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review 2017-05-06 12:30
Orphan X: Thriller (Evan Smoak 1) - Gregg Hurwitz,Mirga Nekvedavicius

Orphan X: Thriller (Evan Smoak 1) - Gregg Hurwitz

 

Gregg Hurwitz hat mit seinem neuen Psychothriller „Orphan X“ ein hochspannndes Buch vorgelegt. Nicht umsonst hat sich Warner Bros. die Filmrechte daran gesichert und wird den Roman auf die Kino-Leinwände bringen! Das Buch hat es wahrlich in sich...

Evan Smoak, oder auch OrphanX, wird als verwaistes Kind durch Jack John als Teil eines Regierungsprogramms und innerhalb des streng geheimen Orphan-Projekts zu einem gnadenlosen Killer ausgebildet – gestählt, trainiert und nach Plan jeglicher Moral und menschlicher Gefühle beraubt. Was zählt, ist die strikte Befolgung von "Geboten" - Verhaltensregeln. Es gibt zwar nur wenige Orphans, doch die, die fertig in die Welt entlassen werden, sind so etwas wie unsichtbare Tötungsmaschinen. Lautlose und vom System vergessene, denn von der Regierung beauftragte, identitätsfreie Killer. In Evan jedoch siegt nach Jahren vieler erledigter Auftragsmorde "das Gute" und er wechselt die Seiten, steigt aus dem Projekt aus. Abgewandt vom System, mit neuer Identität, aber einer Menge Fähigkeiten. Er bleibt seinem Handwerk treu, doch sucht er sich seine Ziele nun selber aus – er wird zum Nowhere Man. Er hilft Menschen, sich ihrer Peiniger zu entledigen. 10 Gebote, die ihn leiten. 1 Nummer, die ihn ruft. Immer nur 1 Auftrag. Und doch gerät alles außer Kontrolle - und durchkreuzt seine penibel eingehaltenen und präzise durchdachten Regeln. "Gebot 4: Es ist niemals persönlich." Das ist nun anders...

Mir gefiel der Thriller sehr, sehr gut. Er ist actionreich, überraschend und durchweg spannend. Das Grundgerüst des Romans war absolut logisch und toll konzipiert. Die Figuren sind allesamt gut dargestellt und bestens durchdacht. Evan wirkt zu Anfang noch ein wenig undurchsichtig, entwickelt sich aber im Verlauf des Romans zu einer durchaus sympathischen und herzlichen Figur. Die Nebenfiguren, insbesondere Evan's „Hausmitbewohner“, lockern die Geschichte des Öfteren stark auf. Es gibt mehr als eine witzige Stelle, bei der ich herzhaft über eine Szene lachen musste! Zudem ist der Thriller so flüssig geschrieben, dass man das Buch kaum mehr aus den Händen legen mag. Insbesondere da die Story permanent neue Spannung und Action bietet. Einige Wendungen waren überraschend und unerwartet, passten aber inhaltlich gut und trugen sehr zur Klärung einiger Fragen bei. Ich fand, das Buch hatte durchweg ein gutes Niveau und es gab keine unlogischen Passagen. Gregg Hurwitz lässt den Leser zudem auch etwas tiefer in seine Protagonisten blicken. Es stellt sich immer auch ein wenig die Frage nach dem Sinn dessen, wie Orphan X handelt und entscheidet. Dabei wird jedoch nie zu sehr aufgetragen. Auch hat der Autor es vermieden, Klischees wie das große „Happy End“ zu bedienen. Das Buch hat ein Ende, mit dem man (wie ich finde) kaum rechnen konnte, aber sehr gut "leben kann". Es passt perfekt und rundet das Gesamtpaket auf beste Weise ab! Ich habe das Buch verschlungen und war tatsächlich ein wenig enttäuscht, als ich es nach über 400 Seiten zu Ende gelesen hatte. Ein gutes Zeichen, es wird nicht mein letztes Buch von Gregg Hurwitz gewesen sein! Absolute Lese-Empfehlung, 5 Sterne! 

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review 2017-02-18 03:08
Evan the Nowhere man was captured and in danger
The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

Evan was kidnapped and held for ransom. 

 

That's more than half of the book, Evan being locked up and trying to get free.

 

The story is good, and on the second book, he is no longer in charge of his life as the villains are his match.

 

 

Not really the stuff I like the most. But it is still a good story with a twist. 

 

Looking forward to its ending and the next one. 

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review 2017-02-12 10:16
Jason Bourne with self awareness instead of amnesia
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

Interesting story teller from the perspective of government trained child solider turn loose because he has questioned order and want to quit the killing job.

 

The story is good. From the need to be alone yet need mission to stay focus.

