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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)

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    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-04-14
    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story.....But"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an ok novel, but not really one that grips you and keeps you glued to it. Part of that might be the reader used. This reader has a tone that would be great for old dective and ganster type books, but here it just sounds out of place. Maybe if someone like George Gidall read it the book would have seemed far more interesting. I found myself struggling with ignoring the tone so I could get into the story.....Book listening shouldn't be that much work...Especially going down the road.

    Otherwise it was a good book for the most part. So if you like action packed books then this is ok. Nothing like a Vince Flynn or Ben Coes that has so much action that you sometimes feel like you just stepped off a rollercoaster after listening for awhile, but still it does have some pretty good action and grizzly outcomes from some local baddies who go way over the top with their being bad asses.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-20-13
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great read. Action all the way through the book. Great story line that keeps your attention all the way through. Nathan and Harv make the book excellent. Love how the book goes into detail on every scene and action the pair goes through. Dick Hill uses many voices to make each character come alive.

    Can't wait to listen to the other two in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DocDVM Virginia 10-22-13
    DocDVM Virginia 10-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nathan McBride a great character"
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes. This was my introduction to Nathan McBride and I listened to all three books in the series in short order. I enjoyed the plots and the characters. The author's character development makes them both interesting and sympathetic and compelling.


    What other book might you compare First to Kill to and why?

    Option to Kill and Forced to Kill, for obvious reasons. I haven't found another character that is reminiscent of Nathan but the narrative reminds me of Lee Child's Reacher series.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love Dick Hill's delivery...he brings color and depth to the character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Learning about the torture Nathan underwent and the compassion he feels for the victims he saves


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 09-12-13
    Joseph Bristol, PA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"

    Great storyline, narrator, a nice blend of believability with a fast pace and few slow areas.
    I really want to listen to more from this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Morgan Hill, CA, United States 09-04-13
    Timothy Morgan Hill, CA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like Jack Reacher, you will like this book"

    Having listened to all of the Jack Reacher books, and love Lee Child's writing style, I gave this book a try and found that it very entertaining and the story kept me guessing. I am now on the second and will be purchasing the third.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Cox Seattle 07-04-13
    Edward C. Cox Seattle 07-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Mr. Ed

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    "WOW...A MUST for any ACTION fan!!!!"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    Peterson's first book, and it just keeps getting BETTER !!!!!
    The character development is GREAT...the story is both fast-paced, believable and always a twist around the next corner.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As I listened, the scene was playing like a movie in my mind...which is odd, as I have enjoyed greatly other authors like Lee Child,Patterson, Cussler, Baldacci...but this was so much more entertaining...not taking anything away from others...


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill is now my ALL-Time Favorite...I enjoyed him in the "Jack Reacher" series, but he takes this to an ALL-TIME high as a ":thrill ride". To me...there is none better


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Out of the 147 books I have read / listened to...the Nathan McBride series are not on the TOP !!!! I listen to all 3 in two days...where normally I like to spread the books out over a week or so...COULD NOT STOP !!!


    Any additional comments?

    THESE ARE A MUST READ for anyone who enjoys Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, John Rain, or any of Baldacci's characters !!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dejan 06-26-13
    Dejan 06-26-13
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    "Love it or hate it. May contain spoilers."

    I did try to love it, but couldn't. I know it is all about the tastes, but I just couldn't like this one. Even though the story is not that bad, the characters and writings are not convincing enough.

    Main man, Nathan, is so cool a character that I couldn't believe him. He's:
    - extremely nice to ladies (great lover, as one of the characters commented)
    - makes excuses for others in his behalf (there is an Arab taxi driver having five minutes talk with Nathan exchanging niceties...completely irrelevant to anything, not just story.)
    - likes musicals.
    But when Nathan gets to fight...oh man, when he gets to fight! He wins, man, because he is:
    - 12 foot or something like that high, lean and mean
    - faster than anybody else
    - best shooter in the world
    - he's "ready and willing...to kick some ass!" (quote)
    - etc etc etc

    I can't like guys like that. I like the way David Baldacci and Vince Flynn describe their characters. They maybe a bit deviate (like Mitch Rapp and Will Robie), but in all my naivety, I believe that trained killers, even the ones killing bad guys, must be deviate in some way if they are good in their job.

    I loved when Baldacci in "The Hit" described Jessica Reel (assassin by trade) doing her workout routine. After two thirds of it, all man in the gym that were watching her let her alone knowing they couldn't compete with her. That's how you let your reader know how capable your characters are.

    But when describing Nathan in figth, Nathan don't just beat up the guy. He also tells him that he has problems because he's hurting women, and that he has to do some mind f#*king yoga exercise to control himself. And after beating him up (broken hand and almost poked eye), he shows him the exercise and it works! Guy immediately changes his ways!

