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Lone Wolf


By: Gregg Hurwitz

Narrator: Scott Brick

Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 9781250871732

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 02/13/2024

Format: Audio & e-book

My Rating: 4.5 Stars (ARC)

Once a black book government assassin known as Orphan X, Evan Smoak left the program, went deep underground, and reinvented himself as someone who will go anywhere, and risk everything to help the truly desperate who have nowhere else to turn. Since then, Evan has fought international crime syndicates and drug cartels, faced down the most powerful men in the world and even brought down a President. Struggling with an unexpected personal crisis, Evan goes back to the very basics of his mission - and this time, the truly desperate is a little girl who wants him to find her missing dog.

Not his usual mission, and not one Evan embraces with enthusiasm, but this unlikely, tiny job quickly explodes into his biggest mission yet. one that finds him battered between twisted AI technocrat billionaires, a mysterious female assassin who seems a mirror of himself, and personal stakes so gut-wrenching he can scarcely make sense of them.

Evan's mission pushes him to his limit - he must find and take down the assassin known only as the Wolf, before she succeeds in completing her mission and killing the people who can identify her - a teenaged daughter of her last target, and Evan himself. Matched skill for skill, instinct for instinct, Evan must outwit an opponent who will literally stop at nothing if he is to survive.

My Review

Gregg Hurwitz returns following The Last Orphan (#8) and The Recital (#8.5) with his latest action-packed thriller, LONE WOLF (#9) — his popular Orphan X series that we love so much, his leading man, and colorful cast of characters. ACTION-PACKED


Known as Orphan X, X, Evan Smoak, and the Nowhere Man, once a black book government assassin he left the program, went underground, and reinvented himself to save others when they had nowhere else to turn.

We have followed Evan from international crime syndicates and drug cartels to facing the most powerful men in the world.

There is a personal crisis, taking him back to the basics to help his niece find her missing dog. This is not his usual mission, but this job explodes into his biggest mission yet, which finds him between twisted AI techno billionaires, a mysterious female assassin (much like himself), and more twists and turns pushing him to his limit. (scary stuff).

Evan must take down the assassin, Wolf before she completes her mission and kills the people who can identify her—a teen daughter of her last target and Evan himself.

Who will win in the end? Has Evan met his match?

I have read all the books in this incredible series and enjoyed revisiting with characters from past books. I loved the banter and fun between Joey and X as they worked together on the case. We have seen lots of growth among the characters, and the author keeps the series fresh and clever with each installment.

LONE WOLF is mixed with humor, wit, action, suspense, and drama, a heart-pounding thriller full of twists! Thought-provoking, the author tackles real-life world issues of technology and artificial intelligence.

AUDIOBOOK: As usual, I would not miss an audiobook performance by the dazzling Scott Brick, who makes the characters come alive for a stellar performance.

I highly recommend this series, but you must start with Book #1 and enjoy the wild ride. Highly entertaining.

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for both a digital reading/review copy and an advanced listening audio copy for an honest opinion. #SMPInfluencers

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

Pub Date: 02/13/2024

My Rating: 4.5 Stars


Orphan X

BOOK 1.5

Buy a Bullet


The Nowhere Man



BOOK 3.5

The Intern


Out of the Dark


Into the Fire

BOOK 5.5

The List


Prodigal Son


Dark Horse


The Last Orphan

BOOK 8.5

The Recital


Lone Wolf


"The series has always been a blend of Batman, the Equalizer, and Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Lone Wolf reinforces why it continues to be great nine novels in. Newcomers to Evan's adventures should feel fine starting here before diving into the others."

―First Clue

"Lone Wolf is a crushingly brilliant piece of fiction."

―Best Thriller Books

"There is simply no one writing thrillers like Gregg Hurwitz...Evan Smoak, the fascinating, richly imagined protagonist at the heart of the Orphan X series, leaps off the page. If you haven’t read Gregg Hurwitz, you’re missing out.”

―Lisa Unger

"You can never go wrong with an Orphan X book. No, scratch that. An Orphan X book will never fail to blow your fucking mind."

―Best Thriller Books

"Hurwitz continues to dazzle."


"Another crackling caper for the solitary Orphan X."

―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

GREGG HURWITZ is the author of the New York Times bestselling Orphan X novels. Critically acclaimed, his novels have been international bestsellers, graced top ten lists, and have been published in thirty-two languages. Additionally, he’s sold scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Hurwitz lives in Los Angeles.







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