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Prodigal Son: An Orphan X Novel (Orphan X, 6) Audio CD – Unabridged, January 26, 2021
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GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the #1 international bestseller Orphan X, the first in a series of thrillers featuring Evan Smoak. He has also written young adult novels: The Rains and its sequel, The Last Chance. Hurwitz's books have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into twenty-eight languages.
Hurwitz is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, The Punisher) and DC (Batman). Additionally, he has written screenplays for many major studios and written, developed, and produced television for various networks.
Hurwitz resides in Los Angeles with two Rhodesian ridgebacks.
Scott Brick first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, AudioFile magazine named Brick a Golden Voice and “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy.” He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert’s bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. Brick has narrated for many popular authors, including Michael Pollan, Joseph Finder, Tom Clancy, and Ayn Rand. He has also won over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards and the AudioFile award for Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense 2011. In 2007, Brick was named Publishers Weekly’s Narrator of the Year.
Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Brick choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (January 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250787939
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250787934
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.17 x 1.11 x 5.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am all about Evan Smoak. He is such a bad mama jammer! I can't get enough of his adventures. This one is no different. Man, I had no idea where the author could possibly take us after book five. This adventure was definitely one I wasn't prepared for!
As in the previous books, technology plays a big part of the book. This one more so than in the previous books. Once you read this one, you will see. Holy moly. The isht in this book blew my mind. My heart was in my throat when the biggest scene came about. I just kept praying this book wouldn't end Evan's story, not after everything that was revealed in this book.
Speaking of the things revealed in this one. I wasn't expecting THAT, until I was. I did put some pieces together before they were revealed, but I think the reader is supposed to at least suspect, so I don't feel ripped off. The confirmation was like an extra cherry for me.
In this book, we get to see more of Evan's transformation. I am loving seeing him warm up into "humanity" slowly from book to book. This one really packs a punch or ten in that aspect. Be prepared to be hit in the gut with a softer side to Evan while him still being the savage beast he's always been.
Sadly, Greg Hurwitz doesn’t write well about emotions and feelings (e.g., love in its many forms). Evan’s reflections on love (especially motherly love) are confused and off the mark. They are almost always embarrassing and painful for this Orphan X fan to read. They are out of place in Evan’s character, as molded by his mentor Jack, even though Jack wanted his assassin to remain a human being.
The PRODIGAL SON plot includes several of the exciting action sequences that one expects from an Orphan X novel. Hurwitz does these extremely well. The novel also introduces a terrifying new military weapon, one controlled by artificial intelligence, that this reader fervently hopes is NOT already in development.
Orphan X fans will certainly want to read the novel, but it’s a great disappointment. Like other reviewers, I believe that Orphan X should have stayed retired. Love and happiness were never in the cards for Evan, and it’s too bad that author Hurwitz had to write PRODIGAL SON to figure that out.
I enjoy the characters: X, Mia, Peter, Joey, Dog the dog, Tommy...and it was a treat to see Candy McClure, orphan V, again.
If poor Dog is stuck inside that apartment always, while Joey pounds away at her computer.
The story ends on a cliff. Sort of. A free fall. Whatever.
I began to listen to the audiobook but the narrator (Scott Brick) adds too much emotional syrup to an already purple prose. He needs to tone it down. So I read the book instead.
Ps. This is book six in a series. I have read them all. I found the various references and reminders to previous books and characters tedious.
1. The use of a novel as a sort of product placement guide. I really dont care about hearing all of the minute details about every single weapon, app, or product that Evan uses. I mean really, every time he pulls out a gun I dont need to know how many grains of gunpowder from whatever manufacturer were in the ammo he was using.
2. I work in software, so maybe it was me, but some of the descriptions of the technical apps and drones were so far over the top as to be science fiction. I like a bit more realism in my X stories.
Looking forward to the next installment (remember the base jumping rig in the flower pot on the balcony?).
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Compared to the last two books, the story isn’t as rigid but the writing is as good as ever. This put a smile on my face and the ending has you checking to see when Orphan X will be back in action.
1) Totally implausible technology: OK I'm cursed with a decent understanding of AI and programming which is what spoilt this book for me: the technology portrayed in this story is probably 30-40 years away at least which made the whole thing a bit jarring - I couldn't reconcile these sci-fi elements with the rest of the setting.
2) Plot anomalies like an academic with no military training managing to disarm Even.
3) Unsatisfying brief face offs between Even and the main badies.
Please, concentrate on the human aspects of the story and lets have less of the bond-on-steroids technology.