- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 19, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0198MF8H0
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This is an action-packed thriller like many others; even the premise is not particularly new. However, "orphan raised to kill for the government" is not a cliche, but a convention, for some spy thrillers, just as "one more job and I'm out" is a known type of heist novel and "I love him but he's from the wrong class" is a convention in certain romance novels.You have to use some genre conventions or your novel is not in a recognizable genre.
Where Hurwitz grabbed my attention is in the freshness and excellence of execution. Other reviews have cited Robert Ludlum as an influence; Ludlum never came remotely close to prose this polished and vivid. The main character actually has an emotional arc that is meaningful -- almost unique in the genre, accompanied by Barry Eisler's superb Rain series. The tradecraft seems deeply researched. I was a network security analyst for ten years, certified in information assurance methodologies by the NSA, and I found the "hacking" portions to be foundationally correct (and the futuristic extrapolations based on reasonable extensions of existing tech). The detailed blow-by-blow accounts of the fighting is the first I've seen that surpasses the early Jack Reacher books. The pacing remained brisk throughout. Even the supporting characters typically have more than one note to them and seem rounder than the cardboard cutouts other spy writers prop up as extras.
If you'd like a novel reminiscent of John Wick 2 but with more plausibility and heart, Orphan X should delight you as it delighted me. What a thrill to discover an author this good and see a dozen more titles stretching out before me!
He lives in a penthouse in LA. He interacts with fellow tenants but truly is a man alone.
All of the sudden, Evan feels he is being set up but he doesn't know why or who.
The story got a little bogged down toward the end, but on the whole and enjoyable read with an interesting premise.