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Zombie Fallout [Kindle Edition]

Mark Tufo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (657 customer reviews)

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Book Description

**Currently in development with Illuminandi Media.**

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: 3957 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145151705X
  • 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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303 of 353 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MissElaineous October 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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70 of 79 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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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me March 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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53 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh. My. God. December 26, 2011
By Sean
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ridiculous. It's sad though, because the premise of the book was ok. What's scarier than zombies? Zombies that might have the capacity for thought and organization. The sad fact is that Mark Tufo can't write (read poor language usage, misspellings, no proof reading or editing). Some of the technical info in this book is ridiculous. I understand that not everyone is former military but there is no such thing as a 65 lb SAW (squad automatic weapon). And I don't have to be a military weapons expert to know that noone, I don't care how big they are, can wield a 200 lb mini-gun (gatling gun). Maybe I'm nitpicking but some of us that enjoy zombie stories appreciate technical accuracy. And I don't believe that anyone, even a combat hardened ex-Marine is going to have the capacity for inane and not funny one-liners in the middle of a zombie infestation. And what's with the psychic fat kid? Bad writing, inaccurate details, unlikable characters, the list goes on. I only paid .99 cents for this, so I can't bitch too much but I really feel the need to try to prevent fellow reading enthusiasts from wasting their time on this. A much better book is "Day by Day Armageddon", by J.L. Bourne or "Apocalypse of the Dead", by Joe Mckinney. If you haven't read these yet, give 'em a try. Or don't. But PLEASE do not waste your time on this trash.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such promise.....left undelivered. July 28, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book based on the reader reviews, I should have dug a little deeper instead of just looking the the rating. The premise of the book is good, the actual story about how the Zombie virus gets started...had me truly excited, then I started reading, by the time I was 30% in I wanted to throw the book away, but I finish every book, just in case....it didn't get better. There are so many flaws, to start naming them would take forever. How this book, or author for that matter get a good rating is beyond me.
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53 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did an actual zombie write and edit this story? March 8, 2011
By Z1N1
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a fan of the genre, I was intrigued by the lead and plot summary, as it had the ring of a JL Bourne story. In reality, the Kindle summary was the high water mark for this tepid effort at storytelling. A few negative themes standout:

The editing is terrible, to the point that it interferes with reader's ability to follow along. And I'm not just commenting on poor comma usage, but a general lack of consistent sentence structure. Bluntly, it reads like a first draft blog entry. If the reader gets distracted by an author's poor craft, the story probably won't hold up. That's the case here.

Secondly, character development was totally absent. A reader should root for someone, even a zombie. I read two-thirds of the book before I quit trying. By that point, I cared little for any character and the plot was so shrouded, finishing the story seemed to be a waste of time.

Lastly, the author lacks style, unless portraying women as mindless, marriage as a trap, or fantasizing how firearms really work constitutes style.

The author needs to develop a better functioning writing process, employ an editor, and figure out an audience. But I won't buy the next offering regardless. I'm still mad that I wasted my money on this brain-dead offering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Hooked
I was looking for a good Zombie book and came across this one. Decided to try it and was hooked within the first few paragraphs! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sean P
5.0 out of 5 stars zombie fallout 1, good read.
For zombie lovers, great action book. A++++ enjoyed reading. Looking forward to rest of series. Also enjoy audio books. Keep up good work.
Published 2 days ago by Dana Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Zombie Series
Mark Tufo's writing has me hooked! The action is non-stop and absolutely hilarious! I know it seems strange that a zombie apocalypse could be funny, but just trust me. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kathy Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars worthy read
A friend of my recommended it . At first I had a hard time getting used to the style of writing with all the added info while trying to complete a thought but it is well worth it... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kristian Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and well told beginning to a zombie apocalypse
Zombie Fallout produces just the type of zombie scenario I enjoy most: straight to the apocalypse and then defend the camp. The humor was well-placed and laugh out loud funny. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tim C. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!!!!
Who could have guessed a free book I thought I "might" get around to read would turn out so freaking awesome.?!!! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lesley Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of Something Amazing
I came into this series in a weird way, in that I knew the author before reading any of his work. I guess I was afraid the book wouldn't live up to the hype of Mark Tufo, who is... Read more
Published 15 days ago by armand rosamilia
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky and action packed.
Like zombie books? Haven't read this one? Seriously?! Get it. See why people dig it so much. Pretty soon you'll be reading them all.
Published 16 days ago by Jeff Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
I got hooked on Zombie Fallout when I grabbed an omnibus of authors who all wrote ZA novels. He is the king of ZA comedy!
Published 17 days ago by teddijam
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting all tbe way
This was real fun keeps you up and running from first untill the last.keeps you wanting to more of the adventures of life with the Zomba ids.thank you barb.
Published 18 days ago by barb.
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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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