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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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    Matthew MacKinnon 05-19-15
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    "Entertaining but quite predictable"

    Entertaining but quite predictable, first time listening to a Andrew Peterson novel and it was good enough I'll probably listen to the next I the series.

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    Mike T. 05-16-15
    Mike T. 05-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Sniper action with likeable characters."
    What made the experience of listening to First to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Was not expecting to care about the characters in a "sniper action" novel. Pleasantly surprised that I did.


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

    Never read a sniper oriented novel before. Can't think of one. That's actually some kind of praise I think.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice. Good pacing and timing in his reading. A bit weak reading female voices though. They all sort of sound alike.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Had this in my library for a long time. Glad I got around to reading it. Will read more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    House of Rain 05-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mediocre military story"

    I enjoy this genre but I found myself bored and fast forwarding through the slow parts in the beginning. The end was semi interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Tigner San Francisco Bay Area, CA United States 04-16-15
    Tim Tigner San Francisco Bay Area, CA United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Bestselling Author of Conspiracy Thrillers

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    "Absolutely Outstanding Debut Novel"

    If you're looking for a series to fill the Mitch Rapp void, you've just found one. Highly recommended to Mourning Vince Flynn fans.

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    T. J. Williams 03-26-15

    Closet Billonaire

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    "Totally STUPID story!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fiction is Fiction, but this book is too STUPID even for fiction. Absolutely, worse story one could imagine.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Peterson again?

    Not likely


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    NO


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

    Everything from the truck stop to the end of the story!!


    Any additional comments?

    Beyond stupid

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-13-15
    John 03-13-15 Member Since 2010
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    "a new jack reacher"

    I'm hooked on Nathan and his sodekick. can't wait to get into the next book. as always, sick hill is terrific.

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    Indiana Running Mom 03-06-15

    running mom

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    "Exciting with lots of twists"

    I really enjoyed this. I'm a traditional female so I wasn't sure about a sniper paramilitary story line, but it was fantastic. I couldn't stop listening. I like the tough characters, the softer side, the strong women characters and psychology twists. Great listen!

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    Kindle Customer 03-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a fan- overdriven macho"

    I think it's me, not the story. I'm a huge Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva and Lee child fan. I couldn't get into this. The ex military story has been done too often now. I miss Flynn, he died too soon. The characters of child's and silva are so unique. This character is missing unique. I think it's me not the author.

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    Kristina Brookfield, CT, United States 02-24-15
    Kristina Brookfield, CT, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging! Jack Reacher +Nathan McBride"
    Where does First to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high
    Right along with Lee Childs Jack Reacher books


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

    Jack Reach and Nathan McBride are very smilular


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can you love a sniper?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Carrollton, TX, United States 02-08-15
    William Carrollton, TX, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of fast paced action and great characters."

    I don't see how anyone could not like the Nathan McBride Series.
    There is so much action and suspense, and Dick Hill does a fantastic job of narrating.
    Any book read by Dick Hill is a great book.
    Absolutely worth the credit.

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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.

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  • 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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