United States of Apocalypse by Mark Tufo and Armand Rosamilia

Posted May 19, 2016 by Charla White in Reviews / 0 Comments

United States of Apocalypse by Mark Tufo and Armand RosamiliaUnited States of Apocalypse by Armand Rosamilia, Mark Tufo
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Sean Runnette
Published by Audible Studios on 03 May 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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When World War 3 erupts on American soil, it is up to some less than likely heroes to band together and stand tall against any and all comers as a once proud nation is brought to her knees.

Cowardly terrorist attacks and indifferent global communities have isolated America as she spirals into a desperate bid for survival. Follow Darlene Bobich and her group on the West Coast along with Michael Talbot on the East Coast as they do everything in their power to thwart those who would take away everything that they and all of us are.

©2016 Mark Tufo and Armand Rosamilia (P)2016 Audible, Inc.


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The writings of Mark Tufo and Armand Rosamilia separately are interesting and action packed, but putting them together in one story – WOW!  Split into two sections running concurrently, the stories fit together well presenting a wider view of the nuclear disaster and ensuing rioting.

Michael Talbot, a small time petty criminal, and Officer Lawrence Tines, a big – really big cop, pair up together when all hell breaks loose after Korea and China send over nuclear bombs detonating in Yellowstone National Park followed with the ok to bomb more places sending America to their knees.  These two banter like siblings with sarcasm and wit aplenty!  Old characters are introduced and give that comfortable and fun feeling.   Oh, and yes, Mike keeps getting into trouble or rather trouble has its way of finding him!

A distant cousin of Michael Talbot, Darlene Bobich is in a small isolated town running away from New York.  She is much closer to the nuclear site and together with an older man she just met who runs the local gas station and his wife, they band together to build a fortress and defend their lives and their small bit of American soil from the invaders.  World War III has happened!

Both teams are fraught with bands of terrorists and danger; will they both make it through their own troubles to fight the incoming insurgents that are bearing down on them?  The terrorists who have so far successfully isolated America from her allies?

The writing styles of Tufo and Rosamilia complement one another making the story lines flow well together.  As in most good series, Tufo and Rosamilia leave you with big cliffhangers for the next book in the series.   Stayed tuned, someone is going to get their comeuppance!

United States of Apocalypse is rich in dialog that is realistic, character developments that leave no room for doubt, and a story line that blends well between the two authors.  SPOILER:  There are no zombies!  There are however, some terrorists, mindless humans blindly following their leader.  However, there is a lot of fast-moving action and hilarious banter.  Individually the authors are excellent but putting them together … well, you will LOVE this one; best of both worlds.

Tufo writes clearly and develops his new characters slowly and steadily, making them even more realistic.  His old characters – Mike Talbot, Officer Lawrence Tines and Tracie – are just as we remembered them – sassy, sarcastic, fun, loud, and as realistic as seeing oneself in the mirror.  The new ones are just as vivid and rich with slime and evilness oozing from every pore of their being.

Rosamilia developed his characters and delivered his plot line well written.  He wrote the connecting information between the two stories, binding their outcomes together in a future way.  Rich in vocabulary one could envision each person, each action clearly and precisely.

As usual Sean Runnette is a perfect narrator in Mike Talbott’s world.  The cadence, emotion and energy he puts forth are perfect.  One cannot pick up a Mike Talbott story without hearing Runnette running through your head. I was excited to see that Julie Whelan narrated Rosamilia’s section as she is excellent as well.  Clear and soothing, listeners would have no trouble connecting her to Darlene’s world.  Whelan projected the correct emotions on just the right level – doubt, fear, concern and trepidation.  Both of these narrators brought the book and its characters to life.

There were no issues with production, everything went smoothly.

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About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming.

After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

About Sean Runnette

ABR interviewed Sean here

Sean Runnette has earned two Audie nominations and five Earphones Awards for his narration. He has also directed and produced more than 200 audiobooks including several Audie Award winners. He has toured the US and internationally with The American Repertory Theater and Mabou Mines, as well as appearing in Two if by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law and Order and 3rd Watch. He lives, unapologetically, in New Jersey.

The stuff that fits in between the lines:
I’ve been married for 13 years to the girl I first fell in love with when I was 19 years old. Which should make me 32, but somehow I’m closing in on 50. Go figure. We have a dog and a cat, live in a witness protection program style townhouse on the edge of farmland in NJ and don’t miss living in NYC.
I was raised mostly in California. Initially in Mill Valley and finally in LA. I went to Los Angeles Community College, realized I enjoyed acting, moved to SF (where I met my future wife) then moved again to Cambridge for more schoolin’. Then it was off to NY, where I did many, many plays in small rooms with and for swell folks. After a while the rooms got bigger and the people less fun. After a while hearing 100 no’s to every yes got to be too much, so I opted for sanity. Which is audiobooks. Still nutty, but much more civil.
I record in our basement, make holes in sheetrock and call it home repair, and train.

About Armand Rosamilia

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He runs two very successful podcasts on Project iRadio, too…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast – with co-host Mark Tufo, the duo interview authors and filmmakers and anyone else they feel like talking to

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

About Mark Tufo

Mark Tufo is the creator of the Zombie Fallout series, which feature everyman hero Mike Talbot.

Mark 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 at Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA, and Kaneohe Bay HI.

After his tour of duty, he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has since gone back to college at CTU to complete his Masters.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill Trilogy whilst in college. This manuscript was stored in his garage until July 2009, when he published it on Kindle at his wife’s insistence.

At the time of this writing, Mark has since written the extremely popular Zombie Fallout series comprised of six serial novels, one prequel novella (Dr. Hugh Mann), and a related side story following the plague from the point of view of a zombie retaining human sentience (Timothy); two additional installments of the popular Indian Hill series; a metaphysical horror novel (The Spirit Clearing); two books following the trials of domesticated pets in the time of a zombie plague (The Book of Riley 1 & 2); a young adult version of Indian Hill entitled The Ravin (with a YA version of Indian Hill 2 scheduled for release in 2013); and a contribution to a compilation of zombie short stories (Undead Tales).

Mark’s books are generally written in a first person narrative style and crossover into several genres including horror, science fiction, and comedy. All of his books make some reference to the recurring semi-autobiographical character Michael Talbot and usually include some interesting insights into the real history of this unique author.

Mark Tufo lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

As of September 2012, Mark’s first film, Zombie Fallout is in pre-production with Illuminandi Media.

About Charla White

Mother of 2, grandmother of 5; love to read and listen to books; published writer. Event coordinator and associate program officer professionally. I also do editing, reviewing and ghostwriting. Highly eclectic in my reading but favorite genres are horror and cozy mysteries.

I have 30+ years of editing experience within the worlds of academia and business. My degrees are a B.A. in English with a Master’s in Education. My passion is experiencing the art of storytelling through books and audio's.

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