Orphan X

Orphan X

Gregg Hurwitz / Sep 21, 2019

Orphan X The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers It s said that when he s reached by the truly desperate and deserving the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save

  • Title: Orphan X
  • Author: Gregg Hurwitz
  • ISBN: Orphan X
  • ASIN
    B010M4T5C2
    Edition Language
    English
    Series
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers It s said that when he s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.But he s no legend.Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn He s also a man with a dangerous past Cho The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers It s said that when he s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.But he s no legend.Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn He s also a man with a dangerous past Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off the books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets i.e assassins He was Orphan X Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.Now, however, someone is on his tail Someone with similar skills and training Someone who knows Orphan X Someone who is getting closer and closer And will exploit Evan s weakness his work as The Nowhere Man to find him and eliminate him Grabbing the reader from the very first page, Orphan X is a masterful thriller, the first in Gregg Hurwitz s electrifying new series featuring Evan Smoak Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 367 pages Published January 19th 2016 by Minotaur Books More Details Original Title Orphan X ASIN B010M4T5C2 Edition Language English Series Orphan X 1 Characters Evan Smoak Other Editions 52 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Orphan X, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This sounds a lot like the YA novel Boy Nobody, by Allen Zadoff Is there anyone who has read both books and can offer up a comparison 3 likeslike 3 years ago See all 7 answers Melliott I read Boy Nobody after I read this I ll get back to you They DO sound a lot alike I decided to read this because Robert Crais recommended it flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler What was the significance of the device used at the end when it goes red, red, green hide spoiler like 2 years ago See all 3 answers 3 no 7 This answer contains spoilers view spoiler The computer user on the other end is connected and or active when it becomes green hide spoiler flag See all 20 questions about Orphan X Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 26, 2016 Jennifer Masterson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audio, favorites 2016 5 HUGE Stars Believe the hype on this one Orphan X is phenomenal This is a crazy fast paced thriller The story grabbed me from the very start and never let go Evan Smoak is taken out of a bad life in Balti at the young age of 12 and he is taken to DC where he is trained in a secret Government program to be an assassin He is mentored by a man named Jack, who becomes a father figure to him When this program is disbanded, Evan moves to California where he chooses to use these skills an 5 HUGE Stars Believe the hype on this one Orphan X is phenomenal This is a crazy fast paced thriller The story grabbed me from the very start and never let go Evan Smoak is taken out of a bad life in Balti at the young age of 12 and he is taken to DC where he is trained in a secret Government program to be an assassin He is mentored by a man named Jack, who becomes a father figure to him When this program is disbanded, Evan moves to California where he chooses to use these skills and the financial resources he is given to do good Evan follows a series of commandments that he has learned from Jack to do these missions to help people who have no one else to turn to.This novel will keep you guessing and make your heart pound It twists and turns and boy is it fun I must admit I had a crush on Evan midway through This is supposedly going to be made into a movie The word out is that Bradley Cooper will be starring and producing I would truly love to see him in the role of Evan Check out this article listened to the audio Scott Brick did a fantastic job narrating He gets 10 Stars Very Highly Recommended for thriller spy action lovers flag 163 likesLike see review View all 74 comments Jul 23, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, thrillers, netgalley, e book Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz is a 2016 Minotaur publication Spare, but very potent thriller The Nowhere Man He s the guy you call when you are desperate very desperate life and death desperate with no other recourse Some call him a legend Ethan Smoak was chosen as a child to be a part of a special ops mission He s been specially trained as an assassin These days he uses his training to live under the radar, helping those in extreme and dire situations The only payment he requires is that Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz is a 2016 Minotaur publication Spare, but very potent thriller The Nowhere Man He s the guy you call when you are desperate very desperate life and death desperate with no other recourse Some call him a legend Ethan Smoak was chosen as a child to be a part of a special ops mission He s been specially trained as an assassin These days he uses his training to live under the radar, helping those in extreme and dire situations The only payment he requires is that they pay if forward , so to speak, by finding someone else in need of Ethan s specialized skills so that he can continue fulfilling his mission However, someone has Ethan in their sights and there is only one kind of person out there who could have located him another Orphan Not only has he been found, his clients are being used as pawns to fish him out into the open I try not to judge a book by its cover but sometimes, apparently, I judge them by the title For some reason, anytime this series popped up on my radar, I ignored it because the title made the book sound like a science fiction novel I never bothered reading the synopsis, or any further research I just made a presumption and went with it Thankfully, the publisher sent out a promotional email about this series and this time, I didn t dismiss it out of hand As it turns out, this is a very compelling thriller, nothing like SF or Dystopian, which are the two genres I am less likely to read Yikes Glad I discovered the truth, otherwise I d have missed out on this awesome book Evan Smoak is sort of like The Equalizer on steroids His training, unlike that of the other Orphans , left his deep seated moral code intact He carries guilt and remorse with him everywhere, as well as his conscience He s one of the good guys, but don t get on his bad side His humanity is evident, but he still strictly adheres to the rules instilled within him by his handler Jack a man who was like a father to him Still, Evan s personality is muted, as he fiercely controls all his emotions The secondary characters provide the dramatic dialogue, while Evan internalizes and reminds himself of how to respond to complex situations There is no reliance on gimmicks, no slick polish or shine, the dialogue is sparse, to the point, without a lot of time spent on descriptive text The story moves at an incredibly swift pace, formatted almost like long form vignettes It was a unique presentation, for sure, but it also helped to create a tense, suspenseful atmosphere, adding just the right amount of poignancy to the story, allowing me to fall under Ethan s spell I found myself cheering him on, developing a connection to him, caring about what may happen to him as he continues his lonely journey This book is nothing at all like what I expected and is very different from the thrillers I ordinarily read That may be part of the attraction, I think, but, I am very impressed, so far, and can see myself becoming fully invested in the series the further it goes along 4 stars flag 108 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Feb 14, 2016 Phrynne rated it liked it review of another edition For the first 100 or so pages I was seriously debating giving up on this book I found Evan Smoak pretentious with his drinking only vodka that has been made from four varieties of French wheat and distilled nine times, micro oxygenated and charcoal filtered Really On page 33 when he tops his delicately