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Publisher's Summary

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions.

The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement. He's the only man with the skills necessary to get the job done. But almost as soon as Nathan reluctantly accepts the assignment, he finds himself caught in the middle. On the one side is a ruthless adversary with a blood-chilling plan - and on the other are agents who will stop at nothing to see their own brand of justice done.

Also listen to the sequel, Forced to Kill.
©2008 Andrew Peterson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A high-powered thriller from a magnum-force writer." (David Dun, author of The Black Silent)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Well Worth The Time, Great Listen

This was a new author for me and I was a bit skeptical at first, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Right from the beginning I was drawn into the story and the characters. I thought the reader/narrator was excellent and gave each person a very distinct personality. OK, perhaps the story line was a little far fetched, but that's why it's called fiction. I am looking forward to another selection by this author.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Very Good

Move over Jack Reacher! Very good action packed book! I wish Dick Hill could do a better job at women's voices but over all a very good summer thriller.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good First Effort

The first book by this author was a very enjoyable listen. If you are a fan of Lee Child's "Jack Reacher novels" you should enjoy this book. As a matter of fact the combination of Peterson's writing style and Dick Hill's narration this book is almost indistinguishable from the Reacher books. Same style, same story line, same everything (Child may have a lawsuit on his hands)... The Reacher series being one of my favorites I consider it high praise that this author was able to mimic it so closely. I look forward to the next book from Peterson and I hope he decides to make this a series and they choose Dick Hill to narrate again. Listen and enjoy.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Alameda, CA, United States
  • 06-17-09

Sniper thriller par excellence

It's hard to find a sniper thriller these days, much less one that manages to feel technically authentic while having 3-dimensional characters. This novel does all of that, and it also avoids recycling typical terrorist or serial-killer thriller plotlines. This is an original, well worth the price.

40 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • Bradley, CA, United States
  • 07-26-09

A True Thriller!

I thought Dick Hill did a superb job. The characters were believable, the dialogue sharp, and the plot kept me listening. The romantic involvement was low key and tastefully done. It wasn't immediate or forced. I didn't have a problem with it at all. I hope to see more Nathan McBride adventures from this author!

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • NOKWISA
  • Garland, Texas, United States
  • 01-13-11

Good Start

I bought this book on the synopis and the snipet of the audio and really expecting much out of it but was lost in the story by the end of the first chapter. Good descriptive writing, whether it was a room or the action. I am wondering if Nathan can morph into a good strong enduring character Mr. Hill did a bit better job on this book. If he would just slow the pacing of his words a bit and not send them at the listener in harsh rapid fire I would have liked the naration better. I would like to see a second offering from Mr Peterson and Guidall doing the narative.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • La Jolla, CA, USA
  • 06-17-09

Exciting story and fun to listen to

Dick Hill (the narrator) did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. I've heard he is one of the best in the industry. It was pleasure to listen to.

As a fan of action novels I had read that this is the debut of author, Andrew Peterson. The story starts right out with adrenaline pumped action, and the first chapter tells you the bad guys aren't fooling around. The remainder of the novel has lots of action, and introduces us to a new character (Nathan McBride). It's fun to be reading the first in a series.

McBride is a special forces type who can shoot straight and hit what he aims for. Lots of technical information for those who like to know about weapons, helicoptors, etc, but not over the top. Lots of deeper questions are examined which make the topic very current. How far can or should we go to protect the innocent?



39 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Constance
  • Milford, CT, United States
  • 07-26-09

exciting and skillfully narrated

suspenseful with great plot. was not familiar with author but will be looking for more from him in future. My favorite narrator of all time is Dick Hill. That was the deciding factor. another terrific job.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Find!

I tend to stay with my "tried and true" authors, but took a chance on this book and was truly amazed. Mr. Peterson has a formula that could easily bring him into the Lee Child, John Sandford, Jeffrey Deaver class of author. Highly entertaining and worth more than one listen, lets hope Mr. Peterson stays with this winning formula.

47 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • Manoj
  • Athens, GA, United States
  • 05-31-13

Unparalleled narration and a good story.

Would you consider the audio edition of First to Kill to be better than the print version?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of First to Kill?

There were many, but the torture of Arnie Bridgestone was narrated so well that I got squeamish !!

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

No

Any additional comments?

