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)
As I quite liked the first book about Nathan McBride, I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I actually pushed back quite a lot of other books in my reading list to get going.
Nathan is still damaged goods, and still a very, very interesting main character. You get even more insight into the guy in this book, and you get more of the story just hinted about in the first book.
You also get to know the other characters better...and you get to meet a few new interesting people...and one baaaaaaaaad baddie.
This thriller is rather intense, so if you have a weak stomach this might not be for you. Tales of torture and sadism has a centre stage in this one...
If you like thrillers, the books about Nathan McBride should certainly occupy a place on your shelfs...recommended.
Stayed up all night listening...couldn't stop. I've read them all - 30 novels by Baldacci, Clancy, Flynn - I'd put Peterson's Forced to Kill among the best. Meticulous attention to detail, excellent timing/pacing, got me completely and emotionally involved. Can't understand the negative comments about Dick Hill.....he's one of the masters and his performance was superb!
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
The story was good. The technical military stuff e.g. "halo" jump, night ops, military hardware was great. The political stuff was very enjoyable. But the narration was often distracting. Dick Hill has a challenge when it is time to transition to the 4 female characters. It is so weak that it is just plain distracting from the story. His handling of female voices sounds "corny", contrived, almost comical. I liked Dick Hill in some past counter terrorism audio books but I guess they had no or few female characters. I loved the military, political, inter governmental agency politics and the overall theme of protecting our country even if extreme measures are sometimes needed. Dick needs to have a female SO stand in for him on the female parts.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
More exciting than the first in the series. Harvey and Nathan are a good team. Still reminds me of Reacher (a good thing.) I hope in the next book (I assume there will be a next one) Nathan's obsession for revenge has been satisfied.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
I don't know why Audible keeps using this question it it's Guided Review format. It assumes that LISTENERS are also READERS. Although there may be people who enjoy both formats, I am not one of them. I've read 5 books a week since age 6 and was very happy when audiobooks came out. I was able to continue indulging in my passion for books via the audio medium.
As before, I like the main character, Nathan McBride for his calm demeanor under pressure and his frailties as a man after the horrendous capture and torture he endured years ago.
I am a big Dick Hill fan and I usually give him an automatic 4-5 stars, no matter how crappy the book is. However, I was a bit disappointed in his performance here. All of the characters - except the non-American Latino men - sound alike or so similar that it's difficult to distinguish them. Especially since the author or the producer of the recorded version doesn't use "He said" or "said Nathan" in long dialogue portions which is something that I've always found to be distracting from narrators who are able to make each character have his or her own sound. Here, Mr. Hill is very lackadaisical in his performance. Characters sound different from one scene to another and even change in the middle of a sentence. And the females are just awful. FBI Special Agent In Charge Holly Simpson sounds like she just sucked on a helium balloon as does her subordinate agent Mary Grangeland. Plus the two women sound exactly the same. They are depicted as competent, brave, good looking and sexy, yet Dick Hill has them sounding as if they look and sound like Daffy Duck!
It's not that kind of book. While the torture sessions are very disturbing, I knew what to expect in choosing this genre. My only reaction was a wish for a "do over" in my life so I could be a rogue ex-CIA Special Ops sniper assassin like Court Gentry in Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" audiobook series.
If you like this kind of book, definitely check out Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" audiobooks. In his covert assignments assassin Court Gentry does more than this book's Nathan McBride and his partner Harvey Fontana put together.
I have read an "advance" of this story and it is just as good, if not better than Peterson's previous work, First to Kill. Now listening to Dick Hill read this sequel, he brings to life Nathan's next adventure. Especially notable, Mr. Hill's voice of the "bad guy" is not only eerie, but very believable. Cheers to Mr. Peterson for providing another fast pace and exciting story with memorable characters and a realistic plot!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's 90% a decent - albeit trashy - action novel, and 10% a bit too much psycho-babble story (at the end of the book).