seared ahi steak with a garnish of parsley I went back to read the reviews and found many, many people raving about the book and giving it five stars They couldn t all be wrong so I ploughed o For the first 100 or so pages I was seriously debating giving up on this book I found Evan Smoak pretentious with his drinking only vodka that has been made from four varieties of French wheat and distilled nine times, micro oxygenated and charcoal filtered Really On page 33 when he tops his delicately seared ahi steak with a garnish of parsley I went back to read the reviews and found many, many people raving about the book and giving it five stars They couldn t all be wrong so I ploughed on And it did get better Once some action started the book became readable and by the end it was actually good So good that on the high of the final pages I nearly gave it 4 stars But then I remembered the vodka and gave it 3 Despite all this I will have to read the next one I have to find out what happens Edit 27 1 18 Although I still stand by my comments about this book I have now read book 2 which is absolutely brilliant I gave it 5 stars and am about to move on to book 3 flag 106 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Jan 23, 2016 Larry H rated it it was amazing review of another edition Holy freaking crap This book absolutely rocked every heart racing, pulse pounding second When Evan Smoak not his real name was young, a man rescued him from a troubled life The man became a surrogate father to Evan, training him in every imaginable form of self defense, weaponry, and intelligence In short, he trained Evan how to kill, as part of an off the books program called the Orphan Program, which took children from difficult life situations and taught them to be employed as assassins Holy freaking crap This book absolutely rocked every heart racing, pulse pounding second When Evan Smoak not his real name was young, a man rescued him from a troubled life The man became a surrogate father to Evan, training him in every imaginable form of self defense, weaponry, and intelligence In short, he trained Evan how to kill, as part of an off the books program called the Orphan Program, which took children from difficult life situations and taught them to be employed as assassins As far as the program was concerned, the Orphans were known only by letters Evan became Orphan X.Evan was one of the best assets the program had ever seen Yet as he began to question who was hiring the Orphans to kill their targets, and why these people were selected, he realized that this wasn t the life for him.But he needed to do something with his skills, so he became the Nowhere Man, the last resort for a person in desperate trouble No one knows who the Nowhere Man is, but they know if they call him, he will help rescue them from a seemingly helpless situation And all he asks in return is that the beneficiary of his services pay it forward, by passing his contact information to one person in need.It s a fulfilling but lonely existence He s become so good at compartmentalizing, at keeping the outside world at a safe distance, that he is utterly unprepared when complications in the form of personal connections start popping up And then comes the ultimate test, when he realizes someone is hunting him, someone who knows he was Orphan X, and is using his work as the Nowhere Man to exploit and expose him But suddenly all of the tricks and plans and rules he has followed don t seem to be working the way they usually do Someone thinks the way he does, and is determined to destroy him Orphan X hit all of the right notes for me fantastic action, than a few twists, some excellent character development, and some pretty cool gadgetry In lesser hands, Evan could have been turned into a stereotypical assassin with a heart, but Gregg Hurwitz gave him a lot of complexity, which made him all the fascinating.If you like this type of book, pick up Orphan X I had never heard of Gregg Hurwitz before reading this, and now, I believe, people will know his name, because this is one that will knock you flat And I m already casting the movie version in my head See all of my reviews at flag 86 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Sep 08, 2018 PattyMacDotComma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves calibre, kindle, mystery crime thriller, arc netgalley read 3.5 to 4 As Jack used to say, The loudest sound you ll ever hear in action is a click Reading this is like reading a script for one of the big action films A Bond, or a Die Hard, or a Mission Impossible It s plot, action, terror, blood and guts A kid, an orphan, is selected and trained from the age of 8 to be a weapon for good causes, we like to think Jack, the recruiter, tells him Your job is to learn a little bit about everything from people who know everything about something Evan 3.5 to 4 As Jack used to say, The loudest sound you ll ever hear in action is a click Reading this is like reading a script for one of the big action films A Bond, or a Die Hard, or a Mission Impossible It s plot, action, terror, blood and guts A kid, an orphan, is selected and trained from the age of 8 to be a weapon for good causes, we like to think Jack, the recruiter, tells him Your job is to learn a little bit about everything from people who know everything about something Evan s next years are spent doing precisely that Evan He s given the name Evan Smoak and a list of commandments not the usual 10, of course to obey when carrying out assignments I kind of liked Evan, who has built himself a fortress where he drinks extremely special vodka and keeps a precisely neat, stainless steel penthouse apartment Strong, practical, safe, but cold And that s how Evan comes across Strong, practical, safe, but cold He s been trained that way Here s an early session with a woman trainer she duct tapes an orange over her eye, makes him tackle her and punch his thumb through it Good, she pants, sprawled in the dirt, her breath hot against his neck Now stir your thumb Curl it like a fishing hook And pull out what you can While he does, she screams and thrashes He stops, mortified Her one bare eye glares up at him You think it ll be calm NO, MA AM Calm is not a word that ever comes up I m fine with the action and the mysteriousness of the Orphan program Evan helps people in dire straits, for whom he is their last resort, and he commits himself fully to saving them with whatever means he has And boy, does he have some means at hand The technological tricks are fascinating, but I did find them a bit too convenient Whenever there was a problem, there seemed to be exactly the right piece of esoteric equipment in a pocket of his cargo pants and I don t mean a piece of rope like MacGyver would carry I mean a sophisticated gadget like a heat seeking missile Okay, I made that up But you get the idea Don t get me wrong the gadgets are great Remember Q in the Bond stories Well, it s like he has Q in his pocket or in one of his many secret escape vehicles or safe places Fun but a bit over the top for me.We re told he is not an expert but then he hacks into systems all over the world, reroutes phones, bank accounts, etc These aren t spoilers they come early in the book.His access to police Evan wasn t a master hacker by any stretch of the imagination, but he d made his way unattended into various cruisers and uploaded a piece of reverse SSH code into their laptops, leaving a virtual back door open for himself And wouldn t you like to hack into Costco The phone number of the sender Evan sourced to a batch of prepaid phones bulk sold to Costco last year A simple bit of reverse proxy code let him slip behind Costco s firewall, But, there s plenty of action, a few good people to care about and a hero who becomes even of an orphan as the story progresses And for those who want to know what kind of blood and guts action there is, here s an example that doesn t spoil the story The fist came in lazy and offline Evan saw the angles with perfect clarity a double hand deflection, gooseneck the wrist, shatter the bone and rake the elbow tendons, then a chicken wing arm control for the takedown, his knee crushing Johnny s floating rib upon impact with the floor He does warm up during the course of the book and starts to question what he does and why and how Could be an interesting guy to follow.Recommended for those who like this kind of breathless