12 June 2012

Review: Zombie Fallout 2 by Mark Tufo

Zombie Fallout 2 by Mark Tufo

Published: September 2010

: 342 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: Own library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

More Info: Mark Tufo's website ~ Mark Tufo's blog

Synopsis (Goodreads)

The Talbot family is evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be non-infected humans. In these pages, are the journal entries of Michael Talbot, his wife Tracy, their three kids Nicole, Justin and Travis. With them are Brendon, Nicole’s fiancĂ©e and Tommy previously a Wal-Mart door greeter who may be more than he seems. Together they struggle against a ruthless, relentless enemy that has singled them out above all others.

The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle but to what end, on the run they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the war-torn country side they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of, with law and order a long distant memory some humans have decided to take any and all matters into their own hands. Can the Talbots come through unscathed or will they suffer the fate of so many countless millions before them. It’s not just brains versus brain-eaters anymore. And the stakes may be higher than merely life and death with eternal souls on the line.

My Thoughts

Eliza, Tommy, the Talbots and of course, the zombies, are back for the second installment of the Zombie Fallout series, Zombie Fallout 2 - A Plague Upon Your Family. I'm a massive fan of the Zombie Fallout series and the author, Mark Tufo. Earlier this year I re-read the first book in the series, Zombie Fallout (read my review here), and always fully intended to go back and re-read the second book in the series too.

I read a lot of zombie books (probably 20-30% of my total reading), and I enjoy them all for different reasons, but the main reason I enjoy the Zombie Fallout series so damn much are really the characters. Mike Talbot, the narrator of the story, is one of the most sarcastic and snicker-worthy characters I have ever encountered in a book. Coupled with Tommy, the seemingly clueless boy with his secret guardian angel (who appears to be a famous TV presenter), an evil zombie chick with a goal to destroy the Talbot family and anyone who gets in her way, and probably the most underrated character of the series, Mike's long suffering wife (who is also a firecracker in her own right), Tracy.

The action sequences are incredibly well-written - a perfect balance of tension, description and character interaction make them completely visible in the mind, and the zombies are truly terrifying.

The story itself moves at a pretty relentless pace in ZF2 as the Talbots and their friends run into some pretty hairy situations, both at the hands of the zombie army that are continually hunting them down, and other humans they encounter on their journey to escape Eliza's clutches. There is also a bunch of extremely likable 'good guys' that save their bacon more than once.

It's rare that I re-read a book, and even rarer that I would re-read a whole series. But I will be re-reading ZF3 in the very near future before moving onto the two books in the series I have't yet read, ZF4 and ZF5. The Zombie Fallout series continues to cement itself in my top 3 zombie series of all time.

My favourite quotes:

''It looked like an all you can eat buffet had opened up right next to a fat camp with a damaged fence''
''Between holding his pants and the inhaler he was losing more ground than the French in WWII''
''I was beginning to wonder if Justin was just a zombie GPS. Own own portable ''Harmin'' or better yet how about a Zom-Zom'' (I have to include this quote, seeing as I work for a GPS company!)
''I know, sooner rather than later, my brain is just going to freeze up. It will be the human equivalent of the blue screen of death. Unfortunately I have yet to discover my reboot button''

''Zombies flung in the air like a giant spoiled baby was done playing with his GI Joes and Barbie dolls and was throwing them around in the fits of a tantrum''.


  1. Those quotes are hilarious! I may need to check this out. Moments like these are where I know I'm seriously a slave to a cover, because I would add this to GR immediately, but the cover's not pretty. Maybe I should go add book one and stop being controlled by marketing like a zombie sheep or the modern age.

  2. Oh I love sarcastic, witty characters! I also really enjoy character driven zombie novels so I'm def,gonna check out this series! I love this cover too it's wicked!!

  3. Yay for Zombie Fallout Enthusiasm. I am currently up to book 3. Waiting for Book 3.5 and Book 5 to come out in audiobook form. This is a heck of a fun series, and I'm glad you find it Bug-tastic.



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