I just finished “Into The Fire”, the latest in the Orphan X series. Gregg Hurwitz is simply one of the best out there, a rare storyteller in the stellar company of David Baldacci, Lee Child, the late Vince Flynn, and the late Tom Clancy. Evan Smoak, who is Orphan X, gets a call from someone needing his help. He has determined this will be his last case, his last person to help out of terrible trouble and danger. What Evan could not predict was how this case would be an onion, and have to have each layer removed the reveal the next layer underneath, and the next, and the next. Full of twists, turns, and danger, Evan must help his friend Max stay alive while Evan attempted to figure out what the real game behind the game behind the game actually was. It takes a masterful hand to even write a novel like this, with the complexity of dozens of plot lines. Yet Gregg Hurwitz does so, and makes it seamless, and most of all, meaningful. I always enjoy a novel that ends well. Not simplistic. Ends well. With redemption. With second chances. With healing. With hope. This is such a novel. So engrossing this novel was, I found myself overcome with emotion near the end, cheering for Max, cheering for Joey, and cheering for Evan. Hope. Such a simple word, but such an immense feeling. Simply one of the best novels I’ve read. And I read a lot.