Friday, January 03, 2014

Zombie Fallout #1 by Mark Tufo Book Review


Zombie Fallout #1 by Mark Tufo


Blurb
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 country, convulsed, collapsed and died, only to be re-born. 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. This is their story a band of ordinary people just trying to get by in these extra-ordinary times. 
When disaster strikes, Mike a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book 1 - Of the Zombie Fall-Out Trilogy, follows our lead character in his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road always skirting on 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? - A zombie that seems by all accounts to have some sort of hold over the zombies and Mike himself. Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family together with the remnants of a tattered community while not fighting each other, fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. 

God help them al


Review
Ive read lots of zombie-esk books from some amazing authors this year and Mark Tufo is no exception what an incredible read. In fact I finished it in 2 sittings and Im already on book 2 as I couldn't stop reading. This is book #1 of the Zombie fallout series of 5 books and counting and I cant wait to blast through them.

Yet again another great idea to how it starts with the CDC releasing untested vaccines during a flu epidemic...under pressure from the government...of course....

Fast paced, extremely well written and composed, well balanced and so compelling you cant stop reading. I was oblivious to my surroundings for nearly 5 hours one night and 4 the next...good job nothing apocalyptic happened... ;-)

Mark has nailed his characters as I really have taken to Mike Talbot the main protagonist who is a lovable rogue, ex-marine and self confessed survivalist who has been collecting weapons for years...just incase...! He adores his a wife and kids and his gorgeous farting bulldog dog Henry.

The storyline has been written in the 1st person as a journal making it easy to just pickup and read when you have the time, but believe me your gonna need time as you wont want to put this down.

Mark has created Mike as a very down to earth relatable guy with a fantastic sense of humour, often mirroring my own thoughts. A funny side is that this ex-tough guy is a germophobe giving a fun edge to this new life. Im not keen on the wife who seems to treat him like crap alot of the time with snide remarks; but of course this can be quite realistic in some families. But certainly not a mirror on most modern women as I just want to slap her. Of course a sign of a good writer when its so believable.

This first book is gory, horrific and quite scary in places; as the family are holedup with other survivors who have formed their "safehaven" which they spend all their time protecting and scavenging for supplies. I love Mikes comical, caring and dog-loving side..yay finally someone who cant easily leave mans best friend to the fate of the zombies. But he also has a no nonsense way about him stemming from the marines which is quite endearing. Definitely the sort of guy you want around when the zombies arrive...note I said when....?

Mark has added some brilliant twists to this storyline by adding Tommy a great natured kid who is a little slow with an incredible gift of foresight saving their lives a few times with his strange warnings and his quirky chocoholic nature. Plus an unusual female zombie who he is naturally drawn to and is drawn to him who also seems to add her warnings...is she on his side or leading him into a death trap...see why I couldn't put this down.

Highly recomended apocalyptic paranormal horror for all of you who love their walking dead and zombie fiction and want a longer storyline, the books are full novels not short stories which I definitely prefer. I love to get immersed in a book and a longer ongoing storyline like this, knowing there are a few more books to get through.

Im already on book 2 so look out for my review of that coming soon. You have to also checkout the gorgeous book covers too.

A Dead good read!

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 Author Bio

Image of Mark TufoMark 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 lives in Colorado with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. 
Visit him at marktufo.com or http://zombiefallout.blogspot.com/ for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy.


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