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Publisher's Summary

Nathan McBride, “the most brutally effective thriller hero to appear in years” (Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Weekend), returns in the third installment of one of the best new series in thriller fiction.

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old. With virtually no experience with children, Nathan’s patience and compassion are about to be tested to their limits.

In a violent confrontation, Nathan rescues Lauren from her kidnapper, but as he unravels Lauren's story, he realizes his troubles are only beginning. She says she's in the Witness Security Program, and doesn't trust the US Marshals because she thinks they're complicit in her abduction. Not only that, her stepdad was murdered last night.

In a desperate and unlikely alliance, Nathan and Lauren must stay one step ahead of her kidnapper and the brutal mercenaries who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Played out over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren must learn to trust each other or they won’t survive.

©2012 Andrew Peterson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Good action, not completely believable

If you like Nathan McBride, then this is a good addition to the series. A 12-year-old girl starts the action rolling, and it just snowballs into smuggling and the killing of orphaned girls. The background slowly comes out and combines to form a complicated whole. The girl doesn't tell all she knows and sometimes what she does tell isn't quite the truth. Nathan does some philosophizing about how a series of small decisions and actions lead to the tip of a pyramid. Any minor different choice along the way could have changed the outcome.

The first book added a girl friend. The second book added dogs. This book really adds more, but you won't hear what from me! It will be interesting to see if this follows through into the next books.

There are some inconsistencies in the characterizations, but the story is fine if you like this set. That young girl knows stuff she shouldn't know for her age, but then doesn't know other things that she should if she really knew the first stuff!

But, we like that the bad guys get theirs, and Nathan and Harv go home whole, or almost. It might have been better if Harv had been there but he was vacationing in Turkey (?) and all the action was over before he could get back.

We like that Nathan doesn't like killing. He only kills out of necessity, and still feels remorse about it. I enjoy the stories, so I am getting the next one.

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favorite by far

Would you consider the audio edition of Option to Kill to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print addition so I wouldn't know. Worthless and stupid question

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lauren. She's pretty tough and smart but you still see glimpses of the little girl.

Which scene was your favorite?

The hotel scene. I love what Nathan did and what he later tells Holly about it.

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

This was an intense fast paced book so it's hard to pin down one moment

Any additional comments?

This is my favorite so far even though Harv was elsewhere. I hope to see more of Gin in future books. I am definitely a fan of Mr Peterson

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Captivating!

The story starts of with a BANG! Then becomes more and more CAPTIVATING as the store unfolds!

This book is well worth a listening to....

The Performance was a bit of a stretch Mr Hill in the female voice. As one listens to the story is NOT of any significant problem....

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  • Diana
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 04-16-13

HMMMMMMM

Well I guess I read way too many of this genre. I was talking back to the book while driving. So many things Nathan was missing at first: get the license plate, check for a tracker, call Harv........come on Nathan wake up buddy get with the program. At least Harv pointed out the lapses in judgement and it wasn't an author oversight! Lauren was a little too much of everything to be really believable but the story was gripping. I do like the way honesty was dealt with between Nathan and Lauren. So many adults don't give kids enough credit about what they can handle and lie or sugar coat. Definitely loving the series, thanks Andrew!

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Great traveling listen

What made the experience of listening to Option to Kill the most enjoyable?

Starts quick and stays tense. Kept me alert most of the way across the United States.

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If you could sum up Option to Kill in three words, what would they be?

I enjoyed it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nathan showing is sensitive and paternal side though not wanting to admit it.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Again, Nathan for reasons mentioned already

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

The end

Any additional comments?

I don't usually like when children are charecters in books like these bec of my over protectiveness but I enyoyed still

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  • Scott
  • Vista, CA, United States
  • 02-11-13

great read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely reccommned this for any who like this type of genre

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nathan Mcbride's character is well developed and you feel like you are there with him going through the moment to moment decisions

Which scene was your favorite?

When he realizes for certain Lauren is his niece by the shape and color of her eyes

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

When he has to break his hand to escape

Any additional comments?

A great listen from the start to the last

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STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GO DOWN LOAD THE BOOK

Peterson keeps getting better with each book in this series. I was disappointed that one of the main characters was absent in much of the book, but I understand why he did it, and the method was believable. Keep Nathan coming. How about a prequel?

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Another Exciting Adventure

A fast paced, thrilling story. The performance lacked polish, but the story line keeps you listening.

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Well written, execution was gripping.

Where does Option to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was very good,it was used for our trip over the holidays as we traveled.The suspense kept you interested as the what was going to happen next. Our 6 hour days in the car were made a pleasure with the aid of Mr. Peterson's book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nathan, poor sole went through may trials and tribulations, all of which captured the listener, wanting to learn what would be in store for Nathan next.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Lauren came to rescue Nathan... gruesome, but very touching.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful