When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions.
The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement. He's the only man with the skills necessary to get the job done. But almost as soon as Nathan reluctantly accepts the assignment, he finds himself caught in the middle. On the one side is a ruthless adversary with a blood-chilling plan - and on the other are agents who will stop at nothing to see their own brand of justice done.
Also listen to the sequel, Forced to Kill.
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"A high-powered thriller from a magnum-force writer." (David Dun, author of The Black Silent)
Right up there on the top
Yes, with lots of twists and turns
He has his own cadence with a distinct voice. It took a while to transition out of Jack Reacher mode, but once I did I really enjoyed the performance.
Leaning about his experience in Nicaragua
I am so glad I have four or five more books to listen to.
Story was awesome, narrator smacks his lips at the end of nearly every sentence. It was one of the most distracting and irritating sounds I have ever heard a narrator do.
Good old fashioned action novel. It moves right along and kept my attention. Made the miles go by really fast. This is Jack Reacher without Lee Child's liberal digs at the Right.
Dick Hill's narration makes the story come to life. Can't say enough about this one. Can't wait to get into the next one in the series.
I picked this series due to the narrator, Dick Hill. I now enjoy the author as much as the narrator.
Anything by Childs.
I will select books in the future just for the narrator.
I enjoyed every minute of this book . The narration was perfect - about to download the next in this series
It was a good story. I had a little difficulty suspending disbelief to enjoy the story simply because it's hard to accept an FBI that allows civilians to run wild in its name. Still, it was an intriguing tale and one that had me visualizing the scenes as it unfurled.
There are a lot of similar good-guy-working-outside-the-law tales. The John Rain series, for example, are better because the tales (mostly of a killer-for-hire working for private interests) are more believable. "First to Kill" is similar to the Jack Reacher books, but I didn't really identify with the characters as much.
Dick Hill's narration and voice characterization are sound, but I get kind of tired of his tendency to over-act the emotions of the book. Nobody I know--in fact, nobody I've ever really heard speak--expresses themselves with the kind of exasperated emotion that Hill often imbues on his characters.
Honestly, he reminds me of William Shatner in his ability to over-act, though Shatner does a lot of it with his body expressions. Dick Hill seems to do it all with his voice.
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