- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (19 January 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250067847
- ISBN-13: 978-1250067845
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 576 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,267 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This isn't simply Hurwitz's 'best thriller yet' or 'a terrific new thriller'-Orphan X is an order-of-magnitude leap into stardom. It's the most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity. Fans of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne will LOVE Evan Smoak, and the deadly, secret world of the Orphan Program. A new thriller superstar is born!" --Robert Crais
"What is Orphan X? A thrill-a-minute read with twists and turns galore. I'm looking forward to Evan Smoak's next adventure." --Phillip Margolin
"Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I've read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you'll not soon forget!" --Tess Gerritsen
"Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X is his best yet -- a real celebration of all the strengths he brings to a thriller." --Lee Child
"From the explosive opening where a boy begins his dramatic transformation, Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I've read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse chase that feels like a missile launch. Brilliantly conceived and plotted, his character Evan Smoak, Orphan X, deserves his own niche in the thriller hero hall of fame. Read this book. You will thank me later." --David Baldacci
"Orphan X is the most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. And Reacher would love this guy. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense enriched by compassion and insight." --Jonathan Kellerman
"Exciting and mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, ex operative Evan Smoak turns on the action and shows off all the right moves as he sets out to help the downtrodden, and perhaps save his own humanity along the way." --Lisa Gardner
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I'll be purchasing the next book to see where the character development heads. Nice work.
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Overall 3/5. (Plot 3/5, Characterisation 2/5, Literary Merit 2/5, Readability 3/5.)
As for the story itself, I’ve never been so bored. It was a real struggle to get through it. Full of characters I didn’t give two sh*ts about. The comic relief characters that live in the same building are just plain irritating and add nothing to the plot. They just pad it out. The bad guys are too cartoonish, in particular a dominatrix killer called Candy.
The beginning of each chapter made my heart sink at the thought of having to spend more time with Evan Smoak, being that he's so bland and uninteresting. But especially so when the plot slams the brakes on for a perfunctory flashback, and routine read-it-all-before training montages. By the time the plot gets truly going at about the 60 to 70 percent mark, I was battling hard to stay awake. Each sentence was a slog, each paragraph a battle.
If you're wondering why I didn't just quit, I always like to finish a novel in case it comes good and has a brilliant ending. Orphan X didn't. I'm struggling to remember much about it, other than it being a calculated lead in to another three books. No thanks! Count me out! I don't care if Orphan X lives or dies, or chokes on his posh vodka (of which he drinks plenty).
David Baldacci says on the cover, "Read this book. You'll thank me later." Baldacci will be waiting a long time for that "thank you".
Trained to kill, Evan Smoak uses his talents to help those in trouble. If anyone passes on his number and calls him, they will be met with the words, “Do you need my help?” However, when he receives a call from a woman in need of his skills, he finds that it is him that is the target. To make things even more complicated, Evan has spent his time building up a life that is safe, secure and isolated. This armour that he has built around him is about to be pierced by his neighbour, Mia and her adopted son, Peter. For, in Peter, Evan recognises the boy that he once was – long before his life was changed forever.
This really is an excellent thriller. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys fast and furious thrillers, but it certainly has a good depth to the writing, and characters, alongside the constant action. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and discovering the unfolding adventures of Orphan X. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
Obviously its an entirely different concept of main character, but the mood and basic theme of the story is similar.
A great new character Evan Smoak in a Government roundabout way run special Orphan programme to train these individuals for a greater good. As always these programmes run fine up to a point!
I have already purchased the 2nd book in the series and cant wait to get started.
The story of Evan flashes back from his current mission to events in his past which breaks up the story but increases your interest in the character and pulls you forward to reading more.
A great story and one that was difficult to put down.