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Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3 | [Andrew Peterson]

Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.
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Publisher's Summary

Nathan McBride, “the most brutally effective thriller hero to appear in years” (Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Weekend), returns in the third installment of one of the best new series in thriller fiction.

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old. With virtually no experience with children, Nathan’s patience and compassion are about to be tested to their limits.

In a violent confrontation, Nathan rescues Lauren from her kidnapper, but as he unravels Lauren's story, he realizes his troubles are only beginning. She says she's in the Witness Security Program, and doesn't trust the US Marshals because she thinks they're complicit in her abduction. Not only that, her stepdad was murdered last night.

In a desperate and unlikely alliance, Nathan and Lauren must stay one step ahead of her kidnapper and the brutal mercenaries who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Played out over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren must learn to trust each other or they won’t survive.

©2012 Andrew Peterson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Warren Bailey Ward, Arkansas United States 08-08-13
    Warren Bailey Ward, Arkansas United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well it filled some otherwise dead time driving. Wasn't totally unlistenable but not outstanding in any way


    Has Option to Kill turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    There was a lot of what I considered bizarre rationalization going on with some religious references that just seemed odd. Nathan's condition of attacking people randomly when he wakes and having nightmares seems to me to be a really bad combination for someone supposedly in the professional security business. He needs to be getting help and not being allowed to ramp about all over creation administering his own brand of justice.

    Other adventure hero types can be coldly rational and predictable in their behavior. After 3 Nathan McBride books I can't warm to him as the heroic type at all

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 07-22-13
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    "Little girl saves scout sniper"

    The story is laughable as it seems the Mr Peterson ran out of ideas following book 2. The character has potential but it is wasted entirely here. The author continues to miss some basic Marine Corps knowledge as demonstrated by his use or misuse of military and uniquely Marine Corps language. The narrator may exacerbate the problem in reading the letter o for the number 0 and the like. If we ignore all that, which is asking a lot, we have to deal with the authors fear of a strong male character that can take care of himself without the aid of 12 year old girls and 120 lb female FBI agents. Then there is the reckless random violence on the streets where our hero thigh shoots kidnappers and assassins. Tom Clancy and the late Vince Flynn (in the final Mitch Rapp book) are good examples of how to write male leads in this savage world of espionage. Mr Peterson should read a few of these. Or maybe a little more Jack Reacher and a little less Jack and Jill.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-15-13
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "Best of the three."

    The first two books were good, and then better; this one rates "best." The reader hasn't improved, but only because he set the bar so high to begin with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 07-07-13
    AudioAddict 07-07-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Dangerous and Action-Packed"

    STORY - This is my first Nathan McBride book. The plot was intriguing and suspenseful, yet at the same time not difficult to follow. There is plenty of spying, action and shooting. The violence is not overly graphic and, if there is cursing, it is minimal. The book can stand alone and comes to a satisfying conclusion.

    What I didn't like was that he took Lauren, a 12-year-old girl, with him on all these dangerous missions. (C'mon, really?) IMHO there were times he seemed to jump too quickly to conclusions and others where he was slow to figure stuff out (like the reason for the Xray machine). But we can poke holes in most fiction, right?

    NARRATION - The narrator did a good job, but I personally didn't like the way he portrayed young Lauren. A low-voiced man trying to sound like a young girl... UGH!

    OVERALL - Recommended for anyone who enjoys spy thrillers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LA Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-30-13
    LA Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like best about Option to Kill? What did you like least?

    The narrator, the story was so-so


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book with Dick Hill in it.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    In command and ready


    Did Option to Kill inspire you to do anything?

    No, the story is shallow and missing Harvey Fontana


    Any additional comments?

    The first 2 books were more detailed and exciting

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Seguin, TX, United States 02-04-13
    Gerald Seguin, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, action & mystery preformed well!"

    This was a very good story and I will be buying more Nathan Mcbride novels.
    This story started fast and had a great powerful ending. Dick Hill as always did a outstanding job with the narration. The childs voice grated on your nerves, some reviewers hated the voice, but in my opinion that's the way is was meant to be. Went with the story line. You won't be disappointed with this book. It was a very enjoyable listen. I think Nathan McBride is hero just for putting up with the little girl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    River North Montana 02-04-13
    River North Montana 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story--Poor Narration of Young Girl's Voice"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've enjoyed both the story and previous narration of this series, but the narrator's interpretation and performance of the young girl's voice in this book became unbearable. I usually listen to a good book straight through, but this time I had to take frequent days-long breaks because I simply couldn't listen to it anymore. Dick Hill has a great voice for strong male characters, but a two-narrator approach would have made this book a much better listen.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lela Paradise, PA, United States 02-04-13
    Lela Paradise, PA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "love Nathan McBride!"
    Any additional comments?

    the girl in the story was supposed to be 12... i thought she seemed more like a 9 year old though. that would be my only complaint, really.Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers and he didn't disappoint. he's great for characters like Nathan McBride... tough, but soft when necessary.i'm looking forward to more Nathan McBride stories!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 02-03-13
    Tedd United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Depends on the characters and narration.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Sorry. I just can't deal with male narrators doing little girl voices.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luise Healey Irvine, CA, United States 01-24-13
    Luise Healey Irvine, CA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A remarkable series"
    What made the experience of listening to Option to Kill the most enjoyable?

    The action is fast paced and I felt I was losing my breath. It seemed like an unlikely story-line until you see the evil character, and then you are brought into the story immediately. The first sentence (or paragraph) of the book sets the mood for the entire story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Andy Peterson obviously takes the time to plot his stories, though this was published in serial form (I also have it on my Kindle Fire) it feels as if it is not broken into convenient parts. The twists and turns which is becoming a signature of the author is maintained from the very beginning. I'll be waiting for the next book in this series but not in audible form.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The same narrator is used for Lee Child's audible books. I wish these authors would listen to the audible versions of their books. Dick Hill may be a good narrator but he makes my teeth grind when he portrays the women characters of these books. He makes me want to tear the sound out of my ears, as one reviewer said, and with which I agree. If I see his name attached to an audible book, I'll usually get in in the Kindle format.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments were particularly moving when Nate considers the possibility of his relationship with the girl he rescues.


    Any additional comments?

    I love when a heroic protagonist has the same misgivings about his abilities to carry on an assignment he has undertaken as most real people have. I also like the nature of the partnership with Nate and Harve. The loyalty and trust they have in one another is unlike most other male/male protagonists. The author is able to weave in parts of the earlier stories when it is helpful to know and understand something one of the characters is asking about. In the case of Nate, because of his terribly scared face, it is important to understand why he seems so scary to look at. Not that his size wouldn't be scary enough at 6'5" and 240 pounds but it is a certainty that you want him to be on your side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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