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Zombie Fallout [Kindle Edition]

Mark Tufo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (996 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Late Fall - 2010 


Reuters - Estimates say that nearly three thousand people nationwide, and fifteen thousand people worldwide have died of the H1N1 virus or Swine flu and nearly eighty thousand cases have been confirmed in hospitals and clinics across the United States and the world, the World Heath Organization reported. The influenza pandemic of 2010, while not nearly as prolific as the one that raged in 1918 still has citizens around the world in a near state of panic.



New York Post (Headlines October 31st) - Beware! Children Carry Germs! - Halloween Canceled!



New York Times - (Headlines November 3rd) - Swine flu claims latest victim - Vice President surrounded by family and friends at the end.



Boston Globe - (Headlines November 28th) - Swine Flu Vaccinations Coming!



Boston Herald - (Headlines December 6th) - Shots in Short Supply - Lines Long!



National Enquirer - (Headlines December 7th) - The Dead Walk!



There would be no more headlines.



It started in a lab at the CDC (Center for Disease Control), virologists were so relieved to finally have an effective vaccination against the virulent swine flu. Pressure to come up with something had come from the highest office in the land. In an attempt at speed the virologists had made two mistakes, first they used a live virus and second they didn't properly test for side effects. Within days hundreds of thousands of vaccinations shipped across the US and the world. People lined up for the shots, like they were waiting in line for concert tickets. Fights broke out in drugstores as fearful throngs tried their best to get one of the limited shots. Within days the CDC knew something was wrong. Between 4 and 7 hours of receiving the shot roughly 95% succumbed to the active H1N1 virus in the vaccination. More unfortunate than the death of the infected was the added side effect of reanimation, it would be a decade before scientists were able to ascertain how that happened. The panic that followed couldn't be measured. Loved ones did what loved ones always do, they tried to comfort, their kids or their spouses or their siblings, but what came back was not human not even remotely. Those people that survived their first encounter with these monstrosities usually did not come through unscathed, if bitten they had fewer than 6 hours of humanity left, the clock was ticking. During the first few hysteria ridden days of The Coming as it has become known, many thought the virus was airborne, luckily that was not the case or nobody would have survived. It was a dark time in human history. One from which we may never be able to pull ourselves out of the ashes from.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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. When a new vaccine against the latest incarnation of the H1N1 turns the majority of the population into flesh-eating monsters, blue collar Colorado family man and survivalist Michael Talbot—along with his family and an eclectic group of neighbors from the small gated community of Little Turtle—is forced to fight for his life against an ever-growing hoard of the living 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. A CreateSpace paperback

Review

"Working as both straight up survival fiction and comedy, Mark Tufo's FALLOUT is a gory, laugh out loud tale of a community of heroes, cowards and misfits struggling against zombies. Tufo's unlikely hero is one of the funniest and most endearing characters I've seen in zombie fiction." - Craig DiLouie, author of TOOTH AND NAIL and THE INFECTION

Product Details

  • File Size: 2374 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Tufo; 3 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003A022YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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320 of 375 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MissElaineous October 24, 2010
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This is my 2nd review in as many decades, so bare with me. On the other hand, if you have read the book in question, bear with me. The humor is great; I didn't mind the pop culture references on every page. I did however, mind the poor, pour (sic) editing. The stroy (sic) is great, but the grammar, spelling, and teh (sic) mis-useded words is (sic) over the top. Not since one guy used suppository in lieu of repository have I seen such gross misuses. Let's share a few: "One from which we may never be able to pull ourselves out of the ashes from." and "ascend to new depths of dispair,"(okay, mixed metaphor) or "I heard a little louder..."(how can you hear louder?), or en passé instead on impasse, "bowling bowl?" or "...we were the attraction with which they were converging on." Of course my favorite, "the egregious Tommy..." did he mean to call Tommy disgusting? Or gregarious, as in social and outgoing? Ok, here is my last one: "We recanted the highlights of our Wal-Mart rescue..."Why did he feel their trip to Wal-Mart was in error? Sometimes it looked as though he used a thesaurus without any comprehension of what a word really meant. The grammar was terrible; comma placement, seemed, to be random,. All of these errors took place in the 1st 15% of the book! I want to give this book a lower mark, but I really did enjoy the plot and storyline. The characters were a little over the top, but still I liked them. Buy this if you can get around the problems in editing, but be ready to interpolate, interpret or intercalate every page or phrase. Ok that was my last dig.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the ZF 1 - 4 March 4, 2012
By 911192
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I have read the entire ZF series and really enjoyed the first 4 books but book 5 just didn't do it for me. Feel free to disagree, this is the purpose of feedback. I'll still buy ZF 6 but I have to say I was just not satisfied with this edition. Here are some of my complaints:

Not enough time spent on Tomas and Eliza. The opening starts strong and then there are only 3 very minor scenes. I liked the last section but this almost felt like an afterthought and relegated to the appendix

Mike is given new powers by Tomas at the end of ZF 4 and spends very little time figuring out how to use them and the physical strength and rejuvenation powers demonstrated during the fight with Durgan during ZF 4 seem all but missing in this book

For a team of hardened survivors they seem to regress in their survival skills and fairly quickly revert to a disorganized band. The whole series of vignettes with Josh and his mom is touching but where does it take the reader? No where!

