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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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    Norma Concord, MA, United States 03-14-13
    Norma Concord, MA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2011
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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 2013
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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 Member Since 2014
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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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    db2373 02-01-13
    db2373 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ending up to Nathan standard rest not so much"

    The attempt to give Nathan more depth worked but wasn't as interesting as previous books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Calabasas, CA, United States 01-17-13
    Cary Calabasas, CA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Restructuring

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    "Fun, but excessively contrived action and risk"

    I read a lof of other American and English fiction series' featuring former or current CIA operatives, snipers, rangers, seals etc. I like Nathan's and Harv's characters and their supporting characters, Holly, the Senator etc. I even look forward to Nathan and Harv's next adventure. That said, I hope Peterson steps back into reality. Oddly I listened to this in the same week that I read David Baldacci's The Innocent which also pairs up an "operative" with a young girl in danger among potential corrupt law enforcement. Peterson's very good at putting together action scenes and suspense, but his contrivances to achieve the circumstances of each action sequence are nothing short of embarrassingly stupid. I won't be a spoiler; clearly his first duty is to protect his young charge from harm. But for the flimsiest reasons-at least at the first 1/2,- he exposes her to insane and intellectually unnecessary risks. Ultimately, Peterson introduces two reasons to pursue the bad guys with a sense of urgency. But even the climatic end is wrapped in this ridiculousness. The situation is temporarily stabilized and a climatic rendezvous between good and bad is planned- the planned meet is the stabilizing factor. But does this successful business man, sniper, operative give himself 2 extra hours which would allow him to keep the girl absolutely safe and have professional back-up, or does he plow ahead and use a child as his only support? Obviously the latter option is more thrilling, but idiotic. Sorry Peterson, but if Baldacci’s a 9 on a score of 1 to 10, you get score a 4. P.S. I though Dick Hill did a great job with the child's voice!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 08-16-13
    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!

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    "Not particularly suspenseful, poor narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the beginning was good and then it spiraled downhill. It was hard to listen to the narrator portray the whiny child Lauren and any/all women characters. The most irritating parts of the book were Lauren's continuing questioning and Nathans continuing indulgence.


    Would you recommend Option to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I am not planning to listen to any more Nathan McBride novels and will avoid anything read by Dick Hill.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No, absolutely not. I did not enjoy his portrayal of any of the characters, especially women's voices. He also spoke slowly as if telling parts of the story to a mentally challenged person. Those parts created for me more frustration than creating suspense. Overall, I plan to avoid this narrator and will opt to read the book myself.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too many good books and great narrators like Will Patton and Grover Gardner to listen to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coralie Perth, Australia 08-10-13
    Coralie Perth, Australia 08-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Unable to connect"
    What disappointed you about Option to Kill?

    It was downloaded to my MP3 (which I don't have) and I couldn't rectify this problem so I didn't listen to the story


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

    No - not at all


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know for the above reason


    What character would you cut from Option to Kill?

    No idea - I wasn't able to listen to it


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely difficult to get advice on how to rectify a problem, although it was probably my fault. Other than this experience I am very pleased with the website.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    linda LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, United States 07-01-13
    linda LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I thought it would be more like a jack reacher boo"
    What disappointed you about Option to Kill?

    It is more of a mans book. . did not finish it. did not enjoy.


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

    It just was not for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    ?? did not lie


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Option to Kill?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    I don't believe i am interested in any more Nathan McBride books.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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