Indian Hill: A Michael Talbot Adventure

Indian Hill: A Michael Talbot Adventure

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by Mark Tufo, Sean Runnette
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The production of this book was spot on. The sound quality was good, crystal clear without any background noise. Runnette has this ability to change his voice to really distinguish the characters. But also this style where he delivers sarcasm right on point, along with other emotions. I really liked his portrayal of the aliens." —AudioBook Reviewer
Library Journal - Audio
Underachieving college student Mike Talbot is abducted to an alien starship where men are forced to fight to the death (for reasons that remain vague), and women are given as prizes, in this awkwardly written adventure. Fans of B-grade sf, gratuitous violence, or hilariously bad metaphors may be able to get some ironic enjoyment from this novel if they can overlook the incongruously slow beginning. The first third of the book is given over to adolescent angst, teenage sex, and drunken parties (odd, in a story told in journal form for Mike's future unborn child), so that it's almost a temporary relief when the book finally takes a bizarre sharp turn into sf. Narrator Sean Runnette does an adequate job with the cast of teen stoners, villainous reptilian aliens, and helpless damsels. VERDICT This first volume in the eponymous series is a minor purchase.—Jason Puckett, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452659589
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/03/2012
Series:
Indian Hill Series, #1
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Tufo is the author of several books, including the Zombie Fallout series, the Indian Hill series, and Timothy.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has also produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. His film and television appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials.

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AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary I was a little confused and disappointed that it was the same main character as that series. But what could be better than a zombie series, why an alien invasion series of course. I have been a big science fiction fan since I was a kid so I was interested to hear Tufo’s spin on it. Once I started the audiobook I immediately had apprehension with the cast line being almost exactly the same, but that went away fairly quickly. Once I realized that Tufo is laying out an alternate reality rather than adding on to what I already know. Mark Tufo has a unique and witty way of really deep character building. So we start the book off going back to Michael Talbot’s childhood where he meets his best friend Paul. They grow up and go to college getting into hilarious trouble along the way. At college Michael goes to an outdoor concert where the listeners are abducted by aliens. Instead of your typical experimentation on humans this is where Tufo puts his touch on it. All the male prisoners are forced into a gladiator style, fight to the death, completion. The females are then awarded to the male prisoners as their spoils. As the completion progresses the victor gets more spoils, bigger accommodations and so forth. During all this Paul is upset that the government isn’t doing more to investigate what happened at the concert. So he does some looking around and finds out it was an alien abduction. Based on the governments reaction and response he decides to buy a piece of land from their childhood called Indian Hill and turn into a bunker for his militia, The Planetary Defense. We go through a few chapters where nothing major happens, Mike is fighting and winning, Paul is building a bunker and an army. Most audiobooks would get stagnant here, and while my attention waned a little, the sarcasm and humor brought me back pretty quickly. At some point Mike discovers he isn’t only fighting for his life but for the right to be with his earth girlfriend who is the best spoil, and also to protect all of the woman he has “won”. The last fight is really bad one, which he wins of course, but then he takes the supreme leader hostage and fights his way to a shuttle and flies back to earth. While the fighting and bunker building seem drawn out it is clear that it is building into a bigger story, so it is worth it. After they return to earth that is the end of the book…until Indian Hill 2. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]