 

Main focus of the story is how a survivor of child abuse be allowed to learn to trust again. That's go through with a lot of running and quite a lot of bullets.

 

The only part I might not like so much is the description of fighting style. It is a bit much, a little bit over the top that make it cheesy. 

 

The rest is okay. 

 

Oh... and the lack of description in the sex scene. In one paragraph they are taking off their clothes. The next paragraph is the morning after already. Nothing much in between.

 

At least the part of sex would show how trust is built or the lie is being reveal, or something.

 

The really good bit is about the building of relationship between this loner and a boy. That's kind of sweet, without being cheesy.

 

 

Overall, a good read. Nice character building. Looking forward to a next one. 

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review 2017-02-07 07:39
The NoWhere Man
The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

An Orphan X Novel

(Evan Smoak #2)

By:  Gregg Hurwitz

ISBN: 9781250067852

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: 1/17/2017 

Format:  Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars 

 

Greg Hurwitz returns with highly anticipated THE NOWHERE MAN following Orphan X (Evan Smoak, #1) landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016 and Buy a Bullet (Evan Smoak #1.5), also highly recommend.

“How deep do you need to bury the past before it will stay dead? “—Alan Moore, Swamp Thing

Antihero, Evan Smoak returns for the most intense task yet. “He finds himself in the tightest spot, both emotionally and literally – he’s ever been in.”

With a highly creative twist reversal, the author places Evan in exactly the kind of situation he usually rescues other people from. Readers are able to see both sides of the man.

For more than a decade, he had been the top asset in the top-secret government operation, The Orphan Program. Trained by the US military as killers. Mission: to assassinate government’s designated enemies. He is trained, skilled, intelligent, and resourceful.

Now, Evan is "The Nowhere Man." A personal mission--to help those with nowhere else to turn. The Tenth Commandment loomed above all else. Never let an innocent die.

He is known by some as Evan Smoak. To a few, Orphan X, but in general he is not known at all. The Nowhere Man. Evan has gone rogue to do right. In the previous book and novella, Evan he has been using his talents to pay it forward to those who need his skills.

Evan still faces many enemies who wish him grievous harm even while off the grid. One of them is Charles Van Sciver, the most brutal of the Orphans, who’s now running the program and is on a mission to hunt down former members of the organization.

Now he's been kidnapped, drugged, and hidden away by order of the new head of the Orphan program, who intends to have him eliminated. Trapped without hope of escape. Psychological terror.

The book starts out with the secret Facebook of Hector Contrell. Trolling the middle schools. Girls. A sales catalog. Given immigration confusion, gang influence, and splintered family trees, disappearances aren’t rare when you’re dealing with broken ethnic girls. A renewable resource.

Something awful is coming. A girl needs help. 1.855.2. NOWHERE. A magical fix-it line. The first commandment Assume nothing – demands it.

A task, a purpose, an act of empowerment that transitioned them from victim to rescuer. Evan knew all too well that some wounds never healed, not fully. But there were ways to contain the pain, to take ownership over the scars.

The seventeen-year-old girl locked inside Container 78653-B812 being delivered to Jacksonville Port Authority. Who has purchased her?

Evan has so many days to rescue the girl. He has to save himself first. A race against time. During this time he faces every danger imaginable (nail biting terror). Being held captive, taken to a secret location and tortured by a very powerful and devious man, René Peter Cassaroy who had at his disposal an army of ruthless men.

Who will be the next client to pass on the Nowhere Man’s number? How many more Hector Contrells would he face? The RoamZone vibrates. Do you need my help?

 



Classic. Bold. Innovative. Action-Packed Adventure. Explosive. Suspenseful. Non-Stop thrills. An electrifying and entertaining series! Can’t wait for the next.

Hurwitz is already under contract for three more Orphan X novels, and Bradley Cooper’s production company has picked up the film rights. (Hurwitz, who has published 16 novels, scripted comics for Marvel and DC, written for network television, and sold numerous screenplays, is penning the big-screen adaptation himself.) I would say, he knows what he is doing!

A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

JDCMustReadBooks

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/11/01/The-Nowhere-Man
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review 2017-01-19 01:50
The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

I love Gregg Hurwitz books. This one was really not for me. I gave it 4 stars due to the writing. I know it's not my genre and not my style, but I know that there are people out there that will go crazy over this stuff.

When I first started reading it, it was like reading the steps a video game would take. Not sure if you get that, but that's what it was like. Instead of watching a video game, your reading it.

I am sure there are teenage boys and young men that would be all over this and I think that's a good thing. We need to get more young people involved in reading.

Like I said, not my style, not my genre, but I think it was written very well and needs to be recognized.

Thanks Minotaur Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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