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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love Dick Hill's delivery...he brings color and depth to the character.
Learning about the torture Nathan underwent and the compassion he feels for the victims he saves
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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 !!!
THESE ARE A MUST READ for anyone who enjoys Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, John Rain, or any of Baldacci's characters !!!!
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.
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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.
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.
Perhaps re-visit Lee Childs or Vince Flynn
His voice intonation for the various characters and his interpretation of their regional accents was well balanced.
Not without a rewrite to add more depth to the characters and more complexity to the story line
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 . . .
"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.
"First to Kill"
Exciting story which was very well read with great characterisation. My first Peterson book - most enjoyable.
"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.
"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.
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