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.
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
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
I read a lot. I have ever since before I could read all of the words I came across, and yet I read voraciously. As an adult, I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic and zombie literature. A LOT. Probably more than a well-adjusted and productive person should. I've read well-written, thought-provoking books, and I've read hastily thrown together e-novellas that seemed to be more of an idea than an actual story. Nothing in this genre has ever both immediately intrigued me AND made me laugh out loud. NONE. This is a talented writer. I have a feeling I would gladly read his tech reviews. And I HATE tech reviews.
First and foremost, this book was FREE! With that being said, it is a great book. I laughed at all of the dialog and first person commentary, whether said out loud or internally. The primary first person thought process was hilarious and real. As for the many reviews B!+ h!ng about poor editing or spelling... this is writen as a journal and many, MANY, people are poor spellers, but also remember... This Book Is FREE! Quit complaining. Many authors are suffering through poor editors and less than steller editing. This is a great zombie book, that not only addresses the loss of community, loss of friends/family, choices and decisions (whether good or bad), but also throws in how people adjust to these changes. Some people freeze, some take charge; others crack emotionally and/or mentally, and some that capitalize on being sick and/or depraved; there are people who want to blame others, while others want to control others; there are leaders and then followers; there are characters you can't help but like and others you'd love to throw out for the zombies to feast on; but on top of it all there are those moments where we could become lost in our own thoughts, and yet those moments where a hilariously funny/sick thought might cross our minds. It's all in this story, which by the way, is a full size novel. It could be a stand alone, but would leave you wanting to know... did they all live happily ever after or what tragedy was awaiting them next. I loved the humor and my son had to know what was making his mom laugh so hard tears were streaming down my face. I would read him a clip and watch him start laughing just as hard. It's a zombie story that starts with a CDC rushed 'ooops,' in a plausible scenario. It evolves into community survival and family survival. You read about ideas for fortifications, food and ammunition concerns, and of course the what-ifs (when this happens what will we do), as well as WTF moments (Ryan Seacrest, really?!). We get to combine that with depraved humans and their need to be destructive or just an altogether mental sickness some have. Then there's that need to protect our children whether 3 years or 19 years old, they're still our babies. And of course, the love for a pet, that some of us just don't grasp, especially if it meant potentially sacrificing ourself to attempt to save a scared, hiding, useless pet. However, when you add in germaphobia, paranoia and laughable inner dialog, it can make for a very interesting twist on the now common doom and gloom, zombie apocalypse books. I'm greatful for this FREE book, because I found an author whom I might not have read otherwise. I am proud to say I am half-way through book number two, and I think the tears of crying from laughter have been even greater. And yes, my son's tears of laughter have been flowing heavily too. Read the first book for free, if it's not your cup of tea, then no loss...BUT just maybe you'll find a book that makes you laugh just as much as it makes you think what-if. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read for the fun and enjoyment of reading. To the Author: Thank you for allowing me the privilege of reading this first book free. - M.Read more ›
If you like horror or zombie (fiction) then you will love this book/series.
When reading the reviews I loved this comment from one fan "I get a sneaky suspicion that in 20 years' time we'll all be talking Romero vs. Tufo"; the fact that in the UK alone he has 140+ and USA is 575+ tells you what a great book this is.
Mark Tufo introduces you to a family struggling to survive during the apocalypse, the love shown amongst them really marks this out as a "more than horror book", it also has SO many other elements to it.
It is written from Mike Talbots PoV, with some other diary entries thrown in for good fun, his wife, Tracey, especially makes me giggle. It is not purely a diary/journal though, so don't be put off.
The humour is a large part of the story; the Talbotisms really guide you through some of the most horrific descriptions of the start of ZomPoc that I have ever read.
The scares and horror scenes are, unfortunately, all too believable and the route of initial infection is personally terrifying.
Many times you are left on tender hooks as the Tufo family seems to get/put themselves into some very butt clenching scenarios. As others join the group this seems to multiply as Talbot has a way of antagonising people!
The climax to this first book is pantwettingly scary; Eliza is in a realm of her own.
It's hard to say more without giving the story away, particularly as I know how it progresses through the next 6 books, and onto Lycan Fallout.
As a side note, Mark Tufo is very involved with his fans and enables you to comment and ask questions on Facebook his page, often having random Unfair Competitions of the day to win all sorts of stuff you never knew you REALLY wanted.
In addition, this is now on book 6 (10/2013) in the series and Mark Tufo has written many other books besides, his grammar and punctuation has 100% improved but this lacks behind. However, I believe an overhaul/update is around the corner.Read more ›
I love zombie books, all kinds. My kindle is full of them, World War Z, The MorningStar Strain, Day by Day Armageddon, even on set in England, which is weird because fighting zombies without guns is probably my worst nightmare! That being said Mark Tufo is AMAZING!!! The first chapter had me hooked and I'm still on the edge of my seat after 8 books. He even broke me out of my zombie kick with his other series (which are written just as well as this, and feature many of the same characters in different worlds/universes/timelines/whatever.). I recommend this series to anyone I talk to that has any interest in reading, and many who have started are now geeking out with me.
I like the charactor development in this edition of the series. I think tufo is planning on using the b list characters from the earlier books a bit more in the future and I like that..I can't help but like mrs d, I know she is as evil as they come but she has to be like a spy or something lol.. I do hope he uses more of bt in the next though.. And i am really sad that Tommie is gone, I know some of him is left but he was one of my favorite cheractors from the beginning. Anyhow... the end? That was the only part that lost me.. I don't buy it lol.. No way.. All in all It's another great book. Finnished it in 2 days, with two children under 7 running freely around my house lol.. That's how good it really was.
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.