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Zombie Fallout (Zombie Fallout #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  6,394 ratings  ·  700 reviews
Zombie Fallout

It was a flu season like no other. With fears of contracting the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try an 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 co
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by Createspace (first published February 5th 2010)
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Joshua Munson
Some people find it difficult to bash a Kindle book that only cost them $.99. I, however, am not one of those people. The only enjoyment I received from this book was that apparently I'm not alone in legitimately wanting a Z apocalypse to happen. After that heap of praise it should be noted that there is a HUGE difference between juvenile humor and lame, cringe-worthy attempts at humor. The first chapter alone reminded me of watching a stand-up comedian and literally looking away because I was s ...more
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I saw this book on a list of Best Science Fiction of the 21st Century. I've never thought of zombie novels as science fiction, but there are several on the sci fi lists, so maybe I'm the anomaly. In any case, Zombie Fallout had great ratings on goodreads, and the audio book was available for download from my local library, so I thought I'd give it a try.

After listening to it, I'd say it's a better fit for horror than sci fi. Even if it is sci fi, it doesn't b
Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm)
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Chris Walker
Very new to novels of this genre(although huge fan of everything Zombie on Film), but after enjoying World War Z(Max Brooks)& Warm bodies (Isaac marion) in paperback, and with the arrival of my Christmas present kindle i read numerous Zed novels with great reviews on amazon.What can i say??? There is some Pure Crap out there!! Hence Zombie Fallout was to be my last foray into the Genre and i did not hold much hope..... Oh how i like to be proved wrong, this book was a revelation. Mr Tufo has ...more
I purchased the first 3 in this series based on Amazon and Goodreads reviews alone. Let this be a lesson to the rest of you when I say STOP! RUN AWAY! Drop the book and back your Romero-loving ass up. This self-published attempt at the zombie trend is downright pitiful. Within the first couple of pages, you will find characters that would have died in a zombie flick before the opening credits were complete.
And to the author, please stop raping the thesaurus, pick a style of dialogue and stick w
I won't bother outlining the plot of this one other than to say it's a typical zombie outbreak scenario. It focuses on an ex-marine and his family as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse. I've read dozens of zombie books and enjoyed nearly everyone. The problem I have with Zombie Fallout isn't with the story. The problem is the writing.

The book is overflowing with spelling and grammatical errors. In something that is self published, it's not surprising to find a few mistakes here and there,
I love to read. I read a LOT. I read books in a wide variety of genre. I confess a preference for the paranormal and horror, so why have I not come across Mark Tufo’s books before?

Zombie Fallout is the first in a series and begins just after the plague starts. It is written in the form of a journal, which is narrated by the main character, Michael Talbot. Mike is forced to become the Man of the Hour when an untested H1N1 vaccine turns thousands into the walking dead. He’s healthy, he’s strong, h
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
I listened to Zombie Fallout in late November. I found out about it after hearing the author, Mark Tufo in an interview wherein he discussed the origins of the ZF series and his journey in self-publishing. I was particularly intrigued by the fact that Mark Tuffo stated in the interview that the main character, whose initials mirror his own, was closely based on Tufo and his family. I thought it would be an interesting read/listen.
Unlike some of the other people who rated this book poorly, while
I downloaded this freebie due to the massive number of high ratings it has received at Goodreads*. (And YAY free zombie book!)

Talk about a major let down.

I did not enjoy this book at all, and was, in fact, close to DNF'ing it (something I only very, very, very rarely do), at less than 20% in. I stuck with it in the hopes that it would get better.

It didn't.

The humor was juvenile (fart/poop jokes galore), OTT, mean-spirited at times (fat many fat jokes) and downright homophobic** and se
Dan Gilbert
Before I get started, I should admit that I only could make it halfway through this book because it was so bad, so I'm only reviewing the first half. However, I doubt that the second half could have done anything to redeem what I already endured.

I really can't understand all the good reviews of this book. The writing was horrible... inconsistent, juvenile in many cases, and packed full of grammatical errors. There were cultural references that were simply wrong... saying that the American Expres
Highly disappointing! I was all set to enjoy a good old-fashioned zombie book - full of gore and violence, but what I got was a big heap of misogyny. The two main female characters, family members of the protagonist, a self proclaimed survivalist, don't even know how to load a gun. There is a whole section of the book devoted to their hi-jinks, from fiddling with the guns, to decided to go on a "cigarette run" in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, to running into a "pornstar-look-a-like slut" th ...more
Andy Nielsen
Mar 02, 2011 Andy Nielsen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
SO. When writing a zombie book.... don't start your protagonist out describing how excited and ready he is because he/she loves zombie movies (oh, and listing them? what's that about?). It's trite, silly and completely unbelievable; I couldn't get past that in this book. It's been a common theme in a few of the newer self-published books, and I just don't understand it at all.
ALSO. I don't want to read about a character who seems to be more excited about his zombie-apocalypse readiness to take a
I'm not great at leaving reviews, but I have to try. This book was an amazing read. If you find it hard to read a book with grammatical errors or run on sentences or even paragraph long "thoughts" from the main character, is book is not for you. Unless of course, you are an avid zombie lover like myself. I loved how the author wrote this book. It's a refreshing change to the perfect writing of most authors. You can actually relate to the person. Mark Tufo writes, how most normal people think and ...more
I love me some zombies. And I always appreciate the hangman's humor in any "The End of the World as we know it" type of story as I am pretty sure that is how I would handle it.

