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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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    Caroline1 11-01-16
    Caroline1 11-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator takes away from story"

    This story was good, but a little violent for my taste. I thought the action moved quite fast but the narrator took away from my enjoyment of the story. I really do not like the way he reads female voices. Even the male voices take away the excitement and sense of urgency.

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    Denise Blackburn San Angelo, TX United States 09-30-16
    Denise Blackburn San Angelo, TX United States 09-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator was awful!"

    I couldn't get through more than 3 chapters of the audible version. The story and writing sounded interest so it's back to my kindle to read it myself. So glad the audio was included with my purchase otherwise I would be really mad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dave fay 09-28-16
    dave fay 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hate the narrator"

    Dick Hill has a herky jerky style of reading which is really annoying. a lot

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    David 09-26-16
    David 09-26-16
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    "narration leaves room for improvement."

    the way Dick hill does his characters drives me insane. especially the females. But overall the book was a good read.

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    Kim the Music Lover USA 09-02-16 Member Since 2015

    Kim

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    "There are a couple more books in this series"

    Slow at the beginning but once it picked up it was a jam packed story with a tense ending.

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    Steve 06-18-16
    Steve 06-18-16

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    "Great Book"

    Dickinson needs to work on his Hispanic accent or not try, otherwise it was perfect.

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    Andrew 04-21-16
    Andrew 04-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator killed this one for me"

    Story was awesome, narrator smacks his lips at the end of nearly every sentence. It was one of the most distracting and irritating sounds I have ever heard a narrator do.

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    Della Babylon, NY United States 04-09-16
    Della Babylon, NY United States 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't wait for the next book in this series!"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book . The narration was perfect - about to download the next in this series

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    Shawn Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-10-16
    Shawn Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-10-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story tempered by OK narration"
    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    It was a good story. I had a little difficulty suspending disbelief to enjoy the story simply because it's hard to accept an FBI that allows civilians to run wild in its name. Still, it was an intriguing tale and one that had me visualizing the scenes as it unfurled.


    What other book might you compare First to Kill to and why?

    There are a lot of similar good-guy-working-outside-the-law tales. The John Rain series, for example, are better because the tales (mostly of a killer-for-hire working for private interests) are more believable. "First to Kill" is similar to the Jack Reacher books, but I didn't really identify with the characters as much.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dick Hill's narration and voice characterization are sound, but I get kind of tired of his tendency to over-act the emotions of the book. Nobody I know--in fact, nobody I've ever really heard speak--expresses themselves with the kind of exasperated emotion that Hill often imbues on his characters.

    Honestly, he reminds me of William Shatner in his ability to over-act, though Shatner does a lot of it with his body expressions. Dick Hill seems to do it all with his voice.


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

    Not particularly.


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    Ashok E Kolady 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad narration killed my interest"

    I could not get through an hour with the narrator's voice. The story may be good, but could not focus at all.

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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
    9/7/14
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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
  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Eddie
    5/6/14
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    "A book to equal Jack Reacher"
    Any additional comments?

    An excellent edge of the seat book that had me hooked until it was finished. Nathan MacBride is as ruthless and tough as Reacher. Now started Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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