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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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Dick Hill should stick with Reacher

I bought this because Of Hill. A real disappointment in addition to a predictable story. Couldn't decide if it was the narrator or if the dialogue was really that schmaltzy.

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Females Weak and Predictable

There's an honest to God FBI Head of Station playing dumb cheerleader? What the what? Luckily, author did not include sexual interlude in detail. It would have been agonizing. It could be a fun drinking game for every stupid thing the author has her say. Guys, it's really obnoxious.

Everything else isn't too bad for debut novel. Think of it as Lee Child's light but has Tom Clancy technical details down pat.

Mixed feelings whether 3 or 4, gave author a break w 4 and hope someone knocked his head to get it right in later books. Not sure I'll read the next. And only if it's on special sale on Audible, like 3.95. Not worth more at this point.

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Could be a Good Book

This could have been a great book; however, the narrator (Dick Hill) absolutely ruined it. Every character sounded like a tongueless drunk sucking on a jolly rancher. It was completely and utterly unbearable to listen to. Please, Dick, find another profession.

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Excellent Anti Sleeping Material!

This was my second experience with McBride and my favorite of the two by far. I always listen to fiction before bed. Well one night I literally didn't go to sleep because the story is so strong. I'm not a fan of the emotional depth at times between McBride's partner, his father and women but that's being very nit picky. Story has great action and character depth very strong for this genre.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 05-18-17

first to what

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the fact that it makes the sniper and cia and fbi look stupid

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the end

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

he is ok as a reader

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

no

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Exciting Read

My first Nathan McBride novel. Can't wait to start the adventure again with the second. I rate it right up there with Reacher; maybe better even. Dick Hill is my all time favorite narrator and was part of the reason to convince me to listen to Andrew Peterson's novel; any author's novels being read by him is bound to transport the listener to a grand, believable escape. The storyline and characters were well conceived and written.

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Exciting and gets better

This book starts out with a bang - well, a fight- and the action keeps going in a very well paced, well written and well narrated book.

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Good story, horrible narration

The narrator tries too hard, very unnatural, very fake, ruins the entire book for me.

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  • emily
  • Encinitas, CA USA
  • 04-20-17

AWFUL

Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

NO

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

I can't imagine what would help. The hero was sickeningly great.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Boring.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I did not listen to the complete book and should have returned it.

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Good character development a lille drawn out.

i enjoyed the book,but did not love it the way i love other suspense/action novels. it was just OK.