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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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  • Sherry
  • Arlington, VA, United States
  • 06-30-11

Great book

I am not an eloquent writer -- I love listening to books during my commute each day and picked this book specifically because Dick Hill narrated. It is an excellent read and I have already purchased the second Forced To Kill.

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slow start, then intriguing

once past the initial slow start, the story really captivated. The sniper aspects were well written, since I'm not one, I can't guarantee accuracy, but very plausible.

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Old school good guy bad guy, fun and engaging

... Provided....that this done before countless times by countless authors is your thing. Nothing really original in that it's another story about a much larger than life protagonist who's been to hell and back but made it against the odds, is a loner except for his trusted friend (who he has been to hell and back with), super good guy despite the terrible things he was forced to do.. is the kind of guy you read about in fiction novels... (which is what this is..) then this is for you

I am a person who likes these kinds of books. Clear cut who's the good guy and who are the bad guys. The bad guys are so so bad you hate them and can't wait to see them dead. The good guys are so good heroic that you wish you had relatives like them. Lead character was awesome, lots of excitement, tense moments and tough to put down.

Another reason I enjoyed it is that typically with these types of stories the lead character is superhuman in everything. Including sexual dynamos. There's always a few pages dedicated to this but this book did not sport any of that. Romance was kept reasonable and nothing page skipping as is what I usually do for dumb sex scenes

The narrator was ok but I didn't love him.. Deep baritone voice, did a good job portraying the men. However I hated the way he would voice women. It sounded like a borderline between a disturbed serial killer and an overtly effeminate male. He also made the antagonists sound like they were stupid simpletons when based on what they pulled would qualify them for genius in many respects.

Either way I did very much enjoy the book it's just the narrator kind of dulled it for me

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Slow

The story was ok....perhaps it a different performer i could've enjoyed. The performer sound of a older (senior) it was detracting since the main character(s) was in late 20's or early 30's and the sound of his smacking was bothersome jlust making it hard to stay focus on the picture the author was painting.

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Really enjoyable!

First book I have read by Andrew Peterson and I was pleasantly surprised. Rally enjoyed the story and the narrator sounded like a real "Hill Billy" when doing the "baddies". Got into it with Nathan and Harv and will definitely read the rest of the series.

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Totally involved from the 1st chapter

One of the best I've listened to. Lots of action, technical info, and very believable.

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Good action story

Good hero, great action, really good narration (as always from Dick Hill). Can't wait listen to the rest of the books in the series.

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Excellent action

Kept the focus on the action. Great periods of fast pace kept me listening.

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The worst book I've gotten from Audible.

I can't say much good about this book. The characters were not interesting, and the plot completely predictable. What a huge waste of my money and time.

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Love the character and the narrator, BUT

I like the main characters, especially McBride & Harv. And of course, superbly narrated, as always, by Dick Hill. I also liked the character development and the relationship between McBride & Harv. However, the book was a disappointment for me, as the plot simply failed to engage. FBI and special agents chasing after bad guys with Semtex, domestic terrorists, etc. Although this is a recurring plot in many books, it could have still worked, but it failed to engage me in this book. I just didn't care, since I knew McBride would be OK anyway. Maybe the story just had too many words? Not sure I would try another book by the author, although he's obviously very popular. Only reason I didn't return it is because i bought it on 2 for 1 credit sale.