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Hellbent (An Orphan X Thriller) Paperback – January 1, 2017
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- Publisher : PENGUIN (January 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1405928549
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405928540
- Item Weight : 12.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.18 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #977,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I needn’t have lost sleep. “Hellbent” does all of the above, and more. Hurwitz strikes emotional chords like a concert pianist, notes unlike any I’ve seen or felt since one of my favorites of his, “The Survivor.” And despite its bittersweet yet satisfying ending, Hurwitz leaves plenty of untied threads and emotional room for Evan to grow.
Hurwitz has written some terrific books, but in many ways “Hellbent” may be his Best. Book. Yet.
The leader of the termination program, Van Sciver, is also a former Orphan now working for someone within the government dedicated to destroying all remnants of the top secret program and he wants Evan in the worst way. Hoping to use him as bait, Van Sciver catchs up to Evan's former mentor and father figure, Jack Johns. But Johns makes a last request of Evan before dying--find and protect his last remaining protege before Van Sciver does.
This initiates an exciting and suspenseful thriller where significant back story of Orphan X is revealed, new and old characters are fleshed out, an intriguing 16 year-old Orphan, Joey, is introduced, old scores are settled, and a new direction for the Nowhere Man is revealed. "Hell Bent" is somewhat of a temporary conclusion to the first three novels in this series and it also opens the door for the future. Along the way, readers witness the beginnings of a true humanization of Evan as he learns much about the life he was denied while being trained--a humanization forced on him by becoming the protector and mentor to his own Orphan. Hurwitz has created a series and a character that has zoomed to the top of my must read list. Highly recommended.
Evan’s nemesis, the ice cold Orphan Y, Charles Van Scriver, is out to terminate any orphans who have left the programme, especially Orphan X, due to his long held jealousy and desire for revenge. Kidnapping his mentor, Jack Johns, has the intended effect of setting Evan on the warpath, but the unplanned complication of a tough but vulnerable teenage girl means he suddenly has to go about his mission in a very different way.
I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books, especially the returning characters and Evan learning how to be a human being, one step at a time. It’s very violent with some hardcore action scenes as well as some pretty unpleasant torture scenes, but there are also lighter moments and even some highly emotion moments.
As ever there is a bit too much about weapons, hacking and fancy vodkas, but these are now essential parts of these books and I didn’t do too much eye-rolling. The ending sets us up perfectly for the next book which is released in two days time, giving me the perfect excuse to start it very soon as I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it.
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He is still Orphan X, with all the skills and experience to help others as the Nowhere Man but in this book, we see how he is becoming more human. How, he is developing and changing due to his personal relationships.
His ongoing on/off contact with Mia and Peter develops further but it is his protection of Joey, another orphan, rejected by the programme that trained him, that gives him an added dimension.
We now start to see, what his life might have been or could be in the future. But first, he has to tackle the founder of the Orphan programme - a man who has gone right to the top of the US political system.
The President better watch out as Orphan X is out to bring him to justice. I can’t wait to read about that in Gregg Hurwitz next book about Evan Smoak and those he fights to defend.
The action and sophisticated violence that are hallmarks of these novels are here too but, this time, Evan Smoak's icy cold facade is cracked and his innate humanity shows through. In short, there are more feelings on view here than in his previous outings and, here, it works really well. All of these books require quite a high level of suspension of disbelief but Hellbent does stretch that even further; there are some elements of the plot that are, genuinely, incredible. Not least is the timing that allows Smoak to destroy a whole criminal gang in one go.
The character of Joey is extremely well crafted and the ending is such that the reader is teased into hoping to hear more of her in future works. Some of the other characters are less well fleshed out but the story doesn't suffer as a result.
I absolutely loved this book and I'm sure that you will too but, if you haven't yet read the first two in this series, do so before reading Hellbent.
They called him Orphan X, Evan Smoak, The Nowhere Man he used to be a government secret weapon.
Then he ran and became the man you call on when you've nowhere else to turn too, The Nowhere Man.
This time it's a teenage runaway called Joey.
Like Evan she's no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him.
Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do.
Which is where the trouble begins.
Because this might not be about Joey at all.
And if it's not, then it must be about Evan.
But finding out why could kill them both ...
But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.
But Evan isn't the only one after this last Orphan - the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect Joey.
A plucky great character in this book is the young Joey, adds a great touch to this story adds humour and chaos to the well organised life of Evan Smoak, but they do make a great team.
Orphan chasing Orphan, but more do you need to make an exciting story, more Orphans!
Action, pace, humour as usual. Great four star book
One thing that redeemed it was that there wasn't a character in it called Cody, which I half expected there to be, as that would really have been the pits.