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Forced to Kill

Narrated by: Dick Hill
Series: Nathan McBride, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Summary

Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger, and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

When a mutilated body is discovered in a remote Utah lake, it ignites a chain of events that forces Nathan to face a dark chapter from a past he’s worked hard to forget. Could his Nicaraguan enemy be active again? On American soil? The evidence is clear, but the stakes are higher than Nathan can know. In a showdown that will test Nathan’s understanding of justice and mercy, he’ll have to make a life or death decision that has the potential to expose and destroy people at the highest levels of government.

©2011 Andrew Peterson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"An absolutely bone-chilling thriller. Equal parts Stephen Hunter and Thomas Harris. Imagine Bob Lee Swagger going after Hannibal Lecter and you will have only scratched the surface of this intensely exciting novel. Forced To Kill will haunt you long after you read its last brilliantly plotted page." (Brad Thor)

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Nathan McBride v Jack Reacher

Where does Forced to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Nathan McBride is a tough cookie and this book is well worth a read. My preference is for Reacher but McBride runs a close second.

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a mediocre follow up

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, this one was not as exciting but did develop the characters depth more, I will probably listen to the 3rd one in between some other serious novels as a bit of light relief

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Another great action book

I'm becoming addicted to audible - so many writers I've never heard of
So many books risk-free
Another non-stop action in series of 4 all £5 what's not to like?

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Top Shelf Stuff

Great story and characters. Excellent narration as usual from Dick Hill. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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The end spoils it

Good story till the very end, until the political crap about justifying Guantanamo and torture....

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Worth a listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Forced to Kill to be better than the print version?

First book was great from the start, I found this a little slow going for the first 20mins or so. Picks up after that - definitely worth a listen. Looking forward to the next one.

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Good listen

Good story on the whole. Little slowly read I felt so I speeded it up but the story kept me interested.

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An excellent 2nd chapter to the McBride story

What made the experience of listening to Forced to Kill the most enjoyable?

Twists, turns, the emotional input from his girlfriend which creates his torn reactions.

Who was your favorite character and why?

McBribe obviously and then Harvey Fontana - this applies to the series not just this book.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Dick Hill is a legend. I would actually consider employing him to sit in the corner and read to me! I stumbled over the McBride series after looking for other books that Dick Hill had narrated after Jack Reacher.

The tone of reading allows you to focus on the story details and forget that you're actually being read to. A lot of other narraters make sure a hoo-ha over character impressions, it puts you off the content. Over reading the book, Dick allows you to shut off from the wider world (especially on a packed commuter train) and enjoy just the story.

Any additional comments?

An excellent audiobook and great part of the series.

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Not as good as it should be

Would you consider the audio edition of Forced to Kill to be better than the print version?

yes I would

Any additional comments?

this could've been better, don't get me wrong, it's a good listen, but in my opinion the plot wasn't haunting enough for me
the action was too much like a computer game and the story was lacking in parts
still it's not a bad book

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  • GRAVESEND, United Kingdom
  • 10-10-14

BRILLIANT FAST MOVING

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great plot, characters, and narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Forced to Kill?

Final 2 chapters

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favourite?

Nathan, & Holly

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

Have just downloaded the next in the series

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  • 1BookJ
  • 02-11-12

Awsome sequel!!!

As I quite liked the first book about Nathan McBride, I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I actually pushed back quite a lot of other books in my reading list to get going.

Nathan is still damaged goods, and still a very, very interesting main character. You get even more insight into the guy in this book, and you get more of the story just hinted about in the first book.

You also get to know the other characters better...and you get to meet a few new interesting people...and one baaaaaaaaad baddie.

This thriller is rather intense, so if you have a weak stomach this might not be for you. Tales of torture and sadism has a centre stage in this one...

If you like thrillers, the books about Nathan McBride should certainly occupy a place on your shelfs...recommended.

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  • Robert L
  • 28-06-13

Total adrenaline rush-stayed up all night

Stayed up all night listening...couldn't stop. I've read them all - 30 novels by Baldacci, Clancy, Flynn - I'd put Peterson's Forced to Kill among the best. Meticulous attention to detail, excellent timing/pacing, got me completely and emotionally involved. Can't understand the negative comments about Dick Hill.....he's one of the masters and his performance was superb!

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  • Betsy
  • 15-09-12

Wow! An exciting listen! (or read)

More exciting than the first in the series. Harvey and Nathan are a good team. Still reminds me of Reacher (a good thing.) I hope in the next book (I assume there will be a next one) Nathan's obsession for revenge has been satisfied.

