Written By: Mark Tufo
Cover Art by: Shaed Studios
Copyright @ 2010
Reviewer: Splatter Flick Chick
“It’s not whether he can operate the cutters, it’s that he is trying at all. It’s like he’s remembering a lost skill or trying to attain a new one.” It’s finally happened; zombies are showing signs of adapting to and possibly learning from their environment! If you’re a hardcore zombie fan like me, you’ve seen the shuffling zombies, the balls-out running zombies, hell you’ve even seen zombies herd, but this is the first time I’ve been introduced to zombies that adapt to their surroundings. Not only do Tufo’s zombies attempt the use of tools but they also appear to make group decisions about…well, you’ll just have to read his book yourself. Need more reasons to pick up Zombie Fallout (ZF)? Please read on…
It’s human nature to root for the underdog, especially if he is bad ass marine named Michael Talbot. Given Tufo’s marine experience, readers get the extra benefit of his first hand survival instincts, weapons experience, and fighting techniques interwoven between the pages of his first zombie thriller in the series. Tufo successfully blended his real life marine experience with his account of the end of days. And since most horror fans like a good story that COULD actually take place, making the story as true to life as possible is imperative. Given all the rumors surrounding vaccines and CDC trials, people are at risk, every day, to suffer from a far reaching, horrible catastrophe that threatens the human race as a result of scientists attempting to save it. So who better to lead the human race against the zombies then an ex-marine, his brave wife and their sons, who just so happened to be raised to not only know how to respect guns but who also happen to be pretty damn good operators? Together, with their surviving neighbors, they work to protect their ‘gated community’, gather supplies and weapons, and formulate a plan to survive the Zombie Fallout.
Tufo has the gift of making the readers not only clearly envision each character and what makes them tick, but he also makes sure we really care about them as if they were really OUR friends and family. The reader feels a part of the story, grieving the loss of Talbot’s loved ones, chests tightening with the panic of being completely surrounded by zombies. Tufo’s ability to make readers smell the undead, visualize their various stages of decomposition, and instill fear in his new found followers is a gift. I highly recommend this book, and cannot wait to dive head first into the Zombie Fallout series. I dare you to only read one chapter a day; I found it impossible to put this book down!!!