When World War 3 erupts on American soil, it is up to some less than likely heroes to band together and stand tall against any and all comers as a once proud nation is brought to her knees.
Cowardly terrorist attacks and indifferent global communities have isolated America as she spirals into a desperate bid for survival. Follow Darlene Bobich and her group on the West Coast along with Michael Talbot on the East Coast as they do everything in their power to thwart those who would take away everything that they and all of us are.
©2016 Mark Tufo and Armand Rosamilia (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Great from start to finish. my only moan ( I'm British so I have to) is it's to short but even if it was 100hrs long it would be to short. I can't wait for the next book
yes sean runnette is awesome and its different have the 2 stories
mike and bt banter
sean brings the humour you cant hear as he does in your head
tufoisism strikes again now have to go cold turkey till next one he like a drug on a high when listening then downer till next book out,big up armand also
Wow there are some great reviews on this book but time and time I try to finish this book and it just really does not work on the narration level. I am such a Mark Tufo fan and Sean Runnette is brilliant, the best narrator on Audible in my view followed by R C Bray. I really just can not connect to Julia Whelan narration though, every time she narrates i think this is so boring and it is almost like blacking out as i just can't remember what she was saying. I don't want to sound rude and however big a fan of Mark i am this just did not work for me I really don't think i will ever be able to finish this book as the joint narration does not work for me.
I could not follow the story sorry due to amazing and terrible narration.
Sean yes 100% Julia sorry i see others love you so good luck to you but i am an oddity where the narration really turns me off and i just can not follow the plot.
Please see my review and then others, Mark is an amazing writer so if the narration is good for you then go for it as i don't doubt it is a brilliant story if you can follow it through the narration.
Great story start to finish,another Tufo masterpiece which links well with Armands half of the story. I have never read any of her work but that will change now. Love the way Mark references his other works in this story and great to have his sparing partner BT .
I have listened to most of his pervious zombie fallout books.
So I loved the 'new/different' version of (main character.)
(Male narrator) Sean Runnette brought him alive as he did before. But with the twists that Mark had made to his character. It was easy to tell the difference between the characters that Sean had to play voices were done were well.
Julia Whelan I had not listened to a book that was read by her before. I would do in the future again she brought quite a number of characters to life with a different vocal range.
Mark Tufo and Armand Rosamilia did a fantastic job of making characters, keeping you interested in the story and wanting you to hear more.
love the different narrators and the way its sectioned out.
Talbots earlier years with great references to his other lives
can't wait for more on audiobook
I've listened to so many Mark Tufo books on audible with Sean Runnette as the narrator that when I do read a book by Mark Tufo I hear it as Sean
A different version of Micheal Tabot
I've listed to quite a few of Sean's and they are all excellent but this was the first time for Julia
I wish I could but due to time constraints I couldn't
I was a bit apprehensive of this book. It's two of my favourite authors teaming up together but there was no need to be worried they did a brilliant job.
This follows a younger Michael Tabot and B.T in a different universe from the zombie fallout series. There is no wife for Mike to rein him in, in fact he hasn't even met her yet. I really enjoyed their story together and it makes a refreshing change that there are no zombies but flashes of the other Tabot universes.
On Armand's side we have the star of the Dying Days series Darlene Bobich. Set just after her father has died we follow Darlene on her escape from her tragedy into nowheresville but this actually saves her from certain death we also get to meet John Murphy. Her story is cleaner and not as raunchy as the Dying Days series, it also shows just how much Armand has developed as a writer.
I am a huge Mark Tufo fan, and Sean Runette is the best narrator on Audible. I also really enjoyed the previous collaboration books for Mark Tufo and John O'Brein.
Sadly, I didn't manage to get as far as the Mike Talbot sections in this book. Sean Runnette opens the book and his performance is as usual flawless... but the chapter 3 begins and the difference in quality is just to big a contrast for me.
I've never heard Julia Whelan narrate before and I just found the narration style and the editing /production didn't match up. Julia's style seems to have the emphasis and inflection in very strange places in the dialogue. It's almost like the book is being read by a text to speech program; Mechanical and unnatural. The editing seems off too, with many sentences seeming to start with the first word clipped and missing it's beginning.
Sorry to say that I never made it through chapter 3 due to the narration and am returning (for the first time ever for a Mark Tufo / Sean Runnete book) for a refund.
