A Little Bit of Background Knowledge

For those of you out there that, like me, want to know how things come about in storylines, look no further than Zombie Fallout 3.5: Dr Hugh Mann, a perfect short story installment in the Zombie Falloutseries by Mark Tufo, zombie genius extraordinaire.

This one doesn’t follow Mike Talbot, but rather gives us an incite into how the zombie virus came about. It turns out, as in any good zombie apocalypse book, that the virus was going to be used by the government to destroy a huge population of the Earth so that there are more resources in the control of said government. Only things go horribly wrong, as they so often do under the penmanship of Mr Tufo.

At first the virus is discovered by scientist Dr Hugh Mann, who soon realises that it is not a good thing, so tries to hide it, knowing that if the government get their hands on it, it would be used for their own gains. However, it seems that they did get their hands on it because it is soon being tested as a weapon in an underground military base, a weapon to win the second world war. But when the devastation it can create becomes clear this particular experiment gets shut down, possibly because it was seen as too inhumane for America’s enemies in the war. But then the virus is stolen again and finds its way into the hands of the people who want to basically take over the world.

So we are all screwed.

This is another brilliant read by Mark, and really shines a light on things. Plus it’s a perfect tale of greed…everyone’s favourite type of story :).

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Still Going Strong

So I finished Zombie Fallout 3: The End a couple of days ago, and I would have posted about it then, but our internet has been a bit dodgy, so I’m sorry for the wait.

Anyway, I can say this with pure conviction: I have never read a zombie genre book, series or otherwise, that has been so down to earth and made me think so much about morals. I know I have mentioned this before in the other two blog posts regarding Mark Tufo’s work, but let’s just say that his third installment in the series does not fail to amaze in this area, or in area for that matter.

And yes you have your gore, death, loss of some main characters and a fantastic twisted plot that would put a sailor’s knot to shame. I thought that Mark Tufo couldn’t possibly get any more imaginative…and I was so wrong. He really twists the boundaries of the whole genre in this one, and without giving too much away let’s just say that the evil Eliza has humans working for her now! And the plot still thickens further with Tommy…

And then you have your comical moments, like zombies on ice, Mike’s many distracting thoughts and ventures into his past, plus we finally get to meet Mike’s side of the family. Which leaves me with little else to say about the plot without giving stuff away. Crap.

I really don’t know how an author can so easily balance love, death and humour, but it has been done. I bow before you oh great zombie genius.

I’m gushing and therefore I apologise. But in all seriousness: READ THE BOOKS! Meanwhile I’m going to go enjoy the Zombie Fallout short story, 3.5, along with a nice cup of tea because I’m British like that. Man if the world does end with the undead I sure as hell am going to miss drinking tea…

Who Says Sequels Are Rubbish?

Mark Tufo is a zombie genius. He has this way of writing that is simultaneously funny, down to earth and serious. And it works, tremendously.

The second book in his Zombie Fallout series, Zombie Fallout 2: A Plague Upon Your Family, is as amazing as the first installment. It’s full of twists, gore, jokes and mushy moments that threaten to break the ‘Man Code’ (read the book, then you will get the reference).

And you cannot forget the McDonalds scene,which was very funny. And though it is a flashback it allows you a little more insight into our loveable main character Mike Talbot.

This story carries on directly after the first one left off, with Mike and co escaping the carnage of Little Turtle and running from the nightmare that is Eliza, the female zombie who seems to want Mike’s head on a pike, and who keeps following him and his family around with a trick or two up her rotten sleeves.

As ever, the book is full of tense moments and even more so now that Mike and his family are on the run from the hordes of the ravenous dead that seem to be under the control of Eliza, who is much more than we first thought during the first book. No really, I’m not making that up or exaggerating.

Some characters end up departing us in this book too, then reappear and some old enemies also make an entrance. 

And the gore levels are amazing. All I will say on that matter is that you men out there will be wincing and cringing during one of the first few scenes of the book.

Mr Tufo is a wonderful writer and has set himself the big task of continuing to be so brilliant in the rest of the Zombie Fallout series. And I’m sure he won’t disappoint.

Laughing in the Face of Death

It seems that the Kindle is helping me to read quicker. But, simultaneously, I am missing the feel of paper in my hands.

So I have finished Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo, which is the first in the series of five, plus the short story. It was really nice to find such a well written book with a captivating plotline. I recommend, particularly to all zombie lovers out there.

The book is narrated by Mike Talbot, your average American dad and husband, whilst he battles to keep family and friends alive in a whole new world of terrors, a world where the undead rule the roost. But not everything is as it seems, even for a zombie apocalypse. Mike meets a kid called Tommy who seems to have strange powers that allow him to know what is about to happen. And if that wasn’t enough there seems to be a female zombie following Mike around, who appears way too intelligent for your average zombie.

There is a hell of a lot of gore in this book, mainly ripping off faces in some manner or other. There is even a disturbing scene involving a necrophilia incident, so it’s not for the faint hearted.

But it seems all the horror is balanced out by Mike’s sense of humour and random ramblings about the mundane that somehow link to events, even if they don’t seem to at first! Mike is a very loveable character, that any loving dad could connect well with. Hell, I connected really well with him because he’s just so human…and that is something you shouldn’t lose, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Did I mention that the virus was started by falty Swine Flu vaccinations? Yeah, no joke.

This book is full of tension, humour and gore. A perfect combo and well worth a read.