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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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    Loy 12-31-12
    Loy 12-31-12

    Born to read

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    "a nice story"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kengrigg Hilo Hawaii 96720 12-23-12
    kengrigg Hilo Hawaii 96720 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Married, middle aged man, owns my own Body Shop. 4 kids. escapism, plan and simple.

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    "Not the action I was exspecting."
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    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.


    What could Andrew Peterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    not good littlegirl.


    Was Option to Kill worth the listening time?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to reading the first & second book of this series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rossputin Evanston, IL 12-22-12
    Rossputin Evanston, IL 12-22-12 Member Since 2001

    Mike A.

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    "Man Of Action With Silly Words In His Mouth"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-24-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Good Series"

    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!!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cletes W. Killough 03-11-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, kept my attention through the entire story, Dick Hill did his usual great job, the action was continuous, but not overly graphic.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lester GRANBURY, TEXAS, United States 03-11-13
    Lester GRANBURY, TEXAS, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Option to Kill to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Action from the word go and pretty much non-stop.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He seemed like he was Nathan McBride


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to all three books and all three were just as exciting as the others. I have also listened to all of the Mitch Rapp series and these are just as good. Kudos to Andrew Peterson

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kimber 11-14-13
    Kimber 11-14-13
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    "More than a "fix" for Reacher addiction."

    Wow. This was my first Andrew Peterson, will back track to pick up books 1 and 2 of the McBride, then on forward. Love Dick Hill, started with him on the Lee Child/Jack Reacher books, it's not just Reacher that he does so well. Did a listen to Gray Man to get me over last of Reacher books, disappointed. But this BLEW MY SOX OFF!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Al East Windsor, NJ, USA 10-31-13
    Al East Windsor, NJ, USA 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Reacher fans beware!"

    If you're a Reacher fan, then be careful reading this series. Why? Because, I found that I like this character, Nathan McBride, better! What?! Yup, you heard it here first. I won't go into the story at all. Hate spoilers or anything that might influence a future listener. What I will go into without any spoilers is WHY I like this character better. Main reason--he's flawed! He's been in the machine and been spit out. Intact but with issues. This makes him believable, and you're immediately on his side. He's also grittier than Reacher. You'll have to figure that out on your own. Any reacher fan will enjoy this series and be left wanting more! I know I was.

    ALSO... do I have to say anything about Dick Hill? Nope, go forth... download and enjoy!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dusty Laramie, WY, United States 10-21-13
    Dusty Laramie, WY, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Covert spy & crime thrillers with lone heroes. Lots of action, start to end. Bad endings = bad book. Love Jack Reacher & Nathan McBride!!

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    "Great Read - My new Hero, Nathan McBride"
    If you could sum up Option to Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Very good, even puled my heart strings


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very personable and had a great softside,


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! This is great like the others


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - Had hard time putting my family off.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the stories and the narrator. Watch out Jack Reacher & Lee Child!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    08-15-13
    08-15-13 Member Since 2009
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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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  • SE COATES
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    "Wow!"

    Rip roaring yarn. Sit back and enjoy the ride! My dog had lots of extra walks in order to listen to the next chapter!

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  • Mark
    9/24/14
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    "American Gush"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, a reasonable plot but spoiled by repeated American sentimentality.


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

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Did the best he could with the material he had.


    Do you think Option to Kill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    One of a series of Nathan McBride books. I think I'll give the rest a miss.


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