Zombie Fallout (Zombie Fallout #1)
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by Mark Tufo (Goodreads Author)
**Currently in development with Illuminandi Media.**
Late Fall - 2010
Reuters - Estimates say that nearly three thousand people…more
**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. [close]
The Zombie Fallout Series by Mark Tufo thus far consists of Dr. Hugh Mann (a prequel), Zombie Fallout, A Plague Upon Your Family, and The End.... Although distinct books, I am reviewing them together because that is the way that I read them. Once I finished each book, I was so wrapped up in the story that I immediately purchased the next. Cumulatively, they are an epic apocalyptic tale, which reminded me of Steven King's The Stand and Robert McCammon's Swan Song.
If you read the first book, and...more
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...more
Wow what a very good book. 3.5 stars.
This isn't your average everyday Zombie book (and or first book in a series either). Main character is a former marine and a survivalist. Now before you go and say...isn't that just convenient...yes, obviously it is, but why wouldn't someone like Mike " don't call me Michael" Talbot write a journal about his experiences during an apocalypse that he's been preparing for for nearly three decade? When...more
Maybe it was the style- it felt like I was reading the first draft. Even though it's a journal style (which, really, who has time to keep a journal during an apocalypse?), it still should have been edited. Some sentences were just hard to follow, and some felt like a completely different writing style than the rest of it. Definitely needs an editor.
Perhaps part of it was the cliché- it's nearly impossible to find a zombie...more
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...more
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...more
I would have to point out that the narrative voice, by far, is one of the quirkiest and strongest that I had read in a while, and certainly plays a key factor in my caring for the character and his/his family's/his fellow survivors development. I found much humor in alot of the words and prose, descriptions for other characters, and if I have smell anymore of what the author w...more
Mike Talbot is an ex-marine, self-proclaimed survivalist, husband and father. When the H1N1 vaccine turns millions into zombies, Mike must leave the safety of Turtle Hill housing development, find his children and bring them home safely all while blast...more
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...more
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...more
Of course, now my shelf has a bunch of monster books on it. People see this and think, "Whoa, you're really into monsters. I'll remember that around Christmas. And your birthday. And whenever I find a vaguely monsterish-looking paperback at the...more
I prefer, what I like to call 'oral' narrative novels. Allow me to elaborate. An 'oral' narrative is first person with a natura...more
Zombie Fallout is a journal (mostly) wri...more
The book might have been really good with the benefit of a good editor. The grammar was bad, words were misused, general cultural information was just wrong. There were inconsistencies in the story line that were glaring. I'll give a couple of examples (though there were f...more
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,...more