The second installment of the Zombie Fallout series most definitely did not disappoint. The first title leaves you essentially salivating for more wit..Show More »h the way it ended and I can assure you this will do the same. It would appear that the author of these books, Mark Tufo, is a fan of ending these titles at a stage that just leaves you craving for more (I somewhat hope that by the time I listen through all the books the other installment would be out).
A number of other characters were brought to the fore here during this book, as well as a number of interesting twists where the zombies are concerned. The entire Talbot family all goes through varying degrees of changes through this one but once again seeing the world through the eyes of Mike Talbot in this post-apocalyptic world is probably the most enjoying part of this. I really do agree with him that he needs to be checked out after all this and I don't particular mean because of the traumatic experience of being hunted by Zombies, clearly his issues are far deeper routed but yet it makes for a HILARIOUS listen.
Sean Runnette is perfection in this title especially where he depicts Mike Talbot (the main character). I honestly believe you would be hard pressed finding anyone who could do anything better than what he did in this title. He simply made it a joy to listen to...
This was a break in the storyline from before, in the same vein and world of course but in a different time. This one happens years before the first t..Show More »hree and tells you what happened to bring about the inevitable Zombie invasion. It was done very well, writing, narration and all. I find this title necessary actually if you want to truly understand the entire series.
This series is getting downright convoluted in nature and I mostly get infuriated when stories get too convoluted; it generally reads to me that the a..Show More »uthor is trying too hard. In this case though... I'll make a huge exception!
The book becomes more and more complex with various twists and turns appearing throughout the title. As soon as you think that you have gotten a good enough grasp of the series something new is introduced which adds a twist to the series but makes it a bit more harder to follow. I find myself feeling sorry for the Talbots, they seem to can't catch a break... With all that being said though, I can't help but be gripped by the entire book... I will see this book through to the end come hell or high water and anyone who has gotten this far in the series would probably agree.
Again this series shine mostly due to the characters whose vantage point we read from. The neurotic germophobe that is Mike Talbot, his formidable and dedicated wife Mrs. Talbot, the loveable Tommy, the dangerous Thomas and the vicious Eliza all brings about their own special touch to the book. Their differing vantage points are fascinating to view from and will have you cracking up or on the edge of your seat with excitement.
The narration gets better with each book I find and Sean Runnette's command of the myriad of characters in the book is note worthy. He's truly gotten a grasp of all the characters in this book and frankly, I wouldn't have the narration done any other way.
The series thus far has been just plain fun to experience, with this one only adding to it. It doesn't take itself too seriously but it isn't a complete joke either. A young crowd will certainly love these books.
P.S. The book once again ends with a cliff hanger....
I like Mark Tufo and I really do like Zombie Fallout as a series, I really do! But... Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World felt like a whole lot of..Show More » stalling by Mark Tufo. There was some headway made in the general progress of the story of course but the headway that was made was very small where the general plot is concerned.
I've said it before and I'll say it again one of the main reasons that the book series is as enjoyable as it is is of the little quirks that Mike Talbot have and the myriad of interesting characters in the book. Mike's quips with... well anyone and his incredibly short attention span makes it a trip when reading from his portions. Mike's best friend in the book seems downright hopeless to me... Mrs. Deno... She's an... interesting one... I can also add a couple others who I all find fascinating and who brings something to the book.
I must say though that where this book is concerned the author drags his foot along a lot. A big portion of the book's plot are a series of seemingly useless flashbacks (I kid you not, they seem completely and utterly useless to me except for providing some fodder to maybe laugh at). There was also a huge emphasis on Mike growing into his new powers. In the grand scheme of things though, I would say that probably one or two really note worthy things happen in this book (both of which I found just plain gruesome even for a Zombie book... I mean.... I am shocked and not in a good way...). Both occurrences could have been fit in the other book prior to this. And to add insult to injury.... this book more than any other ends in a MASSIVE cliff hanger. I really don't understand how or why Mark Tufo would do that... I was quite disappointed.
The narration was great, Sean Runnette did an awesome job again and aided in me being able to make it through this book.
I will get book 6 as soon as it comes out no doubt, if only to know how everything turns out. The narration is great, the story was lacking if you ask me though but the humor was still very prevalent which made the book enjoyable none the less.
Yes! Yes! Awesomely Yes! From start to finish this books was amazing! The series isn't finished yet (I hope) but one chapter seems to be closed. There..Show More » is so many things that Mark Tufo has gotten right in this one once more.
If you have been following the series (which I am guessing if you are looking at this review you have been) then you would probably have been slightly disappointed by book 5. Thank the powers that be the book has got back on track in book 6. The book is teeming with action and (unlike the precious book) does not have meaningless flashbacks. Mark Tufo seems to have been listening to my silent prayers after I finished book 5 and ramped up the action in every aspect.
