Off topic a bit (hmmmm. not sure if I've ever done THAT before) I need to input the book series the ZOMBIE FALLOUT series - 8 books now, and although I wish they stopped at book 6 (what a wonderful ending: likely the best hour of an audiobook I ever listened too) it still is an awesome built collection of characters and situations with a main character Micheal Talbot who is witty, sarcastic and self debasing - all the stuff you can ask for an average Joe who is only trying to keep his family and collection of people they meet in the days and years following Z-Day.
Yes Kathy, the previous WAS a single sentence
That's a hundred hours I spent with that series and got a chuckle as the reader Sean Runette kept me greatly entertained. The series is by Mark Tufo - who has written MANY Michael Talbot books in seemingly parellel universes greatly similar to that of his Fallout series, several books based on an alien abduction of about 200 people from a school sporting event and forced to fight each other to survive and the hopeful return to Earth, event though the situation there is not much better.
The best part, it isn't too sci-fi and not fantasy at all - you buy the story line without having clutter thrown in. In this series called Indian Hill, you meet an alien (also captive aboard a massive space craft) who learns quickly to speak English through the words of Talbot - so he has much of the same wit and sarcasm as Talbot. A very good series as well, although I believe only 4 books.
Oh well.... I've written about these elsewhere and thought I'd rewrite these two series by Tufo, which would BOTH make great TV series: Indian Hill is much more a Falling Skies type series, but again with much humor to keep it light, even with many characters in wild situations.