If you liked Andy Peterson's First to Kill, you will find this story is nearly seamless in terms of picking up where the other story left off. It's like meeting up with friends that you've liked who are prepared to share their deepest darkest fears. How can a former Marine sniper and his partner have such fears? In the first book you get a glimmer of the possibility that Nate, scarred and brutalized by a psychopathic interrogator in Honduras who is rescued by his partner Harvey might be ready to seek revenge when in the second book he learns the interrogator might be alive and well and still up to his brutality. And for a change the narrator doesn't ruin the women in the story who are strong competent and equal to whatever is thrown their way, by using a silly voice when they speak.
I totally disagree with the previous reviewer "Fritz". This is the second novel by Andrew Peterson (his previous was "First to Kill") and this installment is every bit as good, and better in some ways. These new adventures of McBride are fast paced from the start, but the story really shifts into high gear in the second half, which is basically ALL action. We get new insights into Nathan McBride's soul and we get to experience the critical decision he has to make about his life. I dont want to spoil the plot in any way, but suffice it to say, you will want to find out how Nathan handles this "crisis" first hand. Kudos to Peterson for another great story.
I don't know what to criticize more the narrator or the author. I'll start with the author. Anyone who reads thrillers these days knows that torture is a recurring theme. Most of the good authors describe enough torture to give the reader something to think about in a very complicated means/end question. Andrew Peterson went so far over the top in describing torture and at the end of the book rationalizing the worst kind of torture imaginable that it made an otherwise average story almost unreadable. While it is hard to imagine anything worse that almost gratuitous descriptions of torture, Dick Hill's narration came close. The narration was so bad it is hard to find the words to describe it. Imagine the tough guy accents in the worst 1930's gangster Class B movie, then double it and you have the narration in Forced to Kill. But horrible, inappropriate narration is forgivable. Horrible, inappropriate descriptions of torture is not. If you want a thoughtful treatment of torture, read Daniel Silva or the early Vince Flynn. Stay away from Forced to Kill.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
The Nathan McBride series is great. The two main characters are fantastic and I hope to hear more and sooner! The action and is all paced perfectly and while the plots do not twist a whole lot they are good ones.
What I like about this series is the line between the "good guys" and "bad guys" is hazy at best. It is up to you to decide if the character's actions are proper or not and the logic used in the book can be stomach turning if you believe these types of things happen in real life.
The only real issue I have with the book is I'm not a big fan of Dick Hill. While I like him, his voice never seems to capture the characters in a way that I can really relate to them but don't let that review stop you from listening to a great book!
Avoid cliches. The characters lacked realism. Sounded like a dime store novel. Very disappointed.
I doubt it. Not till I hear he made the New York Times best sellers list.
No. The narration was horrible. Dick Hill can't do voices (especially female voices). To his credit, when he was simply telling the story (as with the parachute jump at the very beginning of the book) he did an adequate job. He's a good reader, but not a good performer.
I would have summed things up quickly at the end. The anti-climactic ending dragged on too much. Sure, it's good to tie up loose ends, but when the plot has peaked, wrap it up quickly.
After his first novel 'First to Kill', he hits a home run with this second story starring Nathan McBride. The narrator for the audio book does another outstanding job of bringing the story to life. During a recent driving trip, I enjoyed having this audio book to fill the hours.
Nathan McBride faces difficult internal conflicts with his FBI counterpart Holly. Overall, there's a lot of interesting action like the first book. You will not regret buying this audio book.
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed this author's first book, First to Kill. When I finished a walk, I would look forward to the next day, so that I could find out what happened next!
His descriptions were fluid and imaginative. His characters larger than life, but still flawed and fun. A great time!
I'm on my second go around for this series. I love all the characters. Mr Peterson does such a great that they feel real and you can't help but care about them. His books are action packed and the details are in such depth that you never say huh.
The lake scene when Nathan has to choose who and what he is. You can feel his struggles and the emotions
I think in this one I'd say Harv. I love Dick Hill. He does a great job. His female voices are a little weak but he's a guy what do you expect.
If life hadn't interrupted I would have. Glad I can take my tablet with me.
I really enjoy reading Andrew Peterson. I hope this turns into a long series.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
It's probably unfair that I compare Nathan McBride to Jack Reacher. But it was hard not to with Dick Hill doing the narration. Even when Nathan becomes "The Other," he doesn't exhibit the machismo that we have learned to love with Reacher. This story was far fetched but that's OK when you're listening to fiction. Montez was really evil and that was a good thing too. But the total package didn't live up to the superlatives that some of the reviewers heaped upon it. I may or may not listen to another book in this series. Average book.
The story is good but the narrator is mediocre at best. HE seems to have great difficulty making up distinguishable voices for the characters. The womens' voices he tries to mimic are extremely annoying and pathetic at times.
Also this is an action novel but he reads it so slowly that it is hard to not fall asleep listening to it. I didn't finish it.