I really do like the narrative voice of the main character, Michael Talbot. As a military guy I can relate, and the really funny bit is that Mike is a zombie fan in the novel. So unlike some stories where apparently all the characters are dumbfounded that zombies exist, with no knowledge of the lore and stories that surrou
Daniel Kizlyk
Upon reflection of different passages of this book i feel like it was written by a cowardly mindless and soul less junior high student who is constantly referred to as a homosexual by the bullies of his school and therefore uses his only outlet (writing) to direct hates peach toward different minorities and then hurredly shows what he wrote to the bullies to make them accept him into their asshole clic.

At first I thought this book was well written and that it was using sarcasm and obvious metaph
Timothy Ward
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. The action was tense and effective, making this a quick, addicting listen. There is an interesting supernatural element that I don’t yet understand, but maybe I’ll learn more about in future books. He does an excellent job utilizing past tense to increase the tension for what is to come. The character relationships effecti ...more
I usually go for books with at least 300 or more pages, but while surfing Barnes & Noble online I ran across this one which is a couple hundred pages. Being a fan of "The Walking Dead" series and all things apocalyptic that includes zombies, I decided to give it a whirl! I was immediately enthralled with the book, the author writes with a great sense of humor but also has a way of describing everything the characters are going through that makes you feel like you are there and zombies are b ...more
Corey Lallo
I'm a sucker for most things Zombie/Post-Apocalyptic but I can NOT see myself continuing the series. The author is pretty self-indulgent and OVERLY wordy in his sidebar thoughts. He was trying to cram a lot of witty observations (some funny) into the action or his journal recollection later, hard to tell which as he changed tense a lot. The story itself was actually quite good, some really unique ideas that I am curious to find how he wraps it up but I don't think I can take the writing style fo ...more
Steph Patt
DNF at 43% DNF at 43%. Everyone knows how Zombie stories go, so I will spare you the bleak plot of this one. At first I thought this book was hilarious. I had one or two good laugh out loud moments in the first chapter or two, but then the raunchy humor got old. It got old fast. If I was a pre-teen boy I might have enjoyed this book. There were plenty of poop, fart, and fat people jokes. The main character was excited about the idea of everyone in the world being wiped out by zombies. Not only t ...more
In the first of a current eight entries in the Zombie Fallout series, Mike Talbot defends his family and gated community in Colorado as the zombie apocalypse begins. I picked the audiobook up randomly when I felt like listening to something zombie-related, finishing it later as a free Kindle book.

Imagine Clark W. Griswold, Jr. as a clumsy ex-Marine survival enthusiast, then place him and his family in a fairly cozy zombie apocalypse. As good as that sounds as a premise, the execution left a lot
H1N1 vaccine gone terribly wrong. Turned people into zombies. Zombies feed off non vaccine people.. Make more zombies.. Well u get the picture. This story follows a man named Talbot and his family and show us what they have to endure to survive this zombie apocalypse. Free on Kindle also! Highly recommended for anyone obsessed with Zombies!
Mike (the Paladin)
In a way here I could just scream...and not from horror of zombies. No, I could scream from frustration. I've not been drawn into the midst of the overwhelming flood of movies, video games and of course books revolving around the "zombie apocalypse". I think it can be a good idea, even a workable one, but I've just never found a version of it that drew me in.

This did at first. A pretty good character and a plot that at least isn't a carbon copy of all the others (though I have seen the idea used
This book isn't horrible. It isn't horror, either, or funny, or well written. It does, however, have zombies in it.

I was hoping for another good zombie series like Mira Grant's Newsfeed series. This is definitely NOT it. The characters were less than deep, the women even more stereotypical than others. The plot was choppy, with enough holes to drive Mr. Tufo's jeep through. The humor was of the Adam Sandler variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.

I listened to the audio book
After spending months trawling through some of the worst written books centred ont he zombie theme i still hadn't manged to scratch the itch of needing a good zombie book, then i found zombie fallout. There are too many good things wiping through my mind right now to even begin to know where to begin, lets see, okay, firsty there is Mike the main character, Marks style of writing has brought him to life i have added him to the list of people that if they were real i'd add to my dinner party invi ...more
TW Brown
Mark Tufo (he lets me call him Mel) has some very entertaining stuff going on if book one of the series is any indication. He lays out a plausible cause for the zombie epidemic that was probably very timely upon origin. The beauty is that it can withstand the test of time because of the seemingly never-ending stream of flu variants and inoculations that make the circuit. As for his characters, he has quite a cast and everybody will find an identifiable person that reminds them of an uncle or nei ...more
Rich Baker
Zombie's with sex appeal, rednecks in monster trucks, and a round-boy Wally World door greater who hears the voice of the "All Knowing" and thinks it's Ryan Seacrest? You betcha! This book was a laugh a minute without trying to be a parody. The mundane and everyday things that happen to these people in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse make this book more realistic and accessible than any of the gore fest or techno-babble zombie fiction of recent memory. A flatulent Bulldog and a wife who woul ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Zombies are attacking and Ex-marine Mike is just trying to save his family and survive.
This story is really funny and only a bit gross in places (best not to be eating whilst reading).
I would recommend the audio version as it is narrated to it's full comical effect - very entertaining read.
Rachel Aukes
I'd been searching for a solid zombie story, and this was exactly what I needed. I laughed, I cried. The author's got a fresh voice. He breaks writing rules but somehow it works perfectly for his voice. Will I buy book 2? Definitely.
Anton Marks
Zombie Fallout 1-4 are what I'm referring to here. One thing you should know is that my reviews usually feature my impressions and how I feel about the world I've entered while reading a novel. I think the technical considerations such as minor spelling mistakes and grammar can be amended easily in the readers mind and are secondary in my judgments about the quality of a book. But that's me and these considerations will not detract from my enjoyment of a good story and this is a good story.
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