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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405910704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405910705
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I've read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse that feels like a missile launch. Read this book. You will thank me later (David Baldacci)

Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I've read in a long, long time! (Tess Gerritsen)

Memorable as hell (James Patterson)

The page-turner of the season is Orphan X . . . Wonderful (Times)

Orphan X is his best yet - a real celebration of all the strengths Gregg Hurwitz brings to a thriller (Lee Child)

Orphan X is the most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity ... A new thriller superstar is born! (Robert Crais)

Orphan X is most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense (Jonathan Kellerman)

A new series character to rival Reacher . . . anyone reading Orphan X won't be surprised that a cadre of peers, from Tess Gerritsen to Lee Child, have lined up to praise it (Independent)

A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series (Daily Mail)

'There is a pristine classicism to Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X, which borrows from Robert Ludlum and superhero lore to bring us Evan Smoak, adopted as a child by a shadowy figure called Jack and trained to be an assassin as part of a secret US government scheme. When the Orphan programme (as it is known) is disbanded, Evan moves to California and devotes himself to good works - taking out a slum-landlord paedophile cop, for example, after his victim calls Evan's special number. However, his meticulously compartmentalised life makes him vulnerable . . . Orphan X is tight and tense in all the right places. But it wouldn't work half as well if we didn't feel Evan's pain and share his panic as the worst-case scenario unfolds: another former Orphan, with a less noble agenda, seems to be hunting him. Orphan X is weapons-grade thriller-writing from a modern master (Guardian)

Pure nail-biting stay-up-all-night suspense (Harlan Coben)

Orphan X is not good. Orphan X is great. Whatever you like best in a thriller - action, plot, character, suspense - Orphan X has it (Simon Toyne)

Mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher (Lisa Gardner)

Bond, Frodo, Paddington Bear - some of literature's greatest heroes have been orphans. Add Orphan X's Evan Smoak to the list (Shortlist)

In terms of plot, characters, suspense and innovation, Orphan X is outstanding . . . I've always thought that one reason for Tom Clancy's success was the endless detail he provided about military hardware, and that the James Bond novels benefited from the loving attention Ian Fleming devoted to the martinis, expensive cars and gorgeous women he so admired. Hurwitz outdoes both writers . . . Orphan X is a smart, stylish, state-of-the-art thriller. It's also the start of a series, one that might give Lee Child's Jack Reacher books a run for their money (WASHINGTON POST)

Bestseller Hurwitz melds non-stop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener . . . Evan Smoak is an electrifying character (Publishers Weekly)

A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series (Associated Press)

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'Do you need my help?It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn.As a boy he was chosen, then taken from the orphanage he called home. Raised and trained as part of a top secret programme he was sent to the worst places in the world to do the things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme, using everything he'd learned to disappear. He wanted to help the desperate and deserving.But now someone's on his tail. Someone who has issues with his past. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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So disappointed. This author's first few books were so Incredible - so well written so fast paced so believable. This one i felt swamped by the technical descriptions of the ammo used - it took from the flow of the story, and the love interest bits felt unrealistic.
Will always still read this author - he is amazing tho
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Exploring the issues surrounding child abuse is not usually something I read, but I was so taken with this book, it was horrific to think that it may have happened anywhere, but the story line just grabbed me completely. I wanted to see if justice would be done ! I rate it very highly.
I have enjoyed all of the Gregg Hurwitz books that I have read, but this was outstanding.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2016
Format: Paperback
I'm afraid I didn't like this as much as I expected to: it turns quite quickly into a romp of mindless entertainment with a simple good guys vs. bad guys plot. It feels like a cross between the Bourne films (a secret government programme, on the run with a girl) and Batman where our hero is secretly protecting the good, the innocent and the vulnerable for entirely altruistic reasons (and he even has a version of the Bat cave!) It's set up for a sequel but I'm afraid I'm not hooked.

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While I have enjoyed Gregg Hurwitz’s standalone thrillers, I’ve often wished I could revisit some of his characters in a series. He’s taken that leap back to series with Orphan X, and what a thrill ride it is.

Evan Smoak was approached as a twelve-year-old and trained to become a top member of a program you’ve never heard of. Branded Orphan X, he was sent on multiple top secret assignments involving assassination and other black ops. As thanks, Evan has landed on most wanted lists the world over, including the USA.

When Evan left the program, he set himself up in a fortress in Los Angeles. Now, he spends his time helping people get out of impossible situations.

Only his newest client seems to be more than he bargained for. At their initial meetings, someone shoots up the restaurant where they are. Can Evan save her?

Obviously, this is not the kind of book I normally pick up to read, but when I do pick up one of Gregg’s books, I never regret it because they are such fun. This one is no exception. Evan is a blast to be around. Okay, so he might be a bit of a superhero in some ways, but as the book goes along, we do see the human side of him, and I look forward to seeing him be fully fleshed out as the series continues. I can definitely see how that would happen given some of the supporting characters we meet in this book. They definitely have the potential to really draw Evan out, and they felt very real to me already.

I was tempted to write off the beginning of the book as set up, but as the book continued I fully understood just how important it all was. And once Evan meets with the main client, things really take off and we never look back. This is a delightful ride that left me turning pages as quickly as I could.
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I have just finished reading Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz. What a treat! I loved it. The story, the main character (very interesting personage). The pace is fast and thrilling. The details of places, actions like use of Asian Martial Arts, the description of weapons (not at all in favor), but unfortunately are used quite frequently. The technology of certain devices (communications systems etc.) which I have never heard of or even understand. I wonder well did he get all those secrets "utilities".
Over all this, the hero in the book named Evan Smoak is a secret government (a kind of Bourne Identity), though he is a killer for a good reason (whether this exists) has a complex personality but when reading the book you end up liking Evan and feeling for him. I thoroughly enjoy the book and I have already bought the next sequel. If you want to have an exciting reading, this one is for you.
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This is one of the best thrillers I have read for a long time.
It is well written and, although not believable, the main character has more credibility than most in this genre. He is likeable but a bit too clever for your average Joe. The story line is excellent and surprising. The plot twists and keeps you guessing and keeps you reading. The premise was also unusual and very interesting. I also liked the style of writing and the humane way it is written.
I have read and enjoyed other novels by Gregg Hurwitz but this is the best, in my opinion. It is thoroughly enjoyable and keeps this writer up amongst my favourite thriller writers.
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Decided to read this as it was part of the Richard and Judy Book Club. We first meet Evan as the Nowhere Man whose life consists of helping people who have no one else to turn to. We then discover Evan is Orphan X, trained as a child to be an assassin by a secret Government agency. Another orphan is after Evan, and he puts at risk the people who he's trying to save.

It started off well, but by the end I had lost interest a little and seemed to drag on. The flashbacks for me were unnecessary and slowed the story down. It was an okay read, just not as good as I was expecting.
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