gallivanting and dodging bullets and calculating force and trajectory stuff I believe it s a series of 5 books Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for the review copy This was published in 2016, but there are out there now and to come flag 70 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Jul 03, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it review of another edition I can t think of anything special about this story.An off books black op program takes children and trains them to be assassins, they grow up and perform their missions, and then the program ends.It was hard to know Evan Smoak He s mechanical, ever on edge, aware of his surroundings He turns his skills toward helping those in need, but it still involves killing people And even with all his training and experience, someone manages to find him, manipulate him, and come very close to killing him I can t think of anything special about this story.An off books black op program takes children and trains them to be assassins, they grow up and perform their missions, and then the program ends.It was hard to know Evan Smoak He s mechanical, ever on edge, aware of his surroundings He turns his skills toward helping those in need, but it still involves killing people And even with all his training and experience, someone manages to find him, manipulate him, and come very close to killing him Once in a while, a bit of humanity shows through, but it was hard to like Evan very much.There were some technical descriptions of weapons, equipment, security measures and things like that There were a few types of vodka There were action scenes The interspersed chapters of Evan s training and his relationship with his adoptive father were okay.There s just nothing new here flag 70 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Sep 10, 2016 Blake Crouch rated it it was amazing review of another edition Evan Smoak is the best new series protagonist since Jack Reacher I engulfed this book and cannot wait for the sequel A total master class of thriller writing flag 63 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 10, 2017 PirateSteve rated it really liked it review of another edition U.S Governmental Black Ops soldier goes rogue Uses his substantial training in taking up a new hobby vigilante Some character development along the way with a nice twisting story line.This book is the first in a series I do not like series but the cliff hanger is actually a rather small one so that this would have worked well as a stand alone For me, it is reminiscent of 1970 s 1980 s Executioner Series written by Don Pendleton.Orphan X is updated with the newer weaponry and electronics U.S Governmental Black Ops soldier goes rogue Uses his substantial training in taking up a new hobby vigilante Some character development along the way with a nice twisting story line.This book is the first in a series I do not like series but the cliff hanger is actually a rather small one so that this would have worked well as a stand alone For me, it is reminiscent of 1970 s 1980 s Executioner Series written by Don Pendleton.Orphan X is updated with the newer weaponry and electronics of the vigilante trade Gregg Hurwitz did a good job writing this book.Being compared to Pendleton is an honor I ve read somewhere Pendleton described as the definitive action adventure writer I know I ve read between 30 and 40 of his books Mr.Hurwitz needs to busy himself flag 51 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 25, 2016 Melissa Mel s Bookshelf rated it it was amazing review of another edition Oh this book was a lot of fun I listened to the audio version of this as I was unable to read actual words due to debilitating morning sickness, and the narration was absolutely fantastic Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man Brought up as a child in the Orphan Program , Evan has some killer James Bond Jason Bourne skills Since the orphan program was disbanded, he uses these skills to help people in need People in extremely desperate situations Unfortunately someone is tracking him Someone as d Oh this book was a lot of fun I listened to the audio version of this as I was unable to read actual words due to debilitating morning sickness, and the narration was absolutely fantastic Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man Brought up as a child in the Orphan Program , Evan has some killer James Bond Jason Bourne skills Since the orphan program was disbanded, he uses these skills to help people in need People in extremely desperate situations Unfortunately someone is tracking him Someone as dangerous as he is.Well, this one certainly sucked me in Perhaps it was the fact I was so sick and needed another world to escape to, but it was exactly what I needed to listen to at the time I was completely hooked I loved the story, I loved the narrator, the romance, the action, the violence Loved it all.But The reason I give this 4.5 and not a full perfect score, is the predictability aspect Of course I m fairly sure that 99.9 % of people figured out who the boss was, and at least 50% could also guess the big twist right at the end There was only one or two people it could have POSSIBLY been right It was so extremely predictable I was BEGGING for there to be some other spin or twist which would make it less obvious, but alas I was disappointed For me to deduct only 0.5 Stars however is saying something, because I usually deduct a lot for something as major as that But I just liked it so darn much, so it didn t really take much away from the story for me There were also a few minor twists that also held me.The narrator Scott Brick was a FANTASTIC choice And there is a sequel coming out I may have to listen to the audio of that one too and hope that Scott is doing the sequel Would I recommend Orphan X YES YES YES Lots of fun I can easily see it being made into some sort of blockbuster action flick which I would happily pay to see at the movies Thoroughly enjoyed I listened to the audio version of Orphan X on audible, purchased at my own expense Well worth the credit For reviews check out my BLOGTWITTERFacebook flag 43 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 21, 2017 Carolyn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017, thriller As long as you are prepared to accept that this is a totally over the top boys own adventure then it s a lot of fun It has elements of Oceans 11, James Bond and Marvel superhero comics fused together to make the world that is Evan Smoak s Evan is part of the Orphan program, taken from the mean streets as a youngster and trained to be a first class fighter and assassin One with refined tastes in interior design, vodka and freshly prepared gourmet food as well as the best weapons, internet As long as you are prepared to accept that this is a totally over the top boys own adventure then it s a lot of fun It has elements of Oceans 11, James Bond and Marvel superhero comics fused together to make the world that is Evan Smoak s Evan is part of the Orphan program, taken from the mean streets as a youngster and trained to be a first class fighter and assassin One with refined tastes in interior design, vodka and freshly prepared gourmet food as well as the best weapons, internet intelligence and spyware available Named Orphan X, he is told he is one of the best the program has produced and for many years he did as he was asked taking out dictators, terrorists, drug lords and sex slave traffickers but now the Orphan network has been dismantled and Evan freelances, helping people out of life threatening situations, known only as the Nowhere Man He is very, very careful and makes sure that no one knows his real name or where he lives but one day a job goes wrong and he realises that someone may be out to kill him.A very fast paced, action packed thriller with lots of shooting and martial arts Some of Evan s escapes are just not believable but that all adds to the fun As do the normal people living in Evan s apartment building the martial arts kid who s always offering to show Evan some moves, the old people who want him to come to the Building Management meetings to talk about what drinks to have available in the lobby and the cute kid and his single D.A Mum who needs Evan s help when some scary bad men threaten them one night 4.5 flag 43 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Feb 19, 2016 Carol rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves detective crime, abandoned Oh, publishers, if you print a quote from Robert Crais on the front cover the most exciting thriller since The Bourne Identity , you have only yourself to blame that The Bourne Identity is the standard a reader expects you to deliver against I read The Bourne Identity I loved The Bourne Identity Orphan X it s no The Bourne Identity.In the interest of full disclosure, I abandoned Orphan X on page 40 For a contemporary novel of 354 pages that sells itself as a thriller, 10% is plenty long Oh, publishers, if you print a quote from Robert Crais on the front cover the most exciting thriller since The Bourne Identity , you have only yourself to blame that The Bourne Identity is the standard a reader expects you to deliver against I read The Bourne Identity I loved The Bourne Identity Orphan X it s no The Bourne Identity.In the interest of full disclosure, I abandoned Orphan X on page 40 For a contemporary novel of 354 pages that sells itself as a thriller, 10% is plenty long enough to determine whether a it will deliver on the thriller label, b it s adequately plotted, and c if the lead character, Evan Smoak, is someone with whom I want to take this ride My answers were, no, no, and no, and as I looked at the many novels on my bedside table that I could be instead reading, I determined to apply the life is too short to spend it on bad thrillers theory of book selection and abandonment.As an aside, Orphan X name dropped brand after brand after brand over the course of those early pages If Hurwitz isn t getting paid for product placements on a per mention basis, he s missing out on a revenue opportunity For this reader, though, the book seemed immediately dated by these references The sixth time in 20 pages in which Smoak picked up his RoamZone phone , and not simply his phone was the signal to me to move on to a work that might actually evoke that good memory of reading The Bourne Identity for the first time.I understand that some think it s unfair to review a book a reader didn t finish We ll have to agree to disagree flag 41 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Oct 22, 2018 Richard rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves thrillers us I knew of Gregg Hurwitz through a couple of his classy Harlen Coben style thrillers, read years ago and have had my eye on this series for a while.Orphan X is a slick, well written American thriller that reads like a slick, well made American tv mini series Evan Smoak, our hero, is an assassin but that s ok because he only assassinates really bad people He at first seems to be somewhere on the autistic spectrum with his compulsive tidiness, obsession with the most expensive brands, I knew of Gregg Hurwitz through a couple of his classy Harlen Coben style thrillers, read years ago and have had my eye on this series for a while.Orphan X is a slick, well written American thriller that reads like a slick, well made American tv mini series Evan Smoak, our hero, is an assassin but that s ok because he only assassinates really bad people He at first seems to be somewhere on the autistic spectrum with his compulsive tidiness, obsession with the most expensive brands, strictly minimalistic apartment and absurdly ordered life He has no family, no friends and has a mysterious backstory that Hurwitz gradually teases out.I thought I would get sick of the endless detailed descriptions of guns, body armour, knives, fight moves etc but these do seem to suit Evans singular mindset Suddenly, in this speedy narrative, some very, very bad people with equal command of the dark arts, dark web and with some very dark intentions are coming after Evan At the same time, Mia enters Evan s clinically perfect world, a very attractive widow with a messy, complicated life and a young son who really needs a father figure what could possibly go wrong An enjoyable and exciting ride a solid 3.5 star read I ll be amazed if a tv series isn t in production as I write this review flag 41 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Sep 24, 2015 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2016 releases, gregg hurwitz, netgalley arc, books read in 2016, thriller, intelligence mission, suspense, assassin, action thriller, contemporary fiction Top 50 Books of 2016 Classic Bold Innovative Action Packed Adventure Explosive Suspenseful Impressive Non Stop thrills Electrifying My New Hero Loved the author s note To all the bad boys and girls, rule breakers and vigilantes, for being so wicked that they re good For centuries, notable orphans and foundlings include world leaders, celebrated writers, entertainers, figures in science and business, as well as innumerable fictional characters in literature and comics We love and r Top 50 Books of 2016 Classic Bold Innovative Action Packed Adventure Explosive Suspenseful Impressive Non Stop thrills Electrifying My New Hero Loved the author s note To all the bad boys and girls, rule breakers and vigilantes, for being so wicked that they re good For centuries, notable orphans and foundlings include world leaders, celebrated writers, entertainers, figures in science and business, as well as innumerable fictional characters in literature and comics We love and root for them However, wait until you meet Gregg Hurwitz s latest new hero and series, Evan Smoak 1 ORPHAN X Strikingly different and unconventional Fearless Daring Courageous First Class Yes, it is worthy of all the hype, and the movie deal with possible Bradley Cooper which is no surprise Think, Jason Bourne Matt Damon , a CIA assassin in the action spy thriller film by Robert Ludlum An orphan represents the powerlessness of childhood At the same time, many literary orphans are resilient characters, who despite their relative lack of power, find the emotional resources to beat the odds and make their way in the world Resilient, ten fold Orphan X The new 2016 Super Star Up there with Lee Child s Jack Reacher, David Baldacci s Will Robie, James Bond, and the best of the best High octane thriller Evan Smoak is a twelve year old boy, from East Balti, an orphan, the smallest of the kids, the last one picked for sports It was only through a set of challenges that he found his way into this seat with Jack, the Mystery Man that he d managed to get himself chosen He destination is unknown However, anything is better than the present.A top secret government operation, The Orphan Program, trained by the US military as killers Mission to assassinate government s designated enemies He is trained, skilled, intelligent, and resourceful Now, left with no handler, no contacts inside the government, no nation that wasn t actively hunting him, even the one he served He was in a word, untethered He recalls Jack s voice, Get over yourself, son There is no emotion useless than self pity Evan moves to LA, getting away from DC, an operational alias built with pieces of his true self A cover He stayed mission ready, kept fit, and trained He never knew who would come looking He stayed alert, vigilant, kept his ear to the ground to listen for underworld tremors Word had filtered back to him, the Orphan Program had been dismantled, the operators scattered to the four winds He had not learned the fate of the other Orphans however, he imagined they sold their specialized services to the highest bidder or had retired to a beach in a quiet corner of the world Neither option appealed to him.So, he decided to put his training to personal use A pro bono freelancer, helping others who could not help themselves Evan is flying solo with the perks at his fingertips A dangerous past, highly trained skills, and resources Nowhere Man A personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn The Tenth Commandment loomed above all else Never let an innocent die.A man with a dangerous past A savior of the victims, innocent ones from corruption to sex slaves, while saving himself However, he may be targeted These people are no slouches Someone knows him Someone wants him eliminated WOW A James Bond Jason Bourne type thriller the adventure, sex, action, adrenaline fueled and as an added bonus, the psychological side human emotional dynamics, making for an absorbing page turner.Entertaining Skillfully crafted, twist and turns, with a fabulous cast of well developed secondary characters and an unstoppable main protagonist Hurwitz s most exhilarating