In a world overrun by zombies, one family struggles against all odds to hold on. With three vampires closing in, can the Talbot family withstand the coming onslaught? Or will they become a footnote in the history of the apocalypse?
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Having escaped the facility where the tainted flu shots were created, and after evading the clutches of Deneaux in the last volume; the Talbots are reunited at Ron's. There is some happiness and, sadly, some heartache. Mike notices Tommy is acting strange and soon he finds out why. There are some vampires coming to investigate Eliza's death, and they are close. Now, the family is planning for the worst, buffing up defenses, finding a fallback position, and of course, getting into trouble at every turn. To make matters more complicated, Mike hears a familiar voice over the radio asking for help. A voice they all thought long gone.
Sean Runnette nailed it again as Mike, BT, Tripp, and the rest of the Talbot gang. I have mentioned it before; he is these characters, plain and simple. He reads the inflections seemingly perfect, and understands all the humor almost as if he himself wrote it. The man has great range; all character is easily distinguishable, his female voices are just as good as his male voices, and he reads with feeling. Zombie Fallout is my only real experience with Runnette; now that I am all caught up on the series I look forward to trying some of his other works, most likely Hemlock Grove.
This book had a different feel than the rest. You could tell the characters were tired, worn, and scarred. The tone of the novel was more morose; as if you were attending the wake of someone close, with loved ones sharing stories and you hear soft laughter and soft sobbing at the memories. and it felt like it should. It's book nine of the Zombie Fallout series and there has been death and despair in spades throughout, and the characters show it; their interactions are all a little shorter and sharper, tempers are thin and stress is abundant. That's not the say the book felt different all together, not at all. You still get all the banter you've come to enjoy in Tufo's writing, the development of the "smart zombies" that have been coming to light over the last couple of books, and the same heartfelt emotion that has me cemented as a fan. However, there does seem to be less of the dark humor from his earlier books, which suits the story's progression perfectly and makes the world Mark has built all the more engrossing. It's packed with intense moments, funny moments, emotional moments, and moments that may even make you take pause. Mark Tufo has written a very good series with a great cast of characters. This is a good addition to the story, adapting the story to an ever changing world, all while keeping the core of what made it so good to begin with.
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