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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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    Ed Alameda, CA, United States 06-17-09
    Ed Alameda, CA, United States 06-17-09
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    "Sniper thriller par excellence"

    It's hard to find a sniper thriller these days, much less one that manages to feel technically authentic while having 3-dimensional characters. This novel does all of that, and it also avoids recycling typical terrorist or serial-killer thriller plotlines. This is an original, well worth the price.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-24-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-24-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Really Good"

    1st book by Andrew Peterson I have listened to, and its a great listen. The plot is rich ingood scenes but does not get bogged down. Characters are very good. This is one of thoses books you can not put down until your done. Dick Hill is excellent and put life into the characters. I'm off to get the next Nathan McBride book

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 07-12-09
    Vida T. Yancy Shreveport, LA United States 07-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Good"

    Move over Jack Reacher! Very good action packed book! I wish Dick Hill could do a better job at women's voices but over all a very good summer thriller.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bradley, CA, United States 07-26-09
    Andy Bradley, CA, United States 07-26-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A True Thriller!"

    I thought Dick Hill did a superb job. The characters were believable, the dialogue sharp, and the plot kept me listening. The romantic involvement was low key and tastefully done. It wasn't immediate or forced. I didn't have a problem with it at all. I hope to see more Nathan McBride adventures from this author!

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn J. Sickler Orlando, FL 07-20-09
    Evelyn J. Sickler Orlando, FL 07-20-09 Listener Since 2009

    cindersmom

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    "Well Worth The Time, Great Listen"

    This was a new author for me and I was a bit skeptical at first, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Right from the beginning I was drawn into the story and the characters. I thought the reader/narrator was excellent and gave each person a very distinct personality. OK, perhaps the story line was a little far fetched, but that's why it's called fiction. I am looking forward to another selection by this author.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Scarcelle 07-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good First Effort"

    The first book by this author was a very enjoyable listen. If you are a fan of Lee Child's "Jack Reacher novels" you should enjoy this book. As a matter of fact the combination of Peterson's writing style and Dick Hill's narration this book is almost indistinguishable from the Reacher books. Same style, same story line, same everything (Child may have a lawsuit on his hands)... The Reacher series being one of my favorites I consider it high praise that this author was able to mimic it so closely. I look forward to the next book from Peterson and I hope he decides to make this a series and they choose Dick Hill to narrate again. Listen and enjoy.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Dan La Jolla, CA, USA 06-17-09
    Dan La Jolla, CA, USA 06-17-09
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    "Exciting story and fun to listen to"

    Dick Hill (the narrator) did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. I've heard he is one of the best in the industry. It was pleasure to listen to.

    As a fan of action novels I had read that this is the debut of author, Andrew Peterson. The story starts right out with adrenaline pumped action, and the first chapter tells you the bad guys aren't fooling around. The remainder of the novel has lots of action, and introduces us to a new character (Nathan McBride). It's fun to be reading the first in a series.

    McBride is a special forces type who can shoot straight and hit what he aims for. Lots of technical information for those who like to know about weapons, helicoptors, etc, but not over the top. Lots of deeper questions are examined which make the topic very current. How far can or should we go to protect the innocent?



    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Long Time Mac User Olympia, WA USA 10-03-09
    Long Time Mac User Olympia, WA USA 10-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Find!"

    I tend to stay with my "tried and true" authors, but took a chance on this book and was truly amazed. Mr. Peterson has a formula that could easily bring him into the Lee Child, John Sandford, Jeffrey Deaver class of author. Highly entertaining and worth more than one listen, lets hope Mr. Peterson stays with this winning formula.

    39 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan R Adams South Weber, UT USA 02-23-10
    Bryan R Adams South Weber, UT USA 02-23-10 Member Since 2003
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    "It has a little bit of everything"

    I really liked the book. You learn enough about the main character to understand what drives him.
    There's plenty of action and suspense. There's a twist. There's a little romance.
    All in all it was a great book!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    WILLIAM BLACKSBURG, VA, United States 11-08-09
    WILLIAM BLACKSBURG, VA, United States 11-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I hope there's more to come"

    Wonderful, in the likes of Jack Reacher. It was so much fun to listen to the give and take of Nathan and Harvey. A Great find, I hope Peterson makes this a series. I would certainly recomemend this to anyone who likes a good no holds barred adventure.

    6 of 6 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
  • H. J. Cazaly
    SW London, UK
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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
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    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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