“Laughing out loud while reading a zombie novel? "Zombie Fallout" is like that. The Talbot family are survivors and help to defend a gated community against the zombie onslaught. The protagonist, Mike Talbot, is witty - both in thought and spoken word, sometimes causing the reader stop for a...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book is okay if someone wishes to read a very basic and almost thought out zombie book. At its best the book has good pacing, okay characters, and main character consistency. Unfortunately, the book's best is barely shown. The characters are still incredibly basic and the plot is lacking....”see full review » see other reviews »
“Laughing out loud while reading a zombie novel? "Zombie Fallout" is like that. The Talbot family are survivors and help to defend a gated community against the zombie onslaught. The protagonist, Mike Talbot, is witty - both in thought and spoken word, sometimes causing the reader stop for a moment to compose himself after a deep belly laugh. On occasion, he and other survivors leave the safety of the compound to scrounge for food and other supplies; as an ex-military soldier, he takes it upon himself to be the leader during these forays. Unfortunately, some of his decisions aren't the best, resulting in his team getting trapped in a dangerous position, all appearing inescapable. There are consequences for his errors in judgement, but Mike usually succeeds in getting out of every tight mess. There are thrills and chills galore to keep readers of this genre engaged in the story; these scenes play out with comedic comments intermixed during some of these terror filled moments. The author also presents a new realization in this story - is it possible that zombies can think, rationalize and hold grudges? Is it possible for one young zombie girl, who Mike had spared earlier from complete death, have the ability to repay his favor by guiding him and his family to safety? The answers are all there. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment and picking up where this one ended. Recommended for those wanting to read a different kind of zombie story.
John Podlaski, author
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“Mark Tufo is the king”lynne wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The only reason this book is not getting a higher rating is due to poor editing and spelling.
Affect versus effect is a good example, and just because an abbrevition ends with an "S" does not mean it needs to be an apostrophe S. (SUV's for example does not require an apostrophe).
The plot is engaging and believable, the character development appears to be well thought out and the relatability of the main character Mike is excellent! I have a Marine Corps background and Mike is a former Marine. He has a great sense of humor and it really comes through in what he says to others in the story. He is also very creative and it's fun to try to guess what he's going to think of next!
“I believe this book would have been better, had the author not gone to great lengths to include a comedic line in every paragraph. It ruined it for me. Too many comedic correlations, and overused lines.
Otherwise, the story is new and is fun to follow. I just hope the author takes his books more seriously with the rest of them. ”
“This book is okay if someone wishes to read a very basic and almost thought out zombie book. At its best the book has good pacing, okay characters, and main character consistency. Unfortunately, the book's best is barely shown. The characters are still incredibly basic and the plot is lacking. Added one kindness star because I enjoyed two characters who were in the book a cumulative amount of 100 pages. I feel that my least favorite part was when the author compared zombie smell to dog crap. THESE ARE TWO DIFFERENT SCENTS, AND IT WAS A CONTINUOUS DESCRIPTION. Rotting meat smell different from dog poop, no matter how bad the dog poop smell is. Dog poop is a warm smell that burns the nostrils while rotted flesh is a smell which punches a person in the stomach. This annoyed me almost as much as the author's use of the word "olfactory". Every page where scent is used the author writes "olfactory odor" or, even better, "odoriferous odor". Can he be any more redundant? Reader beware, read this for only the goodness of zombie killing but for goodness sake please don't take it seriously. The fact that this author is making money makes me physically ill.”Alexea Kuns wrote this review Monday, October 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kindle. A great zombie story told in a journal format. Parts are very funny some great actions. Very real and true to life characters. The zombies are a bit different then your normal zombies but in a really good way. Strong 4 stars.”Billy Landon wrote this review Monday, April 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am totally hooked on this series now and waiting with baited breath for the 3rd installment....
this 1st book makes you feel like the characters are friends and you really feel for their horror....
Hilarious in parts, sad in others but totally page turning!
“I found this book by accident and when I started reading it I couldn't help noticing the punctuation errors.
Who am I to talk really (smiley face).
I admit that the lack of good punctuation did confuse me from time to time. Though I didn't let the errors stop me enjoying this book; I literally couldn't put it down. It is rare for me to find an author who can hold my interest in that way, and I was delighted to find this one.
I would, and have, recommend this book to any reader who loves a good story. There are many, I know. If you are one and you, like me, don't mind errors in punctuation, buy this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed.”
“I first read Zombie Fallout in July 2011 and then went on to read Zombie Fallout 2 and 3, all one after the other. The Zombie Fallout Series made it into almost all of my top 2011 lists and still remains one of my most recommended zombie books. I’m not the biggest re-reader – I’m always a little scared that I won’t enjoy the book as much the second time around – but I’m so glad I went back to this one, and I will re-read the rest of the series before moving onto Zombie Fallout 4.
Zombie Fallout is the story of the Talbot family, and their survival through the first weeks of the zombapocalyse, when a government flu vaccination program goes catastrophically wrong. Mike and Tracy Talbot gather together their children and join other survivors in their housing estate, Little Turtle to try and evade the zombie hordes.
Written in the first person POV of Mike Talbot in journal-style, there are also third person entries from other main characters such as Mike’s wife Tracy and daughter Nicole, and his sons Travis and Justin.
Mike Talbot is a fantastic main character, an ex-Marine/Human Resources Executive/Road Worker and survivalist with a die-hard dedication to his family and friends and a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor – he could have been the ultimate zombie book cliché, but is definitely not. The other main characters and supporting characters are well-developed and their interactions are believable and a great mix of laughs, tension and emotion. The bad guys are ultra-creepy and the good guys are imperfect in a way that made me like them all the more.
Zombie Fallout has a perfect mix of tension-building and action, with a great big wallop of snarky, sarcastic, humor - exactly the kind of book I love – great characters and dialogue, good writing and a pee-your-pants-scary Zombie Queen thrown in for good measure.
It’s hard to say more without giving the story away, particularly as I know how it progresses through the next two books, but Zombie Fallout remains exactly what it was the first time I read it – one of my favourite Zombie books/series and one of my most highly recommended books to both zombie enthusiasts and readers who are looking for their first ‘proper’ zombie book.