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Publisher's Summary

From Mike Talbot's journal:

"The End...has come and gone. This is the new beginning, the new world order and it sucks. The end for humanity came the moment the US government sent out the infected flu shots. My name is Michael Talbot and this is my journal. I'm writing this because no one's tomorrow is guaranteed, and I have to leave something behind to those who may follow."

So continues Mike's journey. Will he give up all that he is in a desperate bid to save his family and friends? Eliza is coming: Can anyone be prepared? 

©2011 Mark Tufo (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Good Story.

Nice continuation, but the same problems plague the entire series. Too much time spent on useless dialog. the first 10 times was ok, but gets old quick, especially since the story stalls and mostly serves no purpose at all.
And as usual, Tracy and most the other women are cringe worthy to the point that I have always wished she died in book one. It gets worse as the books continue. You would think that living in a zombie apocalypse common sense would be used, but no, she is trully the most annoying person in the book.
Overall it's still worth to buy, this is my 4th time reading/listening to this series, and I wish Netflix would do a series on it.

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I'm done with this series after this

I never really like this series to start with, but I can't limp on anymore. It's a this point the author realized he could just make more and more money by extending the story with crap. The main character still sucks, is a wimp, and frankly gets pretty annoying in this one. People keep making obviously dumb decisions just for an attempt at plot fill. The narrator still doesn't fit and just bothers me for this type of book. And now it's getting way too preachy. I don't need to find my lord and savior while reading a book for entertainment about zombies. I'm out.

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Mike Talbot goes on the road

This book was pretty good. However, below are the things I did not like, followed by things I did like:
Some of the Things I Did Not Like
At a time of intensity, Mike Talbot rambles on and on about nothing. Book would be better if he shut up - shorter too.
Mike's wife, Tracy, is so mean, snarky and overbearing. I really do not like anything about her.
All the married men, especially Mike, are terrified of their wives. The wives wear the pants in the family and I don't know why the men are so afraid of them. What do the men think the wives will do if the men don't knuckle under?
Lot of inconsistencies and coincidences. How do these people in separate cars on separate trips find each other so easily?
The author's fixation, thus Mike's fixation, on bodily functions. He particularly dwells on passing gas. is disgusting and is getting old.

Some of the Things I Did Like
The narrator is top notch.
Tommy/Thomas is a unique character and I like him. I like Mad Jack too.
The characters that are supposed to be mean/bad are truly mean/bad - this is entertaining
The story line keeps my attention

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Meh...

Quickly losing interest in this series. Funny in places, but same old stuff going on...

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Gets old

I listened to the first two books and thought it was okay. Yes there were lots stereotyped characters and it's one of those post-apocalyptic stories where the women are helpless and either being or in danger of being assaulted at all times. I rolled my eyes at those parts and kept on because I enjoyed the main character. I found him funny and liked that he wasn't your typical Special Ops prepper Superman type guy. This third book however I couldn't finish. The female characters get worse and the gratuitous violence, including sexual violence, against women and children was just too much for me. Frankly, it was unnecessary to further the story. Too bad because I think there's something unique about the main character.

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Fantastic storytelling

At first I was skeptical of the narrator. For what the sample offered in the first book, I didnt think his tone match what was being said, and how it was to be said.
Well, I'm glad I decided to stop being "voicist" and listen anyway. Absolutely fantastic thus far, and the Narrator has grown on me, he definitely CAN pull off an ADHD/germaphobe/ self deprecating character with a hero complex.

Bravo. Highly Recommend!

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Really had to work to pull another book out...

I really enjoyed the first 3 books, but this one was like a different author all together. I did not enjoy all the back and forth in scenes. It was just too randomly thrown together.

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Too much sarcasm

A good story that I find difficult to listen to at times due to never ending smart ass comments from all the characters. Almost stopped listening to this one with 2 hours remaining but am too invested now to stop.

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Decent plot, frustrating execution

I've been mostly enjoying these books so far—enough to keep listening to them for free, anyway—but as of this book, I've started skipping past entire sections, even at risk of missing important information. (Though, to be honest, I'm pretty sure you could skip upwards of 65% of the book without missing anything worthwhile.)

Why are almost all of the adult women the exact same character—overbearing, melodramatic, whiny, pigheaded, and suicidally stubborn? Why does there have to be a detailed description of the experience of vomiting every few pages? Why do we need to know the backstories of so many minor characters?

The dialogue generally bears little resemblance to the way people actually talk, especially when it's a kid speaking (the speech is usually overly adult but sometimes, jarringly, becomes overly infantile), when it's a combat situation (everyone talks way too much, taking up way more time than they'd actually have available and never using two words when twenty would do), and when the speaker is relating past events (e.g., "I staggered back against the wall, sickened by the overwhelming stench of decay that poured out of the open door...," which isn't an actual quote, but is very much in keeping with what someone in this series mighty say—aloud—when describing a traumatic experience).

I didn't have much of a problem with the narrative rabbit trails in the previous books, but especially in this book, some of them seem forced. A lot of the often-less-than-witty repartee seems similarly forced. And in both cases, the unnecessary interruptions only serve as annoying distractions from the main story.

I really have been mostly enjoying this series, even if it does keep giving me flashbacks to Stephen King's The Stand, and in spite of the issues listed above (among others), but those issues are just getting worse. I want to see where the plot and the characters (at least, the few characters I care about) end up, but... argh! Look, Mr. Tufo, just evacuate all the women and children off to safety and never speak of them again, and the series would improve tenfold. I say this as a woman. I'd much rather see my sex even further underrepresented than have every representative be a hateful bitch.

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Jeez

I could have edited this down to 10 chapters.

Why does every insignificant bad guy need a back story. Why the chapter about the lakota fd up on so many levels
That had to be the longest most-drawn out agonizing crawl to the dumbest boss fight . Ever
And a freakin zombie has no midori in it thus not green google dude use it. Another throw away but straight up annoyed me . At least Creature double feature was mentioned but again for no reason.
Also as a vet making up the death of a soldier by the hands of n korea is just messed up . For what freakin purpose? Editor! i must be a masochist .
Oh btw I astral project? Ayfkm!
Audiable you are a cruel mistress.
Atleast theres Seans voice that somehow stops me from smashing things I will get through this sshow now for spite. Tufo you can’t break me.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 08-20-21

Just keeps getting better!

This was an amazing listen, just when I think this series can't get any better, it goes and throws in a plot twist that leaves me speachless, all I can say is I didn't see that coming! Fantastic narration by Sean Runnette, I don't know that anyone else could express Michael Talbot as perfectly!

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  • Eddie
  • 02-19-21

Great read

Another great read really enjoying this series keep me gripped from bit to bit another great book can’t wait to read the next one

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  • Gillan
  • 06-18-20

Wow

Excellent Talbot great character and story 4 books in getting better and more exciting with each book

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  • Colin1964
  • 03-14-20

Book 4

I am surprised that the book series has have not yet been glorified from listeners. You have to listen to the series to enjoy the narrative believe me they are worth every penny

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  • scott townsend
  • 08-16-21

another great book

really enjoyed. I would go from laughing out loud to really tense. it's a great book.