I just couldn't listen any more.....
I'm afraid Julia Whelan's narration stopped me listening...
"not a complete book"
No plot line is complete at the "end" of this book. The book stops abruptly with no resolution whatsoever. Buyer beware - you can't buy this book as a standalone.
"rich in dialog that is realistic"
The writings of Mark Tufo and Armand Rosamilia separately are interesting and action packed, but putting them together in one story – WOW! Split into two sections running concurrently, the stories fit together well presenting a wider view of the nuclear disaster and ensuing rioting.
Michael Talbot, a small time petty criminal, and Officer Lawrence Tines, a big – really big cop, pair up together when all hell breaks loose after Korea and China send over nuclear bombs detonating in Yellowstone National Park followed with the ok to bomb more places sending America to their knees. These two banter like siblings with sarcasm and wit aplenty! Old characters are introduced and give that comfortable and fun feeling. Oh, and yes, Mike keeps getting into trouble or rather trouble has its way of finding him!
A distant cousin of Michael Talbot, Darlene Bobich is in a small isolated town running away from New York. She is much closer to the nuclear site and together with an older man she just met who runs the local gas station and his wife, they band together to build a fortress and defend their lives and their small bit of American soil from the invaders. World War III has happened!
Both teams are fraught with bands of terrorists and danger; will they both make it through their own troubles to fight the incoming insurgents that are bearing down on them? The terrorists who have so far successfully isolated America from her allies?
The writing styles of Tufo and Rosamilia complement one another making the story lines flow well together. As in most good series, Tufo and Rosamilia leave you with big cliffhangers for the next book in the series. Stayed tuned, someone is going to get their comeuppance!
United States of Apocalypse is rich in dialog that is realistic, character developments that leave no room for doubt, and a story line that blends well between the two authors. SPOILER: There are no zombies! There are however, some terrorists, mindless humans blindly following their leader. However, there is a lot of fast-moving action and hilarious banter. Individually the authors are excellent but putting them together … well, you will LOVE this one; best of both worlds.
Tufo writes clearly and develops his new characters slowly and steadily, making them even more realistic. His old characters – Mike Talbot, Officer Lawrence Tines and Tracie – are just as we remembered them – sassy, sarcastic, fun, loud, and as realistic as seeing oneself in the mirror. The new ones are just as vivid and rich with slime and evilness oozing from every pore of their being.
Rosamilia developed his characters and delivered his plot line well written. He wrote the connecting information between the two stories, binding their outcomes together in a future way. Rich in vocabulary one could envision each person, each action clearly and precisely.
As usual Sean Runnette is a perfect narrator in Mike Talbott’s world. The cadence, emotion and energy he puts forth are perfect. One cannot pick up a Mike Talbott story without hearing Runnette running through your head. I was excited to see that Julie Whelan narrated Rosamilia’s section as she is excellent as well. Clear and soothing, listeners would have no trouble connecting her to Darlene’s world. Whelan projected the correct emotions on just the right level – doubt, fear, concern and trepidation. Both of these narrators brought the book and its characters to life.
There were no issues with production, everything went smoothly.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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"Wait, No Zombies? What the....?"
The whole new take on Mike and BT - it's a great dynamic between those two.
Well..... Here's the thing, when I first heard about then saw it available for pre-sale, I didn't really read exactly what it was about. I knew the authors body of work and that's all I needed to know to press the BUY button. When I started listening I recognized Julia Whelan from another series and I was uber excited to get in to, what I thought was going to be a zombie book. Well much to my surprise it wasn't.Hmmmm, could I still love this book? Hell YES!What I loved best was that, between Armand and Mark's story and Julia and Sean's narration, this was a great TOTAL experience. I'm guessing this is going to be a series similar to A Shrouded World and I'm really excited where these two take the story. If you are familiar with their podcast, Arm n' Toof's Dead Time Podcast, and have listened to their interaction you'll recognize the dynamic in the story. Totally looking forward to more.
Loved BT, he's been a favorite since ZF1 and love where Mark took his character in this book.
Julia Whelan take on Darlene Bobich was great, Armand you gotta keep her as your voice of Darlene!
I always laugh with Armand's and Mark's books - they create awkward, tense situations that end up with something to laugh at - be it nervous, sad or sarcastic laughter.I also talk to the characters throughout the story - you become so comfortable with these characters, it's like you own them your opinions, thoughts and help.