book yet Superstar author and new hero will be at the top of book and movie lists, for years to come Can t wait for Evan Smoak 2 his next adventure Loved this recent review quote by Patrick Anderson Washington Post, 1 6 2016 Sums up the novel, perfectly It s a strong story, one that allows for an abundance of conflict and suspense, but Hurwitz s work is especially striking in the level of detail he lavishes on people, weapons, food, drink, sex, violence and just about everything else I ve always thought that one reason for Tom Clancy s success was the endless detail he provided about military hardware and that the James Bond novels benefited from the loving attention Ian Fleming devoted to the martinis, expensive cars and gorgeous women he so admired Hurwitz outdoes both writers in intricate descriptions A special thank you to St Martin s Press Minotaur, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review JDCMustReadBooks 1.5 Buy a Bullet 2 The Nowhere Man 3 Hellbent coming Jan 30, 2018 flag 40 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Mar 15, 2016 Sean Peters rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves favorites Gregg Hurwitz is an author that I have been meaning to read for a while, an author on my radar with books that I have been recommended and seen some great reviews So I went for the Orphan books knowing this would be my type of book I was right Gregg Hurwitz brings us a cracking novel with a great character Evan Smoak, adopted as a child by a shadowy figure called Jack and trained to be an assassin as part of a secret US government scheme Known as Orphan X meaning there were at least 23 other Gregg Hurwitz is an author that I have been meaning to read for a while, an author on my radar with books that I have been recommended and seen some great reviews So I went for the Orphan books knowing this would be my type of book I was right Gregg Hurwitz brings us a cracking novel with a great character Evan Smoak, adopted as a child by a shadowy figure called Jack and trained to be an assassin as part of a secret US government scheme Known as Orphan X meaning there were at least 23 others of the Orphan programme, but that was years ago now he is leading normal life and became an adult, he took a fake last name and became the Nowhere Man When he s assigned to kill a fellow orphan, he refuses, resulting in the death of his handler whom Evan Smoak considered his father Jack He goes underground and leaves the orphans behind.Evan moves to California and devotes himself to good works taking out a slum landlord paedophile cop, for example, after his victim calls Evan s special number However, his meticulously compartmentalised life makes him vulnerable Orphan X is tight and tense in all the right places But it wouldn t work half as well if we didn t feel Evan s pain and share his panic as the worst case scenario unfolds another former Orphan, with a less noble agenda, seems to be hunting him Orphan X is weapons grade thriller writing from a modern master but also a quite character living in an apartment with an collection of various individuals who know nothing about him and his lifestyle.A thrilling, great paced thriller with a character who is no superhero just a great new action character.Good , yes I am already on Book 2 The Nowhere Man That tells you everything PS David Baldacci, a great author Thanks You said I would Thank You A clear four stars, and nearly five flag 38 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Feb 17, 2018 Linda Wells rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers It s said that when he s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, he can and will do anything to protect and save them But he s not just a legend.Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn He s also a man with a dangerous past Pulled from a foster home by the US government when he was a boy, he was raised and trained to be part of a covert operation design The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers It s said that when he s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, he can and will do anything to protect and save them But he s not just a legend.Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn He s also a man with a dangerous past Pulled from a foster home by the US government when he was a boy, he was raised and trained to be part of a covert operation designed to create the perfect assassins the Orphan Program He was Orphan X Orphan X is an amazing thriller, with Evan Smoak one of the best characters in the genre The story is multi layered, action sequences deftly described, moments so poignant that you ll be swept away with emotion A suspense novel so gripping that it can only described as a masterpiece You know the two best words in the English language Next time, Evan said Next time means the world is wide open to you Next time is possibility Next time is freedom flag 45 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 29, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves science fiction I m late to the party with this one Just about every thriller reader I know has read, and loved, this story I ve previously picked up a few of the author s books and I know he s a competent scribbler, so I m not sure what s kept me away so long Anyway, I finally bit the bullet and I can confirm what everyone else already knows it s a winner.There are gazillions of reviews on this site alone so I won t delve to deep into what happened territory Suffice to say, a young boy is adopted into a I m late to the party with this one Just about every thriller reader I know has read, and loved, this story I ve previously picked up a few of the author s books and I know he s a competent scribbler, so I m not sure what s kept me away so long Anyway, I finally bit the bullet and I can confirm what everyone else already knows it s a winner.There are gazillions of reviews on this site alone so I won t delve to deep into what happened territory Suffice to say, a young boy is adopted into an off the books government programme to train assassins He becomes good at killing Very good, in fact But things happen along the way and he decides enough is enough The story is obviously much involved than the bare bones I ve provided, but to give any would be to spoil the fun for anyone who is left out there to read this top notch tale There s no doubt Hurwitz as created a new superhero, the Nowhere Man There s a touch of science fiction here, but only a touch The world feels much like it does today, but with a few flashier gizmos kicking around The NM himself has a whisper of John Rain about him but with premium vodka replacing the aged whiskey Rain so relishes , a smidgen of Mitch Rapp and a big dose of Batman.There were times I thought the tale was close to slipping into the mundane, the routine, but then another twist was delivered or a further glimpse at the depths of the NM s character was unveiled It kept me on my toes, eager to learn about the man and his fate The support characters too were interesting in themselves as I struggled to determine who was friend and who was foe It delivers a lot, this book a lead man who has sufficient darkness and interest to have readers craving , an intricately woven plot and a cast characters who are sympathetically drawn or deliver a kind of voyeuristic pleasure at their pure viciousness A follow up book is already in the pipeline and I ll most certainly be back for a second helping flag 36 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 30, 2018 Monica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves give aways, netgalley Just amazing One of the best spy mystery thrillers I ve read in awhile I m not sure how Mr Hurwitz hasn t been on my radar before now, but I will definitely be reading The tension in this story starts strong and continues building without a moment to slow down Just when you have caught your breath, a new threat manifests The characters are all non typical and I enjoyed seeing our hero Evan struggle with following either his commandments or his morals The conclusion was totally unex Just amazing One of the best spy mystery thrillers I ve read in awhile I m not sure how Mr Hurwitz hasn t been on my radar before now, but I will definitely be reading The tension in this story starts strong and continues building without a moment to slow down Just when you have caught your breath, a