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
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!
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
Not as good as his Zombie Fallout series even though it recycles some of the characters.
Interesting book that i found funny at times.
Not a zombie book for those wondering.
Worth the credit in my opinion.
Love MIke Talbot - Love the Author, Narrator and the story :) - This story is a bit different than Zombie fallout - but I cant wait to see how (hope) this leads into the Mike Talbot Zombie fallout series
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....
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.
Mark Tufo can tell a story that I have not enjoyed this much since Stephen King books and I love those.
This first novel reminded me of Hunger Games as far as the "games" are concerned and the attitude toward the fighters are no more than objects to be manuevered around but the Aliens are taken by surprise at the drive for freedom and the will to survive that has the humans make some moves on their own.
Sean Runnette does a menacing alien voice. Just great.
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.
Indian Hill is Waaaaayyyyy up there on my favorites.
I bought it because I saw that Mike Talbot was the main character and Sean Runnette was the reader. LOVE them both
Someone else said thae Sean IS Mike Talbot and I couldn't agree more. He has captured Mike's personality perfectly. He also does female voices fairly well. So many men use lisps to use female voices but Sean just uses a softer higher pitch which is more to my liking.
The book held my interest from the beginning. When Mike Talbot had a reaction you can be sure that I had the same one. Anger, disgust, illness etc.
This is a prelude to the Zombie Fallout Series, and it is nothing short of amazing! The Zombie Fallout series was Horror with comedic relief and Indian Hill adds Sci Fi into the mix!
Mike Talbot of course
I can't imagine anyone else doing the reading.
Kudo's to Mark Tufo, can wait to download the rest of the trilogy
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