Orphan X (Orphan X Series #1)

Orphan X (Orphan X Series #1)

by Gregg Hurwitz

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ISBN-13: 9781250097200
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Orphan X Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 36,908
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of many thrillers, including the upcoming ORPHAN X. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 22 languages. He is also a New York Times best-selling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he's written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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Orphan X 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sort of just happened upon this book based on its best-seller status, and thought it sounded interesting. I was clueless!! The storyline was so intriguing, I stayed up all night and finished it in one sitting!! If you are a thriller fan, you'll enjoy this book. I havent read any of the author's other work, but I certainly plan to now. Id rate him right up there with Lee Child, Brad Thor, & better than David Baldacci.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. His books are always the best. Hated for it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, read in one day, could not put it down.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Fast pace, suspenseful. Few too many sub plots
bamcooks 3 months ago
Because Book 4 in the Orphan X series, Out of the Dark, is coming out at the end of this month, the first three books were offered on NetGalley. I jumped at the chance to catch up on this popular and exciting series. Many thanks to the publisher and Gregg Hurwitz for providing me with the opportunity. In Orphan X, Evan Smoak is helping people in trouble who call him on a special phone line. In the first case, a young Hispanic girl desperately wants to protect her younger sister from a sexual predator. Evan's backstory is told in flashes and we learn how he became so highly trained from a young age and by whom and why he is now 'in the wind.' In the next case that Evan takes on, a gambler in massive debt to the Vegas casinos is being hunted by a team of assassins who are holding her father as hostage. Somehow they seem to know Evan's every move. Who is the real target here? Evan is a complicated, intriguing character. He is a highly-trained assassin but seems determined to carry on as normal a life as possible amongst his neighbors in a high-rise condo while living a double life. That of course leads to complications and some humorous, everyday situations: he gets chastised for not attending HOA meetings; is worried about handprints on his Sub-Zero refrigerator; and gets trapped into babysitting an eight-year-old boy. I love that he's a meditator to boot! Exciting action, horrifying and relentless villains, and lots of plot twists keep the reader turning pages. A hero with a heart makes you want to come back for more. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Overly long by about 200 pages but exceptional character development and storyline
valerie holm More than 1 year ago
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz 5 stars Through a series of flashbacks, we see 12-year-old Evan Smoak inducted into the Orphan program. In this highly covert, government-funded program the Orphans become some of the best assassins in the world. Years later Evan has gone underground. No longer an agent he becomes the Nowhere Man, a moniker he obtains due to the number those in need call, 1-855-2-NOWHERE. With his skills, Evan can help those with no other recourse. Ones in dire straights with no way of improving their situation. Defending his latest client becomes difficult as Evan learns his cover is no longer intact, and those from his past are out to kill him. Through a series of flashbacks, we see 12-year-old Evan Smoak inducted into the Orphan program. In this highly covert, government-funded program the Orphans become some of the best assassins in the world. Years later Evan has gone underground. No longer an agent he becomes the Nowhere Man, a moniker he obtains due to the number those in need call, 1-855-2-NOWHERE. With his skills, Evan can help those with no other recourse. Ones in dire straights with no way of improving their situation. Defending his latest client becomes difficult as Evan learns his cover is no longer intact, and those from his past are out to kill him. As I started Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz, I was a little unsure what to expect. Then on page one, there is an acknowledgment "to all the bad boys and girls, rulebreakers, and vigilantes --- for being so wicked that they're good." One of the greatest I have seen. Vigilante stories attract me. Taking an impressive skill set that can harm and using it to help is, well, the stuff of superheroes. And something I can get behind. Evan's handler Jack gives him harsh training to make him the best of his field. Slowly we observe Jack's relationship with Evan goes deeper than the job. Procedures, or commandments, taught to Evan include never let an innocent be harmed. One thing other Orphans don't seem to mind. Jack often tells Evan the hardest part is keeping him human, implying Jack cares he stay that way. Which validates that Evan would choose the path he did after going underground. You can't help but root for him and worry for him. Even hope the brief connections he makes with those outside his job will lead to a personal connection. The author does an excellent job of making Evan sympathetic. Orphan X delivers on the suspense. Whether coming from the tension of his missions or the fear Evan will be found by those seeking to harm him, this story is a page-turner. There is action, and subterfuge, and even a bit of a twist I did not see coming. If I were to mention anything slightly negative, and this is minor, I am lost in the fight scenes sometimes. Specific style names about fighting techniques get lost on me. Usually, I gain definition through context. A fight is a fight. I retain the overall events, but the specific descriptors don't help me much. I finished Orphan X and immediately started Nowhere Man. I am fully rooted in Evan Smoak's world and cannot wait to see what happens next. I was granted an ARC copy of this book by St. Martin's Press through NetGalley for my honest opinion. I encourage every reader to reach their own conclusions.