It was an excellent book, the story line was exciting and easy to follow between the 2 story lines.The narration was stellar, Sean Runnette and Julia Whelan are both favorites of mine and to listen to them together was awesome.
"another grand slam!"
if your a fan of either author, this book is a must! from the very first page to the last, is nonstop awesome!
"next book please!!!"
I can't wait until the next one is out! great story Talbott rocks! love this book
"Sean runnette has done it again!!"
If you loved zombie fallout you will love this. Action packed filled with humor and of course who doesnt love killing the undead.
"Zombie Fallout Prequel"
DO YOU EVER NOT TALK?
This is my favorite book starring Mike Talbot. The book is divided into two narratives. One follows a young woman traveling across the States and she is in Wyoming, when a nuclear bomb goes off in Yellowstone and the rioting is almost immediate. Talbot is 25 years old, living in New York City and is a PETTY CRIMINAL. Talbot has a run in with Tines, a New York Cop. Tines is arresting Talbot when the poop hits the fan. The two end up befriending each other and saving each other's lives. The back and forth between the two is hilarious. Unlike some of the other books, the book is not a steady flow of one liners. Having it split into two separate stories helps with that. Mike meets Tracie in this story.
THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS ZOMBIES, BUT MOLE MEN.
This is obviously the first in a series and as of yet there are no Zombies, but a lot is explained on how the United States runs amok. If you are a Zombie Fallout fan, this book is a must. If somehow you are not familiar with the series, this is a good place to start.
"Lots of post apocalyptic action with humor!!!"
I have read several of Mark Tufo's books and have enjoyed them.Mike Talbot appears in many of the books and his character is always the lovable smart-a$$. The dual narration roles don't always work for me but Julia Whelan's "sexy but strong" portrayal is perfect and the two end of rounding each other and completing a more interesting story line. Kinda feel like the world in this story may end up being connected to the A Shrouded World series (love that series!).
"Good start to a new series"
Enjoyed the book as a start to a new series. I'm looking forward to see how he story continues. The systematic dismantling of this country and our society in the US is interesting. It is hard for me to imagine how this unsuspecting country could do it with out some big help from a country with a lot more money and resources.
Mike & Darlene
He & Julie both did a great job with this book. Easy to understand and very talented.
What a tremendously talented Duo. I have read all of Armand Rosamilia's Dying days books ,so I was quite familiar with Darlene Bobich character.It was nice to get a more in-depth back story of what happened and where she went after her dad's death. I liked the new characters we were introduced to Pheebz and Herbert and I even started to warm up a little to Herberts sister Rosemary,John Murphy was a good and unpredictable element to this core group.There was a host of folks we meet throughout Armand's & Mark's chapters some good some evil.I have read Mark Tufo's The Books of Riely.And have a few of the Zombie Fallout books but have yet to have the free time to read them. I found Michael Talbet hilarious.I also like the characters who were introduced in his parts of the book.For those who do not know Darlene and Mike are related,Darlene's Mothers side of the family,who had died yrs before and she lost touch with all of her cousin's,She had been in contact with only her Aunt Mary from that side of the family since the passing of her dad.This book covers how the Apocolypse had started and by who's reluctant hand had given the order to attack the U.S.We find that not only did Darlene's dad give her the Desert Eagle but that he had a hand in making that gun while working at MRI.Mike had good insight in what direction the world was headed, he was able to give a play by play of what the timeline would unfold. Mike was a penny criminal, not a bad guy, just trying to make his way on his won the best way he could. It caused him to make an enemy of Corporal Lawrence Tynes.An unlikely team under good circumstances, but they became friends and worked well together.They also enjoy busting each other's chops, whenever the opportunity presents itself.This book was brilliantly done. It is plausible that the events in this book could happen just that way. As resources are used up and for all those people who were not prepared for even the slightest of natural crises would turn ugly pretty quick.The gangs and misery brokers would take control of the precious few resources if they could.It was all too clear that the nieve who think if something bad ever happened here, that the Military and our Country leaders would swoop in and save them were proven so very wrong. I think that is just what would happen. Not that they wouldn't want to help and do what they could to ease the suffering and eluviate the fear of the people,the truth is they just don't have the resources for when the civilized become uncivil.It is a great collaboration, pick up your copy to find out more.
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