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    couldn't put it down

    HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz Orphan X #3 About 1/10th of the way into this book I felt the need to tell my siblings about a new-to-me author that I thought they would like. I was that engaged and impressed by what I had read…as for the book… Evan Smoak aka Orphan X aka The Nowhere Man is a trained assassin that has elements of many alpha heroes in series I have read but is still quintessentially and uniquely himself. He is a killer that lives by a set of “commandments”; he has trouble with emotions or at least reading his own; he helps others through a system he has devised that pays it forward and he is a man that in this book seeks justice and revenge for the death of a man that was closer to him than a father. As I read I found out more about Evan and the more I learned the more I wanted to get to know him better. Not having read the first two books did not hinder me but I do want to find the books in the future and read them, too. As Evan sought more information about the death of his mentor he finds a clue from the deceased that sends him to pick up a package. Evan soon realizes that the package is really a teenage girl that has also been plucked from a foster home to become an operative…but she ran away, is being chased for elimination, damaged, lethal and wary. Watching Evan deal with Joey and actually beginning to care for her - almost as his trainer cared for him - was an intriguing and engaging. This book is one that I could not put down. I cared about the characters and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and just how Evan would manage to get revenge, take care of Joey, deal with a request that comes in to right a wrong as part of his pay it forward sideline, where the story would end and what might be suggested as a theme for the next book. This book has graphic violence that includes torture and murder. It is excellently plotted and the writing style is a joy to read. I am eager to read whatever book by this author that happens to come my way. So what did I hear back from that email I sent to my siblings? Well, this morning when I got up there was an email from my sister who told me she has read the first two books in the series, truly enjoyed them and is happy I found this series to read, too. And, I am happy I found this book to read because it provided me with a name to keep an eye out when looking for books to read. 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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    Evan Smoak Orphan X series continues to captivate

    Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz is book three in the Evan Smoak Orphan X series. Every installment can be read as a stand alone, but are more enjoyable when read in order. In Hellbent the need to eliminate Evan, previously an active government assassin known as Orphan X, is becoming more imperative for Sciver. The current project runner of the Orphan program catches up with Evan's former handler Jack. Sciver plans to torture Evan's location out of him and assassinate Jack to induce a reaction from Evan that forces him out of hiding. Hellbent takes on an emotional undercurrent that the other two books have only touched on. Evan is facing his past, his desire for a better life and the consequences the Orphan program created for him. He is now painfully aware of how unequipped he is at dealing with human connections. The addition of Joey serves as a reflection of his past and the turning point in his life that made him what he is. I was just as invested in Joey's salvation as Evan. I want more than anything for both characters to experience a human connection, a sense of normalcy and to not feel so alone. As always with this series, the action of Hellbent is fast-paced and smart. I spend most of my time on the edge of my seat. Often I do not see a solution for Evan's conflicts, which is quite nerve-wracking. And I love it. Now my eight-day binge reading of this series is over. Only a few months to go before the next installment, which is already on my to-read list. I was granted a copy of this book by St Martin's Press, through Netgalley, for my honest opinion. I encourage all readers to reach their own conclusions.
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    loved it!

    A fast paced, action packed pageturner with endearing characters. One of my favorits. Only downside is that i have to wait another year for the next release.
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    Great Series

    HOOKED ON HERWITZ's ORPHAN X SERIES!! Read 1,2, and 3 all in a row and now (SAD FACE) have to wait awhile for the next to see what Evan Smoak will pull off. This HERO/ASSASSIN has a heart and is ready to "DO YOU NEED MY HELP" phone to get calls. Loved the addition of the human factor in the form of a teenage girl. JUST AN EXCELLENT SERIES BY AN AUTHOR WHO IS SKILLED AT WRITING! 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."
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    Continues to Deliver

    In this, the third book in the Orphan X series, Gregg Hurwitz delivers another fast-paced, action-packed story with his fascinating main character, Evan Smoak. Evan is evolving again as he tries to open the door to let others into his life a millimeter at a time. Unfortunately he's well-aware that his former life as Orphan X makes it dangerous to be part of his life. Add to that his current life as the Nowhere Man, using the skill set he learned as Orphan X to help people in extreme danger. This time though he's trying to help teen washed-out orphan, while he continues to be pursued by another orphan who's been tasked with eliminating him. At the same time, he's grieving the loss of his mentor/father figure, AND he's attempting to help his next Nowhere Man "client". As usual, there's a lot of action, and once again the ending of this one left me ready to move on to the next one - which sadly won't be released until January 2019. Well played, Mr. Hurwitz, well played. Just take my pre-order money now! Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
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