I have been waiting for this to come out for months and was not disappointed. Nathan is one of those guys that you would want to have in your corner when the s--- goes down, and Dick Hill does a great job of narrating that reluctant ability to kick some enemy tail.
The story is well crafted, with a lot of great detail. I look forward to hearing the next in the series!
Great job Peterson! you did it again and better than First to Kill, keeps me wanting McBride more
FORCED TO KILL made for an especially fascinating listen during the week after Osama Bin Laden was killed. Nathan McBride is a compelling hero who will make you want to stand up and cheer. I especially enjoyed learning about Nicaragua during this latest adventure from Andrew Peterson. This is a tale with action and adventure.
To me at least this story was trite and tedious. I found myself sighing during much of the book and almost laughing at a lot of the dialog.
The story is deliberately gory in order to shock I suspect, but the underlying plot had no more to offer than that.
Would recommend you pass.
Dick Hill really can interpret the angst and grit of the characters in this sequel. It slips a bit in the 2nd half but is a tremendous continuation of the evolvement of the characters. Peterson is now on my list of "must reads".
WOW ! This new book by Andrew Peterson is insane. Nathan McBride is one bad dude. The last half of the book is a continuous & relentless action scene that just wont let up.The chase through Belmont Park was really cool because as a kid I went there a lot. I cant wait for book # 3. Mr Peterson, "Dont make me come down there", start writing ASAP.
Full disclosure: I served as an editor for both of Andrew Peterson's novels, so I'm not an impartial reviewer. No surprise, then, that I disagree with Fritz's literary-based(?) assessment of FORCED TO KILL. I personally find Andrew Peterson's work refreshing, in that it delivers sophisticated thrills along with unforgettable female characters. Nathan and Holly's relationship in particular demolishes the usual "guy book" cliches. Also, since we're talking about an audio edition, it's worth mentioning that the fantastic Dick Hill does a masterful job of telling this story and inhabiting Andrew Peterson's characters. If you like your thrills smart, timely, and full of emotion, you should love this book.
This author seems to understand just about nothing when it comes to the military, tactics, training, weapons, etc...And given that that represents half the book I can't believe the editors let him get away with it. Well, maybe not SO surprising. The protagonist is variously described as 6'4" and 6'5" so somebody was not paying attention. What really galls me is that very big men do NOT become Marine Corps scout/snipers. Stealth and concealment are 3/4's of the game. And they sure don't get the training to kick down doors and fight tactical battles inside structures, with suppressed hand guns no less. Those would be SEALS and Delta, who get real handgun training. Snipers don't. Period. Not that anybody with any military experience would choose handguns over a rifle or submachine gun or shotgun. It's ludicrous. And big men don't use 9mms. You use the biggest round that you can control. Always. And back to suppressors(silencers). Nobody uses a suppressed 9mm outside the movies. It's terrible for the balance of the gun, reduces accuracy, AND requires a weaker, sub-sonic round. Nobody would ever choose a weaker round, especially for a 9mm which had medium stopping power. Silencers also don't work very well unless you are using specialized weapons that integrate them into barrel. OK, enough of that horse. How is this one? Marines are not the same as Special Forces as the protagonist asserts, despite the fact that in the opening sequence you have a Marine carrying out the type of mission that only CIA -Special Activities Division, Special Forces, Seals Team Six, or Delta would carry out, and never by just one man.
Now as to the plot. Sort of interesting, if kind of obvious. And the writing is not bad. If only the author had done a little homework and maybe gone to the range once or twice and talked to an old soldier...Sigh...
Not all is as is seems, but evil is still evil. But maybe not as evil as you thought. Governments deal in convenience, and are often in bed with former enemies. Nathan's Nicaragua torturer is back and working in the US!
We get some backstory here, and a real sadistic torturer to hunt and hate. Nathan confronts and exorcises his demons (at least in part), and guess what is the most important thing in the world! No spoiler here; you should be able to guess, but gotta read the book.
Although Dick Hill reads to the last squeezed-out molecule of air, his voices are great and add depth to the relationship between Nathan and Harv that probably wouldn't come through in print. The Latino side-kick cliche is even discussed in the book, but you can't do better than Harv when you need someone on your six, or even your twelve. Harv is a hero himself after all.
The writing is thin, however, in the totality of these two men's lives. Every once in a while you are slapped in the face that Harv has a wife and 2 sons; what? I thought he and Nathan were inseparable buddies with no room for others. And Nathan has dogs, super well-trained dogs. When did that happen?
I wish Holly would stop gushing that Nathan isn't like anyone she's ever met before. Of course he isn't; everyone who went through half of what he did is dead. And I don't get what he sees in her. Sure, she's an FBI SAC, but she is not that strong a character.
This is a series I really like despite all my complaints, so there is still something there to grab you. There's good action, tough men, good men, and some redemption.