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Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

November 12, 2019

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.

 

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★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★

 

Give me a great spy book with secrets, mystery, and action, and I am right there. This one was mostly all of that and more.

 

There are so many things I enjoyed with this book. The twists and turns. The not knowing who to trust. Not knowing what was going to happen next.

 

I like that this author presented a deeply flawed, human in a lonely, personless life. When everyday things start to appear in the midst of this knight in dark armor's life of saving people, he begins to lose focus. His life has been black and white. Good and evil. All the while, he has kept himself isolated from the real world and real connections. When he somehow begins to form connections with people around him, things start to really go awry for him.

 

I couldn't stop reading this book. It was full of so many surprises. The one drawback was the fighting scenes. They were good and action packed. However, since I am not in the know with different types of fighting and weapons, I felt lost. The specific moves that were being told to me page after page had me completely lost and confused. I felt like the author was trying to prove he was knowledgeable in many different kinds of fighting. I wasn't impressed. I ended up skimming the action scenes.

 

Overall, this was a really good book. It was mostly just what I was looking for. I would like to say I will be reading more books in this series, because I am curious, I just can't afford them at the moment. Maybe eventually.

 

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