thicks More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a big fan of vigilante types of reads but for some reason this one caught my eye and I actually enjoyed it. It isn't one of those reads where the characters grab you because I mean like Jason Bourne these folks have no emotional genes so robotic because of what they do and X is that in spades. Watching/reading him processing how to interact with people or people in real life situations is almost painful with the level of immaturity, the type that comes over time with exposure. Then you catch him in action and his responses, the way the author writes them makes you feel like it's automatic, hence the robotic nature. It's a great read watching him go from being hand selected and trained and released which we get mostly through flashbacks. There's trouble brewing and they have made the mistake of drawing X into the mix. Well there's danger, action, intrigue and yup betrayal so tons to keep you entertained. I haven't read this author before but I am intrigued so I will be reading a little more of this series.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Orphan X series, and what a great start to a series. Fast-paced, with a fascinating main character in Evan Smoak. His background is a bit reminiscent of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp character, but Evan Smoak has transformed himself into the Nowhere Man, who uses the skills he learned as a government operative to privately help ordinary citizens who find themselves in extreme danger, and then asks them to “pay it forward” by passing his phone number on to one person who needs his help. But this time he finds himself unsure of who whom he can trust when two different people say his last client has passed his number to them. The end left me anxious to move on to the next book in the series - and to me that’s an excellent recommendation for the first book in a series. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Orphan X series, and what a great start to a series. Fast-paced, with a fascinating main character in Evan Smoak. His background is a bit reminiscent of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp character, but Evan Smoak has transformed himself into the Nowhere Man, who uses the skills he learned as a government operative to privately help ordinary citizens who find themselves in extreme danger, and then asks them to “pay it forward” by passing his phone number on to one person who needs his help. But this time he finds himself unsure of who whom he can trust when two different people say his last client has passed his number to them. The end left me anxious to move on to the next book in the series - and to me that’s an excellent recommendation for the first book in a series. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Gregg Hurwitz - - I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOUR AMAZING BOOK!! Totally enjoyed his writing style along with his amazing characters. Secretive, invisible GO-GOODER Orphan X leaps into action at the ring of his phone. Trained in everything a government asset needs he exists minus humanity. Book has action, hope, but just the hint of romance. Can't wait to read more in this series. A copy of this book was provided by ST. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." BRING ON more in THE NOWHERE MAN.
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a great book. As a fan of the old television show The Equalizer, I really enjoyed this book. Evan Smoak has a lot to make up for. He was raised to be a government assassin, and for a length of time, he killed on demand. When Evan became disillusioned and began questioning the basis for some of his termination orders, he decided it was time to remove himself from government work. In an effort to do good and to make up for some of his more questionable assignments, Evan decides to employ his deadly skills to assist those who desperately need help with a final type of solution. However, to the government, Evan is a loose end. How will Evan handle being both predator and prey?
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Robynn More than 1 year ago
Great book!! I hated for this to end, it was so good and written so well. Love Evan and will continue reading this series. An excellent suspense and action book.
