- Series: The Nathan McBride Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 374 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612187080
- ISBN-13: 978-1612187082
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,199 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Debut author Peterson kicks off a series in fine style with this complex and action-packed conspiracy thriller. Former CIA sniper Nathan McBride, called in to investigate the disappearance of an undercover FBI agent who happens to be the grandson of former FBI director Frank Ortega, tracks down two homegrown arms dealers/terrorists, Leonard and Ernie Bridgestone, who have a huge supply of Semtex explosive. When McBride kills one of their men, the Bridgestones retaliate by blowing up an FBI headquarters building in California. As McBride chases them down, he discovers that what he thought was a clean-cut case of “catch the terrorist” is anything but, with corruption and twists that connect to Ortega and may involve McBride's own estranged senator father. Competent, intelligent, cool under pressure and romantically involved with FBI agent Holly Simpson, McBride is an extremely promising hero, and his adventures will be a big hit with thriller fans.
“Andrew Peterson has created the most brutally effective thriller hero to appear in years. He handles a plot line like his hero might a well-oiled sniper rifle.” — Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Weekend
“Part Jack Reacher, part Jason Bourne, Nathan McBride is a compelling, conflicted hero.” —Steve Berry, author of The Columbus Affair
“McBride is an extremely promising hero… competent, intelligent, cool-under-pressure hero…his adventures will be a big hit with thriller fans.” —Publishers Weekly
“…thriller readers will enjoy this fast-paced tale starring a wonderful hero whose escapades never seen to end.” —The Mystery Gazette
“Nathan McBride is a larger-than-life Rambo-type character, but he’s no less believable than Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” —The San Luis Tribune
“Nathan McBride is a truly memorable protagonist whose sense of honor and loyalty take him down dark paths. The breakneck pace and pulse-pounding action herald the arrival of a major new find.” —RT Book Reviews
“First to Kill is first and foremost a finely honed thriller…What Andrew Peterson has created in his main character, and in this thriller, is a complex story with bursts of controlled and brutal action coupled with espionage and interesting relationships.” —Authorlink
“First to Kill is fast-paced and written to keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Fresh Fiction
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Top Customer Reviews
There are scenes in Peterson's books that contain violence, but they're not overly graphic by any means. You can't sugarcoat a thriller like this, it ruins it. If you're looking for a cozy mystery, this isn't a book for you. In my opinion, the author skillfully takes you to the razors edge, then eases off before crossing certain lines. As others have said, if you like Vince Flynn, you'll like Peterson as well.
Is this a perfect or flawless book? Of course not, what book is? But I don't find it living up to the negative reviews. It's not riddled with errors at all. Try a sample from the Kindle page and decide for yourself. The author has a unique style that I found refreshing - I've read enough books to recognize individual styles.
Cheers for Peterson, I hope he comes out with book 3 soon!
It is well written and the story moves. Took me a few hours to read and when I put it down, I looked forward to getting back to it. I liked the characters and had someone to root for, which is always important to me. But, it was very stereotypical, run of the mill action adventure. Ex-military guy with extraordinary abilities - seemingly invincible. Like in a tv show or movie, he can fly a chopper, beat up just about anybody, is a crack shot (usually an elite sniper), gets the good looking girl in bed pretty damn quick, blah, blah, blah. Usually they are comfortable with torture these days - and it always works. Nathan has his own Watson or Hawk named Harvey, and they are two peas in a pod except one is the hero and other one the sidekick for reasons hard to comprehend. Every hero has a trademark hook, and Nathan's is that he was tortured and bears the scars on his face and body as well as in his sleeping mind.
I only heard of Peterson recently but I was surprised to see so many reviews when I could not find him in any major bookstores. Whatever. Good book. I will be reading more of them.
There are a couple plot twists, though the key storyline doesn’t need them. It’s all about the protagonist and the antagonists trying to take each other out – and the sniper fights were indeed the most interesting parts of the book. So the book was interesting, but it was not especially exciting because, from the very start, the reader knows what the final outcome will be.