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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)

What Members Say

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    Jesse 03-22-17
    Jesse 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not horrible, but..."

    The performance was fine and the overall story wasn't horrible, but I really had a hard time getting into this series. It seems too cliche and almost forced. I tried to finish it a few times, but I just couldn't connect. Maybe it's just me.

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    don lowe 03-20-17
    don lowe 03-20-17
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    "Very great read"

    My first Peterson novel but not my last compelling story,great narration. Dick Hill is the best. From inside the mind of scout snipers inside the moral fiber the author truly has researched and developed the characters as well as the techno abilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark PEORIA, AZ, United States 03-17-17
    Mark PEORIA, AZ, United States 03-17-17 Member Since 2017

    [RATT]LandShark

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    "If you like toy army men, you might like this book"

    I spent the entire book rolling my eyes or gagging. Stilted dialog and cardboard characters sums up this book. I wanted to like Nathan, except he wasn't believable.

    I'm trying to decide if I can get through the next few hours, or if I should just return the book. It's just awful.

    I love Dick Hill... and that's really the reason I got the book. Oops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Quist Madison, WI United States 03-17-17
    David Quist Madison, WI United States 03-17-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Great new characters to sink your teeth into!"

    If you are a fan of Jack Reacher, Bob "The Nailer" Swagger", or Court Gentry then you will love Nathan McBride. Great depth of character and solid plot building.

    Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terrell 03-08-17
    Terrell 03-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, but terrible narration"

    This was a great story with a lot of we written drama and suspense, but the narrator choice was awful. The person reading sounded like a senior citizen and really didn't do the main characters justice when he spoke as them. It made it much more difficult to envision the characters and really get into the story.

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    Amazon Customer 03-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Driving Awake"

    The story and voice actor kept me awake for a 10 hour drive, will get the next book!

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    Mary Grieshaberwilliams monterey, ca 03-02-17
    Mary Grieshaberwilliams monterey, ca 03-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent audio"

    This excellent audio kept my attention all the way through. the reader was great also

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    Burt 03-01-17
    Burt 03-01-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Amateur Hour"
    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    The writing reminds me of a high school assignment. Over-written and superbly boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, when I could past the pain of even listening to the horrible writing.


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    Amazon Customer 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining action thriller"

    1st to kill is an action thriller in the Jack Reecher vein. If you are in the mood [I was] to be simply entertained by a good shoot em up action plot you will enjoy this book.
    Doing accents is not the narrators forte and at times these accents are distracting.
    Still overall it's a good listen.

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    Olive 02-25-17
    Olive 02-25-17
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    "Plot?"

    What book is everyone else listening to? After almost four hours I still do not know the plot. Dick Hill is always great but he must have been bored out of his skull.

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  • Richard
    Epsom, SRY, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "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 . . .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caz in Maspalomas
    Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Spain
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    8/6/17
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    "First to kill"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Nath
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    5/5/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MP3
    4/12/17
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    "A good suspense-filled book."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    11/22/15
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    "First to Kill"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Mannion
    Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom
    9/21/15
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    "Good read but ordinary"

    It was just ok for me. I found it a bit slow going. Descriptions of weaponry, special services skills and sniper's craft were good. I like a thread of intrigue which I didn't find until well into the book.
    Others do the job better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian of Wales
    UK
    1/18/15
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    "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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Allen
    Birmingham, UK
    10/4/14
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    "a bit formulaic, but passable"

    This is all very standard predictable good-guy-beats-bad-guys-and-helps-people type thing.

    I'll probably track down the next parts in the series (although I notice that they are rated higher than the first book) but I'll probably pay 70p to borrow them from my local library instead of using a credit here on Audible.

    Dick Hill's good, I listened to him reading some Jack Reacher novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Wednesbury, United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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