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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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    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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    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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  • 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
  • Adrian of Wales
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    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
    Spain
    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
  • Barry Rogers
    Navan, Co. Meath, IE
    5/14/14
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    "Jack Reacher rip off"
    How could the performance have been better?

    This book is such a rip off. Lee Child should be told. I found the book poor in every way. I am so anoyed. I wanted to like the book. I could not finish it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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