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The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Morcan , Lance Morcan
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Book Description

The #1 Best-Selling Spy Novel on & Amazon UK*

How do you catch a man who is never the same man twice?

That is the question posed in The Ninth Orphan, a top-rated international thriller novel and the first book in The Orphan Trilogy.

An orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man's life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

But can the ninth-born orphan ever get off the grid? To find out you'll need to go on a tumultuous journey around the globe to such far-flung locations as China, France, the Philippines, Andorra, America, England, Germany and French Polynesia. The frenetic cat-and-mouse chase moves from airports to train stations and hidden torture prisons, taking the reader on a shocking, nail-biting ride into the world's closet of skeletons that goes beyond conspiracy theories to painful reality.

Fast-paced, totally fresh and original, filled with deep and complex characters, The Ninth Orphan is a controversial, high-octane thriller with an edge. Merging fact with fiction, it illuminates shadow organizations rumored to actually exist in our world. The novel explores a plethora of conspiracies involving real organizations like the CIA, MI6, and the UN, and public figures such as President Obama as well as the Clinton, Marcos and Bush families.

Tackling genetic selection, mind control and secret societies, The Ninth Orphan exposes a global agenda designed to keep the power in the hands of a select few. The novel's antagonists are members of a shadow government acting above and beyond the likes of the White House, the FBI, the Pentagon and the NSA. Could something like this ever take place? Or, is it already taking place right now?

This unique and unpredictable thriller also has a poignant, romantic sub-plot. The story contains the kind of intimate character portraits usually associated with psychological novels.

Buckle up for a wild trip full of death-defying action, cloak and dagger intrigue, unexpected role reversals and surprise endings.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Orphan Factory, The Orphan Uprising and Fiji: A Novel), The Ninth Orphan is Book #1 in The Orphan Trilogy. A feature film adaptation of The Ninth Orphan is also currently being developed.

*Ranked #1 in the Spy genre on and Amazon UK during Dec 2011-Jan 2012

★★★★★ "Nail biter to the end" -My Scribe World
★★★★★ "I'd recommend this book to hungry thriller fans"
-Jason Letts (author of 'The Inevitable Trilogy')
★★★★★ "One hell of a great story" -Random Writings Book Reviews
★★★★ "If you're keen on spy stories, international espionage or conspiracy theories, give this fast-paced book a try!"
-Coffee2Words Reviews
★★★★★ "I was drawn into the world of espionage, assassins and DNA alterations"
-Lynelle Clark (author of 'A Pirate's Wife')
★★★★★ "Intense suspense that will keep you up at night turning pages"
-Phoenix Book Review
★★★★ "A slick spy thriller" -Two Ends of the Pen
★★★★★ "A major must read!" -A Bit Of Everything Reviews
★★★★★ "First-rate thriller" -J.B. DiNizo (author of 'Comings and Goings')
★★★★★ "Action packed - intense - gripping - edge of the seat"
-Review of Books For You
★★★★★ "For any spy thriller fan The Ninth Orphan is not to be missed!"
-Vickie McKeehan (author of 'The Evil Trilogy')

