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First to Kill Audiobook
First to Kill
Written by: 
Andrew Peterson
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
First to Kill Audiobook

First to Kill

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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)

What Members Say

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    Alan G Symons 01-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dick Hill is a terrible reader. Great story."
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    NO


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is terrible!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, because of Dick Hill not the story


    Any additional comments?

    Redo the series with another reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "pleasantly surprised"

    I was not sure what to expect when starting this book. I had never heard of the author and was a bit skeptical of if I wanted to give this story my "listening" time. Boy was this a nice treat. I am totally hooked on this series and these characters. I found myself very intrigued by Nathan and Harvey and could wait to get to the other books to learn more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JANET 10-26-15
    JANET 10-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall....pretty good"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    Lots of action and some mystry attached


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a good ending


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I love Dick Hill. He reads this book very similar to Jack Reacher books.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is very similar to Lee Child with the exception that I think that Lee Child's books offer better and deeper twists to various situations. Lee Child's books are less predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Davidt100 10-21-15
    Davidt100 10-21-15
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    "Very Entertaining, Lots of Action"

    This is my first time reading/listening to Andrew Peterson. He obviously has spent time in the military or law enforcement or his research is very good. He accurately describes tactics and weapons in a way that in not too "Clancy" but, lets you know he knows his stuff.

    I liked the story and would give it 3.5 if I could, but it's not quite a 4. It kept me interested, but I wasn't dying to get back to it every day. The characters are a little shallow, but that may also be because they are pretty hardened tough guys, I just didn't grab onto them very deeply.

    The action in the book is great and pretty much non stop, lots of fighting and killing and lots of brutality. If you are at all squeamish you should probably look elsewhere, because there are some torture scenes that are graphically described.

    All in all and good listen, I will probably try the second one in the series at some point, but for now I'm not chomping at the bit to get a hold of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mathis usa 09-28-15
    K. Mathis usa 09-28-15

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    "boring narration"

    this guy did the Johnny Carson autobiography. he should stick to narrations such as these. His voice, tone and execution is not made for action. He failed to keep my attention. I could not finish or start any of the other books in this series with him as the narrator. even when he tries to sound exciting and develop suspense all I can imagine is a old man sitting on the porch in a swing drinking lemonade.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 09-15-15
    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 09-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very Undisciplined Writing"
    What disappointed you about First to Kill?

    That the high review rating did not match what I experienced in the book. The story was good and the plot was very good but the author was indeed writing his first book. There was very little effort made to distinguish between characters. At times I couldn't tell who was who. The division between scene, chapters and moods was almost nonexistent. Some of the characters were so underdeveloped that they might as well not been introduced. The only reason for their appearance was to confuse the reader.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If there had been better character development, more effort to make the transition from scene to scene easier and more effort to massage the story into a tighter piece of fiction it could have been a great book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Someone who could use their voice to assist in helping the reader determine which character is which. This lack of effort made it very difficult to determine who was talking and where the story was going.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First to Kill?

    The travel scenes, the long narrations about what was going to happen instead of writing what did happen. It was suppose to be a action/suspense novel but the author cheated the reader by not getting the reader into the action. An example was when the villains stole the UPS truck and kidnapped the driver. What happened to the driver?


    Any additional comments?

    This was a bad first book. I am hesitant to read another by this author but I will give him one more chance in hopes that he has corrected some of the mistakes made in the first book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    casey p. miller 09-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Action Packed"

    Great book some of the facts are a little off but, a great read. Nathan McBride tough at they come, bullets have the right of way!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew A. Maglione Chapel Hill, NC 08-21-15
    Andrew A. Maglione Chapel Hill, NC 08-21-15 Member Since 2002

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    "Narration"

    Good story line, good plot. A lot of the time it was difficult to distinguish which character was speaking because they all sounded the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 06-07-15
    Jill 06-07-15
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    "Excellent as expected"

    None stop attention grabbing story brought to life by an excellent narrator! Well worth the money and time! Buy it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-29-15
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    "decent enough"

    decent enough story but very mechanical technical writing too much "I just happen to have training in " insert random emergency skill"

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  • Richard
    Epsom, SRY, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "Brilliant Book."

