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Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel Hardcover – January 30, 2018
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"Hellbent is carved from the same cloth of not only Lee Child, but also David Baldacci, and it proves Hurwitz to be every bit the equal of both of them. This is raw, visceral action writing layered with rare depth and emotion, making Hellbent an early contender for one of the best thrillers of the year." ―Providence Journal
"A beautifully crafted story that builds on the previous two books in surprising and unsettling ways." ―Winnipeg Free Press
"Hellbent is Gregg Hurwitz firing on all cylinders." ―The Guardian (UK)
"Must read!" ―New York Post
"Where there's Smoak, there's firepower. The only thing better than a great book is a series in which each book is exponentially better than the last. It's not a feat that can be pulled off by just any author, but it's viscerally powerful when done right and Hellbent is as right as it gets." ―The Oklahoman
"This is a great novel... do not miss this one." ―Booklist (starred review)
"As well-done as the rest of the series and bloody good fun." ―Kirkus Reviews
"This one is personal... fans of the first two books will enjoy this nail-biting, twisty thriller." ―Library Journal
About the Author
GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, including The Nowhere Man. 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 (The Book of Henry), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.
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I needn’t have lost sleep. “Hellbent” does all of the above, and more. Hurwitz strikes emotional chords like a concert pianist, notes unlike any I’ve seen or felt since one of my favorites of his, “The Survivor.” And despite its bittersweet yet satisfying ending, Hurwitz leaves plenty of untied threads and emotional room for Evan to grow.
Hurwitz has written some terrific books, but in many ways “Hellbent” may be his Best. Book. Yet.
The leader of the termination program, Van Sciver, is also a former Orphan now working for someone within the government dedicated to destroying all remnants of the top secret program and he wants Evan in the worst way. Hoping to use him as bait, Van Sciver catchs up to Evan's former mentor and father figure, Jack Johns. But Johns makes a last request of Evan before dying--find and protect his last remaining protege before Van Sciver does.
This initiates an exciting and suspenseful thriller where significant back story of Orphan X is revealed, new and old characters are fleshed out, an intriguing 16 year-old Orphan, Joey, is introduced, old scores are settled, and a new direction for the Nowhere Man is revealed. "Hell Bent" is somewhat of a temporary conclusion to the first three novels in this series and it also opens the door for the future. Along the way, readers witness the beginnings of a true humanization of Evan as he learns much about the life he was denied while being trained--a humanization forced on him by becoming the protector and mentor to his own Orphan. Hurwitz has created a series and a character that has zoomed to the top of my must read list. Highly recommended.
And a remarkable hero.
An orphan Evan picked up from a terrible foster home and brought up to be a killer for the government.
But,luckily for the sad little boy,Even was trained and taught by a good man who let the boy see the other,human side of life.
The book is about the legacy of that dead mentor of Evan who left a teenage girl Joey for Evan to take care of.
They stay together and fight to survive and the lonely killer grows fond of that vulnerable and strong girl, starting to love her as a father would love a daughter.
And it is incredibly sad for Evan to realize that he can never have a normal life he craves for and a daughter he could love, so he desperately wants to give a new start and a new life to Joey.
Hellbent is a book which made me sad and happy at the same time and feel deep sympathy for the main hero-Evan.
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