Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Narrator: Scott Brick
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
Date Read: April 2016
"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
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.
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Evan Smoak #1
Listened for Review (Brilliance)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Orphan X is a little bit Equalizer, little bit Bourne, and a whole lot of what I will now refer to as “Smoak”!
Quick Thoughts: Orphan X was a really good gritty thriller. The characters will flush out over the series I believe but the action/story-building is really top notch. Smoak is a little mechanical but you kind of expect that as you learn more about his upbringing. As with most of my favorite series, this means this first book he isn’t all that likable (at least to me). I can root for him to bring down the bad guy but that was more to help the victims. Towards the end, I had lots of questions that make me look forward to learning more about Evan and the Orphan program (view spoiler)! Overall I recommend this to every person who likes gritty thrillers that are a bit edgy.
Narrated By Scott Brick / Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
I am a fan of Scott Brick but admit at first I had a hard time getting into the narration. That was until I clicked with Evan’s character. Scott read Evan perfectly for his character (straight forward, a bit bland, and blunt). I have a feeling that his narration of this series will get higher marks from me as the series continues. Though to be honest, in this one I had to read like chapters 3 through 8 (yeah libraries) till I finally got the why of the unusual bland of the reading (seriously Scott can “character” like nobody so I was a little stunned–I understand now)!
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