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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Last Orphan

Series: Orphan X # 8 of 8

Narrator: Scott Brick

ISBN: 978-1250252326

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Macmillan Audio 🔉

Publication Date: 02/14/2023

Format: Hardcover, e-book, audio

My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)



Evan Smoak returns in The Last Orphan, the latest New York Times bestselling Orphan X thriller--when everything changes and everything is at risk.


As a child, Evan Smoak was plucked out of a group home, raised and trained as an off-the-books assassin for the government as part of the Orphan program. When he broke with the program and went deep underground, he left with a lot of secrets in his head that the government would do anything to make sure never got out.


When he remade himself as The Nowhere Man, dedicated to helping the most desperate in their times of trouble, Evan found himself slowly back on the government's radar. Having eliminated most of the Orphans in the program, the government will stop at nothing to eliminate the threat they see in Evan. But Orphan X has always been several steps ahead of his pursuers.


Until he makes one little mistake...


Now the President has him in her control and offers Evan a deal - eliminate a rich, powerful man she says is too dangerous to live and, in turn, she'll let Evan survive. But when Evan left the Program he swore to only use his skills against those who really deserve it. Now he has to decide what's more important - his principles or his life.







My Review


Gregg Hurwitz returns from Dark House #7 with his popular series (Orphan X) Evan Smoak with #8 THE LAST ORPHAN. A huge fan and have read them all!


I love this series, and in particular, I LOVE Scott Brick, the narrator for this extraordinary audiobook! It would not be an Orphan X story without Scott Brick. Greg, Scott, and Evan are quite the team! I highly recommend the audiobook. I read the e-book, and listened to the audio.


Audiobook listeners, you get a huge BONUS!!! At the end of the audio, there is a fascinating conversation with Authors Gregg Hurwitz and Lisa Gardner (which is my favorite).


A great conversation about audiobook narrators and the author's books (Evan Smoak-Scott Brick-Gregg) and (Frankie Elkin-Hillary Huber-Lisa) and what is coming next, and fascinating insights into the making and background of the series.


In this installment, Evan is found and kidnapped by the government—the U.S. president demands Orphan X help to take down a billionaire, Luke Devine. He has accumulated much power and is threatening her administration’s key environmental legislative initiative and her re-election.


If you have read the other books in the series, you know Evan Smoak has helped those in need while, for the most part, staying off the government’s radar. Now, he must outsmart the government and escape to decide what to do with the billionaire.


Evan must decide once and for all whether he’ll abandon his values to once again become an operative for the federal government or risk putting a target on his back. After all his sacrifices, can Evan finally win his freedom? As always, he balances putting his morals and skills to the test.


Loaded with action and suspense, Evan has traveled an exciting journey from an orphan, then in hiding, then the Nowhere Man helping others that call in, and now back to running an operation for the government.


With cameo appearances from characters from previous books, fans of the series will be delighted! Evan is a fascinating character, and we will be anxiously awaiting the next in the series! Will there be a next one or a spin-off series? We can only wait and see.


This series would make for a killer blockbuster TV series.


Thank you to #MinotaurBooks, #St.MartinsPress #MacmillanAudio, and #NetGalley for a gifted ALC and e-ARC. #SMPInfluencers #MinotaurInfluencers


@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 5 Stars

Pub Date: Feb 14, 2023


Series:

Orphan X #1

Buy a Bullet #1.5

The Nowhere Man #2

Hellbent #3

The Intern #3.5

Out of the Dark #4

Into the Fire #5

The List #5.5

Prodigal Son #6

Dark Horse #7

The Last Orphan #8




Praise


"Just when I thought the Orphan X novels couldn’t get any better, Gregg Hurwitz takes the series to an even higher level. The Last Orphan is pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, and thought-provoking. I loved it.”

―Meg Gardiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“The Last Orphan is a top-notch thriller and action packed joyride. Readers will not want to put it down.”

―NYT and International Bestselling Author, Karin Slaughter


"...the writing is crisp, the action scenes are both clever and cinematic, the dialogue is pitch perfect, and the villains are deliciously detestable. First-class."

―Booklist


"A crackerjack thriller that briskly enhances the legend of Orphan X."

―Kirkus Reviews


"This is another great Orphan X novel, filled with dramatic moments, fights, shootouts, and witty writing that we have come to love in this series. Fans of X will be very happy."

―Red Carpet Crash


"Gregg Hurwitz has never taken his foot off the gas pedal. The Last Orphan continues his trend of complex thrills with an engaging protagonist."

―Bookreporter


"The Last Orphan has it all... a story that has more unexpected twists and turns than a Disney World rollercoaster."

―Midwest Book Review


"Reading an Evan Smoak tale is truly a guilty pleasure, like eating dessert before dinner... Hurwitz proves to be a master storyteller as he uncouples this riveting barnburner of a thriller. "

―Mystery & Suspense






Orphan X Series

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • INSTANT #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • USA TODAY BESTSELLER • WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER • #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER • #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER • AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION THRILLER OF THE YEAR • AMAZON BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • CRIMSON SCRIBE AWARD WINNER • BEST SPY THRILLER • SCIBA BEST MYSTERY FINALIST • THE WEEK'S BEST CRIME FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR












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.






About the Narrator


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. WEBSITE









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