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The Book of Riley (The Book of Riley #1)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  929 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
When the zombie apocalypse strikes without warning one dog will hold the fate of her pack in her paws. This is the story of Riley, an American Bulldog, follow along as she tries to keep her pack safe from a zombie apocalypse. Traveling with her are Ben-Ben the high strung Yorkie, her favorite two-legger Jessie, Jessie's younger brother Zachary and Riley's arch-enemy Patche ...more
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by DevilDog Press LLC (first published July 21st 2012)
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Hope York
Aug 01, 2012 Hope York rated it really liked it
Love all of Mark Tufos work! The only problem with this is that it was to short!! Cant wait for the next one!
Megan (ReadingRover)
I downloaded this book for free on Amazon and it was a pleasant surprise. I loved it. It's told from the point of view of Riley an American bulldog and faithful companion of Jessie and her family.
The book begins with the family being attacked by zombies. The only survivors are Jessie, the oldest daughter, Zac, the baby, Patches, the cat, Ben-ben, the Yorkie and Riley. The 5 escape in a hummer and head towards Colorado where Jessie knows a boy named Justin. They encounter several hurdles along th
Holden Attradies
The Zombie Lit genre is pretty full currently and I am finding it harder and harder to find books that stand out as something different. This is happily one of those books! Told from the perspective of a dog during the zombie apocalypse the story is cute, funny, and touching.

--edit after reading the full book--

I still feel this book adds something new and unique to the zombie lit genre and is fully worth reading, but the kind of shitty ending almost ruins the book.

I understand the serial writi
This is just one more reason Mark Tufo is one of my all-time favorite authors. The zombie apocalypse from the view of the family Bulldog. Riley (the American Bulldog), Ben-Ben (the hyper little puppy), and Patches (the independent and arrogant cat) fight to keep the remaining two members of their pack (family: the teenage girl + her baby brother) alive as the world around them falls apart and rises back up to eat them.

It's a relatively short read, but great for any zombie novel fans or even jus
Mark Heath
Aug 30, 2012 Mark Heath rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie
Feb 01, 2016 Debrac2014 rated it really liked it
Short zombie story from a dog's perspective! Good!
Oct 10, 2016 Laurie rated it liked it
Cuter than I thought. Some of it is too cute. A dogs
Point of view on the zombie apocalypse.
The dogs side kick is an annoying as hell Yorkie.
Cute but not cute enough to read the rest of the series.
Sep 29, 2016 Lorre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-complete
This was such a cute read (I never thought I would say that about a zombie book)!

The story is in the POV of Riley, a female American Bulldog, who wants to keep the remainder of her pack safe... even the Yorkshire Terrier, Ben-Ben, who thinks of nothing else than food, and Patches the cat who's behaviour is exactly what I would expect if my cats could talk. Then there's the humans in Riley's pack, Jessie who is the oldest female cub of Riley's male and female alpha, and the infant cub Zachary. Un
Kristie hunter
Sep 30, 2016 Kristie hunter rated it it was amazing
Love Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series. So The Riley series is no surprise that I'd love it too

Tufo is a master storyteller. His books have gore, adventure and sarcastic wit. Three of my favorite things. The Book of Riley is such a different type of Apocalyptic storytelling, that you have to be jaded not to be drawn in. I for one love it and can just see the thought processes going on in the dogs and cat's heads. I commend Tufo on taking this route of the genre page-turner. Thanks for broadening
Ann Babcock
Oct 03, 2016 Ann Babcock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!!
Gary Price
Sep 25, 2016 Gary Price rated it it was amazing
Bacon, Bacon, BACON!!