Sean Runette is an excellent narrator and he kept up the great work. I am very very much satisfied!
To prevent myself from giving any away I will stop raving about the book. I am extremely thankful that the book has answered so many unanswered questions and have rejected the inclination to end on too big of a cliff hanger although I must say I was gripped up until the last sentence.
I have been experiencing Zombie Fallout withdrawal, I know that there are other Mark Tufo books and all of them scratches that itch of Tufo-ism I have..Show More » needed but none compare to the epicness of Zombie Fallout with Mike, his family, BT + Tommy facing a Zombie Apocalypse and all that it entails.
I am a scientist at heart, a theoretical Chemist to be exact so I express myself well in the form of equation. I will use an equation to describe the narration: Sean Runnette + Mark Tufo = Perfection! That's just it.... Absolute PERFECTION. I don't know what fate put this author and this narrator together but to the powers that be... Thank you!
Now this book is just plain exciting... There are so many moments that you are at the edge of your seat... And if you are a true fan of the art of Tufo-ism then you find a couple references to other books in the Talbot Universe (Callis Rose reference the most obvious there) which is always a trip. You have that dry sarcasm teeming from Mike Talbot, the mismatched thought processes of Trip along with his poor wife who is just perpetually confused by her husband, the downright brutish nature of BT, the crafty and hard to kill Mrs. Denou.... With the death of Eliza, Mike has to find a new quest and the quest here is simply to find a cure for his son and his best friend. This book was the nice combination of action as well as plot development.
The book put me in a rather peculiar conundrum.... One where I couldn't help but make my way through this title, and also definitely not wanting it to end. It ended all too soon for me.... There will be more though. Thankfully there will be more! So my only problem with this title is..... I have to wait for book 8.
Last time we saw Clan Talbot; Mike, BT, Tripp, and the rest of the family were being pulled into and helicopter and sedated, while Tommy was falling t..Show More »o the ground into a giant horde of zombies. Mike's lifelong friend, Dennis, had this misfortune crossing paths with Mrs. Deneaux. Who, to no one's surprise, ends up double-crossed and in a jail cell.
Now Mike is trapped in a box of iron bars. On the bright side, he has his old buddy Dennis for company. However, he has no idea what has come of his family. (*Spoiler Alert* He is not happy about it.) Enter Dixon Hauss, the man behind the tainted flu vaccine, and power hungry ego-maniac with a god complex; he wants Talbot's blood and he'll do whatever it takes, including threatening Mike's family. (*Spoiler Alert* This does not change his.) Fast forward a couple hours; Tommy has infiltrated the building, Mike's family is in a car and heading out of harm's way, and Mr. Talbot has a gun and a couple hostages. Of course with Mike Talbot, you know things can't stay in his favor for long. Low and behold, just in time to ruin all his fun, Vivian Deneaux's voice creaks over the intercom system. (*Spoil....well, I think you get the picture.) With Dixon hoodwinked by Deneaux, Mike's only friends are his enemies. Tommy and Mike must make their way out of a secured facility with the only aid being that of the man trying to rule the world and his lackey for hire while surrounded by trained mercenaries trying to kill them; sounds about right. Meanwhile, Tracy and the rest of the gang cross paths with a historical faction that have a plan that may very well risk Mike and Tommy's lives.
I am all but certain I have said this on more than one Zombie Fallout review, but I love this series! I will probably type out the same exact phrase when I review the upcoming Book 9. It is such a fun series; it's full of action, always has an entertaining plot, changes things up for variety, and has some of the deepest characters that I have read. That is what draws me back every time, the characters. Mark Tufo has some of the most underappreciated writing skills that I have had the pleasure of consuming. I don't know why they don’t, but more people should know his name. My favorite aspect is his exceptional grasp of human emotion. He understands why things are important. It's apparent in every flashback, every reunion with a loved one, every death. He knows the location of every sad button and funny bone. Add to that the dialogue between any two of the Talbot family, extended family included, which is delightful. Some light-hearted ribbing, a little (okay, a lot) of dark humor but most of all, love and connection. All of that is delivered with perfection by the narrator, Sean Runette.
I'm convinced Sean Runette and Marc Tufo are twins separated at birth, or soul mates of some kind. Runette delivers the words with the same passion that they are written, adding more feeling and depth to a world already chalk full of both. I have nothing negative to say about his narration; he delivers consistent performances throughout every book, there is no background noise or unwanted sounds, and the production quality is as good as any I have heard. Podium Pu
All-in-all this is a series that needs to be checked out by pretty much anyone. If the zombie niche isn’t your thing, I suggest listening to book one with an open mind, by the end you will have a relationship with the characters that you won’t want to end. While the series seemingly starts as somewhat cliche zombie book, it quickly evolves into a very deep and emotional rollercoaster ride of enjoyment.
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