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Option to Kill (The Nathan McBride Series) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Peterson
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Book Description

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 twelve 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.

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials

Books In This Series (4 Books)
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  • Editorial Reviews


    “Part Jack Reacher, part Jason Bourne, Nathan McBride is a compelling, conflicted hero. Option to Kill is a masterful thrill ride. Definitely one for your keeper shelf - I couldn’t put it down.” Steve Berry – New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

    About the Author

    Born and raised in San Diego, California, Andrew Peterson attended La Jolla High School before enrolling at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture.

    Andrew began writing fiction in 1990. He sold a short story, Mr. Haggarty’s Stop, to San Diego Writers Monthly in October, 1992. He continued to write, exploring both the novel form and screenplays. It wasn’t until he attended his first writer’s conference in 2005, that he became serious about telling the Nathan McBride stories. He is currently working on the fourth Nathan McBride novel.

    First to Kill, has recently been optioned for a major motion picture. The first in a series, it features Nathan McBride, a trained Marine sniper and CIA operations officer. Andrew’s second book, Forced To Kill, launched as an exclusive audiobook from and is now available in eBook format. All three Nathan McBride books will be available in trade paperback in late fall of 2012.

    When he’s not writing, Andrew enjoys scuba diving, target shooting, flying helicopters, hiking and camping, and an occasional round of golf. Andrew and his wife, Carla, live in Monterey County, California.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3880 KB
    • Print Length: 345 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 6, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008MMQ50C
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    By vball
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I happened to stumble on this author and the first two books in the Nathan McBride series. So far, I have really enjoyed the series. The writing is fluid, the characters have depth to them, and the author does a good job of building suspense. I also appreciate the fact that the books are well edited, as I sometimes find that when some books are rushed to printing the editing is less than desired. I don't think I'm a fan of Amazon's episodic release of the new book in the series. This first release really grabs your attention, as a good book should do, but leaves you wanting more. If I get into a good book, I don't want to put it down and the way this is released your forced to do that and then wait two weeks for the new episode. By then I've started another book. I may just wait until all of the episodes are released and then just read the book in its entirety.
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    81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Series, Bad Format October 6, 2012
    By TB33
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I've really enjoyed all the previous books in this series all have been good reads with great main characters. This book has also started out very action packed and easy to follow. The only problem I really have with it, is having to wait on the rest of the book to be delivered. Once you start reading a book and are in the middle of it, it stops and you have to wait for the next installment to be delivered. That would be fine if it was short stories and they came to a conclusion but with this format it just delivers a few chapters at a time it makes it hard to stay interested in the book.
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    70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Ughh.. waiting for next episode? September 22, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I loved the first two books and flew through them in four days! Was excited to get a tweet from author about OPTION TO KILL... immediately downloaded to my KINDLE. Was perplexed as to how quickly the % read was displayed. WHAT? I read fast, but not that fast... only to find I had to wait for next episode to be delivered in two weeks? I think I will wait in order to read the book in its entirety!

    Great author, great book... terrible plan to release by episode!

    UPDATE: Well, I just finished OPTION TO KILL!
    I truly like Andrew Peterson and his novels!!
    But because there was so much time in between episode releases it interrupted the flow of reading this thriller. Now that it is out - it is a must read!
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Serial format is really lame November 2, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I love the book, but getting only a few pages at a time really throws off the rhythm. Previous books by this author were very entertaining and highly enjoyable. I am not liking the fact that every time some peak occurs, I have to wait for the next episode. I forget details while waiting, and the last episode took only a few minutes to read. Amazon, this is not the way to keep my business. I refuse to buy another serial novel.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the whole book at once October 6, 2012
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    Buying a serial sucks I read one and two in two days and now must wait for the third edition and there are five more to go ugh! The book is great I didn't want to stop reading but I had too LOL story line grabs your attention and doesn't get boring as you go. I would recommend this novel.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Really? Waiting on installments? Just plain stupid... November 2, 2012
    By Tammy
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I had 'stumbled' upon the 1st Nathan McBride book and absolutely loved it. So I was thrilled to find out that it was a series and immediately bought the 2nd book and was not at all disappointed. And then I found the 3rd book...which also started out great UNTIL, i realized about the whole installment thing. No avid reader wants to be told when they can read their book let alone having to wait 2 weeks to get a couple chapter then have to wait 2 more weeks? It's a childish, stupid idea and whomever came up with it should be fired. If I wanted a miniseries I would watch tv. The installments take away from the plot and quite frankly makes what could be an otherwise great book become boring and tedious, I want to read on my time...not anyone else's. Sorry. My rating of this book was negatively affected by the installment concept. Like other reviewers, I recommend waiting until all installments are out before purchasing this novel...if at all. I still however look forward to future 'non-installed' Nathan McBride novels.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Serial November 7, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Peterson is an excellent author and the Nathan McBride novels are well written. BUT, I hate the serial format. I can read an episode is much less than a day and it doesn't leave me with a desire for the next episode. Knowing it isn't going to be there right away, it leaves me feeling frustrated and a little angry. If Peterson can't get the book written all at once, Amazon should wait until it's complete to release it. I would give it five stars for the story, but minus five stars for the format.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Long Read November 26, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    If you like to read a book over a span of a few months then this is your book. The story is actually pretty good, but it takes so long to get the next segment that I almost forget what is going on. It's a shame.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another great book by Andrew Peterson. It was difficult to put down.
    Published 2 days ago by Nicolina Musslewhite
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Reading
    Excellent read without dragging on.
    Published 6 days ago by Chris
    3.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite of the series so far
    My least favorite of the series so far. Harv was not an important piece in this book. I know it is fiction, but the thought of a teen girl being that savvy is too far fetched for... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Kirby Dampier
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great read, hard to put down
    Published 8 days ago by HJP
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Liked it
    Published 10 days ago by Mac Ross
    4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting and exciting book to read
    I would like to recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a very good book written by a great author. I will be looking forward to reading more from this author.
    Published 13 days ago by Cecil Sager
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    As with he other books in this series, it does not lack for action.
    Published 15 days ago by John C. Duerr
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, sometimes a bit to much info about ...
    Good read ,sometimes a bit to much info about couple of the main characters feelings but overall readable all the way through, took a few days . Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Wayne Tuapola
    5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Peterson is a great writer!
    Nathan McBride is every man's man. And every lady! Andrew's characters are rich, the story original, and the telling skillful. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Donna Loux Dba Vintage
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    More About the Author