    This story was very well thought-out, good delivery and excellent narration. Characterisations were better than most in this genre.

    Looked for more by this author but nothing yet . . .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • R.B
    Ireland
    3/13/16
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    "A Very Good First Outing for Andrew Peterson."

    I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, as my experience of first in a series books hasn't been great recently. However, I pleasantly surprised with this audio book.
    It started a little differently than some books in this genre, in that it introduces us to the main character, Nathan McBride, not as a "bad-ass" who will destroy anyone who hurts him or his friends, but as a "bad-ass" who will teach you a lesson(in this case, beating a man who is causing some trouble for a client), and then if you are willing, give you a second chance. In other words, Nathan McBride has a heart, even though he is an expert marksman and overall operator, and he will do what needs to be done. His business partner and long time friend Harvey Fontana, is as loyal to Nathan as Nathan is to him, and Andrew Peterson does a great job of showing just how deep their friendship is.
    Overall, I found this book to have both depth when it needed to, and action when it needed to. The backstory for Nathan McBride is certainly interesting and makes you like him even more once you have seen what he's been through.
    The narrator, Dick Hill, is well known and liked, and with this book he does another excellent job. He is definitely on my list of top three narrators. He has this ability to bring characters to life that few can match.
    As a first in a series book, this exceeded my expectations, and it made be want to keep going with the series. If I had anything negative to say about it, it would be that there was a little too much dialogue in places, and that there might have been too many explanations of what things were, but that is a very small complaint in a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    11/22/15
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    "First to Kill"

    Exciting story which was very well read with great characterisation. My first Peterson book - most enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Mannion
    Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom
    9/21/15
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    "Good read but ordinary"

    It was just ok for me. I found it a bit slow going. Descriptions of weaponry, special services skills and sniper's craft were good. I like a thread of intrigue which I didn't find until well into the book.
    Others do the job better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian of Wales
    UK
    1/18/15
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    "Rather breathless narration"

    As a Brit I found the narrator's cadence peculiar & his occasional gasps for breath off-putting; the story seemed very contrived to put flesh on the "sniper" bones of the story. Early on the hero proclaims that detail is all important whilst observing that his opponent must be on amphetamines since he has constricted pupils… wrong!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Allen
    Birmingham, UK
    10/4/14
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    "a bit formulaic, but passable"

    This is all very standard predictable good-guy-beats-bad-guys-and-helps-people type thing.

    I'll probably track down the next parts in the series (although I notice that they are rated higher than the first book) but I'll probably pay 70p to borrow them from my local library instead of using a credit here on Audible.

    Dick Hill's good, I listened to him reading some Jack Reacher novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. J. Cazaly
    gran canaria, spain
    9/7/14
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    "Bloodthirsty or what, but cracking book"
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes, good twists and turns. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to good thriller readers


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whilst some twists and turns you could see as a coming possibility, many were not


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favourite?

    Nathan but also liked Holly


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

    The finale was well written and kept you in suspense. It was a very colourful story.


    Any additional comments?

    A cracking read and kept it's momentum all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Wednesbury, United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "A great listen following Jack Reacher addiction"
    If you could sum up First to Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Action Strategy Results


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was looking for a similar series to Lee Child's Jack Reacher books and glad I found these. They lack some of the twists and turns of the Jack Reacher series however make up for it in other areas. If you liked Reacher chances are you'll like this.


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

    I love the way that Dick Hill brings the story to life. He seems to capture the nature of the characters in both the tone and accent. There never seems to be a dull moment, I reckon he could keep you interested whilst describing drying paint!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Potentially but it would be a marathon sitting. Perfect for the commute and definitely one I looked forward to carrying on with.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Alresford, United Kingdom
    5/12/14
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    "Poor mans Jack Reacher"
    What disappointed you about First to Kill?

    Weak story, characters not beleivable


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Peterson again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    everything


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First to Kill?

    whole book!


    Any additional comments?

    As you can tell not my book even though I am a huge Lee Childs fan and you would have thought this a similar genre

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    5/6/14
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    "A book to equal Jack Reacher"
    Any additional comments?

    An excellent edge of the seat book that had me hooked until it was finished. Nathan MacBride is as ruthless and tough as Reacher. Now started Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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