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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Recital

A Joey Morales (and Orphan X and Tommy Stojack and Candy McClure and Aragón Urrea)

Short Story

Narrator: Scott Brick

Macmillan Audio


Publisher: ‎ Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 11/07/2023

Format: e-book/audio

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Orphan Program—which recruited and trained off-the-books assassins for the government—was responsible for creating some of the world’s most dangerous individuals. Evan Smoak, also known as Orphan X, is one of the few still surviving. Josephine “Joey” Morales was the last recruit of the program, now a world-class hacker.

Still a teenager, trying to learn how to live as a normal person in the world, she sends Evan on his most unusual mission yet for which he must recruit some of the most elusive and deadly individuals: Candy McClure (Orphan V), Tommy Stojack (black market gunsmith), and Arragón Urea (former drug kingpin). Their help doesn’t come free. But Evan will face whatever danger he has to help Joey face her own greatest fears in The Recital.


The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.

But he’s not merely a legend.

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man.

About the Author

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 23 thrillers including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA (including the critically acclaimed anthology NewThink), DC, and Marvel, poetry, political and culture pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Bulwark and others, and he helped write the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup. WEBSITE







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