The Ninth Orphan

The Ninth Orphan

by James Morcan, Lance Morcan


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ISBN-13: 9780473193133
Publisher: Sterling Gate Books
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 1,304,497
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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.

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The Ninth Orphan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by these two very talented Author’s. It doesn’t seem to matter what genre they write, as I’ve been thoroughly entertained by every story I’ve read so far. The Ninth Orphan certainly caught my attention with the blurb, and it didn’t disappoint. A very good plot having 23 Orphans being trained as black op’s specialist. Sebastian hardly ever heard his real name being said out loud. He became an orphan at a very young age, and the man that looked after him and 22 other orphans called him by a number, and his number is Nine. For many years they had taught him and the other orphans how to be special operators in the Black Op’s world. However, now he’d had enough, and was ready to move on and lead his own life. Nine had been planning this for a while, and he knew the Omega Agency wasn’t going to let him go that easily. So he bought a small deserted island where he could hide in French Polynesia. The Omega Agency had sent him to the Philippines to track down the location of the Yamashita’s gold that had been hidden during World War II by the Japanese. Being worth over a trillion dollars, Nine decided this was his chance to make enough money and disappear forever to his island. Selling the co-ordinates to the treasure to the Chinese for 100 million is going to be harder than he thought. The Omega Agency really wanted Yasmashita’s treasure to secure their financial future, and they are going to do everything they can to track nine down. Special Agent Tommy Kentbridge knows how good Nine is after he trained him for so many years. One of Nine’s skills was changing his appearance, to become someone else. He does have one weakness though, and that compassion, which could be his downfall. Especially when he takes Vanessa as a hostage because she took a photograph of him, and he couldn’t bring himself to kill her. After reading this book you can see why so many other readers have given the Author’s 5 stars, thoroughly deserving. This really is an enjoyable book from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ninth Orphan sits comfortably somewhere in between The Da Vinci Code and The Bourne Identity and has all the necessary ingredients for a good conspiracy thriller. Written in a clean, smooth, punchy style, the story starts in the middle of the action and keeps on running. The protagonist Nine is one of twenty three orphans, raised by a secret organisation, to become highly advanced super spies, and now Nine realises he wants out. One thing that sets this apart from other such thrillers is the weaving of real conspiracies/truths amongst the fictional story. It contains many references to things like the Bildeberg Group, the CIA's mind control project MKUltra, how Africa has been robbed of its resources by wars and big business, as is the set up of the whole world, and so on. (See the authors' non-fiction book The Orphan Conspiracies for a good compilation of such topics.) The other thing that makes this different to your average thriller is the very concept of Nine and his fellow orphans. These are super spies, genetically enhanced, highly skilled, fluent in all languages, able to speed read/photographic memories etc. And, on Nine's journey, it's his being a master of disguise (or more: a chameleon, that can seamlessly blend into a new environment with the blink of an eye) that is most explored. The idea that he is always playing someone else and has never had a chance to become himself or know himself, is central, and as his captive Isabelle joins him for the chase, we see Nine alter in an emotive human way we can all recognise. This is a really good book, but for me, there were a few things that stopped it from being superb. When there was so much originality surrounding the story, I felt a little disappointed at the times when it was all pretty standard thriller plot stuff, and those unique themes weren't explored more. Although Nine's childhood is often referred to, I felt there could have been much more- perhaps flashbacks like the prologue; I kept wanting to know more about the dark side of the orphans being raised. And when such potentially brilliant scenes arise like Cho Wu's acupuncture torture, I just wished the authors had taken things even further to create a darkly memorable scene such as Bond's torture in Casino Royale. (Cho Wu, by the way, is an excellent character- an agent with a sex addiction, which forms a neat little sub story with some much needed humour.) The Ninth Orphan nearly delivered on all cylinders, but just not quite, and I'm hoping that books two and three will satisfy my yearning for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot- The plot to this story is simple. The ninth orphan ( Sebastian ) after all of is life being a slave and doing bad things he wanted freedom. He escaped. But, it's not that simple. Naylor wants him dead because he knows too much about what their doing too orphans so he sends Kentbridge ( Tommy ) and seventeen ( Jennifer ) to terminate him. And they just go on mini adventures which was intriguing. I especially liked the fighting scenes. It was awesome sauce. Characters- Whether you like them or not they all made you feel an emotion. I really liked Sebastian. He was a cool protagonist. As well as the side characters.  The bad- For me it took till I was in the 80-100 to actually get into the book. I'm glad I didn't stop reading. Other than that it's really nothing wrong with this book.  Conclusion- Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This was a really refreshing read. It's different. And I like different. The writing in this book is as well refreshing and different. I liked the characters. They each made me feel an emotion whether I liked them or not. On top of that Lance is a really nice and funny human. I really enjoyed talking to him. I will definitely be going to my bookstore, and will be picking up a copy to put on my bookshelf. I suggest you do it as well. And the ending is just... OMG... XD. Can't keep the smile off my face!