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Taking it Back: White Flag of the Dead Zombie Series [Paperback]

Joseph Talluto
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March 25, 2011
Publishers note - This is book 2 of the Severed Press edition of the White Flag of the Dead Series. If you have the original self published White Flag please wait until book 3.

Around every corner, they are waiting. In every dark alley, they are lurking. Behind every door, they are hiding. For each survivor of the Upheaval, every day brings the same grim reality: the dead are coming. For every community that managed to survive, for every band that came together, questions nag their minds. Are they alone? Are they the last ones left? Does humanity die with them?
As the dead roam the abandoned highways and walk among the ruins of the living, one group will make a stand to halt the tide and take it back.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Severed Press; First Edition edition (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987104403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987104403
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Patrick
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This was one of the most disappointing reads I have ever slogged through. I kept thinking 'it has to get better.' To my dismay, it only got worse.

Perhaps my disappointment with this book is due to the expectations set by the previous installment, White Flag of the Dead. I started White Flag expecting garbage, and was pleasantly surprised. I started Taking it Back expecting it to be good. Bitter disappointment ensued.

The flaws of this book are many, but the following are the top three: 1) The protagonist is blessed with super-human strength, endurance, intelligence, luck, and charisma. Not a single flaw is discernible. 2) The plot becomes increasingly absurd as time passes. Granted, the zombie apocalypse genre is inherently absurd, but an author has to have some measure of self control. Talluto goes 'beyond the beyonds' with a government conspiracy to turn 90% of the population into zombies and enslave the rest. Give me a break! 3) The book is loaded with misinformation about firearms. About 90% of readers know nothing about firearms and will not be bothered by this. However, anyone who has ever handled the firearms portrayed in this book will be constantly irritated.

Save your time and your money. Download a collection of Robert E. Howard's 'Conan the Barbarian' for $1.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Follow-up to the White Flag of the Dead August 29, 2011
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Pretty good follow-up to the White Flag of the Dead. Interesting characters and lots of action although at a certain point the main character is just too good a person and way to good at zombie killing to make this truly believable. Some instances like how John Talon finds his brother and goes and recovers his wife's body simply strain credibility. Despite these flaws this is an exciting book and worth recommending.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Seriously, how much would it cost to hire a poor starving undergraduate English major to edit these books? The errors are so obvious - it is maddening!! And again with the repetitive words/phrasing...I beg of you - buy a thesaurus, brave the daunting world of polysyllabic communication! As an author, words are your building blocks; thus, a varied assortment/plentiful supply should always be at hand. Too abstract? Well, in terms you can relate to, it's like stocking up on the many different types of ammo needed for your possibly world-saving/probably illegal assemblage of weaponry.

That being said, even the best editing is unlikely to save this installment from lost-cause status. The cartoonish (and apparently still superhuman) protagonist John "Rambo" Talon and his supporting cast of one dimensional characters leave the reader emotionally disengaged - there isn't one character compelling enough to actually care about. At times, I found myself cheering on the zombies, begging them for salvation from another cringe-worthy cliche word/thought/action from John Talon. Speaking of cringe-worthy, here's an interesting side item for the ladies - apparently women have their choice of 3 exciting roles in the post-zombie apocalypse world: 1) babysitter for Jake, 2) adoring, obedient girlfriend of John/John's crew (must never participate in action sequences, should specialize in hand-wringing and fretful sobbing for her manly-man), or 3) rape victim of various roving evil gangs who has either been tortured/murdered or remains locked in a cage as their sex slave. Now I'm not exactly hypersensitive or a raging feminist, but are you f***ing kidding me? Anyone who has successfully worked through their psychosexual baggage, please stand up...not so fast, Joseph Talluto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! March 14, 2013
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Finally finished the White Flag of the Dead 6-book series. I was planning to review each book as I read it but to be honest as soon as I finished one book I immediately started the next one. I couldn't stop reading. This series is amazing and I was hooked from the very first book. I love all the characters and laughed, cheered and cried for and with them all. I am looking forward to reading the new Generation Dead which I already got ready on page 1 on my Kindle to read but I'm taking a breather to write this review. Although I am copying for each book they are all great books. I had no problem with the time gap between some of the books. Just made it more interesting although I am very curious about Denver now. I hope Joseph Talluto keeps writing because I am addicted to his books. If you like zombie books you will love these!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series! March 22, 2012
By JeanG
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This is a great series to read, loved the characters! Being form Illinois and knowing the areas the author centered around made it really enjoyable for me to read. Highly recommended this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Place for This Book! I wish I could give it 100 Stars September 27, 2011
I am giving this zombie book first place (5 stars) instead of 2, 3, 4, or 5th place. This book deserves first place and I am sure you will agree.

