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
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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 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.
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.
An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.
A very plausible and entertaining take on a zombie takeover. It makes one care about the survival of the main character and adds an element of humor.
"The only book I've listened to more than once"
The humour that Mark Tufo brings to the book has me laughing out loud, even in the early hours while my partner was asleep
I havent read anything as good as this
Yes but they have all been Mark Tufo books and all are great
What would Talbot do
"Hitch up your bandwagon & enjoy the ride"
Pacy, enjoyable, predictable
It's difficult to come up with something revolutionary in the Zombie genre but Zombie Fallout gives it a go with slightly patchy results.
I actually enjoy Talbot's ever-ready supply of survivalist knowledge & derring-do. It makes a change for a character to not be taken by surprise by the impending zombie plague & to actually have had the common sense to make some preparations.
Don't expect something earth shatteringly different in the genre but this series of books are engaging & well paced and you do feel invested in the major characters & their continued survival.
"An interesting and witty twist on zombies"
I totally loved the humour of this book, there are many laugh out laugh out loud moments. I thought that Tommy was very intriguing and was so sad when Bear the rotti gave his life for the family. It was a refreshing change to the usual dour zombie world, but I personally prefer my zombie stories to be dramatic and down right evil. If you are looking for something light with humour go for this. I love that the narrator sounds like Peter Griffin :-D
This is an excellent start to a great series of books chronicling the journey of a man and his family through the zombie apocalypse. It's a brilliant listen with great narration and it's funny too. As soon as its finished you'll want to start the next book straight away.
"Fan of the series."
I'm always on the hunt for the next zombie novel and was not disappointed by this one, or the four that have so far followed it. Fantastic story and characters you will either love, or love to hate. Tufo wants the reader/listener to smell every zombie pounding at the door and feel every blood spatter and the details he strings together bring every moment to life, perfectly. He has written the apocalypse the way I might imagine living it. It's not an action movie, it's a human being trying to survive.
Sean Runnette has done an excellent job putting a voice to Mike (and everyone he interacts with along the way). His tone allows for humour and tension, when respectively called for.
Wonderfully written and read.
"1 of 4 and desperate for 5 and 6"
Easily the most interesting take on the genre. The character development is very exciting and I guarantee you will empathise with Mike, Tommy, BT, et al. Mark Tufo is a prolific writer and his narrative and literary technique are fresh and extremely engaging.
I occasionally find fault with his lexicon and some younger readers may not be able to relate to specific anachronisms, but these are very minor criticisms and they don't detract at all from the finished product.
Narration by Sean Runnette suits the story perfectly. Intermittant vocal characterisations seem appropriate and not OTT as in other books in the genre (I'm looking at you Peter Delloro!) and pronunciation is also accurate. Some audiobooks seem to be read by illiterates (I'm looking at you Peter Delloro!!!).
Looking forward to ZF 5 & 6 and so happy that Mark's books didn't get left in the garage (as have so many of mine and probably yours).
Mark is a shameless self promoter and I'm glad it's working out for him!
"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.
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