This is my first try at this series. I think the character of Nathan McBride has great potential, so I’m going to go back and give the first two in the series a try. The action parts of this story were very good. “Option”, however, completely failed for me on a character level.
Firstly, the completely improbable interplay between Nathan and the niece, Lauren, left me shaking my head. Of course if you read this kind of fiction you expect the unbelievable, but that’s best left to the action side of the story. When it comes to how characters interact with each other that needs to be somewhat grounded in reality. No 12 year old is going to act or talk like the one in this story. For instance, Nathan puts her in a ghille suit with a spotting scope and she points out the bad guys, watches him slaughter them, and thinks it’s so “OMG cool”.
The dialogue between Nathan , Gin (the ½ sister) and Lauren is beyond trite. It sounds like the worst send up of B movie dialogue any satirist would write. It’s so grating, predictable and sappy I actually laughed out loud at what I considered to be the climax of the silliness when Gin yells at Nathan, “Get moving Marine”.
Dick Hill’s narration only serves to point out and accentuate the bad dialogue. His back of the throat whisper female voice is excruciating. If you listen to him you know what I mean. Usually it’s fine, but in this book it just adds to the mess.
yes, kept my attention through the entire story, Dick Hill did his usual great job, the action was continuous, but not overly graphic.
I haven't read the book
Action from the word go and pretty much non-stop.
He seemed like he was Nathan McBride
I listened to all three books and all three were just as exciting as the others. I have also listened to all of the Mitch Rapp series and these are just as good. Kudos to Andrew Peterson
Wow. This was my first Andrew Peterson, will back track to pick up books 1 and 2 of the McBride, then on forward. Love Dick Hill, started with him on the Lee Child/Jack Reacher books, it's not just Reacher that he does so well. Did a listen to Gray Man to get me over last of Reacher books, disappointed. But this BLEW MY SOX OFF!
If you're a Reacher fan, then be careful reading this series. Why? Because, I found that I like this character, Nathan McBride, better! What?! Yup, you heard it here first. I won't go into the story at all. Hate spoilers or anything that might influence a future listener. What I will go into without any spoilers is WHY I like this character better. Main reason--he's flawed! He's been in the machine and been spit out. Intact but with issues. This makes him believable, and you're immediately on his side. He's also grittier than Reacher. You'll have to figure that out on your own. Any reacher fan will enjoy this series and be left wanting more! I know I was.
ALSO... do I have to say anything about Dick Hill? Nope, go forth... download and enjoy!!
Covert spy & crime thrillers with lone heroes. Lots of action, start to end. Bad endings = bad book. Love Jack Reacher & Nathan McBride!!
Very good, even puled my heart strings
Very personable and had a great softside,
Yes! This is great like the others
Yes - Had hard time putting my family off.
I love the stories and the narrator. Watch out Jack Reacher & Lee Child!
Dick Hill was annoying as a 12 year old girl. Don't know how McBride could stand her.
Not as good as the first two McBride stories but he does have a way with torture.
Incredibly bad female and child voices.
The Nathan McBride novels are a "must" read. The characters blend and interact as real individuals. The storylines are well written. A pure joy to listen.
Overall, I like this genre of,,, CIA operative on a critical mission... I also liked the first book in this series, "First to Kill".
I listened to the first book several years ago and saw that this one had very good reviews so I jumped on it without going back and listening to the second one. I enjoyed this book so I don't think you necessarily have to take them in order to gain some enjoyment out of the stories.
While these stories were good and I do like Andrew Peterson's writing style, I don't consider him to be among my favorites in this genre. I save that for Vince Flynn first, Alex Berenson second and then Peterson and others who fall into the "good but not great" category.
Dick Hill does a decent to good job. He has a no-nonsense style, but butchers women and children voices to the point of aggravation.
I recommend, it's worth the time and credit!!
This book was heartwarming although it was an action story, I found it to be very interesting and I loved how the family accepted each other. I wish I had listened to the first two in order, but I got it as a special price.