Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.
It is on their true "first" date that things go strangely askew. This is where the story truly takes a paranormal twist. Mike soon finds himself captive aboard an alien vessel, fighting for his very survival. The aliens have devised gladiator-type games. The games are of two-fold importance for the aliens: one is their entertainment value, and the other is that the aliens want to see how combative humans are, what our weaknesses and strengths are. They want to better learn how to attack and defeat us. The battles are to the death on varying terrains that are computer-generated.
Follow Mike and Paul as they battle for their lives and try to keep the U.S. safe, in the first book of Mark Tufo's Indian Hill trilogy.
©2009 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor
Anyone that hasn't listened to mark tufo's zombie fallout series i think may like this book.
Michael was obviously :)
I first got onto mark tufo through his zombie fallout series, after listening to that series it makes this book seem like a cheap knock off (even tho i think this book was written before zombie fallout,and both books use the same characters) I just couldnt get really into this book because some of the characters in this book are completely different to how I have grown to like them in the fallout series....
Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc
If you like a lots of violence, unrealistic dialog, and disappointing SF, this is the book for you.
The dialog was so unreal, that I kept wondering why I should continue.
Considering the dialog and story, the Narrator did an OK job.
The scientific, military, and government authorities were disappointing..
I'm beginning to think the Audible rating is useless when this Book can be rated 3 or better.
I had read all of the Zombie Fallout books and was excited to find there were more books about Mike Talbot's earlier life. This book disappointed me, though, because it was so dark and didn't have the humor the Zombie books had. I found it a little oppressive without the comic relief.
I think there were only two of these Indian Hill books available when I purchased this, and I bought them both at the same time. By the time I finished this one, though, I wasn't sure I could bring myself to listen to the next one. I put it off for about 6 months, I think. Then I saw there was a third book and it was on sale so I felt I had to buy it. (OCD, what can I say?) I finally told myself, "You bought 'em, your're gonna listen to them!" And myself whined a little and then started on book 2.
What a relief to discover that the sarcastic, wise-cracking Mike Talbot I had known and loved was back! I finished book 2 and immediately listened to book 3. I had thought it was a trilogy, but now I think there will be more and I'm looking forward to them.
So, if you like Talbot, it's worth listening to this book to set you up for the two that follow.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Despite predictability of the plot, I enjoyed it very much.
Interesting story of the alien invasion, vulnerability of the humanity and humanities darkest parts
Some people may compare it to Zombie Fallout and they will be totally right, the book is definitely written in the same style (gladiators and aliens instead of zombies and vampires) even annoying constant flashbacks.
Without any doubt I liked Indian Hill more than ZF I hope next book will be even better
I'm a HUGE Mark Tufo (and Mike Talbot) / Sean Runnette fan but after reading the Zombie Fallout series was a little hesitant to start Indian Hill. I was afraid it wouldn't be as good or I'd learn something about Mike's story that I didn't like. Boy was I wrong. As usual it was a great big pot (no pun intended) of humor, believable plot, interesting story and edge of your seat action. You could almost see it happening. It was nice to see Paul, Mike's childhood friend who is in the Zombie series, in a new light. He was much stronger in Indian Hill and much more of a leader. You was obvious why Mike and Paul were such good friends. With this "back story" I can fully appreciate their friendship. The only thing I would change would be the beginning - it was a little slow but man oh man did the middle/end make up for it. If you're debating on whether or not to use a credit on this book - don't........go now! I'm off to get part 2!
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I liked the first of the ZF series well enough...snarky humor, good old zombies and nice, simple characters.
This uneven tale begins with a nice coming-of-age story then, suddenly, as if Tufo remembered his fans, morphs into a sick, sad alien tale both predictable and juvenile. It's always so disappointing to select a listen based on the reviews and find you are one of the few. For outstanding Syfy try Hyperion, Cloud Atlas and The Blade Itself...multiple, complex story lines with outstanding characters...Tufo fans will likely not agree.
This is not the worst book I have ever listened too, but it sure is near the bottom. The story rambles on and on and I never really cared if our hero survived or not. There is a whole secondary story of his friends that never goes anywhere. At first I wasn't sure if it was the performance (the delivery was so flat), but after the first couple of hours it became evident that the writing that was the real problem.
I had read the reviews of others and kept waiting for the story and writing to improve, but it never did. I hate to say anything negative about a book, because I know that a writer pours his heart and soul into the work, but this time I just couldn't keep quiet.
Sean Runnette is the voice behind Mike Tallbot, and he does the job amazingly. Having listened to the Zombie Fallout series, nobody can possibly narrate Mike's journeys better than Sean.
After reading Zombie Fallout, I was concerned that this series would not live up to the former. After listening to Indian Hill book 1, I am hooked yet again by Mark Tufo's book. The story of Mike's Indian Hill adventure was very entertaining, and the descriptive way Tufo writes really paints an amazing picture of the world and allows us to truly imagine every aspect of the book.
*Spoiler alert* The escape scene was by far my favorite. It really show cases Mike's quick thinking, and in some cases pure luck. This scene more than any other gets me more into the story and I can't wait to start the next book.
