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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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    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 04-18-10
    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 04-18-10 Listener Since 2002
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    "OK Book."

    I found this book not living up to the reviews by others. It was a good listen but certainly not one that had you sit in the car or stay up late listening. Certainly not on the level of Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva. I would say one notch below.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Westminster, MA, United States 11-30-11
    David Westminster, MA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrendous On Ever Level"

    I can't even begin to describe the failings of this book. The book itself was more a screen play then a novel. The detail detracted from the readability and was tediuos in nature. The performance "artist" was more suited to reading children's novels because of his inability to use correct infliction and punctuation. Absolutely no redeeming qualities. The story could have been developed in soooooo many ways that it left me wanting for "something" or "anything" more. Don't waste your money or time with this book!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Calabasas, CA, United States 09-25-11
    Cary Calabasas, CA, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2011

    Restructuring

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    "too unrealistic - Serious lack of research"

    I wanted to try out a new author and this was recommended. What a mistake. I'm an avid reader of the special forces, black ops, elite FBI operations team thriller novels. The author here works within no realistic constraint. For instance, one of the FBI's most critical, and largest rural sieges perhaps ever is subject to two unofficial protagonists backing up the field teams as both commandos and snipers. The reader is supposed to believe that the FBI using all of the tools in its electronic arsenal cannot detect them. Moreover is why their there. The nation's former multi-administration FBI director's grandson goes missing in an undercover assignment, and despite being able to ask for special help from any and all federal agencies, he calls on two middle aged, former commandos, now businessmen running an alarm and security company. Need I go on? The author's descriptive prose is average, or a little better than that and follow's a tried and true action formula keeping us turning those pages, but you really have to turn down your I.Q. to enjoy this.

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    Dan Coatesville, PA, United States 08-31-11
    Dan Coatesville, PA, United States 08-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The WORST narration I've ever heard!"

    After listening to about 30 Audible books I'm a real fan! Unfortunately, this is the ONLY book I had to gave up on. The terrible narration made it impossible to get into the story. Do youself a favor...DON"T waste a credit.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    08-16-11
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    "Macho equivalent of Mills and Boone."

    Bought this based on nearly 4/5 rating. Mistake. It's a macho equivalent of Mills and Boone.

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    Ken 07-19-11
    Ken 07-19-11 Member Since 2007

    Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family

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    "Not a page turner."

    Decent story line but not a compelling read. Does have some action, but would not put it in the "action packed" category.

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    Mazjanis Portland, ME, United States 07-15-11
    Mazjanis Portland, ME, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "cliché"

    I am not a big fan of Dick Hill's reading - Sorry but he is just too dramatic for me. Oddly his voice fit with Andrew Peterson's writing which was filled with cliche's and unrealistic action. I finished the book but more out of habit than entertainment.

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    Diane 06-28-11
    Diane 06-28-11
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    "Did not live up to reviews for me"

    I have to agree with others who disliked the narration by Dick Hill. He ruins books for me. All characters seem to speak in a kind of nasal drawl with no change in tempo, pitch, whatever. Other male narrators are able to portray female voices in a more realistic, less irritating manner.

    The story itself was disappointing, especially after having recently listened to DeMille, Clancy and Baldacci. Despite all the "action", it was a tedious plot. The characters and their relationships were not believable. The gorgeous female head of the Sacramento FBI office (supposedly in charge of 500 people) gushed at least 4 times to the protagonist, Nathan McBride, that "she had never known a man like him". Oh please. He believed his father, a senator, hadn't done enough to rescue him from horrible torture in NIcaragua over a decade ago. They had never talked about this before? I cannot believe that security at an FBI office is so lax, especially post 9/11. I am willing to suspend credibility to enjoy a good story, but this just was too predictable.

    Some of the technical info on being a sniper was interesting.


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    John 06-21-11
    John 06-21-11
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    "Dick Hill's narration saves this from a one-star"

    I bought this because several reviewers gave this a good rating and compared it favorably with the Jack Reacher series. I beg to differ. The plot is about as engaging as a staff meeting punctuated by long drawn out descriptions of traveling from point A to point B. There are action sequences, but they are few and far between and I never really developed any attachment to the characters, so the action felt flat. Only Dick Hill's dependably rich narration saves this from a one-star rating.

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    steven skokie, IL, United States 06-14-11
    steven skokie, IL, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible"

    I really enjoy Dick Hill's narrations but even he could not bring this story to life. This is a poor rip off of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. The writing is really poor, the story is dull and plodding with poor timing and the dialogue is cheesy. I had a hard time trying to finish the book and it did not encourage me to listen to the sequel. Save your money.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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