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Out of the dark, Gregg Hurwitz

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Out of the dark
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Out of the dark
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Gregg Hurwitz
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  • "A shocking stunner in every way. The perfect thriller."--Robert Crais When darkness closes in--he's your last, best hope. Evan Smoak returns in Gregg Hurwitz's #1 international bestselling Orphan X series. Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets--i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past is catching up to him. Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan's mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States. But President Bennett knows that Orphan X is after him and, using weapons of his own, he's decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X--the first recruit of the Program, Orphan A. With Evan devoting all his skills, resources, and intelligence to find a way through the layers of security that surround the President, suddenly he also has to protect himself against the deadliest of opponents. It's Orphan vs. Orphan with the future of the country--even the world--on the line
  • Since the age of twelve, Evan Smoak was Orphan X: raised and trained as part of off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets-- i.e. assassins. Now his past is catching up to him-- someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program. Striking back, his target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States. But President Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X: the first recruit of the Program, Orphan A. -- adapted from jacket
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  • Evan Smoak roars back with a vengeance in the fourth Orphan X thriller. Smoak, a former assassin for the U.S. government (he now comes to the aid of people who need his special skills to solve their problems), has decided that there’s only one way to avoid suffering the deadly fate of several of his fellow Orphans: he must kill the man who set in motion the plan to exterminate the Orphans and, thus, erase the program's existence. There’s one small hiccup, though: the man behind the plan is now the president of the U.S., the most protected person in the world. Given that each entry in the Orphan series finds Evan tackling his most difficult mission so far, one might think that, by the fourth time around, the author might be falling into the trap of so many movie sequels that must be bigger and more explosive than what came before. But, no: this installment is as tightly plotted, efficiently written, and, yes, as curiously plausible as its predecessors. If Jack Reacher fans haven't checked out Smoak yet, they're missing a sure bet. -- David Pitt (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 4, p26)
  • /* Starred Review */ Evan Smoak (aka Orphan X) faces his biggest challenge yet in bestseller Hurwitz’s explosive fourth Orphan X novel (after 2018’s Hellbent). Taken from a foster home at 12 and raised in the Department of Defense’s deep black ops Orphan Program, Evan has long since left the fold and now operates as the Nowhere Man, a private force for vengeance for those in need. The one-time head of the program, Jonathan Bennett, is now the U.S. president and is using all of his official and unofficial resources to eliminate the remaining orphans. Bennett is particularly focused on Evan’s first mission in 1997, and Evan’s only conclusion is that he must kill the most protected man in the world. Meanwhile, there’s a young man in L.A. who needs Evan’s special form of channeled violence and an incipient relationship with a single mother district attorney to pursue. Chases, hand-to-hand combat, and gunfights make the short chapters speed by like automatic gunfire. Hurwitz is at the top of this game in this gritty thriller. 150,000-copy announced first printing; author tour. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/29/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 44, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Evan Smoak returns in another rousing "Orphan X" story from Hurwitz. The Orphan program, a Bourne-like secret project hidden in the U.S. Department of Defense, involves children recruited from orphanages to be trained as snipers and operatives in secret missions. This latest picks up speed immediately in the aftermath of the killing of Evan's mentor in Hellbent, and is darkened by Evan's desire for revenge. His target is President Jonathan Bennett, who, as secretary of defense, assigned Evan his first mission as Orphan X—a mission, unbeknownst to Evan, that was undertaken for Bennett's personal benefit. Bennett has now enlisted Orphan A to kill all the remaining former agents in the Orphan program in order to hide his involvement. VERDICT Fans of the previous books in the series will not want to miss this latest installment featuring a complicated, swift-paced plot involving numerous twists plus a surprise ending—the essentials that make up a great thriller. Enthusiasts of suspense dramas should plan to stay up all night reading this one. [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/18.] --Vicki Gregory (Reviewed 12/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 20, p52)
  • Evan Smoak aims high in this fourth bloody installment in the fast-moving Orphan X series (Hellbent, 2018, etc.). Evan is Orphan X, and he is on a daunting mission: "Killing the President was going to be a lot of work." To be sure, the morally corrupt President Bennett is trying to cover up his crimes by wiping out everyone in the darker than dark Orphan program that he once oversaw. The two men know they're out to get each other, and Bennett is "the most inaccessible and heavily guarded man on the face of the planet." Further, Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Naomi Templeton is given the job of protecting him against X, so simply shooting up a presidential motorcade won't cut it. Meanwhile, there's a distinct subplot—fans already know that Orphan X is the Nowhere Man, who helps certain people who call his encrypted cellphone. This time the desperate caller is Trevon Gaines, who's found his entire immediate family slaughtered but is kept alive by the drug-smuggling killers who call him a "retard." Trevon is a highly sympathetic character who notices precise details wherever he looks, only eats yellow or orange food, and frets about the "Scaredy Bugs" in his head. Protecting him and his lone remaining relative is a side job for Orphan X that lets him do what he does best: kill a lot of criminals. Oh yeah, and there's a dude called Orphan A who doesn't have his fellow orphan's best interests at heart. The plotting is clever, the action is nearly constant and usually over-the-top, and X has something resembling a moral core. Bad guys get what bad guys deserve, and we don't need no stinkin' due process. Hurwitz fans will certainly enjoy this latest entry in the series, while those unfamiliar with it might like to read the books in order. They'll be hooked. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
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Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew
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813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.U695
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O98 2019
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fiction
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Series statement
The Orphan X novels
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0004
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  • Vigilantes
  • Assassins
  • Assassins
  • Vigilantes
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the return of Orphan X
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Out of the dark, Gregg Hurwitz
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First U.S. edition.
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388 pages
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9781250224361
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2018029794
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25 cm
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First U.S. edition.
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388 pages
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9781250224361
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2018029794
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rdamedia
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