* Another Spoiler * Honestly, nothing is more terrifying than man's inhumanity to man. As shown in this book, man's inhumanity to women could be even more brutal and disgusting. As someone who prides themselves as a gentleman, the scenes regarding the torture of the 'spoils' really got to me.
This book was fantastic. I encourage anyone on the fence about it to give it a try. If you like this book, don't stop until you've finished the series. After that, try Zombie Fallout, by Mike Tufo. This series is by far my favorite I have ever heard and his story telling is superb.
I'm an avid reader/listener, a disabled Navy veteran, an MBA student at University of Phoenix, and a wife & mother of 4 children.
I just finished listening to the Zombie Fallout series and I was finding myself reluctant to begin a series that has Michael Talbot doing anything but killing Zombies...I mean, aliens? Seriously? Oh Come On!!! However...my doubts were completely unfounded. This series is absolutely fantastic! Just as good as Zombie Fallout and Lycan Fallout. I definitely feel this book was well worth the credit spent. Also, there is something special about the Mark Tufo/Sean Runnette SUPER DUO. Anything they produce together is nothing short of magical :-) and I would be more than willing to spend a credit just to listen to Sean Runnette narrate Mark Tufo's grocery list! So stop reading reviews and just click the confirm button. Your search is over...you will not regret purchasing this audible!!!
Captivating Funny Thrilling
It reminds me of the original Edgar Rice Borroughs books of lost civilizations and adventure, with more humor than should be allowed in an adventure story.
Sean Runnette IS John Talbott. His subtle ways from moving from character to character is smooth and flawless. He truly provides believability to the story and pulls the characters from the pages.
"another talbot classic"
another classic tolbot adventure but this time the zombies have been replaced by aliens. taken aboard the mother ship the abducties are made to fight to the death in a grown up version of the hunger games. i cant get enough of talbot, his sarcastic humour is a welcome break between action scenes. hes just a down to earth guy that i think most people could relate to and root for
If you've seen my review of this book on Amazon, you'll understand that I'm cutting and pasting. I've purchased many Mark Tufo books in multiple formats. Indian Hill is no exception. As much as I love to hold a book in my hands, it's great to have the opportunity to listen in the car or at work. Once again, Sean Runnette delivers the story in way that compliments the writing perfectly.
Here's the balance of my review from Amazon:
Having been lured into the wonderful world of Mark Tufo literature with his excellent Zombie Fallout series, I decided to check out his roots in the Indian Hill books. While this book shows some evidence of a freshman endeavour and is, at times, somewhat more puerile than later efforts, it provides the reader with the thoroughly engaging experience readers have come to expect from all things Tufo.
Indian Hill is an alternative story line for Mike Talbot, a recurring autobiographical character throughout Mark's books. In a manner typical of both the Indian Hill series and Zombie Fallout series of books, the reader is treated to a rich fantasy world, in which our protagonist is walking a thin line between his frail humanity and superhuman heroics. The fantasy elements are tempered with marginally fictionalised accounts of Mark's real life adventures. These alone are reason enough to buy the book, or, if like me, to get sucked into the entire twisted library of Mark Tufo books!
"Hilarious Battle Royal style Talbot story"
I love that Mark has taken his characters from the Zombie Fallout series and dropped them into a completely different but incredible new adventure.
yet again Sean brings the Talbots to life!
If I made this into a film the tag line would undoubtedly be "What would Talbot do?"
Listen your life will be the better for it!
"Another great listen"
Brilliant story, can't wait to listen to part 2 and 3. Well narrated by Sean Runnette as usual.
"What would Michael Talbot do?"
I chose this after reading other work by Mark Tufo in his Zombie Fallout series. I was interested to see how the very well developed character of Michael Talbot would fare with such a different scenario. Any concerns were soon allayed as I was quickly drawn into the action and the backstory to his character which has a direct bearing on the Zombie Fallout series. Just waiting for more Indian Hill books to continue the story.
I also appreciated the continuity of having it read by the laid back Sean Runnette who also narrates the Zombie Fallout series.
"Mike Talbot, the early years"
This was not what I was expecting having read the Mike Talbot Zombie Fallout books. Once I got over that, and the rather long introduction, I really enjoyed this story of invasion and survival. It was a fantastic ride and another great book from Tufo.
Once again Mark Tufo has created another great franchise, this time with Aliens! At first i was dubious with him using the Michael Talbot universe (pre zombie) but i soon found myself immersed in it. I have just bought the second book and my only complaint is that the only books that i keep purchasing are Marks :) Sean Runette does a fantastic job and the Alien voices are dead on. One last thing this is vastly different (so far that i've got in the series) from the Zombie Fallout series so if you're midway through them then i highly recommend finishing them first. Top writing Mark and keep up the great work..
"Probably The Worst Book I've Ever Read"
I generally like science fiction and I'm not too picky, but not only was this poorly written but there were no redeeming features. I gave up before the end.
Bad science: radio waves that travel faster than the speed of light.
Factual errors: video feed (sic) from the Hubble Space Telescope in 1985 (before it was launched) available to all gouvernments.
No understanding of military hierarchy: an Air Force Captain has a direct line to the US President when aliens turn up and when the President asks him to inform other world leaders he tells him that he has already done it.
Malapropisms: grief is compiled upon him and many others.
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