The Resource Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz

Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz

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Orphan X
Title
Orphan X
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Gregg Hurwitz
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Language
eng
Summary
Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets---i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear. Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. And will exploit Evan's weakness---his work as The Nowhere Man---to find him and eliminate him
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Award
RUSA Reading List, 2017.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ At the age of 12, Evan is taken from his group home to join an under-the-radar government project called the Orphan Program. Handler Jack Johns trains him physically, mentally, and emotionally, molding him into a weapon for solo, offline covert operations, even helping him select a new last name, Smoak. As Orphan X, Evan is so successful that, along with Orphan O, he’s considered the best of the best. But when his last hit is misrepresented, and he’s told to take out a fellow Orphan, he quits. As a pro bono freelancer, now called Nowhere Man, with a pay-it-forward operation, he asks only that the last desperate person he helped give his number to one other person in similar need. Which works until Morena Aquilar needs him to stop an LAPD detective who’s cultivating young sex slaves, and Evan later gets requests from two persons supposedly referred by Morena. In trying to determine which one to trust, he finds that he himself is the target. Knowing that this is the start of a series reduces tension only a sliver in this high-tech, nonstop thriller. Hurwitz, known for this kind of adrenaline-producing fiction (notably The Survivor, 2012), adds enough humanity to the action to make this a standout, and readers should get in at the start.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As if a big print run and marketing plans weren’t enough, screen rights have already been sold, with Hurwitz doing the screenplay and Bradley Cooper as producer and possible star. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 11-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 5, p32)
  • /* Starred Review */ Bestseller Hurwitz (Don’t Look Back ) melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener. Evan Smoak, who was trained to be an assassin under the government’s secret Orphan Program, is now a rogue operator known as the Nowhere Man with a mission to help those in need. As payment, each of his clients refers him to another innocent person in trouble. But Evan becomes the hunted when he tries to help Katrin White, whose father will be killed unless she pays gambling debts. A sense of authenticity permeates the story, no matter how outlandish the tech toys or over-the-top the action. Evan is an electrifying character who chooses daily to do good. Run-ins with his L.A. condo board add a bit of levity while a growing relationship with neighbor Mia Hall and her eight-year-old son, Peter, reinforce that a normal life is just out of Evan’s reach. Movie rights were sold to Warner Bros. 100,000 first printing. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 9, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 45, p)
  • Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man, trained as an assassin in a shadowy black box orphan program (he was Orphan X) and now dedicated to helping those with nowhere else to turn. Unfortunately, someone aware of his past is trailing him. First in a new series from the New York Times best-selling author. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 13, p56)
  • Kicking off a new series, Hurwitz (Don't Look Back, 2014, etc.) sets young Evan Smoak, a one-time government assassin, to work as a pro bono equalizer—one call brings a criminal to justice. The 9/11 terror attacks made major bad guys targets for undercover termination, and so a darker-than-black government agency created the Orphan Program. That group trained throwaway kids as the world's most efficient assassins "for solo, offline covert operations." Then "drones changed everything," and the Orphans were left in limbo. Orphan X, Evan, decided to freelance, his impetus being his belief that his Orphan mentor (and substitute father), Jack Johns, was murdered. Soon, a Hezbollah arms chief, a dealer in fissile material, and a serial rapist receive Evan's justice. All it takes is a quick call to his victim's hotline, 1-855-2NOWHERE. Evan's back story arrives in short, scene-style chapters. The primary narrative follows Evan as he takes on new projects. His lair is a luxury Los Angeles condo, the atmosphere set by neighboring busybodies, where he has a secret vault with Google-level technology. Hurwitz offers a glimpse of Evan's modus operandi as the assassin eliminates a dirty cop coercing an immigrant teen into prostitution. Then the tale spins down into double crosses and duplicities as Evan becomes a target and other former Orphans enter the fray. High-tech gadgetry abounds—microscopic internal GPS transmitters, a "fully pixelated contact lens" for digital communication—but Evan is old school too, mastering esoteric Filipino, Japanese, and Indonesian martial arts. Hurwitz closes with an unexpected narrative left turn, but even though he's painted Evan adequately, including vague hints of possible romance with neighbor Mia, a widowed single mother, Evan will need another adventure or two before he grows into an empathetic hero. With his digital-age The Avenger, Hurwitz races by minor plot holes and spins a web of relentless intrigue with bursts of tensely sketched violence.(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457512
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Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Orphan X
Series volume
1
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  • Vigilantes
  • Assassins
Target audience
adult
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Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz
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Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
St. Martin's paperbacks edition.
Extent
402 pages
Isbn
9781250097200
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Label
Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz
Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
St. Martin's paperbacks edition.
Extent
402 pages
Isbn
9781250097200
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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