Narrator: Sean Runnette
Series: Zombie Fallout #8
Published by Podium Publishing on 17 October 2014
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Zombie, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Science Thriller, Vampire, Zombie Apocalypse
Source: Submitted, Author
Mike and his family escaped a vast zombie horde to find themselves imprisoned by a clandestine group that seeks global domination by the most nefarious means possible. Help is coming, in the form of a 500-year-old PopTart-loving vampire named Tommy. Will he be enough to get the Talbots to freedom or will he succumb to monsters new and old? On top of all this Mike discovers that he is in the crosshairs of an ancient enemy and it is only a matter of time until the final showdown.
©2014 Mark Tufo (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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Mr. Tufo, we have got to keep meeting like this.
Last time we saw Clan Talbot; Mike, BT, Tripp, and the rest of the family were being pulled into and helicopter and sedated, while Tommy was falling to the ground into a giant horde of zombies. Mike’s lifelong friend, Dennis, had this misfortune crossing paths with Mrs. Deneaux. Who, to no one’s surprise, ends up double-crossed and in a jail cell.
Now Mike is trapped in a box of iron bars. On the bright side, he has his old buddy Dennis for company. However, he has no idea what has come of his family. (*Spoiler Alert* He is not happy about it.) Enter Dixon Hauss, the man behind the tainted flu vaccine, and power hungry ego-maniac with a god complex; he wants Talbot’s blood and he’ll do whatever it takes, including threatening Mike’s family. (*Spoiler Alert* This does not change his.) Fast forward a couple hours; Tommy has infiltrated the building, Mike’s family is in a car and heading out of harm’s way, and Mr. Talbot has a gun and a couple hostages. Of course with Mike Talbot, you know things can’t stay in his favor for long. Low and behold, just in time to ruin all his fun, Vivian Deneaux’s voice creaks over the intercom system. (*Spoil….well, I think you get the picture.) With Dixon hoodwinked by Deneaux, Mike’s only friends are his enemies. Tommy and Mike must make their way out of a secured facility with the only aid being that of the man trying to rule the world and his lackey for hire while surrounded by trained mercenaries trying to kill them; sounds about right. Meanwhile, Tracy and the rest of the gang cross paths with a historical faction that have a plan that may very well risk Mike and Tommy’s lives.
I am all but certain I have said this on more than one Zombie Fallout review, but I love this series! I will probably type out the same exact phrase when I review the upcoming Book 9. It is such a fun series; it’s full of action, always has an entertaining plot, changes things up for variety, and has some of the deepest characters that I have read. That is what draws me back every time, the characters. Mark Tufo has some of the most underappreciated writing skills that I have had the pleasure of consuming. I don’t know why they don’t, but more people should know his name. My favorite aspect is his exceptional grasp of human emotion. He understands why things are important. It’s apparent in every flashback, every reunion with a loved one, every death. He knows the location of every sad button and funny bone. Add to that the dialogue between any two of the Talbot family, extended family included, which is delightful. Some light-hearted ribbing, a little (okay, a lot) of dark humor but most of all, love and connection. All of that is delivered with perfection by the narrator, Sean Runette.
I’m convinced Sean Runette and Marc Tufo are twins separated at birth, or soul mates of some kind. Runette delivers the words with the same passion that they are written, adding more feeling and depth to a world already chalk full of both. I have nothing negative to say about his narration; he delivers consistent performances throughout every book, there is no background noise or unwanted sounds, and the production quality is as good as any I have heard. Podium Pu
All-in-all this is a series that needs to be checked out by pretty much anyone. If the zombie niche isn’t your thing, I suggest listening to book one with an open mind, by the end you will have a relationship with the characters that you won’t want to end. While the series seemingly starts as somewhat cliche zombie book, it quickly evolves into a very deep and emotional rollercoaster ride of enjoyment.
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