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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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    Richard Anthony 12-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great introduction to the Peterson characters"
    If you could sum up First to Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Good, fast, action.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting characters, interesting story.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's the best. Sure sounds a lot like a Reacher performance but that's not a bad thing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    First to kill.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening to the 4th of this series now, I think it's going to be increaseingly difficult to keep these fresh.

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    Amazon Customer 12-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible writer and horrible narrator"

    Not sure what everyone else was reading! I bought the audible based on the glowing reviews on both Audible and Amazon. Those reviewers obviously have never read a DECENT action book if they thought this was good. The writing of this book was awful. The author used 25 words when five would be sufficient. Dialog and internal monologues were ridiculous and more than once in the first three chapters I rolled my eyes. I say three chapters because that's as far as I could get before turning it off. The narrator over-acted even the most basic of descriptions, I think to make up for the terrible writing but ultimately it just made it worse. Don't waste your money on this audible!

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    Juan Hernandez 11-11-14

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    "Entertains"

    When reading this book I feel like I feel when I'm reading the Jack Reacher series. Not a bad book....... But I'm not loving it. It might be because of when it was written idk. I'm not giving up yet I'll be going for book two

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-05-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "First to Kill"
    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill. One of the best! Sorry to say, First to Kill isn’t one of the best. The lead character, Nathan McBride, will remind you of another type A, take no prisoners, kick-ass, fundamentally soft-hearted former military dude. Maybe it’s the fact that Dick Hill narrated First to Kill. If you read primarily via audiobook format, such as I, Connelly’s Jack Reacher is brought to mind. Hill is the voice of Reacher in all of that series, as far as I know.

    First to Kill is a thriller, centering on high-level politics and skullduggery covertly pulling our main character into a revenge laced situation. Lot’s of characters to keep track of, a few twists, but the bad-guys are well known throughout. Mild love interest interspersed … just because it’s expected, I guess. Didn’t add anything to the story. A little trouble holding my interest and sadly, I didn’t rewind, just kept moving forward.

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    Ken 08-17-14
    Ken 08-17-14
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    "Good book"
    What made the experience of listening to First to Kill the most enjoyable?

    dam book, could not stop listening, had to finish it before I went back to work.


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    William 08-15-14
    William 08-15-14
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    "5 by 5 a thrill"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    I enjoy the story line about two buddies seeking to do the right thing in the midst of others seeking the wrong thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First to Kill?

    The scene in the canyon where they go their separate ways.


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

    Hill's style of reading/preforming the book leads one deeper into the movie running in my mind. While this happens in reading a book, it is a true joy to hear his tone and inflection embellish a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is always refreshing in our current society to read about two men in a strong relationship, supporting and depending on each other, that doesn't involve sex. Buddies are just that buddies; something we seem to have forgotten along the way in the media and entertainment industry of today.

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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 08-13-14
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 08-13-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspenseful and a great narrator"

    Book is great - Nathan is a similar character to John Welles in the Berenson books, or Lee Child's Jack Reacher - in addition he has a complex character that I rapidly grew to like in the script. Other characters are also given complexity. The story is suspenseful and plausible (most of it) I'm pleased to find this series as I've listened to others where I've exhausted the titles. Dick Hill is one of my most favorite narrators.

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    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 07-25-14
    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to First to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Excellent suspense thriller - kept me on the edge of my seat! Already bought and downloaded the second book :)


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    PerryMartinBookReviews 07-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "First Book in a Great Series"

    Andrew Peterson's 1st book in the Kill series featuring former Marine Sniper, Nathan McBride narrated by Master of the spoken word Dick Hill, is a great book. 

    I would compare McBride to Lee Child's Jack Reacher in a lot of ways except he didn't walk away. Nathan became a covert CIA operative. When he did retire and walked away he was certain his life would slow down and he could rest.

    When a deep undercover FBI Agent disappears along with 1 ton of Semtex explosive the Government reaches out to Nathan McBride. He has a set of skills that are unique and necessary to find the missing explosives. But when he is caught between the crazy ideas of the Semtex thief and the FBI Agents who will stop at nothing to find their missing Agent, McBride must walk a narrow line to find the explosives before something unspeakable happens. 

    You will love this book and there are 3 more available at Audible.com.

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    Laurie 07-06-14
    Laurie 07-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great new action series!"
    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes, very exciting book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of action and his ability to kick butt.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Love Dick Hill's work! He can handle all kinds of characters without fail.


    Any additional comments?

    Great new author for me, this was an Audible recommendation I was thrilled with!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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