The story was sort of predictable. There were some twists that were meant to surprise the reader, but one could see them from a mile away. Nothing really surprised me, but the story was not dull, it was action filled and full of well timed humor. The narration was top notch and never missed timing on the jokes. For me the book stands out because of the narration and makes the story feel better. I am happy I bought it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 12-28-10

Brilliant Book.

This story was very well thought-out, good delivery and excellent narration. Characterisations were better than most in this genre.

Looked for more by this author but nothing yet . . .

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Caz in Maspalomas
  • 09-07-14

Bloodthirsty or what, but cracking book

Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

Yes, good twists and turns. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to good thriller readers

What did you like best about this story?

Whilst some twists and turns you could see as a coming possibility, many were not

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favourite?

Nathan but also liked Holly

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

The finale was well written and kept you in suspense. It was a very colourful story.

Any additional comments?

A cracking read and kept it's momentum all the way through.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • 03-26-18

Absolutely terrific...best this year!

Top class narration & personality in the characters made this great book a SUPERB LISTEN!

The plot is 1st class twists & turns were immaculately written no unnecessary use of “writers vocabulary” made this book my best of the year so far!!!

Must read/listen...AWESOME

STEVEN

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Nath
  • 05-05-17

Great story but narrator kinda let me down

Good story but I expected more from the narrator of the book , but again it is a good read

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Adrian of Wales
  • 01-18-15

Rather breathless narration

As a Brit I found the narrator's cadence peculiar & his occasional gasps for breath off-putting; the story seemed very contrived to put flesh on the "sniper" bones of the story. Early on the hero proclaims that detail is all important whilst observing that his opponent must be on amphetamines since he has constricted pupils… wrong!!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn O.
  • 08-06-17

First to kill

Great read😊 really enjoyed this book. Would definitely recommend this book to family and friends

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MP3
  • 04-12-17

A good suspense-filled book.

It was very good. The suspense held up all the way through. Very entertaining.
From Betty, age 96.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • R.B
  • 03-13-16

A Very Good First Outing for Andrew Peterson.

I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, as my experience of first in a series books hasn't been great recently. However, I pleasantly surprised with this audio book.
It started a little differently than some books in this genre, in that it introduces us to the main character, Nathan McBride, not as a "bad-ass" who will destroy anyone who hurts him or his friends, but as a "bad-ass" who will teach you a lesson(in this case, beating a man who is causing some trouble for a client), and then if you are willing, give you a second chance. In other words, Nathan McBride has a heart, even though he is an expert marksman and overall operator, and he will do what needs to be done. His business partner and long time friend Harvey Fontana, is as loyal to Nathan as Nathan is to him, and Andrew Peterson does a great job of showing just how deep their friendship is.
Overall, I found this book to have both depth when it needed to, and action when it needed to. The backstory for Nathan McBride is certainly interesting and makes you like him even more once you have seen what he's been through.
The narrator, Dick Hill, is well known and liked, and with this book he does another excellent job. He is definitely on my list of top three narrators. He has this ability to bring characters to life that few can match.
As a first in a series book, this exceeded my expectations, and it made be want to keep going with the series. If I had anything negative to say about it, it would be that there was a little too much dialogue in places, and that there might have been too many explanations of what things were, but that is a very small complaint in a very enjoyable listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • 11-22-15

First to Kill

Exciting story which was very well read with great characterisation. My first Peterson book - most enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • 07-23-14

A great listen following Jack Reacher addiction

If you could sum up First to Kill in three words, what would they be?

Action Strategy Results

What did you like best about this story?

I was looking for a similar series to Lee Child's Jack Reacher books and glad I found these. They lack some of the twists and turns of the Jack Reacher series however make up for it in other areas. If you liked Reacher chances are you'll like this.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love the way that Dick Hill brings the story to life. He seems to capture the nature of the characters in both the tone and accent. There never seems to be a dull moment, I reckon he could keep you interested whilst describing drying paint!

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

Potentially but it would be a marathon sitting. Perfect for the commute and definitely one I looked forward to carrying on with.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosemary Cumine
  • 06-20-18

What a listen to

When listening to this book I felt as though I was there, in amongst the action could not wait to listen,too all of the story

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 10-23-15

Not my type of book!

I simply could not get into this book at all. I could not make it past the end of Chapter 2.

Not worth the effort.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful