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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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    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 05-05-11
    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 05-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible"

    Banal, predictable, dull and frankly absurd. The narration is simply awful. I couldn't even get through more than an hour. Don't buy this junk. If you want a thriller like this one buy anything by Lee Child instead, as this is a thin, poorly written copy.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard COCOA, FL, United States 10-01-10
    Richard COCOA, FL, United States 10-01-10
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    "Predictable Characters, Plot, Love Interest, etc."

    This book was a big disappointment from beginning to end. Domestic terrorists commit mayhem upon “Dudley DoRight” federal agents who are relunctantly forced to turn to our hero, Nathan MacBride, along with his trusty sidekick Harvey. Of course, Nathan, despite being horribly disfigured from past torture while a captured CIA agent, meets a stunningly attractive federal agent who within 24 hours of meeting falls into bed with our hero, satisfying her as none of her previous lovers. Oh please! Naturally, it takes our hero to bring about the capture of the bad guys as he righteously shreds the Constitutional rights of anybody who gets in the way.
    If you are intellectually challenged by “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” this is a thriller for you!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 06-04-14
    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not an awful story, but just another..."

    ... retired Navy Seal, Sniper, Green Beret, CIA Case Officer, Army Ranger, who kills the disenfranchised, money hungry terrorist i.e., nothing really original here.

    There were some fun nuggets in the book, but mostly just a re-hash of every other book out there.

    The narrator was awful, I mean awful. Every sentence was a forced persona of stereotypical stupidity. Worst narrator, EVER!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Merril ISTANBULTurkey 05-17-14
    Merril ISTANBULTurkey 05-17-14
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    "torture"
    What disappointed you about First to Kill?

    After the prologue, which is a graphic description of a man dying after being tortured, the first few minutes of chapter one turned out to be different man, same level of graphic violence, at which point I just stopped play.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    Not being able to get past chapter one! That I couldn't get on with it as I think the story telling is probably very good


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

    Dick Hill is an awesome narrator and the main reason I selected this book. He brings the story and characters alive, which may have been why the violence disturbed me so much !!


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

    well, the prologue, for a start!! (ha ha)


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure, from the way the story is crafted from the get-go, that I am missing a really suspenseful edge of seat page turning thriller - if only I could get past the gory beginning, but I read and listen for pleasure, and this wasn't it. sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-24-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Solid story, suspect premise."
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    I really enjoy Dick Hill's narration and always consider a book if he's reading it. On the fence about Andrew Peterson. I like the fact that his main characters are level headed and don't do the standard wild overreacting that's so common in this type of book, but the basic story premise is so flawed that it's hard to get past it.


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

    No. It's not a bad book, but it has some large problems... 40 tons of explosives given to a couple of guys as a setup??? FBI or not, how did they think they could do that without someone (everyone) - other than the hero- figuring it out. Do you really think the F.B.I. is run by the complete incompetents that you have in your book?


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

    All and none. Dick Hill is good. But there isn't any character who rises above mediocrity. Not his fault, that's the way they are written.


    Do you think First to Kill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's a book that could have been a made for TV movie. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing memorable about it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book had it's moments, but I don't think I'll be putting this author on my list of "must reads."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Willy Lump Lump 06-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "No Baldacci here"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Dump the Neanderthals in favor of more realistic characters. Toss the cartoonish action and dialogue... this obviously an attempt to play David Baldacci... a failed attempt.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    No


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Who knows?


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Pedantic posturing with nothing of substance to draw the listener to the story


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Author should start over after a good night's sleep..

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Lavin Woodland Hills, CA United States 05-18-13
    David Lavin Woodland Hills, CA United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Sorry, I simply hate Dick Hill as a reader."
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    No. I need to make a note that I HATE Dick Hill as a reader. Every character he portrays sounds smarmy and reminds me of the retarted character from Of Mice and Men.

    I couldn't get through the first half of the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 01-21-13
    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "couldnt finish it."

    I kept thinking of the beer commercial, "he is the most interesting man in the world". I couldnt force myself to finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Tucker 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Reads like an authors first ever book"

    The dialogue in the beginning was bad enough to almost make me give up. There are better ways to give a characters background then to have him tell his life story to a girl he???s known less than a couple hrs. No consistency one person stares at his scars he???s offended then next doesn???t mind at all. He???s the best sniper, medic, speaks several languages and fly???s a helicopter Really? And a single person intends to dig up 3 million and walk away, do some research 3 million even in real big bills is more than a duffle bag.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Mystic, CT, United States 04-29-11
    Heidi Mystic, CT, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful"

    If you like violence this is your book - nothing but senseless violence and no story line for the 1st half hour or more of the book. Just not my cup of tea.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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