Best-selling author Andrew Peterson is back with a heart-stopping fourth installment of his wildly popular Nathan McBride series.
When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred. To make it out alive a second time, Nathan will have to face down his own demons and square off with a ruthless killer who learned from the best, Nathan himself.
©2014 Andrew Peterson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Can you retire when the CIA has you on speed dial?"
Ready to Kill Is the 4th book in the Nathan McBride series. Once again Dick Hill is a master narrator and expresses every emotion and action with a clarity few narrators can do today. This and all of Andrew Peterson's McBride Novels are must listens.
It's said once a Marine always a Marine, this must be true for the CIA as well especially if they have your number on speed dial. It seams Nicaragua and Nathan can never get away from each other. Harv and Nathan may be getting older but they are not dead, not yet anyway. Once again Nathan must confront his past and use all his skills to track down a sniper he trained in the past.
This a great audiobook and rivals the other McBride books in story quality
and as an edge of your seat thrill ride. I wait in anticipation of the next McBride Adventure.
This audiobook was a gift for an honest review.
To me there is a great deal of similarities between Andrew Peterson and Lee Childs writing style. Each of their main characters are very similar. I found I like Peterson and his McBride character better. If you have not listened to Peterson and you like writers like Childs, Silva, and Coonts I think you will like Peterson. Give the McBride series a try I don't think you will be disappointed.
"Action packed story"
The Nathan McBride novels are written from the soldier’s perspective, with the kind of detail that keeps you in the action. “Ready to Kill” has a lots of sniper psychology in the content of the story. The book is well-written, action packed with lots of suspense.
The CIA Director, Rebecca Cantrell, request Nathan and Harv go on a covert mission to Nicaragua. No mission will test Nathan like this one. Nathan is asked to return to the area he was tortured and almost died. He has spent years fight the demons of that ordeal. This assignment will test Nathan further and harder than ever before. Nathan and Harv have to hunt down and stop a sniper turned killer. This is a man that Harv and Nathan had trained when they had previously been in Nicaragua.
The author provided as background a review of the history of gold mining in Nicaragua. I always enjoy it when the author tosses in some real history or information into a fictional story. Dick Hill has been the narrator of the entire series. He is great at narrating this type of book.
"Can't wait for the next Nathan McBride!"
It's a toss up between the author and the narrator! I've listened to all of the Nathan McBride novels. Andrew Peterson is a very talented author. His characters are interesting and the action is well thoughtout and described. The relationships between the characters definitely win me over as well - very believable!
And then there is Dick Hill. I will listen to ANYTHING that he narrates - his narrating abilities are stellar! He makes each character truly come alive, his timing is phenomenal, his accents are well done. No one else could be the voice of Nathan. Or Harv. Or even Holly.
"Not the strongest outing of the four books."
At times the story was engaging and enjoyable. Other times I found myself wanting the next chapter to begin to get past the sluggishness of the story.
The narration was good. Just like all the other books.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series because this one was disappointing.
It's hard to describe. I just found myself bored most of the time. I read a great deal of books in this genre, maybe that was the problem. The first 3 books were great. This was the weakest of the 4. I would give the first 3 books in the series 5 stars.
"I don't know what other's are thinking-I loved it!"
I highly recommend Peterson's 4th story in the McBride series. It was great to have Harvey back at his side working together.
I loved the final scenes when Nathan and Harvey are tracking down the bad guys. Peterson's books always keep me up at night as I can't stop listening as I wonder what's next. Once that final chase scene opens, I can't stop.
I'm really not sure what the other reviewers were expecting, but Mr. Hill does a superb job reading the story and bringing the characters to life. The characters have stayed true to form throughout the entire McBride series.
Some of the negative reviewers just sound like miserable people in general. It's a shame they can't find one single thing they liked about this book, which is revealing in itself.
Overall, it was an entertaining book and I look forward to listening to Mr. Peterson's next McBride adventure. Thumbs up!!! Keep em coming!
"Just a little lecturing, but not so much action..."
It is like the author zoomed in on a specific event and the entire novel revolves around that event. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just... it is not a panoramic story. There is a lot of detailing around sniper hides and crawl/walk speeds to avoid detection, and military camouflage patterns - not too much about ammunition sizes and helicopter specifications though.
The tone, characters and writing are like the others in the series, and this time the author added just a very tiny amount of proselytizing about the "darkness" inside Nathan. This is good because in the previous books, we were subjected to quite a bit more of this. There are, however, a couple chapters spent detailing how gold is refined, and the human cost of manual processing, etc... a bit on the lecture-y side and it doesn't advance the story, but... Peterson did this lecturing in all the other McBride books too, so it is not really unexpected.
The fact that they really only stayed in one physical location and the time frame of the story was short, limited the action a bit, and I think this hurt the suspense, especially since we know how these stories work out and, other than Nathan and Harvey, we don't care about any of the characters (none of them are fleshed out here). Nathan and Harvey are also not fleshed out here in this novel, so if you didn't read any of the earlier books, you won't even care about what happens to them.
All that being said, I enjoyed it for some mind-fluff while doing yard work, and have purchased the next in the series...The narration is fine, there is no sex or gore and no real swearing either.
I love the adventure and story lines that this story had. I found the struggle Nathan went through in the mine showed me a lot of what our veterans might be going through. the friendship with Harvey is so real and deepens with each adventure. this book kept true to that same consistancy
"Slow to get going...."
But turned out to be a pretty good read. Bring on the 5th book. "I am ready, willing and able..."
"Another great story"
Really liked this story in the continuation of the series. Great action and cool ending!
"My least favourite McBride bu still a good 'un"
This story is a different approach for our "scarred hero" away from the safety of US soil against a seemingly equally skilled opponent.
The story felt a little 'forced' (sorry cannot elaborate) in places but the usual detailed battles ensue and it has become all to easy to spot the likely outcomes.
I think I felt there was more potential for this story to play out and the end was tied up all too quickly for my liking.
But.......... Overall another engaging McBride episode with many of the usual suspects tagging along for the ride.
I've already decided that Damian Lewis should play him in the movie!
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