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First to Kill | [Andrew Peterson]

First to Kill

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Andrew Peterson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A high-powered thriller from a magnum-force writer." (David Dun, author of The Black Silent)

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    Sohail Somani 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I didn't like it, though I do own a Camaro"
    What would have made First to Kill better?

    I just don't think it matches the kind of story I'm looking to read. It's probably nothing to do with the book itself.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    I felt like I should be an American redneck to enjoy this.

    And I do own a Camaro.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I think he is an excellent narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    Please never put this kind of book in front of me again. I might want to kill myself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimber 03-09-14
    Kimber 03-09-14
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    "Only 3 books to this series, start here & hold on!"

    A little more violence, torture than I am comfortable with, but wowzer!

    [SPOILER ALERT] I started with the third/last book, and was glad I did because I
    knew that some of my favorite people from this first book made it to the end, and I wasn't sure they would! Phew!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Buffy 01-08-14
    Buffy 01-08-14
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    "It's Great!!!"

    I'm always looking for an author that challenges my mind. I listen to 2-3 books a week... What a great book! Of course Mr. Hill is a master.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-04-14
    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story.....But"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an ok novel, but not really one that grips you and keeps you glued to it. Part of that might be the reader used. This reader has a tone that would be great for old dective and ganster type books, but here it just sounds out of place. Maybe if someone like George Gidall read it the book would have seemed far more interesting. I found myself struggling with ignoring the tone so I could get into the story.....Book listening shouldn't be that much work...Especially going down the road.

    Otherwise it was a good book for the most part. So if you like action packed books then this is ok. Nothing like a Vince Flynn or Ben Coes that has so much action that you sometimes feel like you just stepped off a rollercoaster after listening for awhile, but still it does have some pretty good action and grizzly outcomes from some local baddies who go way over the top with their being bad asses.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-20-13
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great read. Action all the way through the book. Great story line that keeps your attention all the way through. Nathan and Harv make the book excellent. Love how the book goes into detail on every scene and action the pair goes through. Dick Hill uses many voices to make each character come alive.

    Can't wait to listen to the other two in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. V. Baldwin Virginia 10-22-13
    J. V. Baldwin Virginia 10-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nathan McBride a great character"
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes. This was my introduction to Nathan McBride and I listened to all three books in the series in short order. I enjoyed the plots and the characters. The author's character development makes them both interesting and sympathetic and compelling.


    What other book might you compare First to Kill to and why?

    Option to Kill and Forced to Kill, for obvious reasons. I haven't found another character that is reminiscent of Nathan but the narrative reminds me of Lee Child's Reacher series.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love Dick Hill's delivery...he brings color and depth to the character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Learning about the torture Nathan underwent and the compassion he feels for the victims he saves


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 09-12-13
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"

    Great storyline, narrator, a nice blend of believability with a fast pace and few slow areas.
    I really want to listen to more from this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Morgan Hill, CA, United States 09-04-13
    Timothy Morgan Hill, CA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like Jack Reacher, you will like this book"

    Having listened to all of the Jack Reacher books, and love Lee Child's writing style, I gave this book a try and found that it very entertaining and the story kept me guessing. I am now on the second and will be purchasing the third.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Cox Seattle 07-04-13
    Edward C. Cox Seattle 07-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "WOW...A MUST for any ACTION fan!!!!"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    Peterson's first book, and it just keeps getting BETTER !!!!!
    The character development is GREAT...the story is both fast-paced, believable and always a twist around the next corner.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As I listened, the scene was playing like a movie in my mind...which is odd, as I have enjoyed greatly other authors like Lee Child,Patterson, Cussler, Baldacci...but this was so much more entertaining...not taking anything away from others...


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill is now my ALL-Time Favorite...I enjoyed him in the "Jack Reacher" series, but he takes this to an ALL-TIME high as a ":thrill ride". To me...there is none better


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Out of the 147 books I have read / listened to...the Nathan McBride series are not on the TOP !!!! I listen to all 3 in two days...where normally I like to spread the books out over a week or so...COULD NOT STOP !!!


    Any additional comments?

    THESE ARE A MUST READ for anyone who enjoys Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, John Rain, or any of Baldacci's characters !!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dejan 06-26-13
    Dejan 06-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it or hate it. May contain spoilers."

    I did try to love it, but couldn't. I know it is all about the tastes, but I just couldn't like this one. Even though the story is not that bad, the characters and writings are not convincing enough.

    Main man, Nathan, is so cool a character that I couldn't believe him. He's:
    - extremely nice to ladies (great lover, as one of the characters commented)
    - makes excuses for others in his behalf (there is an Arab taxi driver having five minutes talk with Nathan exchanging niceties...completely irrelevant to anything, not just story.)
    - likes musicals.
    But when Nathan gets to fight...oh man, when he gets to fight! He wins, man, because he is:
    - 12 foot or something like that high, lean and mean
    - faster than anybody else
    - best shooter in the world
    - he's "ready and willing...to kick some ass!" (quote)
    - etc etc etc

    I can't like guys like that. I like the way David Baldacci and Vince Flynn describe their characters. They maybe a bit deviate (like Mitch Rapp and Will Robie), but in all my naivety, I believe that trained killers, even the ones killing bad guys, must be deviate in some way if they are good in their job.

    I loved when Baldacci in "The Hit" described Jessica Reel (assassin by trade) doing her workout routine. After two thirds of it, all man in the gym that were watching her let her alone knowing they couldn't compete with her. That's how you let your reader know how capable your characters are.

    But when describing Nathan in figth, Nathan don't just beat up the guy. He also tells him that he has problems because he's hurting women, and that he has to do some mind f#*king yoga exercise to control himself. And after beating him up (broken hand and almost poked eye), he shows him the exercise and it works! Guy immediately changes his ways!

    And that wasn't what I hated the most.

    I didn't like Dick Hill's performance.

    When I first listened to George Guidall, I thought he was...flat. Then I listened more, and I understood that I could listen him 10 hours straight and not be bored or tired, while I would still be able to notice any character's mood changing, or different characters by tiniest shades of change in his voice. The guy is just that good.

    Then I listened to Ron McLarty and I immediately recognized the same qualities in his voice. You could just listen those guys forever and not get tired.

    And their voices are rough and tough! Dick portraits Nathan (the warrior killing machine musical lover) with some gentle, half heard voice with lot of sighs etc. Jesus!

    Ron had a help from Orlagh Cassidy when female characters came in story. George did it himself. The smallest changes in voice, I tell you, but I always knew who is talking at any moment.

    But Dick...I saw the reviews, a LOT of people liked his performance. I didn't. I don't like hearing female chief of FBI field office sounds like very weak elderly lady. All female characters sounded like that.

    I will end this rant now.

    If you want to buy a book with Mr Hill reading, listen to the sample first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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