Top positive review
Terrorists attack his family and McBride has to struggle to keep the darkness from taking over
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2018
Author Andrew Peterson starts "Hired to Kill," the seventh in the Nathan McBride series, with two massive action segments that set the tone for the rest of the novel. In both, McBride plays only a distant role, implicated only because his relationships to the victims. Security contractor Vincent Beaumont's family is targeted by terrorists for death at the same time another team of dirtbags goes after McBride's father, Sen. Stone McBride, in a restaurant across the country near the nation's capital. In both cases, the fast thinking of two women, Beaumont's wife and McBride's sister, prevent the losses from being more horrific. But this is just the start. McBride then becomes more of a focus and dominates the narrative from that point until resolution. He's beyond angry. The actions, which initially make little sense, push him almost to his breaking point, unleashing the anger, or "other," he keeps bottled up inside. Peterson does well explaining the harsh reality of the trauma soldiers and others who are put in life and death situations must face on a continual basis. The struggle of McBride with his darkness and depression gives dimension to an already rich story line. Suffice to say McBride goes after the bad guys after he and government operatives, including his girlfriend, figure out who's behind the killings. Peterson also includes subplots of surprising vitality and detail defining again what a master storyteller the guy can be. I'm talking about some border patrol agents who somehow fit into everything. I started this book in the morning and finished it that night, sneaking moments here and there to plow through the pages. And I had to work that day. I was busy. Really. But wow.