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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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  • Karen
  • United States
  • 04-26-13

Zombies are here

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, not really, I read some of the reviews decided to read anyway. Good read!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

When bear protects the family.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

Had a couple , but liked tommy quite a bit.

Did Zombie Fallout inspire you to do anything?

Yes, read some more of Mark Tufo books.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable read...:)

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kenneth
  • Richmond, TX, United States
  • 04-12-13

Man did this book start off awesome!

I was immediatly engaged with the main character. And by the end of chapter one I was already excited that I might have found another series to get hopelessly addicted too.

but then.....I'm not sure....Maybe it was the wierd 'twists' that the author was trying to take with the zombies (which i understand) ..... or the strange and out of place 'powers' some of the characters seem to have.....or just some of the plot events that maybe seemed like awkward extra limbs...or the behavior of the extra characters that seemed wholly unbelievable given the situation (like he tried for the 'levity in spite of long odds' that the dresden files uses to amazing effect but couldn't quite pull it off) I don't know.

I haven't given up hope, but this book has fallen by the wayside already....and I very rarely come back after that happens.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Zombies with brains

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader does not do justice to the character. Not sure why, it just doesn't work for me personally. The book tries to be glib, but it doesn't come over well considering the topic.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not make it so much about this guys personal feelings about people and family and more about the actual fact that there are zombie's with actual powers to make decisions.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

Since it is a series and left off with really no ending I feel I should listen to the next one just to see what the smart zombies actually come up to infiltrate the non zombies

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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From an "everyman"

This book could have been a story told in any bar anywhere. The characters are not especially gifted. They are just your neighbors dealing with zombies.

I liked this book for that. I have never seen another zombie book handled like this.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The author must have a fetish for bad smells

It seems like half the book is about bad smells. Sadly every reference to the popular zombie movies is wrong, even the classic "Night of the Living Dead" black and white movie that started it all. The first book is probably the best. After having listed to 3 of them, he can't even keep up with his own story line. Later books jump over how they found out certain details that were given in the prolog. Ok, the reader knows, but how did the characters find out? It is written as a personal journal, but wouldn't something that important be memorable enough to be written down. If the character wrote the prolog, he would have known everything revealed, not just half of it, but I'm starting to rant myself now. Just save yourself the trouble and the money. Pick something else.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow moving story, narrator sounds like "Raymond"

Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

No and No

Any additional comments?

First off, it took me a while to get past the narrator's voice. Think "Raymond" from "Everybody loves Raymond". After finally getting past the narrator's voice (about halfway through the book) I figured out that there simply isn't much substance to this book. I love a great series and especially a great zombie series, but this is the first and last book I will listen to out of this one. The story is slow moving, there is a lot of main character fluff and side talk, and just not a whole lot happens.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stuart
  • QUINCY, MA, United States
  • 09-01-12

I thought I was burnt out on zombies, I was wrong

I was hesitant to listen to this because, although I love the category, I thought I had listened to too much of the zombie genre of literature. But, because of the great reviews, I gave it a try...and I'm glad I did. There are two reasons, both entirely unexpected.

The first (the book's place among zombie literature): the piece is written from a Joss Whedon-esque first-person perspective of someone who is familiar with the zombie genre and gives an entirely entertaining account of the zombie apocalypse. Despite the tired tropes of the genre, this had me laughing out loud while commiserating with the real-life issues that the situation would cause. It's both completely realistic, gut-wrenching, and hilarious.

The second (which has to do with how zombie literature can comment on society): I'm a hard-core gay liberal, but most of my family is boiled-down southwestern conservative Republican, and that conservative perspective is shared by the narrator. There is even a part three-quarters of the way through the book where the narrator compares a nauseating zombie scene to the sight of two guys kissing. But, the writing captures something so much more complex and appreciated. Your neighbor is your neighbor, no matter who they are. The main character is a father of a traditional family--but everyone around him are also potential family, no matter who they are. I kind of feel like this captures the true spirit of most loving conservatives I know. It's touching to see a book like this reveal the a true nature of an average american in that way.

Listen for 15 minutes, and you'll be hooked. The best part is: you'll appreciate it 10 hours later.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awful

There really isn't much to say that is positive about this book, except that it has zombies in it. Other than that, it pretty much annoyed me for 14 hours.

The narrator sounds like Ray Romano, he's just awful. I couldn't listen without wishing there would be a zombie outbreak during his narration and I could listen to him being eaten.

The writer intends to be funny, and isn't, so in that aspect the Ray Romano narrator is at least fitting. The humor fails to go beyond making jokes about dog farts and fat kids.

The plot is terrible, action terrible, technical quality of writing is terrible.

It amazes me someone published this book at all, period. Unfortunately I bought book 2 along with book one. It is even more horrible. I quit listening halfway through.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Gregory
  • Addison, IL, USA
  • 04-18-13

Awful...

Any additional comments?

So many horrible characters with no depth, logical inconsistencies such as the lead's backstory timeline doesn't make any sense...and just bad writing. No editing just a rambling piece of junk...

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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awful, juvenile

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

totally juvenile, all fart jokes. I don't know how this got good reviews. I usually listen to books repeatedly, couldn't finish this one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tufo again?

no

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

good narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zombie Fallout?

I think one or 2 fart jokes would be enough, not that many per chapter (or page!)

Any additional comments?

I'd like to return all 3 books (I bought them on the buy 2 get one free sale) but it's only letting me return book 2.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful