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.
Depends on the characters and narration.
Sorry. I just can't deal with male narrators doing little girl voices.
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.
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.
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.
Many moments were particularly moving when Nate considers the possibility of his relationship with the girl he rescues.
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.
This book is a bit different compared to the first two in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two so it was a no brainer to pick this one up and recommend u do the same if u liked the first two. This book showed a bit of a softer sid of Nathan while still having plenty of action to keep it exciting. The storyline was pretty solid although a bit predictable at points but still entertaining. I do kinda wish they would have involved Nathans partner Harv a bit more in this book there partnership was an exciting part of the previous stories. As aways Dick Hill does a good job with the narration even though the girls voice gets a bit whiney at times but whatta ya gonna do LOL. Overall entertaining story that i would reccomend for a fun fast listen.
Although I enjoyed the book it was not as good as the other 2 in the Nathan McBride series. The story was not very believable but with Dick Hill performing it was still a good listen. If you have not listened to others in the series I would not make this your first listen.
Worth the read or listen. I like some of Andrew Peterson's other works better. And his choice of narriator is just the best. No one does it as well as Dick Hill.
I listened to this story-- I really like Nathan -- the story shows the author really does not know girls and it shows in the way he portrays her. It was little soap opera—a niece and now a sister –
Nathan shows he can get the job done even with an 11 year old girl in tow
Not much Harve.
Married, middle aged man, owns my own Body Shop. 4 kids. escapism, plan and simple.
I will, I like the main character, but i did not like the little kid in this story, so I will be getting the first book in this series, i hope it has the action I'm looking for.
I love the confident hero, so his character is right up my ally, but to pair him with a 12 year old girl, just made the book drag. I may not even finish it. keep to the formula that brought this series the readers it deserves.
not good littlegirl.
I am looking forward to reading the first & second book of this series.
This is my first try at this series. I think the character of Nathan McBride has great potential, so I’m going to go back and give the first two in the series a try. The action parts of this story were very good. “Option”, however, completely failed for me on a character level.
Firstly, the completely improbable interplay between Nathan and the niece, Lauren, left me shaking my head. Of course if you read this kind of fiction you expect the unbelievable, but that’s best left to the action side of the story. When it comes to how characters interact with each other that needs to be somewhat grounded in reality. No 12 year old is going to act or talk like the one in this story. For instance, Nathan puts her in a ghille suit with a spotting scope and she points out the bad guys, watches him slaughter them, and thinks it’s so “OMG cool”.
The dialogue between Nathan , Gin (the ½ sister) and Lauren is beyond trite. It sounds like the worst send up of B movie dialogue any satirist would write. It’s so grating, predictable and sappy I actually laughed out loud at what I considered to be the climax of the silliness when Gin yells at Nathan, “Get moving Marine”.
Dick Hill’s narration only serves to point out and accentuate the bad dialogue. His back of the throat whisper female voice is excruciating. If you listen to him you know what I mean. Usually it’s fine, but in this book it just adds to the mess.
Overall, I like this genre of,,, CIA operative on a critical mission... I also liked the first book in this series, "First to Kill".
I listened to the first book several years ago and saw that this one had very good reviews so I jumped on it without going back and listening to the second one. I enjoyed this book so I don't think you necessarily have to take them in order to gain some enjoyment out of the stories.
While these stories were good and I do like Andrew Peterson's writing style, I don't consider him to be among my favorites in this genre. I save that for Vince Flynn first, Alex Berenson second and then Peterson and others who fall into the "good but not great" category.
Dick Hill does a decent to good job. He has a no-nonsense style, but butchers women and children voices to the point of aggravation.
I recommend, it's worth the time and credit!!
yes, kept my attention through the entire story, Dick Hill did his usual great job, the action was continuous, but not overly graphic.
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