Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger, and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.
When a mutilated body is discovered in a remote Utah lake, it ignites a chain of events that forces Nathan to face a dark chapter from a past he’s worked hard to forget. Could his Nicaraguan enemy be active again? On American soil? The evidence is clear, but the stakes are higher than Nathan can know. In a showdown that will test Nathan’s understanding of justice and mercy, he’ll have to make a life or death decision that has the potential to expose and destroy people at the highest levels of government.
©2011 Andrew Peterson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"An absolutely bone-chilling thriller. Equal parts Stephen Hunter and Thomas Harris. Imagine Bob Lee Swagger going after Hannibal Lecter and you will have only scratched the surface of this intensely exciting novel. Forced To Kill will haunt you long after you read its last brilliantly plotted page." (Brad Thor)
If you liked Andy Peterson's First to Kill, you will find this story is nearly seamless in terms of picking up where the other story left off. It's like meeting up with friends that you've liked who are prepared to share their deepest darkest fears. How can a former Marine sniper and his partner have such fears? In the first book you get a glimmer of the possibility that Nate, scarred and brutalized by a psychopathic interrogator in Honduras who is rescued by his partner Harvey might be ready to seek revenge when in the second book he learns the interrogator might be alive and well and still up to his brutality. And for a change the narrator doesn't ruin the women in the story who are strong competent and equal to whatever is thrown their way, by using a silly voice when they speak.
I totally disagree with the previous reviewer "Fritz". This is the second novel by Andrew Peterson (his previous was "First to Kill") and this installment is every bit as good, and better in some ways. These new adventures of McBride are fast paced from the start, but the story really shifts into high gear in the second half, which is basically ALL action. We get new insights into Nathan McBride's soul and we get to experience the critical decision he has to make about his life. I dont want to spoil the plot in any way, but suffice it to say, you will want to find out how Nathan handles this "crisis" first hand. Kudos to Peterson for another great story.
I don't know what to criticize more the narrator or the author. I'll start with the author. Anyone who reads thrillers these days knows that torture is a recurring theme. Most of the good authors describe enough torture to give the reader something to think about in a very complicated means/end question. Andrew Peterson went so far over the top in describing torture and at the end of the book rationalizing the worst kind of torture imaginable that it made an otherwise average story almost unreadable. While it is hard to imagine anything worse that almost gratuitous descriptions of torture, Dick Hill's narration came close. The narration was so bad it is hard to find the words to describe it. Imagine the tough guy accents in the worst 1930's gangster Class B movie, then double it and you have the narration in Forced to Kill. But horrible, inappropriate narration is forgivable. Horrible, inappropriate descriptions of torture is not. If you want a thoughtful treatment of torture, read Daniel Silva or the early Vince Flynn. Stay away from Forced to Kill.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
The Nathan McBride series is great. The two main characters are fantastic and I hope to hear more and sooner! The action and is all paced perfectly and while the plots do not twist a whole lot they are good ones.
What I like about this series is the line between the "good guys" and "bad guys" is hazy at best. It is up to you to decide if the character's actions are proper or not and the logic used in the book can be stomach turning if you believe these types of things happen in real life.
The only real issue I have with the book is I'm not a big fan of Dick Hill. While I like him, his voice never seems to capture the characters in a way that I can really relate to them but don't let that review stop you from listening to a great book!
Avoid cliches. The characters lacked realism. Sounded like a dime store novel. Very disappointed.
I doubt it. Not till I hear he made the New York Times best sellers list.
No. The narration was horrible. Dick Hill can't do voices (especially female voices). To his credit, when he was simply telling the story (as with the parachute jump at the very beginning of the book) he did an adequate job. He's a good reader, but not a good performer.
I would have summed things up quickly at the end. The anti-climactic ending dragged on too much. Sure, it's good to tie up loose ends, but when the plot has peaked, wrap it up quickly.
After his first novel 'First to Kill', he hits a home run with this second story starring Nathan McBride. The narrator for the audio book does another outstanding job of bringing the story to life. During a recent driving trip, I enjoyed having this audio book to fill the hours.
Nathan McBride faces difficult internal conflicts with his FBI counterpart Holly. Overall, there's a lot of interesting action like the first book. You will not regret buying this audio book.
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed this author's first book, First to Kill. When I finished a walk, I would look forward to the next day, so that I could find out what happened next!
His descriptions were fluid and imaginative. His characters larger than life, but still flawed and fun. A great time!
I loved FIRST TO KILL, so I had high expectation when I downloaded FORCED TO KILL. Luckily, I was not disapointed by this wonderful! In the tradition of Lee Child (and read by the same actor as Child's books), this book features a hero with a hard past trying to make his way through the world and righting wrongs along the way. I loved Nathan's special forces expertise. It felt like I was following someone who knew just what he was doing. The female characters, who sometimes get short shrift in action novels, were believable and as nuanced as the men.
I can't wait to see what Nathan gets up to next!
I'm on my second go around for this series. I love all the characters. Mr Peterson does such a great that they feel real and you can't help but care about them. His books are action packed and the details are in such depth that you never say huh.
The lake scene when Nathan has to choose who and what he is. You can feel his struggles and the emotions
I think in this one I'd say Harv. I love Dick Hill. He does a great job. His female voices are a little weak but he's a guy what do you expect.
If life hadn't interrupted I would have. Glad I can take my tablet with me.
I really enjoy reading Andrew Peterson. I hope this turns into a long series.
The story is good but the narrator is mediocre at best. HE seems to have great difficulty making up distinguishable voices for the characters. The womens' voices he tries to mimic are extremely annoying and pathetic at times.
Also this is an action novel but he reads it so slowly that it is hard to not fall asleep listening to it. I didn't finish it.
"Nathan McBride v Jack Reacher"
Nathan McBride is a tough cookie and this book is well worth a read. My preference is for Reacher but McBride runs a close second.
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