• Forced to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4,200 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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Andrew knows I like him, but not Dick Hill

Sorry Andrew, Dick Hill cost you a star. I have done the past several Reachers on Nook and I agreed to give Dick one more chance after reading the first Nathan book on Nook. He made Harve sound just like the Venezuelan arch-villain, though Harve looks 'vaguely hispanic' and was a U.S. Marine 25 years prior. He made Holly sound like a trembling schoolgirl at times when she's running an FBI office. This cost the review a star. I highly recommend both of your novels as books or Nooks. Mr. Hill got into narration when it was easy-to-get work for second-rate scenery-chewers. I completely understand your need to stand by him and that, for a new author, it was good to get someone with so many credits...but have George Guidall or Richard Ferrone read just one chapter of whatever you are working on and you'll see the light. Until then, I am buying everything you do anyway, so, no loss; but it'll be on some kind of page. Readers, please do support Andrew and if you like Dick Hill then this is 4 stars. I have over 470 titles here and nothing against Dick Hill except his work on Audible titles.

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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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Doesn't skip a beat

If you liked Andy Peterson's First to Kill, you will find this story is nearly seamless in terms of picking up where the other story left off. It's like meeting up with friends that you've liked who are prepared to share their deepest darkest fears. How can a former Marine sniper and his partner have such fears? In the first book you get a glimmer of the possibility that Nate, scarred and brutalized by a psychopathic interrogator in Honduras who is rescued by his partner Harvey might be ready to seek revenge when in the second book he learns the interrogator might be alive and well and still up to his brutality. And for a change the narrator doesn't ruin the women in the story who are strong competent and equal to whatever is thrown their way, by using a silly voice when they speak.

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Even in a thriller you can go too far

I don't know what to criticize more the narrator or the author. I'll start with the author. Anyone who reads thrillers these days knows that torture is a recurring theme. Most of the good authors describe enough torture to give the reader something to think about in a very complicated means/end question. Andrew Peterson went so far over the top in describing torture and at the end of the book rationalizing the worst kind of torture imaginable that it made an otherwise average story almost unreadable. While it is hard to imagine anything worse that almost gratuitous descriptions of torture, Dick Hill's narration came close. The narration was so bad it is hard to find the words to describe it. Imagine the tough guy accents in the worst 1930's gangster Class B movie, then double it and you have the narration in Forced to Kill. But horrible, inappropriate narration is forgivable. Horrible, inappropriate descriptions of torture is not. If you want a thoughtful treatment of torture, read Daniel Silva or the early Vince Flynn. Stay away from Forced to Kill.

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  • Ed
  • 01-07-14

McBride is not Reacher

It's probably unfair that I compare Nathan McBride to Jack Reacher. But it was hard not to with Dick Hill doing the narration. Even when Nathan becomes "The Other," he doesn't exhibit the machismo that we have learned to love with Reacher. This story was far fetched but that's OK when you're listening to fiction. Montez was really evil and that was a good thing too. But the total package didn't live up to the superlatives that some of the reviewers heaped upon it. I may or may not listen to another book in this series. Average book.

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Crackling fast action with a beating heart

I loved FIRST TO KILL, so I had high expectation when I downloaded FORCED TO KILL. Luckily, I was not disapointed by this wonderful! In the tradition of Lee Child (and read by the same actor as Child's books), this book features a hero with a hard past trying to make his way through the world and righting wrongs along the way. I loved Nathan's special forces expertise. It felt like I was following someone who knew just what he was doing. The female characters, who sometimes get short shrift in action novels, were believable and as nuanced as the men.

I can't wait to see what Nathan gets up to next!

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  • Brian Conaty
  • 06-21-21

Predictable with a capital P

Well written and well performed, but the story was too predictable. Some people may like this kind of thing, but, alas, it’s not for me.

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  • Miles
  • 12-31-19

Okay story, but poor narration

The storyline is okay, but the dialogue at times feels like it has come from a high school essay. The narration is breathy with exaggerated emphasis on the wrong words and in the wrong places. The book has greater potential than is realized in this recording with this narrator.

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  • Mrs Smith
  • 08-17-21

Not my favourite "read" ever

The first thing that caught my attention was the poor quality narration. I think I stayed with the book because it is a genre that I like and I hate to give up. Besides the narrator, whose voices of various characters weren't believable, the story was a bit unbelievable. It was exciting at times, but predictable at others. Overall, I am not very motivated to look for more of this author's work, especially if the narrator is unchanged.

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  • Paul R.
  • 07-27-15

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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  • Henry
  • 04-05-15

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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  • Simmo
  • 03-23-15

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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  • EJ
  • 08-02-14

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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  • Sam
  • 02-23-21

quick pace

loved the quick pace of the book would definitely recommend great listen im download the next now

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  • Street
  • 02-12-21

Average at best

Standardised storyline, hero gets revenge on villain, the reader does his best with what he was given -

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  • rikki
  • 02-13-19

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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