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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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    James Millbrook, NY, USA 10-26-09
    James Millbrook, NY, USA 10-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Jack Reacher's twin brother"

    If you like this a-- kicking, no holds barred, tough guy anti hero, stick with Lee Child's Jack Reacher. I have listenef to virtually everything in this genre and this is middle of the pack.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Monroe, WA, United States 04-17-13
    Andre Monroe, WA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Tedious narration"

    The story has a reasonably interesting plot, not unlike others of this genre. The author's descriptions were good and overall story was about average. The absolute worst, however, is the narration. The narrator reads very slowly, clearly ennunciating each word but at such a slow pace that it wore me down trying to listen to it. He lacks any emotive skill whatsoever ruining the drama of almost every scene in the story. My first thought in listening was that he was imitating an old Jewish grandmother in reading this story. I certainly will not get another book read by this narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Vincent Michigan 02-11-13
    C. Vincent Michigan 02-11-13

    Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.

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    "Boring, and oh, yes, boring, can't stand Dick Hill"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Nope to both. I listened to Dick Hill do Jack Reacher with a busted nose in "A Wanted Man" and thought that was torture. This narration too, is really no exception. He might be decent doing a non-fiction nature book or something, but his voice just grates, I can't differentiate between the characters and his voice is too old for this. This is another book I made the mistake of getting based on the overall stars as opposed to reading individual reviews. Both books (this and Monster Hunters International) I bought around the same time, so I've learned my lesson. When this book first started I thought it would be a fun, fast-paced action read, especially when Natan said something like "I'm reading to kick some ass..", but then he said it again a few chapters later and turns out I was wrong on all counts. I have yet to discern much of a plot, okay there is one, but it seems like it's filler, just so Nathan can go kick ass. Trite and tiresome. I'm not into the whole torture for tortures sake and that's what this is all about. I will admit it's another that I have not finished (3 1/2 hours in) and have no plans to do so - I don't see the bad writing somehow becoming good. From a former Marine.


    What could Andrew Peterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take some writing classes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too old, too ponderous


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jose United States 03-25-12
    Jose United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2007

    The geek

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    "oops"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This purchase was a mistake. There is no relationship between what this author does and what Vince Flynn is able to do. The reader's voice is irritating - he needs to find a different line of work. Every time I heard


    What could Andrew Peterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writing needs work to be more realistic/believable and entertaining. And the Harvey/McBride relationship borders on suspicious. What is up with that? Tone it down a bit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    His voice is not for me - sorry.


    What character would you cut from First to Kill?

    What was the purpose of Bruce?


    Any additional comments?

    Meh.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Dalton Northern Minnesota 05-27-11
    C. Dalton Northern Minnesota 05-27-11 Member Since 2008

    Cooper

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    "P.U."

    This guy took a 15 minute story (and a poor one at that), stretched it into HOURS, and then had the worst narrator I have ever heard destroy what was left. Absolute waste of money. I was in my vehicle on the second cd out of nine when I went to the dump to drop off our household garbage. I left all nine cd's in the dumpster.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Sioux Falls, SD, United States 06-20-10
    Barb Sioux Falls, SD, United States 06-20-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Could Barely Make It Through"

    This was terrible. The narrator was awful; many times I could guess the end of the sentence before he'd finish it. I've never deserted a book before finishing it, and I wasn't about to do it this time. I skipped a few random chapters about 4 hours in...I just couldn't take the endless droning that seemed to never go anywhere! I loved to listen to books while I jog, but this one made me want to walk. Blech!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 04-18-10
    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 04-18-10 Listener Since 2002
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    "OK Book."

    I found this book not living up to the reviews by others. It was a good listen but certainly not one that had you sit in the car or stay up late listening. Certainly not on the level of Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva. I would say one notch below.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Westminster, MA, United States 11-30-11
    David Westminster, MA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrendous On Ever Level"

    I can't even begin to describe the failings of this book. The book itself was more a screen play then a novel. The detail detracted from the readability and was tediuos in nature. The performance "artist" was more suited to reading children's novels because of his inability to use correct infliction and punctuation. Absolutely no redeeming qualities. The story could have been developed in soooooo many ways that it left me wanting for "something" or "anything" more. Don't waste your money or time with this book!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Calabasas, CA, United States 09-25-11
    Cary Calabasas, CA, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2011

    Restructuring

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    "too unrealistic - Serious lack of research"

    I wanted to try out a new author and this was recommended. What a mistake. I'm an avid reader of the special forces, black ops, elite FBI operations team thriller novels. The author here works within no realistic constraint. For instance, one of the FBI's most critical, and largest rural sieges perhaps ever is subject to two unofficial protagonists backing up the field teams as both commandos and snipers. The reader is supposed to believe that the FBI using all of the tools in its electronic arsenal cannot detect them. Moreover is why their there. The nation's former multi-administration FBI director's grandson goes missing in an undercover assignment, and despite being able to ask for special help from any and all federal agencies, he calls on two middle aged, former commandos, now businessmen running an alarm and security company. Need I go on? The author's descriptive prose is average, or a little better than that and follow's a tried and true action formula keeping us turning those pages, but you really have to turn down your I.Q. to enjoy this.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Coatesville, PA, United States 08-31-11
    Dan Coatesville, PA, United States 08-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The WORST narration I've ever heard!"

    After listening to about 30 Audible books I'm a real fan! Unfortunately, this is the ONLY book I had to gave up on. The terrible narration made it impossible to get into the story. Do youself a favor...DON"T waste a credit.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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