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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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    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 01-02-13
    Teresa Oneco, FL, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "Move over Mitch Rapp/Vince Flynn Nathan is in town"
    Where does First to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


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

    Yes. Non stop action!


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

    He is a great performer. He brings Nathan to life.


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

    Harvey taking care of Nathan, their friendship is special.


    Any additional comments?

    On to number two.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin d. Falls Church, VA, United States 12-15-12
    Kevin d. Falls Church, VA, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Torture? Really?"
    What did you like best about First to Kill? What did you like least?

    The reading was real good. Mr. Hill's attempt at female voices is kind of funny but overall I enjoy his narration. The story is pretty good. It is complex and kept my interest. I could not get over the fact that the heroes use torture to make progress in the case.


    Has First to Kill turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No one book could do that. It has turned me off of books in this series and probably from this author.


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

    Nathan is a decent person with a good heart (except for the torture parts). He had a number of issues to resolve beyond finding the bad guys which added depth to the story and the character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I try not to get political about fiction books and that's not why I don't like this one. What I don't like is how easily torture is embraced as a solution and how easily all the characters accept it. That's not fiction, it's fantasy - and not good fantasy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Spitfre WA 06-07-12
    Spitfre WA 06-07-12
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    "Mediocre story despite great narrator"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    I LOVE Dick Hill, he's one of my all time favorite narrators. However, even he can't always save a story. As for Andrew, I may try the second book to see if the story line improves. Usually just because I want to see what happens to the main character.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    I'm only halfway through the story so far but overall, it's mostly because I'm not getting emotionally invested in the main character. I really don't know much about what he's thinking or what his real motivations are. Nor am I crazy about the mysterious subversive conflict w/ his Dad. I kept having a download issue w/ Audible for the second half of the story. I almost decided to bag it entirely and move on to another book. But I'm persistent and curious so I tried one last time.


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

    I could give you several from other books, but not this one. Not his fault though....


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

    That's part of the problem, I'm not emotionally connecting with the character or the story line very well.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kalvin Anderson Minneapolis, MN 06-03-12
    Kalvin Anderson Minneapolis, MN 06-03-12

    Batman's Watching

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    "Ugh, definitely NOT getting the sequel"

    First, Dick Hill as a narrator is horrible. He's too old for the main characters and is impersonation of female characters is unbelievably bad. He makes all the females sound like stereotypical bimbos with small, whiny voices. This would be laughable if it wasn't for the fact that you have to listen to hours and hours of it. His reading style is way over the top and in a book that is full of endless cliches it just compounds the problem.

    The Nathan McBride character is built up to be so gifted and talented in so many areas that you just roll your eyes every time Peterson praises him for his skills and personality. It's one of the reasons why I stopped listening to the Jack Reacher series b/c it's so far-fetched.

    If there's plus side it's that I won't be wasting a credit on the sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Fairhaven, MA, United States 04-24-12
    Edward Fairhaven, MA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Felt comfortable from page one"
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes. In fact, it's already planned


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

    When I started reading this book, I was immediately struck by the similarity between Andrew Peterson's style and that of Lee Child of the Jack Reacher series. I started reading this one because of Dick Hill, who I really enjoy listening to, and after having gone through the Reacher series twice, I searched Dick Hill to see what other books he has read. After about 3 chapters, I started to seriously believe Lee Child was the author using a pseudonym. Too many little things started to come at me from years of reading Lee Child that I thought this was him all over again. No offense to Andrew Peterson, and I mean no disrespect to his writing style, but anyone who has read Lee Child will see what I mean. Perhaps it was Dick Hill's style of reading that added to that feeling of comfort and familiarity, but whatever the reason, I enjoyed it.


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

    Yes, all of his performances reading Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" series. I also enjoy reading books read by Len Cariou (The Harry Bosch detective series) and just recently realized he plays the matriarch on Blue Bloods, Tom Selleck's police series.