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ninth Orphan, is a groundbreaking new conspiracy novel that is truly, worthy of five starsBy producing many excellent movies and writing this groundbreaking and thrilling new conspiracy series, the authors, Lance and James Morcan, hope to quickly convince their international audience of readers that some conspiracies, terrifying secrets and horrendous political facts are much stranger than any fiction. Both authors are world re-known authorities on the subjects of the history of suppressed inventions and conspiracy theories. They are courageous, dedicated researchers and investigators of the truth. They are also gifted writers and expert story-line navigators who have cleverly charted an entertaining yet clearly defined course for their readers through a vast, confusing ocean of lies and global conspiracy theories. I could reveal many tasty morsels of this exciting story for new readers, but enough hints of the complex plot of this fantastic series has already been revealed by numerous reviewers. I know that many of you readers are already fully awake, but do you really want to know the true identities and horrendous plans of the privileged elite and their evil minions who secretly rule the entire world? Now that the era of automation, robotics and AI are maturing, the secret elite that rule over all of us, now openly speak of the vast population of the entire world, as completely expendable U.E.’s (expendable surplus population, and useless eaters. Warning, reading this novel is like opening Pandora’s Box and discovering the Matrix inside it. There are some extremely dangerous global conspiracies and radical ideas put forth in this book, and there are no known antidotes for exposing the thinking mind to the potent light of truth. This is a unique story, a fast paced thriller spy novel that is unlike any other spy novel that you have ever read before. If you are not psychologically prepared to handle the disturbing type of information that is revealed in this groundbreaking new novel, then please don’t read the Ninth Orphan series. The entire cast of fully developed intelligent, extremely complex characters will simultaneously both thrill and horrify you. This is a work of fiction, however, this superbly crafted spy novel is a fantastic read and at least 90% of the conspiracy theories cleverly woven into its brilliant plot are actually based on well documented facts.D. Sinclair Pearson’s five star review of the Ninth Orphan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ninth Orphan by Lance and James Morcan is a book that drew me in instantly. From the introduction of the orphans as children, to the nail biting, how will it all end, ending, I was engrossed in this story. The book begins with the twenty-three young orphans hiking through the woods with a single adult. The young orphan number nine is called upon to shoot a deer the group stumbles upon. He is handed the rifle and is tasked with ending the creature’s misery, but there is a problem. He is unable to take the lethal shot as he empathizes with the pain the creature is feeling. The story then jumps several years into the future and focuses on a now grown orphan number nine. This is a story that has it all. The pages fly by as the reader is submersed in a suspense filled story, with plenty of action and many surprises. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quick read that will not disappoint. This is the perfect introductory story in a trilogy, and I will soon be buying the other two. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Well done, James and Lance. Well done.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I found the premise behind this story intriguing & uniquely shocking.  It was well written with a very solid storyline.  I found that, based on the current action of the tale, I went from being engaged in the story to feeling separated from the storyline.  The story also becomes increasingly faster paces the further into the story you get.  The author’s low key descriptions really highlight the characters and the events that they face.  The intertwining of the various characters and different aspects of the story really tied it all together, as did the HEA.   You really get to know the main character in this story.  The minimal dialogue in the tale really served to keep the focus on the main character.   Some of the supporting cast remains somewhat supplemental to the tail, but at the same time, they are the supporting cast.   Overall this was a very unique story that makes you really stop and think.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy an action-packed spy thriller, then "The Ninth Orphan" is the book for you. Nine is one of the genetically enhanced orphans that was raised by a secret organiztion called Omega to be a trained killer. He is a master of disquise, highly intelligent and referred to only by his number. Nine is tired of being a pawn to be used by the Omega leaders and is determined to break free. The author did a great job developing each cahracter. I can see Nine as a combination of Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible" and Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next installment.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A Very Suspenseful Spy Thriller You Won't Be Able To Put Down!!!!!! OMG! First of all, please know that this book is outside of the genre I have normally read. However, it will not be the last as I found myself unable to put it down. Don't start it when you need to get to sleep! The Ninth Orphan is the tale of one of a group of children who were genetically manipulated and raised from inception to be operatives for a clandestine organization in a very controlled environment. This is the tale of one of those children who makes a break from the organization that has been the only "parent" he knows. BTW, I've now started reading the prequel to this story (and it's awesome!) I look forward to more great reads from these authors!
