I enjoyed this one overall. I know it's older, because the technology seemed dated. But the character was likable and the story moved along well.
I'm not a fan of Dick Hill's narration, although I have listened to many of his works, including Reacher and others. His female character voices are pretty awful, and I feel like he's just generally got one gear...little texture and flexibility. He's certainly not terrible, but just not really my cup of tea. There are many, many others I'd rather listen to.
Dick Hill did a good job but it took me a long time to realize that the main character, Nathan McBride, is not Jack Reacher's secret twin brother. So, perhaps unfairly, I gave the performance three stars for the distraction factor. With that out of the way, I believe that this is the first long novel by Andrew Peterson and is a good one indeed. This is a story where the characters, both bad and good, men and women, are interesting and interact like human beings, sometimes unpredictably so. Nathan is a mix between Reacher - sorry, I can't help it - for his deductive skills and Hunter's Swagger. The portrait of a sniper dark world is very well done. The author has personal experience shooting long guns and it shows in some of the action passages. A dark episode in Nathan's past and the presence of a loyal sidekick and smart FBI agents add some depth to the tale. In spite of some judgement gaps towards the end he weaves a generally credible story. I am looking forward for the second book in the series.
Nathan Daniel McBride is a sniper with the type of partner anyone in the military or security business would kill for.
Nathan and his partner are out of the military and are running a private security firm. As a team, they take on an assignment to locate a F. B. I. agent missing in action.
After Nathan and his partner start their investigation, they uncover the truth by putting the facts together. The truth as you will read begins with the undercover F. B. I. agent and why he was sent to bring down Freedoms Echo.
The title is First to Kill and when you read the story you will see why. I will make sure to definitely finish the Nathan McBride series. I would also highly recommend Mark Greaney’s Grey Man series and David Baldacci’s Will Roby series.
First listen by Andrew Peterson. A very good author and a great book with very compelling characters and story line. Narrator Dick Hill is one the best in the business. Will definitely purchase the other Nathan McBride audio books.
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Good, not great. At it's heart, this book is a detective story. I was hoping for more of a military feel with lots more sniper activity.
Dick Hill is a good narrator, but sometimes I'm put off by his somewhat Shatner-esque delivery.
Got this book from a 3 for 2 sale, so I'm not disappointed with my purchase. However, I will probably not continue the series.
This is the first book I have read or listened to from Andrew Peterson. I have enjoyed Dick Hill's naration for other authors so figured I would give it a shot.
For a new autor and set of characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and character development in the book. It has a slight "24" feel to it, if you are/were a fan of the show this book is right up your alley
Only negative was I thought the plot was a tad predictible at times and I thought the ending was a little rushed.
All that being said great book, interesting and engaging characters and another fantastic naration by Dick Hill (he does one of the best jobs on different characters voices and inflections!!)
It's a decent story line. There is nothing deep and revealing about the plot. Just think Expendibles.
No, I have to say that I couldn't stand the reader's voice in this book. During his narrations, he was fine, but when he tried to differentiate the characters - everyone, and I mean everyone got a Southern accent - a horrible one at that. Im usually not too picky about my readers, but this drove me up the wall. If everyone is supposed to be from California or Washington DC, why the hell do they all sound like they just stepped out of the backwoods of Alabama?
When choosing a book, I like to read some of the more negative reviews first. Even if 50,000 readers thought the book was amazing, there are still that 100 or so that can find something wrong with it. That being said, I took this book for what it was - an action novel about a retired Marine sniper. He's the best at everything - including operating on the fly, sniping, and tracking people through the mud.
I thought the story was enjoyable and it did pass the time as I had hoped - quickly. There is nothing deep and revealing in this story, just a retired Marine called back to the line of duty when no one else will suffice.
I live on Puget Sound and my wife and I spend our summers on our boat out on the water.
If you liked the Reacher novels, you'll like these. The hero is a former sniper who takes on bad guys who are really bad. He has internal demons that he battles as well as the bad guys. Dick Hill, as always, does a great job bringing the novel to life.
For once Audible's recommendations didn't disappoint...
I am a thriller junkie, and I don’t care if more often than not the stories are a bit formulaic. As long as the plot is good, the narrator doesn't put you to sleep, the characters are likable and/or interesting, I am IN.
This book was just that. Liked Nathan's character, a master of weaponry, skills, etc, and yet, he's flawed.
Will be checking out other books in the series.
yes - sure I missed some points
yes - never a dull moment
yes.. was his normal great job
no - I liked the story and the characters