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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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    08-15-13
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    "Annoying performance ruins book."
    What did you like best about Option to Kill? What did you like least?

    Dick Hill was annoying as a 12 year old girl. Don't know how McBride could stand her.


    If you’ve listened to books by Andrew Peterson before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as the first two McBride stories but he does have a way with torture.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Incredibly bad female and child voices.


    Was Option to Kill worth the listening time?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Provo, UT, United States 07-04-13
    Alan Provo, UT, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating!"

    The Nathan McBride novels are a "must" read. The characters blend and interact as real individuals. The storylines are well written. A pure joy to listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 06-12-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Excellent book"

    This book was heartwarming although it was an action story, I found it to be very interesting and I loved how the family accepted each other. I wish I had listened to the first two in order, but I got it as a special price.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Dresher, PA, United States 05-03-13
    Matthew Dresher, PA, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story and Narration"

    Was on the edge of my seat the whole way. Dick Hill's narration is perfect. Don't miss this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 04-11-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "intense"

    First time author for me, this book started out action packed and never let up. The protagonist was an ex-marine sniper, ex-CIA operative with baggage but ever resourceful so you realized early on he was one tough dude. An interesting aspect to this book was the narrator, Dick Hill. Hill also narrates author Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series and the lead characters in both are similar. When listening to this book I kept thinking about the Reacher character. I wondered if it was by design, kind of like piggybacking on the popularity of the other series and the narrator. After awhile you get caught up in the story and don't think about it as much. But it is interesting to get used to a narrator, and there are lots of great ones, then hear them in a different series. This story kept my attention and I blew right through it. It all took place in San Diego in a several day period. Enjoy!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Concord, MA, United States 03-14-13
    Norma Concord, MA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story - loved it"
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    Initially it was difficult to identify McBride since I'm so used to hearing Dick Hill narrate Jack Reacher books but after a while it was fine. The bonding he develops in the book with Lauren, a 12 year old girl, really adds to the story development. Really great book and will read the others too.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Olive Branch, MS, United States 03-11-13
    Norman Olive Branch, MS, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Ok but could have been better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes & no. 3rd in a up til now good series. But I did'bt like the way the author painted such a professional in the 1st two books, but then goes against professional judgement for emotional reasonings.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    That the main character survived. 2 That the FBI stool on the sideline during most of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nathan picked off the extra help at the final showdown without the main villian being aware of it.


    Could you see Option to Kill being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. A Lifetime movie. Nothing against Lifetime they have some very good movies. But the main character while able to pull it off, took (what I thought) some unneccessary risks & showed a lot of impatience that could not be called professionalism.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next book is just as engaging.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 12-31-12
    Greg 12-31-12
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    "The Worst Audioook in 15 years"

    I am one of the original subscribers to Audible.com. Some books are better than others, many made better by the narrator. The story in this book is VERY weak, and the narrator is downright horrible. At best he makes the main character's voice acceptable, but his attempt to vary into voices for other characters is so horrible (sounds like childrens' cartoon characters) that I simply could not even finish listening to this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Don Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-29-12
    Don Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-29-12
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    "Disappointing"

    The Harlequin-meets-action-figure thing doesn't cut it. Can't tell if this is Nathan McBride or the Bobsey Twins.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K SAINT PETER, MN, United States 02-20-13
    K SAINT PETER, MN, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Story drags on. Narration was irritating."

    Be forewarned, if you've never listened to Dick Hill portray female characters it's worse than having bad dental work. Every female voice is the same, nasally, weak sounding voice that you hear from actors imitating bimbos. What's worse is that one of the main character was a 12-yr old girl so there was no break from it. Two hours into the book I was hoping the girl would be kidnapped and halfway through I was praying she'd just be killed off so I wouldn't have to listen to that voice.

    The story started off okay but gradually began to drag on. I'm sure the narration had something to do with it but this will most likely be my last Nathan McBride book. I know I won't be listening to anything else by Dick Hill unless the producers hire a separate actor to read the female parts.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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