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

    Yes, but I only listen while I'm driving, so on a recent trip from Providence, RI to Princeton, NJ and back I got about 7 hours of it complete. To be honest, I sat in the driveway for an hour after I got home because I was at a part I didn't want to leave.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 04-09-12
    itinerant here and there 04-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Jack Reacher he's not"

    This is a blatant attempt to imitate Lee Childs' Jack Reacher character, with predictable results. Reacher is a bigger-than-life character, so this author has made his imitation bigger than Reacher. If I had a dollar for every time a character tells the protagonist 'you're not like anyone I've ever met,' I could buy a few cups of fancy coffee with foamed milk floating on top. Although McBride doesn't perform open heart surgery or hand-to-hand combat with a mountain lion, he stops just short of both. Despite all his multifarious skills, sensitivity and insights (and the concomitant fawning admiration of all those around him), he misses obvious clues that would have prevented this book from sprouting any chapters past page 70 or so, thereby doing us all a big favor. I'm not all that interested in trying to outguess the protagonist, but even I wondered how he could be missing all the obvious clues (even as the author points them out).

    In short, this is a relatively harmless book, and won't hurt the Reacher franchise by being a hyperbolic though pale shadow if it. While predictable, it has some moments that maintained my interest; I listened to the end, right to the point where the sappy music began to play and I began to gag.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 04-24-11
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 04-24-11 Member Since 2011

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Action and suspense have been achieved."

    This book was a nice break from the serious and intricate books I am used to listening to. I think the price was right and it was like cotton candy of the espionage, and covert ops books I am a fan of.
    I have never read or listened to a Peterson book before and would again if I found a good deal on one. The narration was to forced and difficult to take serious so it may have distracted from the book.
    Overall it was not "bad"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-04-10
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Fair Story/Painful Narration"

    The parts of the plot which were focused on tactics and strategy were fair, yet too few. The narrator made this listen, painful, at best. He should never try to portray the voice of a woman. I visualized most of his female character voice portrayals as middle to old age alcoholic women living on the street, even though they were described as either fit or attractive or professional in most cases. It was horrible listening to his interpretation of female voices. I paid for the audiobook so I pushed on. The story was just fair. I had hoped for a lot more. Not only do I not recommend but I would avoid buying any audiobooks narrated by Dick Hill unless he were portraying a character like ROCKY or the Bowery Boys or a gangster from the James Cagney era. It is the most distracting narration of any audiobook I have ever listened to. I have listened to more than 85 audiobooks between Apple and Audible. I was a Marine Corps officer for 4.5 years during the Vietnam era. It would have been enjoyable if they gave some background on how he qualified as a sniper(not just the torture aspect of his capture). Why not let the listener know what qualifies a person to be a sniper. All Marines are designated either Marksman, Sharpshooters, or Experts. Experts are the highest designation. I was a Marine rifle expert myself. Experts will likely hit a target in the "head or chest" 5 football fields away(500 yards)10 times out of 10. Someone invited to go to sniper school will probably hit the target in the "head", 5 football fields away, 10 times out of 10. This is done without special equipment, just a standard M-16 rifle with no special add-on's. With special scopes and rifles I can imagine that distance can be doubled. Personally, I could never be a sniper. I would hate being immoble for two days at a pop on a cold ground shivering or a hot ground with bugs crawling over and biting me. Marines don't think of themselves as masochists. Snipers on the other hand.....??

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gert Glenden, Australia 02-10-10
    Gert Glenden, Australia 02-10-10
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    "Good action and story"

    Keeps going on and entertains, somewhat predictable and "fictionny". But worth the time

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Ballarat, Australia 05-14-11
    Roger Ballarat, Australia 05-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "So bad it's funny"

    This novel, with it's interminably long and shockingly puerile dialogue sequences, jumps from cliché to cliché, each more laughable than the other. The plot maunders from place to place and phone call to phone call, following a 'scarred hero' so un-credibly honourable and tough and good you want to vomit.
    It's brilliantly bad - I say brilliantly, because I laughed myself sick.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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