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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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  • RJ
  • 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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Poor Cadence

The readers unrealistic and exaggerated cadence makes this book almost unbearable. The storyline is redeemable but the readers delivery makes it difficult to stick with the listen.

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grinding narrator

I stuck it out to the end with my sanity still somewhat intact. The narrator was terrible for this type of book.

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1996?

It really bothers me that a factual event, 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, is stated as having occurred in 1996. Even the movie got the date right. Then they say the Pakistani attacked CIA workers in 1996. It was 1993! Yuck!
The narrator didn't help this so-so story. He seemed to strain to show appropriate emotional context. He is one I will avoid.

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Great story! I would love to see the movie

However, the narrator was all wrong for this story. I struggled all the way thru. He did not evoke tuff guy navy pilots or tuff guy bad guys. It was very incongruous.

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  • Mr
  • 05-29-18

Awful narrator, decent book

Worse narration I’ve ever heard on an audiobook. Monotone and dull. Very little attempt at making characters sound different and no emotion or excitement added.
Story seemed ok and I did listen to the end but narrator just made it seem dull and a bit difficult to follow.

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  • Mike H.
  • 06-07-22

What a superb story

As I wrote above and don’t normally bother to comment,this story was excellent l

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  • Lorraine Lawrenson
  • 05-20-22

Bad narration

This is the first book that I couldn’t finish, the narration was awful so can’t really comment on the story.

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  • 05-11-22

Not the greatest

It’s a bit juvenile and obvious. The narration is terrible. I kept persevering but it didn’t really improve

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  • Taxing
  • 02-22-22

Good story, but narration could've been better

Really enjoyed the storyline, it's written at a good pace

But the narration pace was off, and, unlike many audiobooks where accents are well delineated, it made it harder to know which character was spwaking

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  • AMANDA
  • 06-20-22

Great book

The story is good, lots of action, but I must say, the Narrator, oh boy, he killed the pleasure of listening to it. In my opinion, an storyline like this should be read by a much more lively Narrator.