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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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  • PEORIA, AZ, United States
  • 03-17-17

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.

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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.

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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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Driving Awake

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

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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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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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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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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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Too Graphic Torture

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, too disturbing

Would you recommend First to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

As above, too disturbing

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Love Dick Hill's narration, as also in all Lee Child's "Reacher" series. Great selection of voices.

Did First to Kill inspire you to do anything?

Stop reading / listening.

Any additional comments?

The book starts with a graphic torture sequence, which continued to plague my mind whilst continuing to listen. I had to stop. After listening to ALL Lee Child and Vince Flynn, I was trying a different author. My mistake. The rest of the book may be interesting, I'll never know. Although Child and Flynn are similar genre, they are more "comforting/acceptable" than First Kill.

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Get a woman to do a woman's voice! Yuck!

The story is very good. Dick Hill narrates many books and he can't do a woman's voice. His women,as portrayed by his voice, sound as though they have been beaten with an ugly stick. This book had a very ugly woman throughout!