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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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As I said, this is the third in series and I would very much recommend that you do read the previous two books first. There is the usual catch-up to be found within this volume but it really only stands up as a memory link as to what has gone before rather than a proper catch up, if you get the difference.
One of the things I really love about Evan is that he is committed to what he believes in. He is dedicated to his new personal of The Nowhere Man and, even with his own, and others' lives in peril, he still answers his phone and helps others.
This time, a lot of the plot is techno based rather than pure action, which we do get more than our fair share of, if you're worried... luckily Evan has a bit of help in that side of things and the two of them rub along more or less on a personal front but, professionally, when the chips are down, they complement each other perfectly. Well, as much as their differences will allow!
It's a lot less repetitive than book two but I was pleased to see that Evan has kept up his numeracy practice as he continues to count - a skill that keeps him alive on more than one occasion. It's also a lot more personal, especially for Evan who has to deal with some pretty heavy emotional stuff right from the start. Then, as things go on, he starts to build up a bigger picture of the Orphan project that he has escaped from. I say escaped, no one ever leaves, which is really the crux of the matter and in this book, we see what happens to others when they tried.
With the first two books, I read them both first and then also listened to the wonderful Scott Brick narrate the Audiobook version. He really brings the story and characters to life and I really can't wait to get my hands on his imagining of this book too.
Characterisation is what really sells this story to me. I don't quite know exactly why but I really believe in Evan as a character and kinda like him as a person too. Probably in a motherly way but, hey, it's all valid! With what he has been through, to come through it all and still be caring and compassionate and with what he does to help others, just touches me so much. Oh that and being a bit kick-ass gung-ho, that helps too! I also like the way he is developing through the series, even considering that quite a fair bit is told as backstory, Evan has remained true to his timeline and the way he is evolving in the present, and indeed learning new skills both professionally and personally, makes him all the more interesting and fulfilling a character. I'd love to shoot the breeze with him over a vodka one day...
Anyway, all in all, a cracking addition to what has catapulted into being one of my favourite series. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
Picking up from The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel #2.0 Smoak is more than a legend. He is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. A dangerous past. Well-equipped and trained. Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and prepared as part of the Orphan Program. Evan was Orphan X. An expendable assassin who went where the U.S. Government would not and did what they could not.
Jack had fought for Evan to stay human even while teaching him to be a killer. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. Eight years ago he had gone rogue.
He helped the desperate with no place to turn. People suffering at the hands of unrepentant and vicious abusers. Now every incoming call comes to 1.855.2-Nowhere. Then it emerged through the receiver of the RoamZone.
He always answers: “Do you need my help?”
This time, the voice on the other end was familiar. Jack Johns. Jack was the one who had plucked Evan from foster home to the inside the Department of Defense. He was the only father he had ever know. If he was calling this line, he must be in mortal danger. Indicating he must be up against what other might consider world-destroying trouble. An emotional call.
Hurwitz cranks up the intensity, with Van Sciver, using all the assets to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.
His top priority is to stamp out wayward Orphans. Anyone who has retired. Anyone who had not made the cut. Anyone who had tested questionable for compliance. The only Orphan who had ever gone rogue. The best way is to go after his handler.
Jack gives Evan a final mission.
Would a long-buried secret from Jack’s past lead him to Van Sciver? Hurting Jack Johns would hurt Orphan X. The Commandments. A girl. Joey. The package. Can she help? A sixteen- year-old?
Evan is determined to put a bullet through Van Sciver’s skull after his beloved father figure dies. Their history stretched back to three decades to a boys’ home in East Baltimore. Van Sciver held the keys to the kingdom and Evan was the fugitive.
“Jack had taught Evan that the hard part wasn’t being a killer. It was staying human. He was superb at the former. And growing proficient at the latter. “
A superbly created series. Highly entertaining! Fans will delight. Will there be another upcoming book in the series? We can only hope.
Read My Reviews:
Orphan X #1
Buy a Bullet #1.5
Nowhere Man #2.0
A special thank you to St. Martins Press and #NetGalley for an early reading copy. JDCMustReadBooks
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Orphan X ( novels ) are hard to put down. Escapism at it's finest!
Joey was a genius add on, can't wait to read the next book as soon as it comes out