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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

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  • DCinMI
  • Fairview, MI
  • 06-12-13

Get through this one because the next two are good

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.

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  • Laura
  • Gatesville, TX United States
  • 10-12-15

Ok but...

Not as good as the zombies! It was a pretty good story, I couldn't really grasp hold of crocodiles or alligators for aliens. On the other hand this reader can make anything enjoyable and Talbot is still awesome!

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ALIEN FALLOUT?

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



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Pauly stepping up!

Would you listen to Indian Hill again? Why?

Of course, Mark Tufo's books are written in a way where you can listen over and over and find something new everytime!!!!

What other book might you compare Indian Hill to and why?

umm not sure, a little bit Zobie Fall out.

Which scene was your favorite?

When, make starts his rise up, to get outta there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, Tufo always is.

Any additional comments?

It was nice to see Paul step up to fight for humans, even with out Mike there to back him.

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  • rene
  • Henrietta, Tx, United States
  • 05-23-14

Further adventures of Mike, Dennis and Paul !

What made the experience of listening to Indian Hill the most enjoyable?

Sean Runnette is the Epitome of an audiobook narrator !

What was one of the most memorable moments of Indian Hill?

When Paul and Mike meet that first school year and devise a way to get the principal off of them

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Sean's voice and inflections really establish the tone of the various scenes

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction...I love listening to this series

Any additional comments?

I will continue to buy TUFO and Sean Runnette

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  • Shawn Kass
  • Temperance, Michigan, United States
  • 07-06-13

Poor Mike Talbot, just keeps getting into trouble

What did you love best about Indian Hill?

Love Mike and the gang, great character and fun inner dialogue

What did you like best about this story?

Mike and the gang

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

Mike

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, fun read and Sean is a great narrator.

Any additional comments?

Keep writing Mr Tufo, keep writing.

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  • coreybeth
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 02-11-13

Tufo has done it again! Awesome book!

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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  • Scott
  • Wellston, OK, United States
  • 01-24-18

A review for the entire series (no spoilers)

Well I just finished the series.

I imagine it will not be long before I reread/listen the whole thing, Sean Runnette is amazing and brings everyone to life.

This is one of the greatest works of science fiction I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The first book will be hard for some of you to get through. It is graphic, violent, and stomach turning at points. But I promise the ride is worth it and the detailed violence does not continue through the series. The 1st lets you as a reader become part of the world that you so want to be part of, while at the same time hoping the events would never happen. (Just a side note, I am a gal reviewing from my husbands audible account)

The relationships, the humor, and the tears are all part of what makes it an incredible ride.
This story is so wonderful and such a fantastic ride, that I am going to figure out how to make a cliff notes version of this 1st book so I can share the rest of the series with my 13 year old son.

Take this ride! Buy this book! Even if you want to stop, make yourself continue through book 2. I promise you will not be disappointed, and you will have the joy of not having to wait for each subsequent book like I did.

The very best part of Book 7 is Mark leaves a crack open for more in this adventure, while still providing a satisfying ending.

WELL DONE MARK TUFO!!! Thank you so much for the adventure! I only wanted to kill you a few times. My only disappointment is that there is not more for me to read.

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Weird Nerdy Death Battle

Wow, this is pure nerd strangeness. A young adult wet dream.

By no means is this a great book. This is not Cormac McCarthy or Foster Wallace. Nor is it George RR Martin or Patrick Rothfuss. But for some reason I found this to be a pure pulp engrossing read.

This Indian Hill reminds me of BV Larson's first book in the Star Force series. That one was a strange young adult fantasy wrapped into a sci-fi story as well.

There is no character building. Its written from the first person as a memoir. Groups of thousands are abducted by aliens and then forced into a bracketed playoff. A playoff of dueling to the death.

I fell guilty for giving this 5 stars. But I have to admit I enjoyed it.

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I love Tufo's style


love the other series...this is great , too.
definitely fun to listen to. Runnette makes it come to life.

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  • P. Erickson
  • 10-14-12

Origins

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!

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  • Lawrence
  • 06-05-15

Builds well as it goes on

Slow to start but became increasingly interesting and once the story got in full flow became quite gripping especially some of the fight scenes One particular one comes to mind when Mike has to bite an opponent in the crotch it just made me weak at the knees!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-13

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

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  • Clare
  • 03-05-18

Addicted to Tufo

If you could sum up Indian Hill in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Nerve-Wracking & Emotional

Who was your favorite character and why?

Honestly hard to choose as Mark Tufo writes such great characters, but in this book it would have to be Mike Talbot. No matter who you are, or what background you come from, you will find something that will resonate with this character. You live the story through him, and find yourself totally immersed in this alternate universe.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favourite?

Again so hard to choose. I have listened to audiobooks for more than 15 years and can honestly say that Runnette is the best narrator I have heard, by a long way. He brings all the characters to life, so much so that I can see their facial expressions clearly as he talks. I would again choose Mike Talbot in this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in one of Mike's arena battles, when he realises that his opponent is not the enemy, he's not even a bad guy. In fact he is much like Mike, a kindred spirit, forced to fight to survive and trying to maintain his humanity whilst he does so. But Mike still has to kill him if he wants to survive.

