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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)

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    b 02-07-15
    b 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed first to kill and this genre of stories. My first experience with this author and I will definitely be listening to more. Dick hill as always is excellent as the narrator.

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    Janels 01-16-15
    Janels 01-16-15
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    "My first, a good Reacher substitute"

    This could have been a Jack Reacher story, it was so close. Good character development, plot and characters. It really gets you emotionally involved. As this is my first of this series, a few things stuck out, most notably McBride's weird affectation of winking--at everyone--who does that? It would have been more in character to crack a grin. Otherwise, good character, good characterizations and a good Reacher substitute.

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    Richard Anthony 12-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great introduction to the Peterson characters"
    If you could sum up First to Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Good, fast, action.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters, interesting story.


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

    Yes, he's the best. Sure sounds a lot like a Reacher performance but that's not a bad thing.


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

    First to kill.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening to the 4th of this series now, I think it's going to be increaseingly difficult to keep these fresh.

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    Amazon Customer 12-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible writer and horrible narrator"

    Not sure what everyone else was reading! I bought the audible based on the glowing reviews on both Audible and Amazon. Those reviewers obviously have never read a DECENT action book if they thought this was good. The writing of this book was awful. The author used 25 words when five would be sufficient. Dialog and internal monologues were ridiculous and more than once in the first three chapters I rolled my eyes. I say three chapters because that's as far as I could get before turning it off. The narrator over-acted even the most basic of descriptions, I think to make up for the terrible writing but ultimately it just made it worse. Don't waste your money on this audible!

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    Juan Hernandez 11-11-14

    Books books books

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    "Entertains"

    When reading this book I feel like I feel when I'm reading the Jack Reacher series. Not a bad book....... But I'm not loving it. It might be because of when it was written idk. I'm not giving up yet I'll be going for book two

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-05-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "First to Kill"
    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill. One of the best! Sorry to say, First to Kill isn’t one of the best. The lead character, Nathan McBride, will remind you of another type A, take no prisoners, kick-ass, fundamentally soft-hearted former military dude. Maybe it’s the fact that Dick Hill narrated First to Kill. If you read primarily via audiobook format, such as I, Connelly’s Jack Reacher is brought to mind. Hill is the voice of Reacher in all of that series, as far as I know.

    First to Kill is a thriller, centering on high-level politics and skullduggery covertly pulling our main character into a revenge laced situation. Lot’s of characters to keep track of, a few twists, but the bad-guys are well known throughout. Mild love interest interspersed … just because it’s expected, I guess. Didn’t add anything to the story. A little trouble holding my interest and sadly, I didn’t rewind, just kept moving forward.

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    Ken 08-17-14
    Ken 08-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"
    What made the experience of listening to First to Kill the most enjoyable?

    dam book, could not stop listening, had to finish it before I went back to work.


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    William 08-15-14
    William 08-15-14
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    "5 by 5 a thrill"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    I enjoy the story line about two buddies seeking to do the right thing in the midst of others seeking the wrong thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First to Kill?

    The scene in the canyon where they go their separate ways.


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

    Hill's style of reading/preforming the book leads one deeper into the movie running in my mind. While this happens in reading a book, it is a true joy to hear his tone and inflection embellish a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is always refreshing in our current society to read about two men in a strong relationship, supporting and depending on each other, that doesn't involve sex. Buddies are just that buddies; something we seem to have forgotten along the way in the media and entertainment industry of today.

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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 08-13-14
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 08-13-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspenseful and a great narrator"

    Book is great - Nathan is a similar character to John Welles in the Berenson books, or Lee Child's Jack Reacher - in addition he has a complex character that I rapidly grew to like in the script. Other characters are also given complexity. The story is suspenseful and plausible (most of it) I'm pleased to find this series as I've listened to others where I've exhausted the titles. Dick Hill is one of my most favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 07-25-14
    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to First to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Excellent suspense thriller - kept me on the edge of my seat! Already bought and downloaded the second book :)


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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
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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Adrian of Wales
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    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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