new threat manifests The characters are all non typical and I enjoyed seeing our hero Evan struggle with following either his commandments or his morals The conclusion was totally unexpected Highly recommend for readers looking for a high action, page turning thriller Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. flag 37 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Apr 29, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it review of another edition Evan Smoak was part of the government s black ops Orphan Program , which recruited children and trained them to be world class assassins The Orphans learned how to use weapons of all kinds, became skilled in a variety of martial arts, were taught to blot out pain, became experts in surveillance and bugging, and so on Dubbed Orphan X Evan eventually carried out many killings assigned by his handler father figure Jack Johns who raised and trained Evan from a young age After Jack is killed Evan Smoak was part of the government s black ops Orphan Program , which recruited children and trained them to be world class assassins The Orphans learned how to use weapons of all kinds, became skilled in a variety of martial arts, were taught to blot out pain, became experts in surveillance and bugging, and so on Dubbed Orphan X Evan eventually carried out many killings assigned by his handler father figure Jack Johns who raised and trained Evan from a young age After Jack is killed in dodgy circumstances, Evan who has plenty of money stashed in offshore banks quits the Orphan Program and begins using his skills to help people Calling himself The Nowhere Man and working out of Los Angeles, Evan sets himself up in a reinforced, fortress like, penthouse condominium apartment with all kinds of defensive doodadsjust in case This includes a parachute to jump off the apartment s terrace rappelling equipment to climb down the building s wall bullet proof windows a door that can withstand explosives a hidden back room with surveillance equipment etc Evan also configures a completely untraceable cell phone so desperate people can call him for assistance Early in the story Evan is contacted by a 17 year old sex slave Morena Aguilar who s trying to prevent her little sister from being forced into the trade To assist the girls Evan has to kill a dirty cop He then asks Morena to pass his phone number on to ONE person who needs help Evan s usual method of finding clients.Evan is then contacted by Katrin White, whose father is being held hostage until she pays off a huge gambling debt While Evan is trying to help Katrin, he realizes his own life is in danger It seems another defector from the Orphan Program Orphan O working with a team of killers is out to get him, apparently having been hired by one of Evan s many enemies Since it s a case of kill or be killed Evan and Orphan O use all of their considerable skills to try to outmaneuver each other Thus the reader is treated to scene after scene of reconnaissance, infiltration, safe houses, safe vehicles, explosions, snipers, stabbings, shootings, hand to hand combat, balcony hopping, double dealing and rried out with all manner of ingenious high tech toys I was especially intrigued with the contact lens and paste on nails ensemble used for texting in mid air While all this is going on Evan keeps up a facade for his condominium neighbors, claiming to be an importer of industrial cleaning supplies This sets the stage for some lighter moments in the story as Evan interacts with his condominium cohorts, including the condo board president who calls lots of meetings a nice Jewish lady who complains a lot about her damaged door and Assistant District Attorney Mia Hall and her little boy Peter who takes to sending messages up to Evan s window via balloon.The book is well written, suspenseful, and exciting highly recommended to fans of thrillers I look forward to reading of Evan Smoak s adventures.Note I like to think Evan Smoak has a connection with Felicity Smoak the brilliant computer whiz who works with Green Arrow But since it s not his real name probably not LOL Thanks to Netgalley, the author Gregg Hurwitz and publisher St Martin s Press for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at flag 36 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 15, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it review of another edition The premise of this novel is good a man trained to become an assassin in an elite, off the records program uses his expertise and wealth to help people with nowhere else to turn.It was like watching a super hero movie I just had to decide, sure, I ll pretend that s plausible It s a little Batman meets James Bond lots of special weapons and security measures that us normal folks will never encounter outside of books and movies I had some trouble envisioning the fight scenes, but I liked the fas The premise of this novel is good a man trained to become an assassin in an elite, off the records program uses his expertise and wealth to help people with nowhere else to turn.It was like watching a super hero movie I just had to decide, sure, I ll pretend that s plausible It s a little Batman meets James Bond lots of special weapons and security measures that us normal folks will never encounter outside of books and movies I had some trouble envisioning the fight scenes, but I liked the fast pace and the twists and turns that Evan Smoak Orphan X has to figure out to keep innocent people and himself alive This is a fun read Recommend.Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to review this novel flag 35 likesLike see review Apr 24, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition Back in 2012 I read my one and only Greg Hurwitz book They re watching which I loved and rated 5 stars and writing in my review that I intended to read lots of his books So it is surprising that I have left it over 3 years before I decided to read the next one Orphan X is the first book in a new series of books that features Evan Smoak, a man with a dangerous past who helps the desperate people who have nowhere else to turn Evan Smoak is taken at the age of 12 and trained in a secret Back in 2012 I read my one and only Greg Hurwitz book They re watching which I loved and rated 5 stars and writing in my review that I intended to read lots of his books So it is surprising that I have left it over 3 years before I decided to read the next one Orphan X is the first book in a new series of books that features Evan Smoak, a man with a dangerous past who helps the desperate people who have nowhere else to turn Evan Smoak is taken at the age of 12 and trained in a secret Government program to be an assassin When this program is disbanded, Evan moves to California and decides to use his skills to do good In this novel Greg Hurwitz sets the scene extremely well and starts to develop a strong character in Evan Smoak that he will be able to extend further in future novels.The novel is full of action and really is an excellent thriller Orphan X will appeal to readers who enjoys fast paced action filled thrillers I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin Uk for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 10, 2016 Denise Mullins rated it did not like it review of another edition If you enjoy thrillers that have 15 page fight scenes full of carefully explained martial arts moves and weaponry, this book is for you If you enjoy a protagonist who lives in an ultra hip penthouse suite with poured concrete and gleaming stainless appliances while he sips rare imported vodka and nibbles organic masterpieces that he prepared, this book is for you If the addition of a ditzy single mom DA neighbor with an adorable but ADHD son who will add complications to the plot is your cup o If you enjoy thrillers that have 15 page fight scenes full of carefully explained martial arts moves and weaponry, this book is for you If you enjoy a protagonist who lives in an ultra hip penthouse suite with poured concrete and gleaming stainless appliances while he sips rare imported vodka and nibbles organic masterpieces that he prepared, this book is for you If the addition of a ditzy single mom DA neighbor with an adorable but ADHD son who will add complications to the plot is your cup of tea, read this book If you are not bored by a plot that is so formulaic and drawn out that you want to weep, this book is for you But