This book scared me. I now look around every corner where I think the darn zombies might be hiding so that they can eat my flesh and meat.

I look under my bed at night (day too).

The pantry seems like a good hiding place so I check it before I get my Frosted Flakes.

I suggest you buy this book. And then read it. And then post a review and tell all of us Zombie Amazonions how scared you are now that you reded the book.

This was a page turner. I burned through the book in two hours it is so good and scary!

There are REAL zombies everywhere. It is just a matter of time before they crawl or jump out of a dark place (or daylight for that matter) and bite you which could lead to you becoming a zombie too but you would never know if you are a zombie because zombies don't think they walk around limping smelling food (humans) to eat. Do zombies eat horses, pigs, cows, dogs or cats? Please let me know so I can lock up my two Newfoundlands to protect them because I love them so much and do not want them to become dog zombies because they could run much faster than a zombie human and bite you and make you into a zombie dog I think?

Please buy the book. Red it. Enjoy it. and Lock up your house or your apartment, or your cardboard box if you are homeless.

Thank you, Erica P
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over
"Taking It Back" follows the main characters from book #1 during the next two years. It's interesting how John and his group manage to clear out small towns of zombies and... Read more
Published 18 days ago by John Podlaski, Author of Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read series
Great read I am on Book 4 of this series ,All of them have been hard to put down...
Published 1 month ago by Donna Polston
What another great read, this series just hits you deep center and wants you to keep gping. Recommend this series to all. Joseph Talluto is so great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WFD 2
This is my second time through and I am enjoying it more than the first. When I went through the first time I did not appreciate what an original story the author had worked. Read more
Published 4 months ago by linda cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first one.
Almost as good as the first one. Only the main hero is starting to be a real superman. :)
Published 7 months ago by Michal Urban
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent zombie read!!
This is another great zombie book for those who love zombies! Very well written, with a very interesting story line to go with fleash eating ghouls at every turn. Enjoy!
Published 8 months ago by Blake Northrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by red
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read again!
I read this book in 3 days with 2 toddlers lol. I could not put it down. So I was up late and tired all day but this book was worth it. I can't wait to read book 3.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I waited a long time beefore reading the first book because the title didnot appeal to me. After the first book I was hooked on the series. This is a must read for horror fans
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the White Flag series so far.
It's a nice change to have a non-military view, more stories about survival instead of pages of weapon descriptions. Jumping straight into the next book!
Published 11 months ago by Charyn
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A lifelong reader and sometime writer of short stories and poems, Joseph Talluto has read nearly every genre existing. Exploring several career options, he chose teaching and after spending ten years as an educator and administrator, he has written his first series, White Flag of the Dead. The independently published first work was recently picked up by Severed Press, which now will include six books in the series. Book 1, Surrender of the Living, was published in December of 2010, with Book 2, Taking it Back in the works to be published in 2011. Book 3, America the Dead, should see publication around summer of 2011, followed by Book 4, United States of the Dead. Book 5, Dead Surge, is now out with Book 6 seeing completion by the Fall of 2012.
Joseph lives in Illinois and he can be reached at jvtalluto@gmail.com

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