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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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    Manoj Athens, GA, United States 05-31-13
    Manoj Athens, GA, United States 05-31-13
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    "Unparalleled narration and a good story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of First to Kill to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    There were many, but the torture of Arnie Bridgestone was narrated so well that I got squeamish !!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Cedar Springs, MI, United States 12-31-10
    Gary Cedar Springs, MI, United States 12-31-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "It's hard to put it down"

    As far as I'm concerned Andrew Peterson & Dick Hill have produced a spell binding novel that I found very difficult to tear away from. It is very detailed and action filled. This is my first expierence with Andrew Peterson, but not my last. Of course Dick Hill always gets my vote.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Olsen Alton il 12-08-10
    Karen Olsen Alton il 12-08-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"

    Glad it was narrated by Dick Hill, he did the book justice. Cant wait for Peterson's next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Lake Wales, FL, United States 12-05-10
    Curtis Lake Wales, FL, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to turn off"

    Bought this book because it was on a special and of the reviews. Turned out to be a great book !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer KINGLOUIE16 11-18-10
    Amazon Customer KINGLOUIE16 11-18-10 Member Since 2007

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    "I don't usually post reviews..."

    This book has action, adventure, some sadistic, and a little comic. So, if you want a book that has it all, this is your book. As with most books this author left the story open for a sequel, but as far as I can tell he has not written anything since. And that disappoints me. I also love the narrator, it made this book even more interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heartstrings11 09-23-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Fully engaged adrenaline rush"

    Andrew Peterson is an amazing new author that has created a couple characters you can cheer for. There is plenty of action, cool gadgets, and interesting settings. Holly and Nate strike a bit of a love interest which is probably the slowest part of the book and not Peterson's strong point. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other twists and turns that kept me interested. Dick Hill really delivers with the narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lou Ann Lardy 09-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome! Where's book 2?"

    Loved it from beginning to end. Suspenseful, action packed, plenty of explosive content and the bullets were flying. The brother like relationship between the guys adds to the story. This would make an awesome movie. Great job Mr. Peterson, keep em comin'..

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    Bryan R Adams South Weber, UT USA 02-23-10
    Bryan R Adams South Weber, UT USA 02-23-10 Member Since 2015
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    "It has a little bit of everything"

    I really liked the book. You learn enough about the main character to understand what drives him.
    There's plenty of action and suspense. There's a twist. There's a little romance.
    All in all it was a great book!

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    David Pleasanton, CA, United States 12-04-09
    David Pleasanton, CA, United States 12-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "First to Kill"

    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

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Herb arcadia, CA, USA 03-05-10
    Herb arcadia, CA, USA 03-05-10
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    "a real thriller"

    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...

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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