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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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tedious

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The first couple of hours were repetitive close calls, to the point of being tedious to listen to. I found myself using my iPod Touch's feature to play at 2x. That's not a good sign.

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

This was a much weaker effort than the first two books in the series. It felt like Peterson kept gluing one more close call and escape onto the sequence until he'd filled up enough length. Then at the end, having Nathan's half-sister not remember anything was a very contrived way to wrap things up more quickly. Too quickly, leaving too sketchy an explanation of the backstory. Very unsatisfying.

Any additional comments?

This book gave me the feeling that Peterson is about out of good ideas for the Nathan McBride character. This is the point in a series where many other writers would bring in a co-author. (Cussler anyone?)

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Amazing Series!

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

For me Yes. I live on the road.

What did you like best about this story?

Nathan is a hero but he's relatable; he's not perfect. I like that. I feel smarter than him often enough to believe he's real and he's brilliant enough to be a skilled hero and leave me thoroughly impressed..

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

Harv for sure! He nails it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I sat in the truck in my driveway for an extra 45 minutes to finish book 2 after a 9 hour drive from Phoenix at 1:00am so that oughta tell ya.

Any additional comments?

Keep 'em comin'. I always fear an author getting side tracked or getting a new idea and ending a great character. I hope Nathan lives on for a long time!

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I could not stop listening!!!

Back in the day, this would have been the book you could not put down! For us audio book listeners, this is the book you can't stop listening to. WHY??? Fast start, story time line of about 24 hours. You don't have time to take a break! Dick Hill, bring the art of story telling a live. Andrew Peterson, please give us more of Nathan McBride, he is a great protagonist.

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What a great author, keeps you embraced

This is third of three about Nathan McBride. The first two books make this book even more powerful. Nathan McBride, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, I love these guys.

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ANDREW PETERSON KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK !

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

All three Nathan McBride novels are awesome. It is on the edge of your seat listening.<br/> Andrew Peterson could be another Vince Flynn. I hope we have not heard the last of <br/>Nathan McBride.Something tells me we won't.<br/> You must listen to all three novels!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Option to Kill?

when nathan was shot by voda in the desert

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

Nathan Mcbride

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely

Any additional comments?

keep them coming andrew.

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Fingernails on a chalkboard. Save your money.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was my third book in the series, in which I enjoyed the first two. However, this book from the outset was painful. The idea of having a whiny child as a central part of the story was not a positive development to this story or the series. <br/>The various action characters like Mitch Rapp, John Corey and Jack Reacher can show a softer side occasionally put are never saddled with a young girl for painful dialogue and unbelievable action events. <br/>It may take days to get that whiny voice out of my ears. <br/><br/>

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  • Heredia
  • cape coral, FL, United States
  • 08-13-13

ANDREW, DONT EVER STOP GIVING US NATHAN MCBRIDE!!!

This was the best read in a long time! I did miss Harv- though. Bring Harv back in the next novel.

This no holds barred, lethal giant protecting that little girl was such a great story line. Trying to be a gentleman, a father figure, an uncle, and a protector in one was very intriguing and at times laugh out loud hilarious.

There were no bad parts at all in this novel. I was gripped the entire time. PURE PERFECTION!!!

But remember, give us Harv back.

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I really wanted to like this but...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well it filled some otherwise dead time driving. Wasn't totally unlistenable but not outstanding in any way

Has Option to Kill turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

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

no

Any additional comments?

There was a lot of what I considered bizarre rationalization going on with some religious references that just seemed odd. Nathan's condition of attacking people randomly when he wakes and having nightmares seems to me to be a really bad combination for someone supposedly in the professional security business. He needs to be getting help and not being allowed to ramp about all over creation administering his own brand of justice.<br/><br/>Other adventure hero types can be coldly rational and predictable in their behavior. After 3 Nathan McBride books I can't warm to him as the heroic type at all

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  • Eric
  • LYNCHBURG, VA, United States
  • 07-22-13

Little girl saves scout sniper

The story is laughable as it seems the Mr Peterson ran out of ideas following book 2. The character has potential but it is wasted entirely here. The author continues to miss some basic Marine Corps knowledge as demonstrated by his use or misuse of military and uniquely Marine Corps language. The narrator may exacerbate the problem in reading the letter o for the number 0 and the like. If we ignore all that, which is asking a lot, we have to deal with the authors fear of a strong male character that can take care of himself without the aid of 12 year old girls and 120 lb female FBI agents. Then there is the reckless random violence on the streets where our hero thigh shoots kidnappers and assassins. Tom Clancy and the late Vince Flynn (in the final Mitch Rapp book) are good examples of how to write male leads in this savage world of espionage. Mr Peterson should read a few of these. Or maybe a little more Jack Reacher and a little less Jack and Jill.

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  • Michael
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-15-13

Best of the three.

The first two books were good, and then better; this one rates "best." The reader hasn't improved, but only because he set the bar so high to begin with.

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