As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.
"Mark Tufo is a natural talent. He writes a relentless experience of a story." (John Ramsey Miller, author of The Last Family)
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best book of the series so far
believe it or not, zombie fallout keeps getting better! i really liked the 1st book, thought the 2nd book was pretty good, but not as good as the 1st book. i think the 3rd book, the end, is the best of the 1st 3. book 3 expands upon what mark tufo was building in the previous 2 books- justin's sickness, eliza's and tommy's backstories, etc... the chase is still fresh! why eliza is after mike talbot is answered. major revelations are finally exposed.
the end begins with the end of eliza's human life. i really like these flashbacks from both eliza's and tomas' lives. it provides insight as to why eliza is so hell-bent on killing everybody.
the story then picks up a little before the ending of book 2. we see mike, bt, and jen battling the zombie hoard through the eyes of those who escaped. the desperation of seeing your loved ones surrounded by flesh eating zombies, the guilt of letting them sacrifice themselves so you can escape, and the hope the sound a 50 caliber machine gun going off can provide.
another plus is learning what happened to brandon after he left ny himself.
after being saved by a small convoy of soldiers, the survivors are brought back to camp custer and what ensues is worthy of the camp's name. if you don't know what i mean, then you are either dense or uneducated! hey...that's me channeling mike talbot. but really if you don't know who custer was, google it.
even though it may seem impossible and improbable, things actually get worse for mike talbot. the same cast of characters are there, and that's good! i will point out that justin plays a bigger role in this book than the previous. i like how tufo has used justin's infection as a plot point, and it's done really well in this book. i really love the banter b/ween mike and bt.
mark tufo does an excellent job describing the power of a zombie hoard and the fear it produces. i cite the hoard squishing its way through mike's 2nd story bedroom wall in book 1 and the miles of marching zombies in book 2. i thought i had seen it all from tufo, but in book 3, the end, tufo again out does himself with the swarming hoard.
man, if you think zombies are bad, some "normal" humans can just be sicker. humans can do the most vile things when they have power over another. history proves it and mark tufo has given us a few good snapshots of human cruelty. the first one was in book 1 with mike's insane zombie rapist neighbor. in this book, an old enemy appears just as enthusiastic, and new enemies push the scale even further into depravity.
mike puts it best, "man was a plague upon itself. i have firsthand experience that wwar brings out the worst in the two opposing sides. even that can't hold a candle to what happens to the human mentality of the victor over the conquered. it is something about having absolute power over another being that drives men to incomprehensible acts of cruelty."
i'm a dog lover, but i hate english bulldogs. they're slow and slovenly, but i think i love henry after this book. believe it or not, there are some touching moments in this book, and one revolves around mike and a boy named porkchop. i kid you not!
if you liked the first 2 books, then you probably aren't even reading this review. lol i'm a fan of the zombie fallout series and will probably pick up the next book in the series w/o reading any reviews.
- Mike Naka
This series keeps getting better...