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.

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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.