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Hold onto your seat for this thriller! When Evan was young, a man rescued him from the orphanage. He was living a tough life and was happy to go with him. The man, Jack John, became a surrogate father to Evan, he also became his handler. This was an off the books, black ops training program which took children from difficult life situations and taught them to be employed as assassins. He trained him in every imaginable form of self-defense, weaponry, meditation, hand-to-hand combat and intelligence. Evan became one of the best operatives in the Orphan Program. Evan took the last name of Smoak as they never used their real names. As far as the program was concerned, the Orphans were known only by letters—Evan became Orphan X. When the program was disbanded and Jack killed, Evan went into hiding. He grew restless and knew he needed to do something. Using the skills that Jack had taught him, wanting to honour Jack and help others, he became the Nowhere Man, the last resort for a person in desperate trouble. No one knows who the Nowhere Man is, but they know if they call him, he will help rescue them from a seemingly helpless situation. The only way someone can contact him is if he/she is given his contact information by the previous beneficiary of his services. Once they have passed on the number, there is no contact between them anymore. It's a lonely existence, but it is the only existence he knows. When he begins to have feelings for Mia, a single mother in his building and her young son, he is not sure what to do. He does not want to get involved, but he is pulled by the innocence and genuineness of both of them. When something goes awry with his latest client and he realizes that the sniper shooting at them in a restaurant is really after him, he is upset that he is put his newest client in danger. What happens next will keep you on the edge of your seat. I really liked Evan. He was caring and compassionate when he did not want to be, put himself out there to help others, was smart and did not give up. Mia and Peter were the relief in his life and were very likeable. Peter was a curious, funny yet very innocent. Mia had to be strong for Peter, but was just like the rest of us, vulnerable and let it out when she thought no one was around. The suspense was well written and kept you guessing right to the end. There was a little too much killing for my taste, which is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5, but it was an essential part of the plot. If you like thrillers with a lot of action and killing, you will love this book. Even though I am not a big fan of a lot of violence, I still liked it and am getting ready to read the next one in the Evan Smoak Series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
You’ll Definitely Want to Meet Orphan X 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. And that ending makes me wish the next in the series were out already. We get some flashbacks to Evan’s past that help set the scene for this book. They are sprinkled into the beginning of the book but never feel like they slow things down. The fact that they aren’t dumped on us all at once helps not break the pace of the current story. Evan Smoak may be larger than life, but he is going to be a fun character to revisit. Orphan X will leave you breathless for his next adventure.
pmm1963 More than 1 year ago
I loved every page of this book and wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Was reluctant to read it at first as it had been hyped as being so crazy good that I was worried about too much of a build up and being disappointed. It lives up to everything I'd heard about it. At the age of 12, Evan Smoak was removed from an orphanage and went thru some very specialized training. He has since left that life and is simply trying to help people with his set of specialized skills and live an unnoticed life. He has succeeded at this for several years but the past has caught up with him. The book mixes his current life with memories of his childhood and the training he received. The pace of the book is great and it was so much fun to read. I'm torn now between worrying that the next book in the series can't possibly live up to this book and desperate for the next book to come out as I can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner! Readit in 3 days!
tlcaz1 More than 1 year ago
One of the Best Books I've Read In Awhile!!! Gregg Hurwitz's, "Orphan X" is a book I could not put down! It's well written, fast-paced, and filled with neat gadgets. I highly recommend this book!
Twink More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed a number of Gregg Hurwitz's previous books - he has penned quite a few page turning thrillers. His latest book, Orphan X, has just released. It's the first in a planned series - and I'd say it's off to a great start! Evan was plucked from an orphanage at twelve by a shadowy arm of the US government - a covert group runs The Orphan Program. Their mandate? To train assassins. Evan was one of the most successful 'graduates' of the program - until he'd had enough and decided to disappear. Now, he uses his skill set to help those who can't help themselves - he's The Nowhere Man. And that was working - until his past decided to catch up with him. Now, someone has turned the tables and is trying to kill him.... Evan is a strong protagonist - skilled, resourceful, driven - all the characteristics that an action driven lead should possess. But there is a flip side to Evan - he does have a conscience and is determined to protect 'innocents'. It is this flip side that allows the reader to like Evan and hope that he escapes whoever is pursuing him. And what a pursuit! Action and more action! And all of drawn and depicted so clearly that I could easily picture it in my mind. Hurwitz has done his research as well - there were numerous technological tools and obscure skills used that were well detailed. The story isn't straight forward though - who he can trust is a problem for Evan. Are the innocents he's trying to protect really what they claim? Or are they the assassins sent to kill him? The twists of the plot kept me guessing until the final chapters. The book ends on a nice little unexpected scene that just whets the reader's appetite for the next in the series. If you enjoy the Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher novels, will enjoy this one. The movie rights to Orphan X have already been snapped up - Bradley Cooper to produce.
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