Too much time spent with "B List characters" like Paul and Mrs. D and not enough with the more interesting people like BT, Justin and Tracy. BT spends most of the book on the back burner and the humor / banter between Mike and BT is all but missing in this book. I have always felt that one of the best parts of the series is the interplay between Mike and his family

Lastly, nothing really happens. I won't ruin the ending but lets be serious. Does anyone really buy how it ended?
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95 of 110 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me March 7, 2012
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I see that negative reviews are being labeled unhelpful, so I'm ready for that to happen to mine as well. I just can't write an honest, good review for this book. The writing was poor--so much so that at times I wondered if I'd purchased a first draft instead of the completed book. Did the editor read this before giving it the go-ahead? Don't get me wrong, it has the potential to be a funny, intriguing tale, but I'm not going to waste my time reading something that's not ready. I couldn't get past the poor writing to finish, which is sad. I hope a newer, better-edited version is released. I'll definitely buy it, and pay more than $.99!
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, horrible editing! December 29, 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
Being an avid reader, specializing in the paranormal and frightening, this book had a decent story. But the grammar, spelling, and word usage were deplorable. Usually I can overlook a small mistake but this book had at least one on every other page! Using words that were either spelled incorrectly( "where" when it was supposed to be "were" ), or completely left words out, leaving the reader to piece the sentence together. My addiction to Zombie fiction will always keep me submerged in a book like this, but my experiece should not be so unpleasant!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good. March 4, 2012
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This book was a bit disappointing. It was way too short. Take out all of the "fillers" (stories from the past) and the actual story is only around 60% of the book. Did there really have to be a whole chapter about Mike and his buds going to a concert. The previous books left me laughing so hard I'd have tears running down my face. They were also nail biting. Not this time.

Hardly anything was mentioned about the Talbot clan in Maine. Did they run into any trouble getting home? Or was it smooth sailing? What was with BT this time? He spent most of the book sleeping or out of the picture. Other characters were mentioned more than Mike which I don't get. Mike and BT are suppose to be the comic reliefs of the books. The characters in ZF5 were a frog-haired disorganized, too. Did Aliza magically take their survival skills away while they were sleeping? Not much was mentioned about Tommy and Aliza either. Oh, and what was with the Josh and his mom storyline?

I love this series and I can't wait for book 6 but hopefully ZF6 will be longer (less fillers) and actually have some action adventure suspense going on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tufo is a master!
The Zombie Fallout books are the best of the Zombie genre. A perfect blend of horror, humor, and humanity.
Published 1 day ago by S B
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad at all. I really like getting into Talbot's head.
Published 8 days ago by Jacqueline Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Zombie series you'll ever read!!!
I have always been a Zombie movie fan, but I received a Kindle as a gift and one of first books suggested was Zombie fallout. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Anika Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 18 days ago by bobby henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Never stop reading Highly addictive
Published 22 days ago by Coach B
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever story
Hi,my name is Denise and I love your books. I'm up to #5 in the zombie fallout and I feel like I know Mike and crew. Sad about Paul.hope Mike makes it to #6( I'm sure he does). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zombiewatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the story mike had a good sense of humor great characters I've 6/7 books
Published 1 month ago by brenda morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Zombie Series Ever!
Definitely the absolute best Zombie Series out there!!! Awesome story but the characters are what make this awesome. I have read the entire series and can not wait for more!
Published 1 month ago by MCissell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for any Zombie fan
I've read the entire series... Waiting on book 8. Love Tufo!!
Great fun, dark humor, zombies...lots of those. =)
Published 1 month ago by K. Plaisance
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting thrilling rollercoaster ride!
Ive read lots of zombie-esk books from some amazing authors this year and Mark Tufo is no exception what an incredible read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gadget Girls Reviews
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More About the Author

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.

He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian Hill - Encounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.

He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. Visit him at marktufo.com or http://zombiefallout.blogspot.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Tufo/133954330009843 for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy and upcoming installments of the Zombie Fallout series.

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