if you want a book that is not simply a rehashed compilation of every Jason Bourne Alex Delaware Jack Reacher clone, read something else flag 33 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 31, 2018 Bibi rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars flag 32 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Marialyce rated it it was amazing Shelves net galley, books of 2019 4.5 thrilling starsIf you are looking for something that will have you rapidly turning pages, spending your day and part of your night reading a most enticing thriller, than this book is for you.Evan Smoak is quite a guy He has a multitude of skills and is on a mission to help those who have no where to turn He takes on people who find themselves at the ends of their ropes, thrown into despair, with no hope in sight, and provides them with a way to find their life once again Evan is powerful, 4.5 thrilling starsIf you are looking for something that will have you rapidly turning pages, spending your day and part of your night reading a most enticing thriller, than this book is for you.Evan Smoak is quite a guy He has a multitude of skills and is on a mission to help those who have no where to turn He takes on people who find themselves at the ends of their ropes, thrown into despair, with no hope in sight, and provides them with a way to find their life once again Evan is powerful, he is trained, he anticipates and knows his way around the very worst of the criminal elements Trained as a young child in all the arts of self defense, mind control, and resistance to pain, Evan was part of secretive Orphan program, whose mission was to work undercover with a high level of plausible deniability in other words working for the government However, Evan disappears and breaks with the program that trained him, including his beloved mentor father Jack He disappears and clandestinely offers his service to those in need.However, someone is onto to Evan and he must use all his skills as The Nowhere Man to combat the evil that is at his door.Told with multiple twists and turns and introducing Evan as a character that one can admire, Gregg Hurwitz has created a most thrilling thriller The pages fly by and the level of tense action and situations push this book forward to a most satisfying conclusion This book is the start of a series and it is already out for readers to enjoy I know I will continue to follow Evan and his exploits in the next book.Many thanks to Gregg Hurwitz for putting the zing into this thriller, Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for providing this reader with a copy of the excellent, engrossing book Onto the next book for me.My reviews can also be seen here flag 31 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jun 09, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves feb 16 Gregg Hurwitz is one of my all time favourite authors and a go to author if I need little sleep as a result of not being able to put his book down Orphan X is definitely one of those books Tons of fun and a page turning, exciting thriller.Evan Smoak, a young boy rescued from a boys home, is secretly trained with a group of orphaned children to become a lethal assassin when he grows up Many years later as a grown man, he leaves the group and disappears He resurfaces only to help those in desp Gregg Hurwitz is one of my all time favourite authors and a go to author if I need little sleep as a result of not being able to put his book down Orphan X is definitely one of those books Tons of fun and a page turning, exciting thriller.Evan Smoak, a young boy rescued from a boys home, is secretly trained with a group of orphaned children to become a lethal assassin when he grows up Many years later as a grown man, he leaves the group and disappears He resurfaces only to help those in desperate need He relies on the recipients of his help to pay it forward by finding him new people, desperate with nowhere to turn Little did he know that helping one girl would set off a terrifying game of cat and mouse, full of twists and turns, mystery and heart stopping action Gregg Hurwitz has created a masterful and memorable character in Evan Smoak I enjoyed his interaction with his neighbour and her young son immensely as well as with the fascinating characters he came in contact with.I truly loved this novel and can hardly wait to read the next book in this series flag 32 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jul 24, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves mystery thrillers Believe the hype about this one Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz is really good full of intrigue government conspiracy s there wasn t anything i didn t like about this kept me turning the pages was full of suspense intrigue a boy he was chosen then taken from an orphanage he called home, raised trainedas part of a top secret programme he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of.Then he broke away with the programme, using everythi Believe the hype about this one Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz is really good full of intrigue government conspiracy s there wasn t anything i didn t like about this kept me turning the pages was full of suspense intrigue a boy he was chosen then taken from an orphanage he called home, raised trainedas part of a top secret programme he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of.Then he broke away with the programme, using everything he learned to disappear he wanted to help the desperate deserving but now someone is on Evan s trail he does not know why SOMEONE WHO HAS ISSUES With His PAST Someone who knows he was once known as ORPHAN X.If you do anything this year read this its one helluva read you wont be disappointed another great read by Gregg Hurwitz flag 31 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 29, 2016 Paromjit rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves crime fiction, netgalley, thriller Orphan X is a roller coaster of an action thriller that grabs you and only lets up when you reach the end It centres on Evan Smoak, picked up as a youngster and trained to be an assassin on a off the book programme run by the government He was named Orphan X and he left the operation He has now evolved into someone who only does good, the iconic Nowhere Man He uses this persona to aid those who are in the greatest need of his help utilising his unique set of skills and resources However, al Orphan X is a roller coaster of an action thriller that grabs you and only lets up when you reach the end It centres on Evan Smoak, picked up as a youngster and trained to be an assassin on a off the book programme run by the government He was named Orphan X and he left the operation He has now evolved into someone who only does good, the iconic Nowhere Man He uses this persona to aid those who are in the greatest need of his help utilising his unique set of skills and resources However, all is not well It becomes clear whilst he is helping others that he is being hunted by someone who knows he was Orphan X The scene is set for nerve wracking suspense and non stop action.The author has written a fast paced narrative with numerous twists He has put together great characters in a well plotted story A great book to read Many thanks to Michael Joseph, the publishers for a copy of the book via netgalley flag 26 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 06, 2018 Dave rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley books, thrillers, read have Think Jason Bourne meets a Bruce Wayne in his bat cave and throw in a bit of the Pay it Forward philosophy too Hurwitz has given us an action packed thriller about a man trained to do covert work, trained since he was pulled from the orphanage years ago But, he has left his Black Ops agency behind and from his bat cave perched in a condo tower filled with all kinds of technological marvels he reaches out and helps people in trouble what else can he do with his specific skills and asks them Think Jason Bourne meets a Bruce Wayne in his bat cave and throw in a bit of the Pay it Forward philosophy too Hurwitz has given us an action packed thriller about a man trained to do covert work, trained since he was pulled from the orphanage years ago But, he has left his Black Ops agency behind and from his bat cave perched in a condo tower filled with all kinds of technological marvels he