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.
"A high-powered thriller from a magnum-force writer." (David Dun, author of The Black Silent)
suspenseful with great plot. was not familiar with author but will be looking for more from him in future. My favorite narrator of all time is Dick Hill. That was the deciding factor. another terrific job.
enjoyed this book..the protagonist was believable given his background and while the ending was a bit flat, it opened the way for a sequal...most characters were weaved well into an absorbing story...
I love audible books and my husband does not like to read books nor does he listen to audible books on his own. When we travel I try to find books that he will like. My husband was Black Ops so I bought this book thinking he would like it, or if not true, would hate it....Well he really liked the detail and felt that the author did his research.
It takes a lot to impress me, and Andrew Peterson blew me away with this novel. First To Kill is a well plotted, fast paced thriller that I think combines the attention to detail and precision prose of a Lee Child with the story development and character depth of a P.T. Deutermann. Peterson is a one of the gifted: a storyteller. And getting Dick Hill to read this thriller was a total coup! If you like guns blazing, bombs blowing things up and characters you can relate to and root for you should check out "First To Kill".
Good action work. Not the most belivable characters, but still entertaining.
1st book I have listen to by Peterson, and its great. The plot is rich ingood scenes but does not get bogged down. Characters are very good. This is one of thoses books you can not put down until your done. If fact I have listen to it again and still love the book and characters, in fact I have gone out of my way to tell others.
Dick Hill is excellent and put life into the characters.
I really hope that Peterson has more books of this quality coming to us in future
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first Peterson book and I am glad I chose it. Dick Hill made the book, he is an outstanding narrator for the action packed suspense stories. I just downloaded his next book and can not wait to see if it is as good as his first novel. I think I just added a new author to my read list. You can not go wrong with reading this book if you are a fan of Lee Child books.
If you like Jack Reacher and Bob Lee Swagger, this is the book for you.
I want more from this author and these characters!
Lots of action!
Impossible to put down.
There were many, but the torture of Arnie Bridgestone was narrated so well that I got squeamish !!
The story was sort of predictable. There were some twists that were meant to surprise the reader, but one could see them from a mile away. Nothing really surprised me, but the story was not dull, it was action filled and full of well timed humor. The narration was top notch and never missed timing on the jokes. For me the book stands out because of the narration and makes the story feel better. I am happy I bought it.
I bought this book on the synopis and the snipet of the audio and really expecting much out of it but was lost in the story by the end of the first chapter. Good descriptive writing, whether it was a room or the action. I am wondering if Nathan can morph into a good strong enduring character Mr. Hill did a bit better job on this book. If he would just slow the pacing of his words a bit and not send them at the listener in harsh rapid fire I would have liked the naration better. I would like to see a second offering from Mr Peterson and Guidall doing the narative.
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 . . .
"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!!
"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.
"Bloodthirsty or what, but cracking book"
Yes, good twists and turns. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to good thriller readers
Whilst some twists and turns you could see as a coming possibility, many were not
Nathan but also liked Holly
The finale was well written and kept you in suspense. It was a very colourful story.
A cracking read and kept it's momentum all the way through.
"A great listen following Jack Reacher addiction"
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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.
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!
Potentially but it would be a marathon sitting. Perfect for the commute and definitely one I looked forward to carrying on with.
Definitely worth a listen.
"Poor mans Jack Reacher"
Weak story, characters not beleivable
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
"A book to equal Jack Reacher"
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.
"Jack Reacher rip off"
This book is such a rip off. Lee Child should be told. I found the book poor in every way. I am so anoyed. I wanted to like the book. I could not finish it.
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