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Fallout

By: James W. Huston
Narrated by: Adams Morgan
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TOPGUN instructor Luke Henry quits the Navy to start a private aerial combat school in Nevada. A lucrative contract with the U.S. government brings him 20 Russian MiG-29 fighter planes with the condition that he train a group of Pakistani Air Force Pilots hand-picked by the Department of Defense. Luke is hesitant to train fighters from another country in the skills he learned at TOPGUN, but he cannot open the school without agreeing. The closer he gets to these students, however, the more he suspects that they may have an agenda of domestic terrorism that will soon spiral out of control.

With Fallout, James W. Huston scores big with his most riveting and thought-provoking thriller yet. The plot twists and turns with excitement until the startling conclusion.

©2001 James W. Huston (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Definitely worth the listen

The story was very compelling. I found myself looking forward to my commute so I could listen to more of the story. It was exciting and absorbed my interest, making the drive fly by.

Having said that, I think there was a lot of military and governmental security stuff that maybe didn't have enough explanation for my knowledge base. For example, why was it a good thing to have a private military fighter school in existence? I had issues with the believability of the story. I can't say it couldn't happen for sure, I just like to believe such a cluster-something couldn't happen.

The other thing is the narrator. He was okay, but was mostly just reading the story. I had trouble transitioning from what one character was saying to the next character. But I was totally spoiled by the narrative team in the Ender Saga, and the narrator of the Da Vinci Code, so this guy has some stiff competition in my mind.

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Not worth the Journey

Similar to watching a bad movie just wanting to get to the ending to see how the characters you have invested time in turn out, but you just cant make yourself do it. I had to buy the book and listen to it in my own voice as the narrator completely destroyed the story.

An english accent does not do an american fighter pilot justice no matter how talented one's voice could be. However, in this case, there is no talent as the narrator simply reads the story as he was in the third grade.

Sorry, I would pass on the audio. Buy the book.

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mediocre book, poor choice of reader

The story was only mediocre, which could have been disguised with a really great reader. This reader sounded like an English college student and was a poor choice for this book. It often sounded like the characters, in a moment of high drama, were discussing which pub to go to for lunch rather than whether someone was a threat to national security!

It was often difficult to distinguish one character from the other also--the voices were pretty much the same. There were also many pauses in the reading that were extraneous to what was going on and detracted from the current action.

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A poor narrator

Just finished enjoying two other Huston novels, and figured a 3rd for free was a deal. 30 minutes later, I knew I’d never last if I had to listen to this drone of a narrator for two days. Sorry, sir… but you are more suited to reading technical manuals than adventure stories.

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  • 09-13-21

Don't trust the government!

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Luke Henry, call sign Stick, wanted nothing more from life than flying fast jets. He had reached a pinnacle in his career as a TOPGUN instructor. During a graduation exercise, Luke’s FA-18 struck a student’s F-14 wing, forcing the student to eject. The student was taking a photo of Luke’s plane at the time, making matters worse. The incident netted Luke a letter of reprimand in his file, thus permanently damaging Luke’s career. Devastated, Luke resigns from the Navy. All is not lost, Luke has envisioned a daring plan. The scope of the story expanded to global proportions. Pakistan entered the tale and its desire to hurt the U.S. became a major point. I found the story quite interesting although some parts may lack reasonable authenticity. I didn’t realize Pakistan had it out for us, they’re not the usual villains. I thought Pakistan was concerned with India but according to the story, we militarily cut Pakistan off so they are upset with us. So the tale continues, with Pakistan’s Major Khan the lead antagonist. I believe the story is plausible given the reasons in the story itself. It would give more aviators the chance to attend TOPGUN training for one, as the admissions probably are limited. And two, the training would benefit pilots ‘before’ their active service, not ‘after’. I agree with many other reviewers that a talented narrator would have improved the story a great deal. Morgan’s monotone, impassive rendering diminished Huston’s tale.

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Could have been a great book

I am a first time to this author I enjoyed most of the writing except for the narration which was absolutely horrid I hope to redo this book with a different voice

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Fallout

Great story, interesting to keep you on the edge of your seat... Clear, The reader was one of the best. Story line was easy to follow and a story I could easily imagine happening in reality. I enjoyed this book very much.
KC

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Great story written pre-9/11

This story is crazy considering it was finished in 2001. There is a lot of detail in here that makes it a good read for anyone with aviation interests, but may be a bit too detailed for casual readers. The story moves at an oscillating pace that makes for some good spots to put it down so you’re not compelled into completing it in a single sitting. The narrator grows on you but is a bit dry in the beginning. Listening on 1.2 or faster helped get through the dry stuff.

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I enjoyed this book, the story line was interesting and the performance was goodI found the subject current

The characters were believable
I live 12 miles from
San Ofree
and constantly worry about an attack

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very disjointed and confusing.

the narration was halfhearted ,the plot should have been cut into three bad reads ,I did not make it halfway before I wanted to cut myself.....my worst purchase of a book since 1982

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