ScribeWT More than 1 year ago
The ultimate operative Nine rebels against his programming. He wasn’t born he was created. By the Omega Agency, a shadow group, bent on establishing a new world order. They have infiltrated every government, military and Intelligence agency. Nine’s defection threatens to destroy everything.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
He is only known by his number~Nine. Nine grew in Chicago, Illnois at the Pedemont Orphanage is really ultra secret organization of chameleon operatives. Nine only has one rival her number is Seventeen. Seventeen tries to eliminate and destroy Nine every chance she gets. Nine and Seventeen's mentor Tommy Kentbridge is the only father figure they have ever known. Kentbridge knows each and every operative of the Pedemont Project better than they know themselves. Nine performs one last mission for the Omega Group yet makes a bid for his freedom with what he knows. The Omega Leader Andrew Naylor is highly displeases that number Nine has gone rogue and he blames Kentbridge for this situation. Nine is holding sensitive information that Naylor desperately wants in his possession. Nine wants to trade what he knows but everything seems to be going wrong. Isabelle Allegets is out and about taking pictures minding her own business. Nine sees Isabelle right after she's taken his picture. This could be trouble Nine doesn't need. Nine take Isabelle hostage to protect himself and her as well. Will Seventeen and Nine's rivalry end? Will Naylor get what he wants? Will Nine ever be free? What is special about Isabelle? Your answers await you in The Ninth Orphan.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
THE NINTH ORPHAN is a slick spy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story revolves around a secret organization, The Omega Agency, that has raised a genetically-enhanced group of orphans. From the moment they could talk, the children have been trained in all aspects of being a spy/assassin. In this Pedemont Project, no one has a name; they are referred to as a number. Nine has been the best of the best for years doing whatever his superiors have told him, but there is a crack in his perfect veneer. He wants out and that means all out war against the Omega group. In his desperate attempt to escape the clutches of this evil group, he involves the beautiful daughter of a French politician, Isabelle Alleget. She has inadvertently photographed him in a Paris marketplace. There can be no record of him ever being there and now Nine is forced to deal with this unexpected development. And here is his conundrum--his cold and calculating mind cracks further and he cannot do what he needs to do. The authors have done a good job of fleshing out Nine's character. He is the perfect chameleon changing disguises as easily as someone brushing their teeth although I did not find some parts believable that a ruthless assassin would cry--such a 180 degree turn in his personality didn't ring true for me. I would have also liked to be privy to the reason "why" Nine wanted out. What happened that tipped his hand after all these years? That would have helped me understand Nine's motivations better. However, despite this complaint, the story moves along like a bullet train of non-stop action. Throw in a bit of romance, a sex-driven Chinese agent and a ruthless supervisor who wants to kill Nine and you've got an enjoyable read for fans of spy/thriller stories.
Kelly_Coffee More than 1 year ago
Four stars for a compelling read, interesting story and both characters and a world worth revisiting. Ninth Orphan's storytelling and pacing reminded me a great deal of "The Bourne Identity." I've had a lot of people describe reading the Bourne books as "Running with Jason" and "Ninth Orphan" definitely made me feel as if I were "running with Nine." Fast-paced (as the "running would imply), it was compelling enough to read my way through in a day, although it certainly hadn't been my intention to get through it. The writing was overall very fluid, descriptive but without going overboard. Unfortunately, the book didn't leave me with either a rush or a lasting impression. I'm interested enough that I'd like to read the other books--a sequel and prequel due this year--but I'm not feeling that "What do you mean I can't have it sooner?" feeling that would give it a five star review. Oddly, I almost feel the book would benefit from being a little bit longer, allowing you to stay with the characters longer and really get attached to them deeply. Overall, a very satisfying and compelling read, recommended to thriller and conspiracy-lovers.