The Last Orphan
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
The electrifying new ORPHAN X adventure in the bestselling series – Evan Smoak returns with a mission which could cost him everything . . .
‘A stellar series, and the stories get better with each instalment’ DAILY MAIL
‘[A] witty, satisfying thriller’ SUN
A heavily-armed counter-assault team, a convoy of tactical vehicles plus decoys, air support, a sedative more commonly used to knock out large animals, arm and leg restraints, a hood, mouthguard and a Secret Service Agent asking for a selfie.
This was not your average invitation to meet with the President.
But then Orphan X is not your average guest. The last survivor of the off-the-books programme that raised and trained him, Evan Smoak was sent around the world to do his government’s dirty work. Until he escaped.
Now once again in need of his particular skill-set, the President tracks him down and offers him a deal: kill a man she deems too dangerous or be executed himself.
Evan must decide whether to accept. He’s spent years trying to atone for his former life. But if by taking on the mission he must betray the very principles he now lives by, what is left?
One thing becomes clear to the President soon enough: no one should ever try to force Evan’s hand. Because putting Orphan X in an impossible spot only makes him more dangerous . . .
‘As a crafter of wham-bam action and suspense, leavened with a healthy dose of humour, Hurwitz’s abilities are as fine-tuned as ever’ DAILY EXPRESS
Praise for the Orphan X series
‘Feels like a missile launch’ DAVID BALDACCI
‘Outstanding in every way’ LEE CHILD
‘Weapons-grade thriller writing’ GUARDIAN
‘An immensely entertaining adventure’ THE TIMES
Praise for the Orphan X Series -- - * - * Nonstop action and relentless pacing are matched by deeply philosophical and powerfully emotional undertones. Unlike comparable series that tend to lose steam after several instalments, this series just gets better as it evolves * Publishers Weekly * Hurwitz gives his seventh Orphan X thriller an epic scope, writing with verve and color . . . A crackerjack thriller * Kirkus * The Orphan X series has always been about moral ambiguity and the razor-thin line separating right from wrong, but this novel takes Evan even farther down the dark road than he's been before . . . Evan Smoak is one of thrillerdom's most compelling characters, and Hurwitz keeps revealing new aspects of his complex personality. Another sure-fire hit * Booklist * Sheer escapist fantasy . . . Sharp, stylish prose, an immensely entertaining adventure * The Times * A stellar series, and the stories get better with each instalment. [Evan Smoak is] the man you want in your corner when justice is needed * Daily Mail * 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 his best yet - a real celebration of all the strengths Gregg Hurwitz brings to a thriller -- Lee Child * - * Another jet-fuelled thriller * Shots Magazine * Orphan X is most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense -- Jonathan Kellerman * - * Mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher -- Lisa Gardner * - * 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 not good. Orphan X is great. Whatever you like best in a thriller - action, plot, character, suspense - Orphan X has it -- Simon Toyne 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 * 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 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 * A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series * Associated Press * Don't miss this one * Booklist *
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