Demon Fallout: The Return: A Michael Talbot Adventure by Mark Tufo

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Zombies are a nightmare of the past, the Lycan wars are over. Mike feels that he can finally settle down after 200 years of war until he hears an impossible message from beyond. Tommy, his adopted son, is in trouble and there is nothing in Heaven or Hell that will stop Mike from helping him.

Pet’s $0.02

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the apocalyptic wastelands created by Mark Tufo, and that Mike had a chance to kick back with a beer and play with is kids…his friend he hasn’t heard from in forever calls and throws his life into a tailspin!

It’s like when your brother in law calls for help with a home project and ends up with one or both of you in the emergency room for what should have been an easy twenty minute project. So….Tommy calls… he needs Mr. T’s help but he’s a little shy on the details and heavy on the dread. What kind of an asshole would Mike be to ignore what is obviously a dire need for help from his adopted son Tommy?

I really thought we’d heard the last from Mike Talbot. I mean, he’s been through enough right? Zombies, Vampires, Lycan and Werewolves… what’s left. Well, it turns out there’s a ton of stuff left to fuck up Mike’s life and they all seem to have it out for him specifically.

We get to revisit some of the more memorable characters from his other series, but I loved some of the new characters that Mark introduced in this series. I fell in love with Linnick. She’s fantastic. She finds Mike utterly repulsive and gives him shit non-stop. I was also surprised that I liked Bill as much as I did. I didn’t expect that. Mike is pretty much Mike, other than he seems to have mellowed a little bit since the Lycan Fallout series. He’s still fucking badass, he just doesn’t seem as bitter, which was cool. He definitely got that sarcastic edge back.

I thought going into this it might be a retelling of a previous storyline but in a different dimension. I was so wrong. It’s a new direction for Mike. He makes some awful decisions, he makes some heroic and brave ones as well. He finds out that people he thought he knew were not who they seemed and he had new doubts raised where he never had them before. There was so much going on, but I was sucked in completely.

Now, in true Tufo fashion, this ends on a cliffhanger. Don’t let that stop you from picking it up. It will just allow you time to revisit all your favorite characters until the next book in the series drops.