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  • Will Orphan X’s Retirement Last?

    In the few weeks since Evan Smoak retired, he’s found that adjusting to normal life is more of a struggle than he anticipated, especially since he has nothing to fill his time. The phone calls from Veronica, the woman claiming to be his mother, aren’t helping. He finally decides to meet her, and she asks for his help protecting Andrew Duran from the people trying to kill him. Evan begins tracking down Andrew just to see what his situation is. Will he help Andrew? What might having Veronica in his life mean for him? If you are new to these books, I don’t recommend you start here. Yes, the background you need is given as events unfold, but to fully appreciate the growth in Evan and his relationships with others, you need the full background the earlier books give you. As a fan, I loved those growth moments in this book. Unfortunately, they did come at the expense of the pacing. Normally, author Gregg Hurwitz is a master at keeping the thrills going while developing the characters for us. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great action scenes, and the book always held my interest. It’s just not quite on par with his others. The scenes spent giving us technical information didn’t help with the pacing. Having said that, it’s going to be a long wait until the next book comes out so I can find out what happens next. Being a thriller, this does have more language and violence than my normal selections, so be prepared before you pick it up. Fans will definitely enjoy this book, and if you haven’t started the series yet, I recommend you do so today.

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  • Prodigal Son

    The Prodigal Son is the latest installment of the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz, and is a stand alone story. Mr Hurwitz does an excellent job of incorporating everything from the past that the reader needs to know. Evan, our hero, manages to do the impossible effortlessly. In the Prodigal Son we learn some about Evan's early life. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to review.

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  • Worth investing time in this series

    I would rate this book a solid 4-1/2 stars! Even though it is part of a series, you are not lost with a back story ....this could be read as a stand alone novel! I love this author's style of writing and his characters kept be engaged and entertained until the end of the book! In this novel, you get a glimpse of Evan's troubled childhood and how that has shaped him to be the man he is today! Evan's antics were a little far fetched ..but, I overlooked them, as I was so engrossed in the book ...and, basically, who cares ...I was enjoying this book too much!! There were so many twists in this book that when I thought the story line was coming to an end, I checked how many pages were left and - bang - another turn!!! The ending was one of the biggest shocks, so I will be interested to see how this plays out!

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  • Excellent - Can't wait for book 7

    Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz Orphan X #6 Intense, gripping, action-packed, and thrilling – this series always grabs me, draws me in, and keeps me engrossed from beginning to end. What I liked: * Evan Smoak/The Nowhere Man/Orphan X: an orphan that was molded into a lethal weapon but who still has a moral code. He fascinates me. This story gave more of his backstory and introduced potential for future stories in the series. Evan is conflicted between doing what he does well and was trained to do OR staying in retirement. I am hoping that he will eventually find a way to have a bit more “normal” life in the future. * Andre Duran: the man that Evan is asked to help by a woman who claims to be Evan’s mother. Andre and Evan have more in common than they realize when they first meet in this story. I kept hoping that Andre would make it through to the end of the book and have potential for a future. * Joey: young woman, hacker extraordinaire, taken under Evan’s wing and coming into her own…with Dog the dog. I look forward to hearing more about her in the future. * Mia and Peter: Neighbors of Evan. Mia could be a love interest and in some ways Peter reminds Evan of himself but with a the stability that Evan did not have. * The writing, plot, intensity, and sci-fi aspects of the story though some of the computer jargon was a bit over my head. * Candy McClure/p V: I remember her from a previous book and wouldn’t mind seeing more of her in the future. * Tommy: a good friend with interesting helpful gadgets that Evan often needs in his work * The mysterious woman, who she ended up being, and the information she had to share about Evan’s origins. * The bad guys…so easy to dislike! There were a couple that had a rough childhood but that did not condone their adult choices. * Thinking about how this could be made into a movie and who I might like to see playing the various characters. * Knowing that there will be a book seven… What I didn’t like: * The bad guys…I really wanted them erased! * Thinking about the what-ifs of having the sci-fi aspects of this story becoming a reality. * Knowing how rough Evan had it as a child * Having to wait till book seven is finished to find out what will happen next. Did I enjoy this book? Definitely! Would I read more by this author? Without a doubt!!! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • Another winner!

    Can’t wait for next book in series! Amazing how he writes one great read after another. This one has additional information we’ve been wondering about since book 1.

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