    And that wasn't what I hated the most.

    I didn't like Dick Hill's performance.

    When I first listened to George Guidall, I thought he was...flat. Then I listened more, and I understood that I could listen him 10 hours straight and not be bored or tired, while I would still be able to notice any character's mood changing, or different characters by tiniest shades of change in his voice. The guy is just that good.

    Then I listened to Ron McLarty and I immediately recognized the same qualities in his voice. You could just listen those guys forever and not get tired.

    And their voices are rough and tough! Dick portraits Nathan (the warrior killing machine musical lover) with some gentle, half heard voice with lot of sighs etc. Jesus!

    Ron had a help from Orlagh Cassidy when female characters came in story. George did it himself. The smallest changes in voice, I tell you, but I always knew who is talking at any moment.

    But Dick...I saw the reviews, a LOT of people liked his performance. I didn't. I don't like hearing female chief of FBI field office sounds like very weak elderly lady. All female characters sounded like that.

    I will end this rant now.

    If you want to buy a book with Mr Hill reading, listen to the sample first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fanne Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-02-13
    Fanne Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-02-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Three Books in Four Days"

    Nathan McBride is my new favorite hero. Andrew Peterson has developed a cast of characters that made me want to keep reading. And now I am waiting for more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 05-30-13
    Deborah 05-30-13
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    "For me"

    2 retired snipers, very little story and too much torture. Dick Hill is his usual expressive self.

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    ANN Golden Grove, Australia 05-13-13
    ANN Golden Grove, Australia 05-13-13
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    "Dissapointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No
    The plot was quite predictable early in the book, an unhappy end for the bad guys and a flawless victory for the larger than life goodies
    The story line was long on detail and irrelevant conversations between the characters.
    A long read without taxing your imagination.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhaps re-visit Lee Childs or Vince Flynn


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    His voice intonation for the various characters and his interpretation of their regional accents was well balanced.


    Could you see First to Kill being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not without a rewrite to add more depth to the characters and more complexity to the story line


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Richard
    Epsom, SRY, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "Brilliant Book."

    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 . . .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • R.B
    Ireland
    3/13/16
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    "A Very Good First Outing for Andrew Peterson."

    I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, as my experience of first in a series books hasn't been great recently. However, I pleasantly surprised with this audio book.
    It started a little differently than some books in this genre, in that it introduces us to the main character, Nathan McBride, not as a "bad-ass" who will destroy anyone who hurts him or his friends, but as a "bad-ass" who will teach you a lesson(in this case, beating a man who is causing some trouble for a client), and then if you are willing, give you a second chance. In other words, Nathan McBride has a heart, even though he is an expert marksman and overall operator, and he will do what needs to be done. His business partner and long time friend Harvey Fontana, is as loyal to Nathan as Nathan is to him, and Andrew Peterson does a great job of showing just how deep their friendship is.
    Overall, I found this book to have both depth when it needed to, and action when it needed to. The backstory for Nathan McBride is certainly interesting and makes you like him even more once you have seen what he's been through.
    The narrator, Dick Hill, is well known and liked, and with this book he does another excellent job. He is definitely on my list of top three narrators. He has this ability to bring characters to life that few can match.
    As a first in a series book, this exceeded my expectations, and it made be want to keep going with the series. If I had anything negative to say about it, it would be that there was a little too much dialogue in places, and that there might have been too many explanations of what things were, but that is a very small complaint in a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    11/22/15
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    "First to Kill"

    Exciting story which was very well read with great characterisation. My first Peterson book - most enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Mannion
    Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom
    9/21/15
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    "Good read but ordinary"

    It was just ok for me. I found it a bit slow going. Descriptions of weaponry, special services skills and sniper's craft were good. I like a thread of intrigue which I didn't find until well into the book.
    Others do the job better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian of Wales
    UK
    1/18/15
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    "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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Allen
    Birmingham, UK
    10/4/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. J. Cazaly
    gran canaria, spain
    9/7/14
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    "Bloodthirsty or what, but cracking book"
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes, good twists and turns. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to good thriller readers


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whilst some twists and turns you could see as a coming possibility, many were not


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favourite?

    Nathan but also liked Holly


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The finale was well written and kept you in suspense. It was a very colourful story.


    Any additional comments?

    A cracking read and kept it's momentum all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Wednesbury, United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "A great listen following Jack Reacher addiction"
    If you could sum up First to Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Action Strategy Results


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Potentially but it would be a marathon sitting. Perfect for the commute and definitely one I looked forward to carrying on with.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Alresford, United Kingdom
    5/12/14
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    "Poor mans Jack Reacher"
    What disappointed you about First to Kill?

    Weak story, characters not beleivable


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Peterson again?

    no


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

    everything


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First to Kill?

    whole book!


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    5/6/14
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    "A book to equal Jack Reacher"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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