Yes, yes, McBride had it tough and survived a horrible ordeal and his interrogator is a bad bad man... but... we don't need the sudden and unexpected addition of "The Other" tacked on at the end of the novel to spell this out to us. In fact. the 10% of whining-story at the end could have (and should have) been completely dropped... the plot ends when McBride catches the bad guy, but, for some reason, there are an additional 3 chapters that continue the story, even though there is no story in here to continue. Bad guy caught. Story done. Period. But Peterson took these extra chapters to explore McBride's psychological torture, PTSD, and even brought God into the story a little bit too... Thanks for the effort, but I don't need a sermon to wrap up my trashy action novel read.
The characters are a bit too old for the physical exertion required, women are female in name only (not distinguished from the men), and there is an uneven spread of details - at the start we get all sorts of details about helicopter specifications and weapon types but by the end of the novel, not much detail remained: "he was wearing a vest" or "his feet were bleeding". Seems like Peterson, err... petered out. Hah.
All that being said, it's a decent action novel and good as a bit of distraction on the deck. You probably won't be able to distinguish the story from any other trashy action novel, or want to read it again, but you won't throw it out before finishing it either.
The narration is good. There is minimal swearing, no sex and the violence is not gory or graphic. I have the next audiobook in the series, and will be reading it while I bask in the sun.
I would have to say that this book was even better then the first. Nathan and Harv are better then ever. The story line is unbelievable and keeps you on edge the whole time.
Dick Hill is better then ever and makes this book enjoyable to listen too.
Definitely a winner.
Sorry Andrew, Dick Hill cost you a star. I have done the past several Reachers on Nook and I agreed to give Dick one more chance after reading the first Nathan book on Nook. He made Harve sound just like the Venezuelan arch-villain, though Harve looks 'vaguely hispanic' and was a U.S. Marine 25 years prior. He made Holly sound like a trembling schoolgirl at times when she's running an FBI office. This cost the review a star. I highly recommend both of your novels as books or Nooks. Mr. Hill got into narration when it was easy-to-get work for second-rate scenery-chewers. I completely understand your need to stand by him and that, for a new author, it was good to get someone with so many credits...but have George Guidall or Richard Ferrone read just one chapter of whatever you are working on and you'll see the light. Until then, I am buying everything you do anyway, so, no loss; but it'll be on some kind of page. Readers, please do support Andrew and if you like Dick Hill then this is 4 stars. I have over 470 titles here and nothing against Dick Hill except his work on Audible titles.
This book gave insight on how Nathan became the man he is today. You also saw the scarier side of Nathan, it showed that you couldn't go through what he did and not be damaged. There was a point in the book where Nathan had a huge decision to make, in my opinion any decision he made would have been the right one. Did he make the right decision? I think he did what was right for him. The only thing I was kind of disappointed in is that I feel there is still more that needs to be worked out emotionally with his father. Maybe next book he can deal with the unresolved issues with his father. I'm glad that I have this book in my library.
"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.
Good story on the whole. Little slowly read I felt so I speeded it up but the story kept me interested.
"An excellent 2nd chapter to the McBride story"
Twists, turns, the emotional input from his girlfriend which creates his torn reactions.
McBribe obviously and then Harvey Fontana - this applies to the series not just this book.
Dick Hill is a legend. I would actually consider employing him to sit in the corner and read to me! I stumbled over the McBride series after looking for other books that Dick Hill had narrated after Jack Reacher.
The tone of reading allows you to focus on the story details and forget that you're actually being read to. A lot of other narraters make sure a hoo-ha over character impressions, it puts you off the content. Over reading the book, Dick allows you to shut off from the wider world (especially on a packed commuter train) and enjoy just the story.
An excellent audiobook and great part of the series.
"Not as good as it should be"
yes I would
this could've been better, don't get me wrong, it's a good listen, but in my opinion the plot wasn't haunting enough for me
the action was too much like a computer game and the story was lacking in parts
still it's not a bad book
"BRILLIANT FAST MOVING"
Yes, great plot, characters, and narration
Final 2 chapters
Nathan, & Holly
Have just downloaded the next in the series
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