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  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (544 ratings)

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First to Kill

By: Andrew Peterson
Narrated by: Dick Hill
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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.

©2008 Andrew Peterson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A high-powered thrilled from a magnum-force writer." (David Dun, author of The Black Silent)

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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!!

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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.

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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 . . .

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A Very Good First Outing for Andrew Peterson.

I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, as my experience of first in a series books hasn't been great recently. However, I pleasantly surprised with this audio book.
It started a little differently than some books in this genre, in that it introduces us to the main character, Nathan McBride, not as a "bad-ass" who will destroy anyone who hurts him or his friends, but as a "bad-ass" who will teach you a lesson(in this case, beating a man who is causing some trouble for a client), and then if you are willing, give you a second chance. In other words, Nathan McBride has a heart, even though he is an expert marksman and overall operator, and he will do what needs to be done. His business partner and long time friend Harvey Fontana, is as loyal to Nathan as Nathan is to him, and Andrew Peterson does a great job of showing just how deep their friendship is.
Overall, I found this book to have both depth when it needed to, and action when it needed to. The backstory for Nathan McBride is certainly interesting and makes you like him even more once you have seen what he's been through.
The narrator, Dick Hill, is well known and liked, and with this book he does another excellent job. He is definitely on my list of top three narrators. He has this ability to bring characters to life that few can match.
As a first in a series book, this exceeded my expectations, and it made be want to keep going with the series. If I had anything negative to say about it, it would be that there was a little too much dialogue in places, and that there might have been too many explanations of what things were, but that is a very small complaint in a very enjoyable listen.

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Absolutely terrific...best this year!

Top class narration & personality in the characters made this great book a SUPERB LISTEN!

The plot is 1st class twists & turns were immaculately written no unnecessary use of “writers vocabulary” made this book my best of the year so far!!!

Must read/listen...AWESOME

STEVEN

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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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Terrible narration

Fairly predictable story made even worse by some of the worst narration I’ve heard. Everybody sounds the same.

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Great story

Great story , but the voice of the reader was terrible.. also lots of low clicking noises in background.. not a good Audio sound.

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DAM SHAME

narater makes a war hardened hero sound like a 70yr old chain smoking alcoholic..
he can hardly get the words out and slurs most of them..poor choice..sorry
good story ruined

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story may have been acceptable but......

really struggled to get into the story. not helped at all by the narrator sounding like he was a 90 year old man on his last breath.

managed to get through it just.

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