Series: Zombie Fallout #1
Published by Mark Tufo on February 5th 2010
Genres: dystopia, sci-fi
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It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try and 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 reborn. 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: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting 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? Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.
I tried – repeatedly – to finish this book. I so wanted to like it – and it wasn’t half bad for the first 20% or so (though the main character obsessing over wanting a shower in the middle of a crisis was extremely stupid). I plowed through another 10%, but started having major issues with Mike’s hatred of women, mentally handicapped, the elderly, and gays. The way the author talks about women in the book makes you wonder what Tufo is like in real life. The random jokes and constant side comments were old, but I get what Tufo was trying to do, and I could deal with it (at one point Mike mentions that if you aren’t from New England you aren’t going to get his humor, and first of all, as an author you should be able to write so anyone will get your book, and two, I was born, raised, and currently live in Massachusetts).
I kept plowing, however, because this series has lots of fans and I do enjoy zombie books and would love to have a new series to read.
About halfway through the book I just had to give up, however – the author randomly switches the point of view from first person to third person, and then goes off on a huge tangent about Mike and his best friend which has NOTHING to do with the plot, and then spends page after page discussing bathroom smells in great detail.
As much as I wanted to give this book one star, I still have to give it two stars (even with the lack of finishing the book) because the story line clearly has a lot of premise to it. I do wish he had fleshed out the backstory more (I always want this) and Tufo definitely has to learn how to write women characters (well, he needs to learn how to write any non-prime-of-his-life male characters), but I did like the plot when Tufo was actually writing about the plot.