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Buyer Beware: Buy A Bullet is a VERY Short Story
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2018
I've read all of Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X/Nowhere Man/Evan Smoak novels. I've found them to be a very entertaining and a well-conceived and executed take on the genre featuring 'loner' action-adventure-mystery-crime protagonists (e.g., Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher and Ethan Hunt). So, having discovered this short story, described as "Orphan X 1.5", I felt compelled to purchase this e-book, although my preference is always to have an actual book in my hand as opposed to using an e-reader. Since it's only available as an e-book, there is little choice but to purchase it in this format. While it's listed as a "short story", I had hoped for something more in the line of a novella/novelette since its length was listed in the description as 83 pages. While I found the story of Evan's first mission as the Nowhere Man to be up to Hurwitz's usual standards, I was disappointed to find that BAB ran for only 20-some odd pages and that the overwhelming majority of the e-book was a lengthy preview of "Nowhere Man" (which I had already read). I know, I know, I would have been aware of this if I had read any of the reviews. Unfortunately, I did NOT do so, as I wished to avoid 'spoilers'. Hence the 3 star score rather than the 5 stars which the story itself would otherwise merit.