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  • Carla
  • 02-05-11

Forced to Kill

I have read an "advance" of this story and it is just as good, if not better than Peterson's previous work, First to Kill. Now listening to Dick Hill read this sequel, he brings to life Nathan's next adventure. Especially notable, Mr. Hill's voice of the "bad guy" is not only eerie, but very believable. Cheers to Mr. Peterson for providing another fast pace and exciting story with memorable characters and a realistic plot!

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  • Xavier
  • 30-09-11

Mixed feelings but recommend overall

The story was good. The technical military stuff e.g. "halo" jump, night ops, military hardware was great. The political stuff was very enjoyable. But the narration was often distracting. Dick Hill has a challenge when it is time to transition to the 4 female characters. It is so weak that it is just plain distracting from the story. His handling of female voices sounds "corny", contrived, almost comical. I liked Dick Hill in some past counter terrorism audio books but I guess they had no or few female characters. I loved the military, political, inter governmental agency politics and the overall theme of protecting our country even if extreme measures are sometimes needed. Dick needs to have a female SO stand in for him on the female parts.

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  • Kathy
  • 27-11-13

Excellent

I would have to say that this book was even better then the first. Nathan and Harv are better then ever. The story line is unbelievable and keeps you on edge the whole time.

Dick Hill is better then ever and makes this book enjoyable to listen too.

Definitely a winner.

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  • Klouie16
  • 05-05-11

Amazing Thrill Ride

This book gave insight on how Nathan became the man he is today. You also saw the scarier side of Nathan, it showed that you couldn't go through what he did and not be damaged. There was a point in the book where Nathan had a huge decision to make, in my opinion any decision he made would have been the right one. Did he make the right decision? I think he did what was right for him. The only thing I was kind of disappointed in is that I feel there is still more that needs to be worked out emotionally with his father. Maybe next book he can deal with the unresolved issues with his father. I'm glad that I have this book in my library.

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  • The Louligan
  • 02-01-14

WORTHY FOLLOW-UP TO "FIRST TO KILL"

Would you consider the audio edition of Forced to Kill to be better than the print version?

I don't know why Audible keeps using this question it it's Guided Review format. It assumes that LISTENERS are also READERS. Although there may be people who enjoy both formats, I am not one of them. I've read 5 books a week since age 6 and was very happy when audiobooks came out. I was able to continue indulging in my passion for books via the audio medium.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As before, I like the main character, Nathan McBride for his calm demeanor under pressure and his frailties as a man after the horrendous capture and torture he endured years ago.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I am a big Dick Hill fan and I usually give him an automatic 4-5 stars, no matter how crappy the book is. However, I was a bit disappointed in his performance here. All of the characters - except the non-American Latino men - sound alike or so similar that it's difficult to distinguish them. Especially since the author or the producer of the recorded version doesn't use "He said" or "said Nathan" in long dialogue portions which is something that I've always found to be distracting from narrators who are able to make each character have his or her own sound. Here, Mr. Hill is very lackadaisical in his performance. Characters sound different from one scene to another and even change in the middle of a sentence. And the females are just awful. FBI Special Agent In Charge Holly Simpson sounds like she just sucked on a helium balloon as does her subordinate agent Mary Grangeland. Plus the two women sound exactly the same. They are depicted as competent, brave, good looking and sexy, yet Dick Hill has them sounding as if they look and sound like Daffy Duck!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's not that kind of book. While the torture sessions are very disturbing, I knew what to expect in choosing this genre. My only reaction was a wish for a "do over" in my life so I could be a rogue ex-CIA Special Ops sniper assassin like Court Gentry in Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" audiobook series.

Any additional comments?

If you like this kind of book, definitely check out Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" audiobooks. In his covert assignments assassin Court Gentry does more than this book's Nathan McBride and his partner Harvey Fontana put together.

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  • DANIEL
  • 08-05-11

Another hit for Peterson

I totally disagree with the previous reviewer "Fritz". This is the second novel by Andrew Peterson (his previous was "First to Kill") and this installment is every bit as good, and better in some ways. These new adventures of McBride are fast paced from the start, but the story really shifts into high gear in the second half, which is basically ALL action. We get new insights into Nathan McBride's soul and we get to experience the critical decision he has to make about his life. I dont want to spoil the plot in any way, but suffice it to say, you will want to find out how Nathan handles this "crisis" first hand. Kudos to Peterson for another great story.

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  • Wayne
  • 19-09-16

An outstanding thriller now on sale for $4.95

Forced to Kill is novel #2 in Andrew Peterson's 5 novel Nathan McBride military/espionage thriller series. I listened to this book when it was released in 2011 but did not review it then. It is an excellent book made even better by Dick Hill's narration.

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