Into the Fire (Indian Hill Book 5) by Mark Tufo

Posted June 30, 2015 by cstuchl in Reviews / 1 Comment

Into the Fire (Indian Hill Book 5) by Mark TufoInto the Fire by Mark Tufo
Narrator: Sean Runnette
Series: Indian Hill #5
Published by Podium Publishing on 19 May 2015
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Mike reunites with his wife and his friend, Paul, aboard the Guardian only to find that things have gone from bleak to hellish on Earth. Rampaging hordes of Genogerians plague the planet, as does an invasion from Progerians hell-bent on knuckling under the will of man through their relentless assault. Yet this may not be the worst of it, as an insidious "ally" has lent their support. At what cost can a planet on the brink come back from such desperate odds?

Can Mike and those around him keep things from getting worse while also not tearing each other apart?

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Mike, Tracy and BT survived the nuke. Now they are faced with a new and totally different threat. Another alien species, The Strivers, have landed on Earth. They are horrible looking creatures and they are telepathic. It seems that the Strivers hate the Progerians and want to totally destroy them. Then they want earth for themselves. They communicate with humans on a different wave length then among themselves.

What these creatures do not know is that somehow Mike can hear them when they communicate with each other. He keeps this ability a secret. This new “friends” will help find the Guardian and repair the damaged ship. Are these creatures to be trusted? Would you trust something that made your skin crawl and your stomach churn? You wouldn’t, good call.

Once the ship is repaired they get ready to “buckle”. Mike, Tracey and BT wait in a shuttle. They are ready to depart the Guardian as soon as it is back in home space. The rest you will have to read for yourselves. I am not going to spoil this adventure for you.

I read a lot and listen to even more. This take on alien invasion is one of the best I have read in a long, long time. It has everything anyone could want and more. Two different species of aliens. One with multiple levels. Then we have a human Hero who somehow manages to come out ahead when he should be dead. Of course, he has enemies. His ex-girlfriend for one. He also has a problem with “foot in mouth” syndrome. Just can’t keep his mouth and brain on the same wave length. Makes for a chuckle in the middle of a deadly situation. How does Mark come up with this stuff? It’s great.

I really like the way Sean tells this story. He gets into the characters and brings them to life doing a splendid job.

Production is excellent, as usual. Never a problem with the sound. Voice is clear without any static or background noise. Great job.

About Sean Runnette

ABR interviewed Sean here

Sean Runnette has earned two Audie nominations and five Earphones Awards for his narration. He has also directed and produced more than 200 audiobooks including several Audie Award winners. He has toured the US and internationally with The American Repertory Theater and Mabou Mines, as well as appearing in Two if by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law and Order and 3rd Watch. He lives, unapologetically, in New Jersey.

The stuff that fits in between the lines:
I’ve been married for 13 years to the girl I first fell in love with when I was 19 years old. Which should make me 32, but somehow I’m closing in on 50. Go figure. We have a dog and a cat, live in a witness protection program style townhouse on the edge of farmland in NJ and don’t miss living in NYC.
I was raised mostly in California. Initially in Mill Valley and finally in LA. I went to Los Angeles Community College, realized I enjoyed acting, moved to SF (where I met my future wife) then moved again to Cambridge for more schoolin’. Then it was off to NY, where I did many, many plays in small rooms with and for swell folks. After a while the rooms got bigger and the people less fun. After a while hearing 100 no’s to every yes got to be too much, so I opted for sanity. Which is audiobooks. Still nutty, but much more civil.
I record in our basement, make holes in sheetrock and call it home repair, and train.

About Mark Tufo

Mark Tufo is the creator of the Zombie Fallout series, which feature everyman hero Mike Talbot.

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed at Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA, and Kaneohe Bay HI.

After his tour of duty, he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has since gone back to college at CTU to complete his Masters.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill Trilogy whilst in college. This manuscript was stored in his garage until July 2009, when he published it on Kindle at his wife’s insistence.

At the time of this writing, Mark has since written the extremely popular Zombie Fallout series comprised of six serial novels, one prequel novella (Dr. Hugh Mann), and a related side story following the plague from the point of view of a zombie retaining human sentience (Timothy); two additional installments of the popular Indian Hill series; a metaphysical horror novel (The Spirit Clearing); two books following the trials of domesticated pets in the time of a zombie plague (The Book of Riley 1 & 2); a young adult version of Indian Hill entitled The Ravin (with a YA version of Indian Hill 2 scheduled for release in 2013); and a contribution to a compilation of zombie short stories (Undead Tales).

Mark’s books are generally written in a first person narrative style and crossover into several genres including horror, science fiction, and comedy. All of his books make some reference to the recurring semi-autobiographical character Michael Talbot and usually include some interesting insights into the real history of this unique author.

Mark Tufo lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

As of September 2012, Mark’s first film, Zombie Fallout is in pre-production with Illuminandi Media.

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