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Victory's Defeat

By: Mark Tufo
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Series: Indian Hill, Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Beth, forever fanning the flames of tension and dissension, has the Stryvers, the Progerians, and the entire human race on the brink of annihilation. It is up to Michael Talbot, BT, Drababan, and the United Earth Marine Corps to stave off this extinction event, along with General Ginson aboard the outgunned, outmanned, and nearly crippled USS Guardian. Is it too late, or can it all still be saved?

©2017 Mark Tufo (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Another stonker of a story!

I love Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series but there are times when this Indian Hill series is my favourite. This is one of those times.

This latest story is full of everything you'd expect from Tufo; great characters, humour, excitement and pain. The progression of the war and the characters within it continues to thrill and feels so natural despite the subject matter. Enemies and alliances, friends and foes all battle through this book with Michael Talbot always the link between them. There are new characters to fall in love with, to fear, and to be wary of. And the play between BT and D is priceless. I found tears in my eyes more than once listening to this book. From both laughter and sadness.

Brilliant writing. Brilliant character development. (I know a character is written well when I feel the need to punch them myself for their behaviour!)

The second epilogue is a real treasure. Painfully bitter sweet. A story I'm both glad and sad to know.

As ever, Sean Runnette breathes life into Tufo's already lively words. His delivery is rich and his comic timing perfect. The voice of Mike Talbot will only ever be Sean Runnette for me.

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Brilliant!!!

What a great book so far in to the series.
Bt meets D!!! Oh yes any Talbot fans and of the characters within will love this book.
I can't get enough of the clear symmetry of team work of author and narrator
Superb

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so the roller coaster goes higher and faster

havent finished but had to start a review now. i forgot how much of an adrenaline rush and twists and turns.

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Love this

really loved this book yet again a mark tufo book I didn't want to finish. I have read most of marks books and have never been dissapointed 😁

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brilliant.

once again mark tufo has out done himself. A fantastic sequel to an amazing story in the talbot universe. and once again a flawless performance by sean runnette. 10/10.

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  • 29-09-17

Another great story from Mark

As always a great book which leaves you crying out for the next book keep going Mark.

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Almost exhausting, in a good way.

Great story, fantastic performance. Non stop excitement. So many twists and turns, the plot and scope of the story just grows. Hope we see the next book soon.

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l loved it, mark tufo is an excellent story teller and this book did not disappoint

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As always amazing!

IH6 what a fantastic instalment, gripping and funny. Just what you would expect from Mark Tufo.

As always Sean Runnette was perfect.

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Another great listen

What else is there to say!! Definitely worth a read... you will be hooked to all his series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-19

Love Mike but, he's getting obnoxious.

I love this series and, Marks other series's in general but, of late this one has been grinding on me. The reason is pretty much Michael Talbot's treatment of his old friend. Who as far as I can tell has been barely clinging to command for books now. He frequently disrespects and, undermines him even from the start before the Beth thing. All while refusing to take the actual responsibility of command. He'll show up to call Paul a piece of shit but, god forbid he actually tries to support him or give taking the lead a go. Honestly it's getting to the point where Mike pretends to be humble but, really on the down low he is an egomaniac who can't imagine he's could be the ass hole. Mark needs to ease up with the saint Michael routine.

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  • Drew (@drewsant)
  • 10-06-18

6th verse sames as the first (five)

Another Indian Hill novel follows the same blueprint as others in the past, Mike forms and unlikely alliance, does some crazy stuff and barely gets out by the skin of his teeth. Rinse and repeat. The ending left something to be desired as it leaves you on a cliffhanger but the addition of information related to D’s history at the end was nice. I’m sure I’ll be moving on in the series just to find out where Mike ends up next.

Sean Runnette does a wonderful job bringing the story to life as usual.

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  • MLT
  • 22-05-18

Worst book ever. The narrator was awful

Couldn’t finis. The story was really stupid and the narrator was totally annoying. Do not recommend spending a credit on it.