Any additional comments?

Mark Tufo's creates rich and immersive worlds, which bump up against each other. I highly recommend ANY of his other books. I can guarantee that if you've enjoyed this book you will love the others too. It doesn't matter which one you pick, you really can't go wrong. And you will want to listen to / read them, again and again. I am totally addicted to Mark Tufo!

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  • andy
  • 10-31-17

The mans a master of his craft

I have read everything by Mark but just didn't fancy this series of books, the whole alien thing put me off. Id run out of books by MT to read and took the plunge, wow, as ever Mark somehow manages to create characters that you come to care about, a lot of them re appear from previous outings but as long as you enjoyed them last time around youll enjoy them once again. Last point id make is that this writer is just funny ! I mean LOL funny don't know how he does it but its like a drug I just cant get enough. Keep it coming Tufo !!

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  • carl
  • 05-31-17

Holy crap

I almost gave up on this apparent pos but it went from crap to must finish in 30 seconds if you pick up this book at least keep reading / listening until alien ship and occupants unveiled... Its not "amazing" but I admit after nearly returning it for a refund in the first hour to 2 hours it became a must finish, get the next in the series book

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  • zombie reader
  • 01-31-17

First visit to Indian hill

This was my first visit to Indian hill and I am completely hooked can't wait to start the rest of the series another home run in the mike Talbot series

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  • Trevor
  • 06-28-14

Great Book

What did you like best about this story?

All consuming!

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favourite?

Mike is fav obviously but Sean keeps you in with all characters.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes this book makes you laugh and cry, it is brilliant and Mark Tufo humour really works so well for be.

Any additional comments?

To be honest did not really want to get this book as the description did sound a bit boring but it had Mike Talbot character in it from other Mark Tufo books so gave it a go whilst had aspire time and wow i am so glad i did. It was brilliant, ok plot reminds me of a couple of films i have seen before but wow Mark really brings the story alive! I was caught in with characters from start to finish. Ok a Mike talbot in a different reality to ZF but wow it really works so well!

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  • Thomas
  • 04-22-14

A book of two parts

This book has two clear chunks: first there's Michael's growing up, staring at women, and attempting to have sex with women at college. Then there's the bit where he's abducted by aliens and forced into a knockout fight to the death tournament.

The first section shows a well-developed character in Michael. His attitudes towards life and the world are reasonably interesting, and lots of things happen - none of which are especially important in the long run. In general, this area of the book holds up well enough.

After the abduction, the shallow nature of the book really becomes unavoidable. Everyone who is not Mike is evil, and therefore it is fine that he kills them - the chance for interesting moral dilemmas is utterly wasted. On top of this, victories are rewarded with women. This is just aggravating; there is no good reason why the author made it happen this way, except to give Mike some damsels to rescue. Oh, and they're so damn grateful to him that they fight over him to serve him best. This whole aspect feels old-fashioned and absurdly sexist for a book written in the last few years.

It's a shame that "the women" (as they are referred to) are not well developed, because the interactions of a group when trapped in close proximity could have been really interesting. Unfortunately, it can feel like weeks of potential character development are skipped through. Too many battles, too little story outside of them.

I'm a fan of pulp, but this book does not capture the immersive thrill that makes Battle Royale and the Hunger Games tick. Too many annoyances drew me out of Mike Talbot's world.

This book is a very well developed character growing up and doing things, then participating in a really shallow battle story.

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  • Mark
  • 06-22-13

Hilarious Battle Royal style Talbot story

Where does Indian Hill Series #1: Indian Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love that Mark has taken his characters from the Zombie Fallout series and dropped them into a completely different but incredible new adventure.

What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

yet again Sean brings the Talbots to life!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If I made this into a film the tag line would undoubtedly be "What would Talbot do?"

Any additional comments?

Listen your life will be the better for it!

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  • Bianca
  • 12-17-17

Great story line that captured me

I was engrossed and held by this story until the end and now i have to have book 2 to find out how things end up. Loved this book.

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  • Tony Wright
  • 10-08-17

Couldn’t finish it

Shallow, predictable and self serving with a lack lustre performance- I tried to finish it but in the end couldn’t- after 2/3 of it decided I had better things to do with my time like cleaning the gutters .

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  • megan
  • 09-24-17

Great book

I found this series after Zombie Fallout and found it a big change from my favourite series. I found that it was a little more difficult to get into but once I did, I loved it!
Once again, Mark gave us good strong characters, an epic battle and a good mix of funny and sweet moments.

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  • Michael
  • 04-03-16

Another excellent listen.

Loved this. Another great story from Mark and yet again excellent performance from Sean. Only negative is that you know from the start Mike survives the tournament. You find yourself so often feeling Mike's anguish before a fight and hope he wins the but then you remember he makes it through to the next round and all that suspense is somewhat ruined. That doesn't take anything away from how great whole the story is though. 5 well deserved stars.