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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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    Gert Glenden, Australia 02-10-10
    Gert Glenden, Australia 02-10-10
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    "Good action and story"

    Keeps going on and entertains, somewhat predictable and "fictionny". But worth the time

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Ballarat, Australia 05-14-11
    Roger Ballarat, Australia 05-14-11
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    "So bad it's funny"

    This novel, with it's interminably long and shockingly puerile dialogue sequences, jumps from cliché to cliché, each more laughable than the other. The plot maunders from place to place and phone call to phone call, following a 'scarred hero' so un-credibly honourable and tough and good you want to vomit.
    It's brilliantly bad - I say brilliantly, because I laughed myself sick.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 09-22-13
    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 09-22-13 Member Since 2012

    THATZLIFE

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    "Horrible Narrating!"
    What would have made First to Kill better?

    A better narrator! Each character sounded alike damn near! All the men sounded a old, and all the women sounded like Joe Pesci!
    It was horrible! For example, imagine they are describing a woman who supposedly looks drop dead gorgeous. You're like, ok...I can envision this...BUT when she speaks she sounds like Joe Pesci? And All the women in this story sound like that!
    Most of the men sounded very much alike also. :-/


    Would you recommend First to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It gets boring also.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Again, Each character sounded alike damn near! All the men sounded a old, and all the women sounded like Joe Pesci!
    It was horrible! For example, imagine they are describing a woman who supposedly looks drop dead gorgeous. You're like, ok...I can envision this...BUT when she speaks she sounds like Joe Pesci? And All the women in this story sound like that!
    Most of the men sounded very much alike also. :-/


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

    Not that I can think of. It dragged on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it a try, thinking it would be like Vince Flynn books, or Brad Thor...but I guess I was wrong. Started off strong, but quickly started to really drag on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-22-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "average"

    A Middle of the road thriller. The book has enough action but it has these weird breaks in it. At one point there is a long discussion between two of the main characters regarding their personal life but it doesn’t really add to the story and quite frankly it didn’t seem to fit in general. The author seems to know a lot about snipers as there is a lot of talk about the preparation and adjustments needed which really gets you close to the main character. Not sure if it’s interesting enough to keep going with the series for me.

    Performance was very good. Couldn't have asked for a better reading.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan A. Maitland Chicago 03-12-13
    Jan A. Maitland Chicago 03-12-13
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    "One of only three audio-books I couldn't finish"

    I've been on a thriller jag for a couple months now and was looking forward to this one (based on the reviews and my desire to find a new author) however, this one didn't click with me at all and, I'm sorry to say, I think it was the narrator. If you can imagine an aged, though somewhat more gentile, Andrew Dice Clay trying to perform an audio book you'd have Dick Hill. While the timbre of his voice is fine, his pacing (for me at least) is intolerable. Based on all the positive reviews, I'm clearly in the minority on this one.

    This may be my first candidate for "whisper sync" as I'm curious how both the story and the characters develop.


    In short: I bought, I tried, I bailed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glen 03-02-13
    Glen 03-02-13
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    "worst nerrator"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    I was unable to finish this book. as with everyting i have tryed to listen to narrated by Dick Hill. I cant stand his style and his constans little snickers drive me crazy. could be a great book but I cant listen to it


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 05-16-11
    Douglas 05-16-11
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    "Language Very Offensive"

    It is difficult to find information on the level of crass language in books, and my research into Peterson's books was inconclusive, although many reviewers said language was light and sporatic. Based on that, I purchased this book, but had to stop barely 2 hours in due to the Lord's name being taken in vain and many uses of the "F" word. Not sure why authors need to resort to this type language to get their message across... it is completely unnecesary and ruins the experience for me. Moving on...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NAR 07-23-09
    NAR 07-23-09
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    "not my cup of tea"

    I thought the characters were unbelievable, especially the immediate intimacy between the male and female lead. I stopped listening.

    I tried to rate as 0 star but couldn't.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anders Denmark 06-06-09
    Anders Denmark 06-06-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Fine, but..."

    I like the story - maybe a little predictable but not all the time. I finished it quite fast, when I first started to get into the book.

    But I would have liked it even more, if they had a woman to do the voices if the women.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Paavo Finland 01-06-14
    Paavo Finland 01-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Copy of all already existing copies..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there would been something personal in this book... now it was just boring copy other books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Peterson again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There is really nothing you can do with performance if whole idea is copied from somewhere else...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was really disappointed. I really tried to listen it but kept on falling a sleep... I am big fan of Lee Child books, Grey man series and Tom Clancey books. This one tried to get in same league but it just didn't work out.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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