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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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    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.

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cartec Charlotte, North Carolina 09-15-15
    Cartec 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

    SkyKing

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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.

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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!!

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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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    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 2017
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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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