reaches out and helps people in trouble what else can he do with his specific skills and asks them to refer him to the next person in need No one around him knows his secret identity, even when he comes into the condo elevator bleeding from his battle wounds The secret identity bit didn t always feel genuine, but overall this was a well written, action packed, page turning thriller that was a lot of fun to read flag 26 likesLike see review Feb 15, 2016 Dianne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves best of 2016 Fun, twisty thriller along the lines of the Bourne series and I Am Pilgrim Yes, it s kind of silly you ll have to suspend disbelief than once but it s also very addictive and hard to put down, as all good thrillers are This is being made into a movie with Bradley Cooper under consideration to play Evan Smoak, so make sure you get this read before the movie comes out flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 17, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing review of another edition I can not believe I ve not come across a Gregg Hurwitz novel until now Wow, what an intense thrill ride It kept me glued to every page I ll definitely be checking out his previous novels and looking forward to the rest of this series flag 24 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 14, 2017 Daniel Balici rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves psychological thriller mystery, read in 2017 I received Orphan X as a birthday gift from one of my best friends who noticed on the back cover that this book was recommended by Tess Gerritsen, a favourite author of mine, hence she thought it would be a delectable read for me She was right Orphan X is an action packed and fast paced thriller, having a movie vibe I have read loads of psychological thrillers lately and although I enjoyed the majority of them, it was rather refreshing to experience a traditional thriller The entire sto I received Orphan X as a birthday gift from one of my best friends who noticed on the back cover that this book was recommended by Tess Gerritsen, a favourite author of mine, hence she thought it would be a delectable read for me She was right Orphan X is an action packed and fast paced thriller, having a movie vibe I have read loads of psychological thrillers lately and although I enjoyed the majority of them, it was rather refreshing to experience a traditional thriller The entire story is told in the third person and centers around Evan who became, at an early stage in life, part of a governmantal program whose purpose was to lure oprhans and turn them into professional killers who subsequently would eliminate those considered a threat to the government of the US Evan was raised by John, the man who actually involved him in the program and made sure that the youngster would still have a sense of humanity At some point, Evan realizes that the missions he has to accomplish are not always well intentioned and decides to leave the program He meticulously covers all his traces and starts a new chapter in his life, becoming a vigilante called The Nowhere Man Employing the skills he acquired while being part of the governmantal program, Evan does good by helping the people in the greatest need Nevertheless, he is eventually discovered and it is clear that he is wanted dead.Apart from the great amount of action this book comprises of, I enjoyed how the author emphasized the rare moments of normality in Evan s life, such as those when he spent time with his attractive female neighbor Mia and her son Personally, I don t think that this book contains a novelty element in the thriller genre, but it stands out as a well written and well plotted work of fiction which provides several details regarding the weapons the protagonist uses and his methods of investigation and killing the villains Overall, I feel satisfied with what I read and I definitely recommend Orphan X to those of you who are in search of a thriller of high quality flag 23 likesLike see review View all 8 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Action Adventure February 2019 Book Love Group Read Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz Spoilers 1 4 Feb 01, 2019 10 36AM Crime, Mysteries Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz spoilers September 2018 4 21 Sep 29, 2018 05 55PM How many stars would you give Orphan X 9 111 Jan 22, 2018 02 28PM Play Book Tag Orphan X, by Gregg Hurwitz 4.5 stars 5 16 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        AKA Gregg Andrew HurwitzGregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 20 novels, including OUT OF THE DARK 2019 His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel Wolverine, Pu AKA Gregg Andrew HurwitzGregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 20 novels, including OUT OF THE DARK 2019 His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel Wolverine, Punisher and DC Batman, Penguin Additionally, he s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks Gregg resides in Los Angeles


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    1. 5 HUGE Stars Believe the hype on this one Orphan X is phenomenal This is a crazy fast paced thriller The story grabbed me from the very start and never let go Evan Smoak is taken out of a bad life in Balti at the young age of 12 and he is taken to DC where he is trained in a secret Government program to be an assassin He is mentored by a man named Jack, who becomes a father figure to him When this program is disbanded, Evan moves to California where he chooses to use these skills an 5 HUGE Stars [...]


    2. Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz is a 2016 Minotaur publication Spare, but very potent thriller The Nowhere Man He s the guy you call when you are desperate very desperate life and death desperate with no other recourse Some call him a legend Ethan Smoak was chosen as a child to be a part of a special ops mission He s been specially trained as an assassin These days he uses his training to live under the radar, helping those in extreme and dire situations The only payment he requires is that Orphan X b [...]


    3. For the first 100 or so pages I was seriously debating giving up on this book I found Evan Smoak pretentious with his drinking only vodka that has been made from four varieties of French wheat and distilled nine times, micro oxygenated and charcoal filtered Really On page 33 when he tops his delicately seared ahi steak with a garnish of parsley I went back to read the reviews and found many, many people raving about the book and giving it five stars They couldn t all be wrong so I ploughed o For [...]


    4. Holy freaking crap This book absolutely rocked every heart racing, pulse pounding second When Evan Smoak not his real name was young, a man rescued him from a troubled life The man became a surrogate father to Evan, training him in every imaginable form of self defense, weaponry, and intelligence In short, he trained Evan how to kill, as part of an off the books program called the Orphan Program, which took children from difficult life situations and taught them to be employed as assassins Holy [...]


    5. 3.5 to 4 As Jack used to say, The loudest sound you ll ever hear in action is a click Reading this is like reading a script for one of the big action films A Bond, or a Die Hard, or a Mission Impossible It s plot, action, terror, blood and guts A kid, an orphan, is selected and trained from the age of 8 to be a weapon for good causes, we like to think Jack, the recruiter, tells him Your job is to learn a little bit about everything from people who know everything about something Evan 3. [...]


    6. I can t think of anything special about this story.An off books black op program takes children and trains them to be assassins, they grow up and perform their missions, and then the program ends.It was hard to know Evan Smoak He s mechanical, ever on edge, aware of his surroundings He turns his skills toward helping those in need, but it still involves killing people And even with all his training and experience, someone manages to find him, manipulate him, and come very close to killing him I [...]


    7. Evan Smoak is the best new series protagonist since Jack Reacher I engulfed this book and cannot wait for the sequel A total master class of thriller writing.


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