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"Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate. But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program. But Evan isn't the only one after this last Orphan--the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250119179
Characteristics: 406 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Hell bent


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Oct 05, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Action packed, but also humorous and touching. This is the third book in a series that just keeps getting better and better.

Evan is back, and out for vengeance. His mentor Jack has a final wish - for Evan to “get the package.” As Evan is not one to disappoint, he’ll do anything to fulfill that wish and once he does, his life changes in ways he never imagined possible.

The network of Orphans are being directed by a very unexpected source. Once they and their allies begin to close in on Evan, he has no choice but to do what he does best...wreak absolute havoc. Along the way he just happens to help a few innocents out as well. What else could you expect from the Nowhere Man?

Pros: I’m not sure what it is about these books, but I just love them...a refreshing change from my usual fare, and I find them so unexpectedly funny in places.

Cons: Won’t stretch your intelligence much, but super fun.

Always worth reading, but make sure you start with Book One (Orphan X) and Book Two (Nowhere Man), or you’ll miss out on quite a lot of character development/history.

5 stars

May 15, 2018

This is the 3rd book in the Orphan X series. Evan’s mentor’s last request is for Evan to take care of Joey, a 16 yr old orphan program washout that he had been protecting. She was a nice addition to the series. She brought out the softer human side of Evan and having her around gave him a connection to Jack Johns. I hope she continues to be a part of the series. The book was fast paced and full of action as Evan and Joey go up against Evan’s nemesis Orphan Y to prevent him from killing the remaining Orphan program operatives.

Apr 02, 2018

This novel isn't the type of thriller I like. It had several introductory chapters which finally established the plot; it had too many detailed descriptions of gun usage; it had lengthy accounts of hacking done by a 16 year old girl whose background would negate such knowledge; it had varied action scenes that provided step by step depictions; it had comic book style action heroes/characters; it had an older man working with a teenage girl; it showed a wealthy lifestyle spinning around crime. It was a novel that had these features consistently to its end - not my type of book.

Feb 09, 2018

Just enough humanity to counter the superman effect. Outstanding action and suspense. The technology is great. Plot great.

Feb 08, 2018

It is scorched earth time for Evan Smoak. He was originally known as Orphan X from his time as a deep black government assassin trained from childhood in the Orphan program. Later Smoak became known as The Nowhere Man, helping people who have nowhere else to turn. But now Smoak is out for revenge on his own account, in scorched earth revenge seeking the death of the twenty-five men who were involved in the death of Smoak’s beloved mentor, Jack Johns. A sort of perverse 47 Ronin.
Johns has contacted Smoak minutes before his death by the hand of Charles Van Scriver who has taken over the Orphan program for his own aims. Orphan X has played the great white whale to Van Scriver’s Ahab, but this time Van Scriver has the highest backing and he can’t let Orphan X outsmart him again.
To add to Smoak’s grief and anger, Jacks has left Evan a present in the form of a sixteen year old runaway from Van Scriver’s personally run Orphan program. To add to Smoak’s revenge he must keep the runaway, Joey Morales, alive with the goal of saving her from the Orphan program.
The excitement starts from page one and just keeps on building. Evan is used to flying solo, this time he has to accept the aid of a friend and from his temporary ward.
Hurwitz’s usual smooth writing is in evidence along with his intricate plotting and fascinating characterizations. This book is not all action; there are themes of redemption, sacrifice, and forgiveness.
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.


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