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  • Lego Man
  • 01-05-18

Couldnt get past first hour - to many bombs

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Remove 70% of the F-bombs - and there would still be too many.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didnt get that far

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes - from the first hour

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not likely

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  • Avid Listener
  • 04-04-18

Captivating and more than addictive!

What made the experience of listening to Victory's Defeat the most enjoyable?

Sean Runnette is a demigod in the world of audio performances.. If Mark Tufo ever decides Sean is not his guy.. I think he'll seriously regret it. Sean is Mike Talbot and Tracy and BT and Justin etc etc.. and they are all distinct. Like 30 characters all coming from one man.. just amazing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They all are.. like taking one out is like deciding you'll take the banana out of a banana split.. would it be good? Probably. Would it be great? NO.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Perfection 0.5 through 10 and in Timothy so far too

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

of course

Any additional comments?

Just buy it.. start with 0.5-10 Zombie Fallout.. hopefully 11 soon. Then take a skip on over to Timothy for some really twisted and almost uncomfortable listening..we will be going to United States of Apocalypse next, Then Calis Rose, Then Indian Hill series. Then Lycan Fallout.
If you go to his web site or FB page you can get a chart of what order to read in.. sort of..
We are going to listen to the book of Riley just because.. but I think it may be a bit over priced.. basically one book chopped up into several.. so wait til these are on sale.

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  • Just_Shoppin
  • 25-06-17

Worst ever!!!

I couldn't get through chapter 2 - story bad performance bad--- I want my money bad

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  • Trucking david
  • 06-06-17

Tufo is the best!

Another great installment in a great series by one of the best writer and voice cast possible. Thank you Mr. Tufo!

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  • Brian Riney
  • 29-06-17

Narrator always does a good job.

I returned this book because I can't bring myself to listen to another story along the Michael Talbot timelines that Mark Tufo is writing about. At first I really enjoyed the first Zombie books and the Indian Hill stories. But after so many books, one can start guessing how the story is going to go, what smart a** answers Talbot is going to give or what insane event will occur that Talbot will inadvertently find his way out of. I'm going to miss these stories but I cannot listen to another one again. Pick a series by Mark Tufo and stick with it. They are all good. I'm just burned out with trying to keep up with all of them. Honestly, they've begun to bleed together. Using the same characters didn't help. If Mr. Tufo starts another series that has nothing to do with Michael Talbot, I will buy it.

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  • Yankigal
  • 12-06-17

Totally Unnecessary Story

I've listened to all the books in the Zombie Fallout series and have loved all of them. However, this book caused me to scratch my head and wonder why it was even written. The last quarter of the book was a backstory of Drababon (sp), which was way too long and involved a whole lot of nothing interesting. Also the narration started to grate on my ears and nerves as the tone used for all the aliens was the same drawn out monotone. I will always choose to buy a Mark Tufo book, but this one was truly a bust and felt more of a filler than a true continuance of the story.

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  • Antonio Stevens
  • 10-06-17

A great story with laughs, action, and feel

The amazing thing about this ongoing story about Indian Hill, is it ability to expand into new areas of action. Space. Ground. Dialog. Epic battles and it never gets old. Filled with actions that mirror absolute friendship, loyalty and the importance of survival. Mike still hovers with reality and not taking things too seriously. Deep down, he fully grasps the reality of everything happening but he protects himself with a armor of laughs. Often confusing or frustrating his friends and allies but giving all of us a good time.

And yet somehow in the midst of all this patent ridiculosity. It manages to be serious. An edge to whats really a state. Confusing the listener as to not be able to tell what will happen next. Pressure based, because you never know just who might perish from the next battle.

And at over five books at the time of this writing, it's hard to deny that this new chapter is epic. It will make you laugh like a kid at the circus. It will make tears spring to your eyes with laughter. It will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more while still leaving you with a sense of gleeful satisfaction after nearly every chapter.

Indian hill introduced me to Michael Talbot. If you haven't heard of him in any of his parallel universe based stories, for the sake of all that is right, please do.

I highly recommend this tale. :)

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