael Talbot. He is hilarious even in dire circumstances. His sarcasm stays true and sharp despite the situation. The reader, Sean Runnette does a great job bringing Michael Talbot to life. I recommend this one to anyone who loves the zombie genre and loves a wicked sense of humor.
"Just not for me . . ."
I think that sometimes there are books / authors / narrators which in combination just don't resonate with me. I only got about an hour into this but I just didn't really "get" the humour in any big way and once that didn't work for me the apathetic way the characters react to an apocalypse full of zombies just turned me off.
Clearly plenty of other people see it differently and I can accept that it's entirely possible I've just tried getting into one too many zombie series. But this one just didn't grab me and the style wasn't something I could enjoy.
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.
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.
"Mediocre zombie story with nothing new"
If you don't enjoy the first part of this book, just stop and get a refund. You can fill in the rest of the story in your head and it will most likely be better than this.
Not worth it for the characters either. No depth and the dialogue is mainly the main character having "comically" disconnected thought about the situations he gets in.
"Fantastic book for all Zombie Apocalypse fans!"
I loved listening to this book from Mark Tufo. Being a busy mum it's not viable for me to buy books to read as I never get more than five minutes to myself so I opted for the audible version. In go the headset and I was whisked into a world that was crumbling. The story had me ewwwing and chuckling, anxious and relieved. The smooth and warming voice of Sean Runnette even had me searching other titles he narrates so it was obvious that I added all the other titles in this series and others by Tufo to my 'to listen to' library.
I am a huge zombie fanatic and this book whet my appetite in a big way.
A must read/listen to for anyone who is interested in this genre!
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.
"Apocalyptic awesomeness guaranteed!!!!!"
I must admit that i had this book for over a year before i listened to it, and now i know i wasted a year of my life! I should have listened to it as soon as it had downloaded. When it comes to the end of the world as we know it Mark Tufo has it nailed. Horror at its best, with a dark wry sense of humour that few writers can master. A wonderful cast of characters that you can help but love, laugh at, and root for. Go team Talbot!
My new Favourite Writer without a doubt. The Zombie Fallout series more addictive than crack (not that I've tried it) lol. oh and brilliantly narrated by Sean Runnette.
"Mark Tufo is a brath of fresh air"
FAN TAS TIC
Witty cripping great Characters all bond well big t is great good all round story
Great voice draws you in
Yes and did
Great series all tufo books are fab like having the same characters in different books but playing different parts and different outcomes well done Tufo
I bought this audiobook not expecting much and I was blown away but the characters and the story I loved it and could not wait to hear the next installment I would highly recommend the Zombie Fallout series of books if you like Zombies and great Characters.
Can't rave about this one. A non-memorable addition to an over catered-for genre. It's not bad, just not great. I also regretted having read another reviewer's comparison of the narrator's voice to that of Peter Griffin, which I struggled to shake as I listened.
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