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First to Kill Audiobook

First to Kill

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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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    J. Kirwan Boring, Oregon USA 04-06-14
    J. Kirwan Boring, Oregon USA 04-06-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Tedious Shallow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Explaining the main character should have been more nuanced. There was hardly any story. It spent too much time fawning all over how brave, noble, honorable and long suffering the main character was throughout the book in repetitive ways. The torture scenes, whether it was the foreplay description before the torture or actual torture, went on too long and became tedious. Torture happened a lot. So if that's all a reader wants in a book, this is the one for him or her.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    It was too slow and unimaginative.


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

    Dick Hill is always a master. He can make almost all stories sound interesting. When Audible put this book on sale, I bought it because of Dick Hill. He could narrate those long legal things you never read when you hit the button “I agree” on various internet sites and make sound exciting and compelling.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Dick Hill.


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill's talents are not enough for me to ever listen to a book by this author again.

    2 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. Enjoy.

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    Anet South Africa 02-11-13
    Anet South Africa 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A "lone ranger with soul" thriller"

    Peterson's Nathan McBride is scarred (emotionally and physically), dangerous, rich (but he only flaunts it when necessary), kind to women (unless they are trying to kill him)...and he has a BF that shoots up stuff and flies a helicopter when pressed...what's not to love?

    A great compelling read, nothing too heavy, look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Love this Author!"

    I'm writing this review for my husband who is actually the reader, but he doesn't feel comfortable writing a book review. He thoroughly enjoyed this book. He compared McBride to Lee Child's Reacher, but with a compassionate side to his character. The story held his attention and he is looking forward to the book in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 09-12-12
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 09-12-12 Member Since 2017

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "If you are a Reacher fan, this one is for you!"

    Of course, having Dick Hill as the narrator reinforces the Reacher similarity. Good story, good new character,,,,,,I'll listen to the next one right away.

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    Goldie 07-30-12
    Goldie 07-30-12
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    "Exciting action novel"
    If you could sum up First to Kill in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, action, charged


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Nathan's no nonsense way of catching and dealing with bad guys. No bull.


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

    Yes. I enjoy Dick's performances.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say extreme, but i did enjoy this book very much, enough to purchase the kindle version of the second book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carole 01-07-12
    Carole 01-07-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great story - distracting performance"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    A well woven tale of who do you not trust.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a mystery to the end and then not all wrapped up in ribbons with rote justifications.


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

    No. I don't know what he was trying to do with accents; whether he, himself, has an accent or was trying to apply one to


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    Mark Nelson 12-04-11
    Mark Nelson 12-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "terrible narrator"

    I almost gave up listening due to the narrator's voice and annoying way of doing character voices, especially women. I've listened to him with the Reacher novels and as much as I enjoy the books, almost gave up on those too. There are a lot of great readers out there and I can't imagine anyone preferring this narrator's style.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 03-19-12
    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 03-19-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Pretty Good"

    I don't know if I would consider this a "thriller" but rather an entertaining book well narrated by Dick Hill. It's a story of mixed intrigue involving the sins of a governmental cover up and brother's that kill for revenge. Between an FBI agent and our hero's, the two main characters who are ex-militarily snipers and long time best friends. They tactically are on hunt to eliminate these guys and resolve the threat. The content is mostly believable and I feel would be worth the credit. Enjoy!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Arlington, VA, United States 06-30-11
    Sherry Arlington, VA, United States 06-30-11
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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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