    Born and raised in San Diego, California, Andrew Peterson attended La Jolla High School before enrolling at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture.

    At a very young age, Andrew won his first shooting competition at summer camp. His early fascination with rifles became a life-long devotion to excellence in marksmanship. He has won numerous competitions throughout the Southwestern United States, including a gold medal at the 1995 Excellence in Competition match at the Nevada State Championship, and a first place victory at the 1994 Arizona State Championship, 1,000 yard service rifle match. Currently, Andrew holds the classification of Master in the NRA's High Power Rifle ranking system.

    Andrew wrote his first Nathan McBride novel in 1997, but didn't pursue a serious career as an author until 2005 when he attended his first writers conference. After receiving some encouragement from Ridley Pearson, Andrew became serious about telling the Nathan McBride stories and sold his debut novel, FIRST TO KILL, three years later.

    Andrew has finished the fourth novel in a planned series, featuring the "brutally effective" trained Marine Corps sniper and CIA operations officer, Nathan McBride, who now owns a high-tech private security company with his former spotter, Harvey Fontana.

    Currently, there are three Nathan McBride novels available from Thomas & Mercer with a fourth launching April 29th, 2014:

    FIRST TO KILL (Nathan McBride #1) eBook, audio, and print
    FORCED TO KILL (Nathan McBride #2) eBook, audio, and print
    OPTION TO KILL (Nathan McBride #3) eBook, audio, and print
    READY TO KILL (Nathan McBride #4) Coming April 29th, 2014 in eBook, audio, and print.

    When he's not working on the Nathan McBride stories, Andrew likes to camp and hike, fly helicopters, scuba dive, work around the yard, and occasionally play a very questionable round of golf.

    Andrew and his wife, Carla, currently live in southern Monterey County, California

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    Avid: This is not a series. It's a SERIAL, which is a whole different story. You pay one time for the serial, in this case Andrew's (or my serial, Downward-Facing Death). It costs $1.99, and you get the first installment with that. But you also get all additional installments for no extra price.... Read More
    Sep 9, 2012 by Neal Pollack |  See all 88 posts
    Option To Kill
    Hi Kay, I hear you on the format. Amazon is always trying new ideas. OPTION is a true serial, the episodes are being released as I write them. I think it might've been better to market the serial as a pre-order of sorts with the option to read it in episodes or wait until all the episodes have... Read More
    Nov 6, 2012 by Andrew Peterson, author of "First to... |  See all 37 posts
    Unable to make a comment. Ordered book, paid for book but never received the digital edition to my Kindle. Second time this happened. Amazon needs to improve their their quality control efforts.
    Nov 29, 2012 by Robert J. Kaspoer |  See all 15 posts
    Please, quit your day job!
    AD: You're too kind! You made my day! I'm actually writing full time now. I've signed a two-book deal with Thomas & Mercer so there will be more Nathan McBride books coming! Book four should launch in September or October.

    Thank you for taking time to write, I truly appreciate hearing from you!... Read More
    Jan 20, 2013 by Andrew Peterson, author of "First to... |  See all 4 posts
    Discuss Episode Five of "Option to Kill"
    You guys know I can't spoil it for you! Hang in there. Episode 6 will be released on Nov 14th and then (the final) Episode 7 on Nov 29th. Episode 7 is huge, lots of pages!
    Nov 6, 2012 by Andrew Peterson, author of "First to... |  See all 12 posts
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