I just love the way Mark Tufo writes. Looking at a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of the family's pets was truly inspiring and a brilliant idea. I will read anything Mr. Tufo writes when I can get a hold of one of his books.
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I have actually wondered about how the animal companions of the people trying to survive the zombie apocalypse survive or what the zombies think of such creatures. Tufo delivers a unique take on what some might say and overcrowded genre. This story is told from the point of view of a American Bulldog with a companion Yorkshire Terrier, reminds me of the old Bug Bunny cartoons with the big bull dog walking down the st
Amanda Felix
Mar 06, 2013 Amanda Felix rated it it was amazing
Truthfully I picked up the book because it was part of th Zombie fallout series and wanted to round out my collection. I wasn't sure what to expect because it was seen through the eyes of a dog, an American Bulldog to be exact. I started reading knowing it would involve zombies but I was pleasently surprised when I began to read it and found myself actually seeing events unfolding through the eyes of Riley, the dog, as she tried to save her family and lead them out of the destruction of the the ...more
David Caldwell
Zombies and Animals

An American Bulldog, a Yorkshire Terrier, a cat, their two legged girl and her baby brother are all that is left after the family is attacked by zombies. The girl escapes with the help of the family pets and sets out to find an old boyfriend. Will the animals be able to protect their humans in this new zombie plagued world?

This is the first part of a serial. Some people seem to think that serials are just ways to get more money. I have found that they usually don't cost that m
Jan 29, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, horror
A Zombie, point of view story as told from the perspective of family pets. Humans are definately slow on the uptake and deserve to be Zombie food in this story. Saving them is left up to two dogs - ultra cool, intelligent American Bulldog Riley and the over excitable Yorkie Ben-ben and an extremely snooty and at times selfish cat named Patches.
Riley and Patches whilst starting as arch rivals soon come to the realisation that they cannot protect their favourite "two legger" Jessie and her baby b
Carolyn Injoy
The Book Of Riley A Zombie Tale by Mark Tufo is a well written book from the point of view of an American Bulldog. Riley's opinon of the cat: "I don't know what kind of spell she has over the humans because they absolutely adore the purring pestilence known as Patches."

I laughed out loud when Riley described eating the butter, since my own dog just snagged a new carton of butter out of the grocery bag & ate one stick before we knew she had gotten it.

Riley decided to give Ben-Ben & Patch
Ryk Stanton
Well, it's a zombie apocalypse story as told by a dog, so what did I expect? I love dogs, so I had high hopes ... but this just wasn't quite enough. Maybe I'd feel differently if this were a 350-page book instead of an 86-page unfinished story. In fact, I definitely would.

But even for that, something feels slightly off. Maybe it's just that the dog telling the story is an unreliable narrator ... or maybe it's that the dog should seen more unreliable. Yeah, that's it. This dog is too intellectual
Jan 28, 2013 Vix rated it it was amazing
once again Mr Tufo exceeds my expectations.
I knew it! cats & dogs can talk!
Whats not to love about this novella, apart from the odd human family that gets ripped to pieces, some weird a***hole of a redneck and the odd scare fest for the main characters.
Dogs act as you think dogs would act and cats, well they are cats.
Told from the PoV of the main dog, Riley, this tells of the initial horrorfest of zombie home invasion to the road trip they must take to visit a certain Talbot family.... not g
I received this book as a first reads giveaway. I want to start by saying that I listened to the audio version of this story. This is the first book by Mark Tufo and I was very excited by the concept of the Zombie Apocalypse as told by a dog. I enjoyed the story unfolded and the pets tried to save their owners and themselves. I really liked the interactions between the dog, Riley, and the cat, Patches. Also, the narrator was great to listen to and did a good job of conveying the tension in the s ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Meghan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Zombie Fallout Fans, Zombie Fans, Bulldog Fans
Wow A Dog's Eye View of the Apocalypse! I loved the forward to this book because I love Armand Rosamillia, Ian Woodhead, Scott Nicholson and Joe McKinney too!! Just some of my fav zombie writers!! So Instead of using Henry (because he would be sleeping), Mark Tufo made a bulldog named Riley, She's a girl! Her Pack is Alpha Male Charles, Alpha Female Heather, Jessie Cub, Daniel Cub, and infant Cub Zack. Plus a terrier named Ben-Ben, And....a Cat Patches. Riley has a sense of humor and is always g ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
Initially this book sounded like it would have been horrible. A zombie novel from a dog's point of view? Seriously?? How lame can you get!
But I was wrong.
The Book of Riley is surprisingly fun and heartwarming with just enough zombie gore. The animals are pretty hilarious and easily take the spotlight away from the humans (the daughter is a bit of an idiot I must confess. BenBen is a delightful goof, Patches is a sneaky jackass (Mrs Denaux, anyone?), and Riley saves the day, day after day, even
Jun 07, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-tufo
Tufo captures my imagination yet again with this side story to the Zombie Fallout series told from the point of view of a dog.

