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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Good stuff

This book was awesome. If I had one complaint it would be Sammy Davis Jr. Narrating. Other than that it kept me on the edge of my seat all day... At work;)

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great listen

not just this book but the whole series is awesome. I also love the werewolf books he's doing now. a must pick up.

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What a great book!!!

Must read!!! Zombies! Hilarious and funny and just octet all amazing! Great story line! Awesome narration! You won't regret reading this one!

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Wow!

J. K.
What a wild ride. Great start to a series. With all of the movies and books about zombies these days, I wasn't too hopeful for anything original here...Boy was I wrong! Sean Runnette also does a fantastic job with the narration. Listen to this one and you won't be disappointed!

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Promising but serious flaws doomed the book for me

What disappointed you about Zombie Fallout?

I think several things disappointed me about Zombie Fallout, and I'll try to summarize the biggest weak points.
1. The homophobia - No so much in the beginning but towards the end there is a jarring reference where the crushing of a zombie's melon is described by the author as being as "repellent" as "seeing two men kiss" that is just out of place and context for the story. I can handle the primary character being a somewhat homophobic middle aged guy who doesn't have a problem making gay jokes with an older neighbor, but the later reference happens away from the main character.
2. The cliched characters - When the author tries to write in the wife's voice, the horrendous weakness of the character writing spills forth. Rather than a complex character, the wife isn't much more than an unintelligent naggy cliche. Women aren't much more than two dimensional props in the story who sit around and gossip, and call each other "bitch".
3. The plot: The story drifts too far away from the standard Romero & Walking Dead zombie genre with the introduction of other elements that I won't spoil.

There are a myriad of other issues that didn't bother me but may annoy others - plot holes, sarcastic humor, and an over description of foul odors. Actually, the last one got annoying towards the end due to the sheer quantity of repetitiveness.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A different zombie book.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration (voice acting) was fine. The writing was, at times, painfully disjointed. The main character is supposed to be narrating the story in a journal format. The descriptive vocabulary used is impressive but the character is supposed to be a college drop out, working stiff. It was disconnects like these that killed the suspension of disbelief.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It had some redeeming qualities. The main character feels genuine and authentic. The story remains intriguing and maintains some mystery.

Any additional comments?

As the book went along, it became more and more evident that the main character wasn't much more than a thinly veiled version of the author. It felt like fan fiction where the author decided to place himself as a character into a zombie apocalypse story in which the glaring flaws of the character are overlooked because the author is unaware of his own personal flaws. There is no arc or change with the main character because he's already the perfect hero on day one. While authentic, genuine, and honest, the main character lacks interesting complexity.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Blah!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author didn't make 3/4 of the book content about metaphors of the situation and cheesy ones at that. This more about the main character analyzing situation describe through metaphor after metaphor which kept things from moving along. It wasn't believable that in the face of zombies one would stop and think all these humors thoughts. DO NOT BOTHER

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Just interesting enough to pick up the next to see if got any better...wrong!

How could the performance have been better?

Not sure if the reader w as bad are just the content, reader didn't have much to work with.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

When it was over

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  • BD&CD
  • HENDERSON, NEVADA, United States
  • 03-21-14

Not for Me

What would have made Zombie Fallout better?

The story is too self aware. It tries too hard to be witty and it is not.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tufo again?

This just wasn't my cup of tea. It seems by other reviews, youeither love it or hate it...i didn't like it very much. I forced myself to continue in hope it would get better, but it did not.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

I'm not a fan of the style.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed as I read many reviews before purchase.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 02-15-14

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS!!!!

Would you listen to Zombie Fallout again? Why?

ABSOLUTELY!!! This was one of the funniest zombie books I have ever read....and can not wait to read #2!!

What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

I dont think I can compare it...its super entertaining on its own!!

What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is soooo good...and I love a first person narration...he becomes the character...I dont think anyone else could have done a better job!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did...lol...well I fell asleep in the last hour...but woke up and finished it....loved it!! Just add to your cart now...you will love it too....

Any additional comments?

I am so glad I found this little gem on sale and bought it!! I loved it all!!! The story, the narration, the characters..Definitely a new series for me...the way it lays out the zompocalype is perfect...very similar to the Walking Dead show....but may even be better!!! 2 Huge Thumbs Up!

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  • Garry
  • Cannington, Australia
  • 09-29-13

Enjoyable and witty

If you could sum up Zombie Fallout in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, witty, gruesome

What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

The remaining by Dj morels. Similar but not and with more humour

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Excellent, the dry wit was excellently played

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, just to find out how talbot would survive or not, and more about Tommy, just who or what is he?

Any additional comments?

Fun read not as heavy as some zombie books, different, eg zombies that kiss ! Some great ideas for the genre

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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You should know what your getting yourself into

Any additional comments?

Ok, confession, I did buy 5 of the fallout books. Here is what you need to know. If you are looking for a realistic scary what if (insert any Pandemic) were to happen, this is not it. It is however entertaining, funny and you can get sucked into the story, but if you do you should know the Talbot books go on forever. I purchased the first series except for book 5. You could dump $100 into these easy. It can be quite slapstick and toward the end books some wacky and convoluted stuff develops because of course the story must go on and you must part with more $. It's not worth the credit unless you can find nothing else you're interested in. The narrator does a great job and is perfect for the Talbot character. The story is between ok and well, silly. But if you're looking for a lighter zombie story (except for book 5 which apparently is gory) this is for you.

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