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    About the Author

    Lance & James Morcan are a father-and-son writing team based Down Under. Lance is a novelist/screenwriter/film producer living in New Zealand, while James is an actor/novelist/screenwriter/producer based in Sydney, Australia. They have co-authored four published novels which includes the international spy thriller series 'The Orphan Trilogy' ('The Ninth Orphan', 'The Orphan Factory', 'The Orphan Uprising') and the historical adventure-romance 'Fiji: A Novel'. Their production company, Morcan Motion Pictures, is developing The Ninth Orphan and Fiji into feature films.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1002 KB
    • Print Length: 274 pages
    • Publisher: Sterling Gate Books (16 Jun. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0056I4FKC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The Ninth Orphan ranks amongst the best thrillers I have ever come across and I am really pleased to have been given the chance to read it as I would never have naturally picked it up. With every emotion from pure fear to grief to even a little romance, this novel hits all the bases and doesn't disappoint.
    The Ninth Orphan is an extremely fast paced thriller as we follow the curiously named Nine as he attempts to free himself from the corrupt agency he was born into and begin again as a free man. The story follows Nine in the present but constantly we're given crystal clear flashbacks to his childhood as part of the Pedemont Orphanage programme, where, along with twenty-three other orphans, he had a less than regular upbringing.
    From the first chapter, we're given a hint at the kind of character Nine might be, despite his future as a faultless assassin and as the novel continues so does our understanding and belief in his character. What I loved most about this novel was Nine's fantastic chameleon abilities, which lead to the Chinese agents on his tail to dub him `Changing-Face Dragon'. Wherever and whatever he's doing Nine is able to mould himself a new disguise from busty blonde to Sikh gentleman, the opportunities are endless and barely believable.
    Once on the run, Nine finds himself in France and his mentor-cum-father figure Tommy Kentbridge is on his tail along with one of his fellow orphans, known by her number, Seventeen. Nine knows time is short and it isn't exactly the moment to be getting caught up in romantic affairs yet this seems to be on the cards and when things don't look like they could get any more complicated, they do.
    Fast paced, full of twists and turns and exactly what anyone would want from a thriller - sensational.
    Bethan Townsend, The Kindle Book Review
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not Like Any Other Orphans I've Ever Read About! 3 Oct. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    OK, so when I was asked to review this book, I looked at the title and said to myself jokingly, “I don’t have time to read a book about an orphan.” When I SAW the cover of this book, I said to myself, “An orphan with a gun? OK, I seriously don’t want to read it now.” But, in my world, your word is golden…I said I would review, and so I was going to! What I’m about to say next, is why you should never judge a book by it’s cover OR it’s title: “CAN I GIVE IT TEN STARS?!!!!” THAT’S HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS!

    You know, it’s getting extremely common to see some reviewers write “It hooked me from page one,” and since that very common line is annoying to me, I won’t say it (but I am thinking it!). I found myself reading this book in the shower (among other places in “that” room that I’m too much of a lady to say), any place I had to sit and wait (think doctor’s office, in the car waiting for kids, etc.), at the dinner table (to the chagrin of my family), and even in the dark of night when I should have been trying to get some sleep (which by the way, I never get but I’m so thankful for the white back-light on my Samsung Galaxy tab because it was blinding bright, and it kept me awake!). THIS book should be turned into a movie, and if it ever is, I will be the first in line to see it! IT…WAS…SO…GOOD! And the writing was STELLAR as was the editing! You all know how those two things make me the happiest Lion in the jungle.

    These authors were so good at crafting a perfect story and a perfect storm…creating characters and events that were so intriguing and thrilling, I was literally smiling at the really crafty parts where The Ninth Orphan (Sebastian), continually eluded capture from his former “family” at the Omega Agency.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Great book, excellent story line and easy to get drawn in. Sebastian (the ninth orphan) is a very sympathetic character and you desperately want him to escape. The intrigue and mystery around his mother is never quite satisfied, and you are left wanting more and hoping to find out more in the 2nd and 3rd book of the trilogy - only they're not available in book form, only Kindle - and I'm certainly not going to buy a Kindle just for that reason, much as I want very much to read The Orphan Factory and The Orphan Uprising! Found myself wondering how the father and son writing team worked, whether they took turns by the chapter - or what? Occasionally, I thought I had found a tiny bit of repetition - but generally the crossover is seamless. Do hope the book versions of nos 2 and 3 are available soon!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Ninth Orphan 3 Oct. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The Ninth Orphan
    James & Lance Morcan

    Imagine a 31 year old man who has been bred and trained from birth to be the perfect secret agent. In the course of his job, he finds a huge fortune in booty previously squirreled away by the Japanese in World War II which just happens to be worth about 250 billion dollars. Actually, his job was to find this fortune for his employers to help finance their efforts to take over the world. Yes, "take over the world".

    He has had growing discontent in his job, realizing that if he tries to leave, he will become the next "mission". The defection of any of the agents bred and trained by this super secret organization cannot be tolerated. The location of this treasure trove becomes his opportunity to break away once and for all, and live like a fairly normal human being. The agent decides he can sell this secret instead of reporting it to his bosses and disappear for the rest of his life with the proceeds. Realizing there are not a plethora of candidates that make up a market for his "goods", he contacts the Chinese (who most of the treasure trove was stolen from in the first place) and arranges a sale of 150 million dollars for the secret.

    This is the beginning of a tumultuous journey involving the kidnapping of a beautiful French photographer, who just happens to be the daughter of a very high profile, influential retired diplomat. Throw in pursuit by Omega (the super secret organization), the CIA, MI6, the Chinese, travel from Baguio in the Phillipines to Paris, France and every twist and turn than you can imagine. That's just it, you can't imagine it.

    Sound a little over the top?
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