Tufo doesn't spare you from his huge ups and downs in this story. He Will have you smiling and then cringing- and then sometimes both simultaneously.

I am looking forward to the other installments. I especially enjoy the interaction between The dogs Riley and BenBen and the Patches. Some funny interaction- some will have you laughing and some will make you go awwww inside-
Andrew Zink
The Book of Riley is a really odd yet great series of 4 fairly short books that tell the tale of the zombie apocalypse completely through the eyes of an American bulldog. I'm a sucker for any dogs-that-talk movies or books, so I had to see what Tufo could do with this idea.

The strangest part of the story is that its as equally violent and tragic as it is funny at times, sometimes changing gears repeatedly in a single page. It could make a brother dizzy, but it was still a hard book to put down a
Jan 22, 2016 Thia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey! This is as good if not better than Tufo's other z series. You will love this series if you are an animal lover, or a zombie lover, and if you are both you just can't miss this. Very detailed, great animal characters, and on the edge of your seat zombie action. Ever wonder what your dog or cat is really thinking when they are barking at nothing or randomly slapping you with a claw? This series gives you a pretty good idea what might be going on in their ...more
Dr. Doom
Aug 22, 2016 Dr. Doom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
well who knew a book told from a dog's perspective would still have so much cursing in it?* Less than other Tufo books but more than I expected. As for the book- an interesting tail... err, tale. I would say it was somewhat improbable but you are reading a zombie novel so I guess that should not surprise anyone. Even so - The Incredible Journey + Night of the Living Dead = The Book of Riley. Not bad... not great... but not bad.

*I mention cursing in every review because there are a lot of people,
Apr 28, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-faves
I was in love with this story almost as soon as it started....this is a brilliant way of telling this tale...Mark has impressed me once again....I dont think he will ever stop If you have listened to the ZFO series you have got to listen to this one ties right in with that one and it is super cute!!!! On to #2! 2 huge thumbs up!! Only complaint is that it was to short!!! lol I have really enjoyed my Mark Tufo marathon this month...
Mar 23, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
Once I finished the series Zombie Apocalypse I read this series. Once again, I loved it. Mr. Tufo does a wonderful job relating the characters to you. I won't spoil it, but I wish it hadn't ended like it did. I wasn't expecting that. In itself, the fact I didn't see it coming, was fabulous. It's rare a book does that to me. He blends one work of art to another, seamlessly and his characters are perfectly portrayed.
May 15, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is actually the first book I've "read" through audible, and I was surprised how short it was. That being said, this story is phenomenal! I absolutely love the fact that the story is being told from the dog's point of view. I love the banter between Riley and Patches (the cat), and I found myself stopping what I was doing a number of times waiting on edge to find out what was about to happen. I cannot wait to read the next few books in the series!
Shawn Thornton
Mar 09, 2014 Shawn Thornton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Mark Tufo novel. I listened to the audio book version and listened to all four parts. I have to say i really enjoyed it, I was a little put off at the start because of the talking animals but decided to just go with it and i am glad I did. I will be getting myself another Mark Tufo novel very soon.
Sep 05, 2014 Pheebz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-tufo
What a delightful book! I enjoyed the banter between the house pets and that the Fur-babies are the heroes.What a ingenious idea, to tell the story from the animals point of view.I look forward to reading the rest of the series,as well as other books from Mark Tufo. Well done and so original!I really loved this book.
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