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Ready to Kill (The Nathan McBride Series) Paperback – April 29, 2014
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Praise for The Nathan McBride Series:
“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
About the Author
A native of San Diego, Andrew Peterson won his first pellet-gun shooting competition at a young age, launching an award-winning career in marksmanship where he earned the title of Master in the NRA's high-power rifle competition program. With an architectural degree from the University of Oklahoma, he began writing fiction as a hobby in 1990 and sold his first short story, “Mr. Haggarty’s Stop,” to San Diego Writers Monthly two years later. In 2008, the launch of his debut novel, First to Kill, allowed him the opportunity to visit VA hospitals around the country, and he's donated more than three thousand copies to wounded warriors and troops serving overseas. He and his wife, Carla, live in Monterey County, California.
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Codename Viper's father has been murdered in the small mining town of Santaviilla, Nicaragua. Viper is requesting that Harv assist him in tracking down the murderer. Santavilla is a small village and the people are poor. The working conditions are deplorable and the area is an environmental mess. The material they are mining for is gold so one can see the potential for greed and corruption. And, yes, it abounds on many different levels.
There is a lot of sniper psychology in the contents of this novel.. The reader is able to firmly grasp the mindsets of Nate, Harv, Viper and Raven. There is a lot of stealth involved in the attempt of this mission. And, if you are claustrophobic the scene in the mine at the end will stir that up! A lot of loose ends are tied up concerning the betrayal of Nate that left him physically and psychologically marked for life.
I found it to be a most intriguing read with a blend of characters that meshed well. I also liked the teamwork that the book emphasized. Action, adventure and lots of excitement abound throughout the novel
Most highly recommended.
But no mission will test Nathan like the mission he is being called in to do by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell. What she asks Nathan to do is like asking a bleeding and wounded person to swim in a pool of hungry and agitated sharks. She wants to send him to the place where all his nightmares began, Nicaragua. The place where he thought he would die. The place where a part of him did die. Nathan isn't the type of man to say no to a call from the Director. Especially when he knows what she's asking.
Not many characters impress as me as much as Nathan McBride. In fact the only character that I think I would put ahead of him in skill, perseverance, tenacity, and all around awesomeness is Dirk Pitt from Clive Cussler. Yes Nathan is that good.
I have loved and devoured every book with Nathan falling even more in love with this tortured soul and his amazing skills to survive and endure. In Ready to Kill I got to witness Nathan's incredible strength, yet again. Nathan is on point as he enters the Nicaraguan jungle to a place where he knows he shouldn't be, but he can't say no to this mission. This one is personal. Perhaps a little too personal. Nathan pushes himself further and harder than ever before and puts himself and Harv at risk when it was never even asked.
The Nathan McBride series is one hell of an action packed series. It always leaves me on the edge of my seat as I witness Nathan in physical and mental battle. But of all the Nathan McBride books Ready to Kill was probably my least favorite. Though it was action packed I felt that the best action in this book probably happens towards the end of the mission. When usually the entire book is filled with action like this I had to wait until the end to get the action I thirsted for. One thing that marks Nathan as such a strong character are the demons he struggles to fight day in and day out. In Ready to Kill I felt like those demons didn't haunt him as much as they should have considering he was in the same jungle where it happened. I expected to see him truly battle his inner darkness at least more than he did.
Now don't get me wrong I still really enjoyed the story and will read the next installment from Andrew Peterson. I still think that Andrew Peterson is a genius in his creation of this series. Ready to Kill, like all the Nathan McBride books is a wonderfully crafted story that takes you into the dark heart and mind of a killer. While also putting you into the mind of a man who with the right push could become a killer. But that is why Nathan is an incredible character, why this series is wonderful and will remain on top of my to-read list, Nathan always fights the darkness. He always battles the demon inside and finds the will to live, persevere, and endure.
If you haven't already experienced a Nathan McBride book you need to. If you like action, suspense, thrills, all with a military flare, Ready to Kill is definitely the book for you. I dare you to take the jump.