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)
Not the best zombie story, but I liked it. The main thing bringing this down, the narrater sound like the dad from Family Guy. Will get the next book, but as a priority.
Like everyone else in the western world I'm addicted to the zombie genre - why? I don't know, perhaps it's a brain disease or a government plot putting some drug into the water supply to keep us all happy - but that's not the point, the point is I've wasted half my credits trying to find a zombie novel that isn't utter crap - and I've failed.This isn't the worst of a bad bunch but it is one of the most annoying. The reader DOES sound like Peter Griffin which I could handle if the characters weren't so utterly stupid and constantly cracking wise. They wander about, as though being eaten was just a minor inconvenience, doing such stupid things, like going to fetch cigarettes without a gun, or arguing about what car to use because they're worried about the paint work! Infuriating!
Perhaps the worst thing about is that at no time do you think that any of the central characters are going to get bit or eaten because that would interfere with the awful American family cliche they inhabit.
Oh and were does the electricity, hot water and fuel come from in the post zombie world of Mr Tufo.
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
Now I know that Zombie's aren't exactly "realistic", but I found this book to be lacking in realism.
This guy wakes up with zombies in his garden and he just doesn't seem to really mind, or be phased. I can accept that, some people would be like that.
But then his son casually shoots zombies with a shotgun out of the window when they're passing, not questioning it at all.
It just seems like the book doesn't accurately represent what people would be like in a post apocalyptic situation, and that's a pet peeve for me.
I bought this audiobook not expecting much and I was blown away but the characters and the story I loved it and could not wait to hear the next installment I would highly recommend the Zombie Fallout series of books if you like Zombies and great Characters.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed this, the humour that runs through it is great. Its different to the usual zombie end of the world theme, which does become more apparent in book 2. Which I downloaded as soon as I finished this one. Don't be put off by the humour it has plenty of sick bits.
The narration is really good, and following Mike, his family and friends on their journey is really good.
Buy this I don't think you will regret it.
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!
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 :)
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