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review 2019-02-07 04:58
Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
Out of the Dark - Gregg Hurwitz

2018 was a good year for me finding new series to read and I found two great series.  The first was the Eddie Flynn series by Steve Cavanaugh and the second was the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz.  Out of the Dark is the fourth book in the Orphan X series and it is one of the best books of the spy thriller genre I've read in a long time.  The one thing I like about it is that Evan Smoak, also Orphan X and The Nowhere Man is he is human, well more human when compared to Scot Harvath or Mitch Rapp.

 

Out of the Dark starts out, well go to where I blogged about the first to chapters here.

 

Orphan is has been trying to retire from his assassination gig for years but his past comes back to haunt him.  He tries to do his 'mea culpa repentance' by being the Nowhere Man, a man that sometimes resorts to violence to protect somebody that can't take care of themselves when violence occurs. He is also a man of rules.  Rules that have been drilled in his head since he was twelve.  So this time when his past comes back to haunt him, in the form of the President of the United States he breaks one of his rules and takes on his Nowhere Man personification at the same time as he becomes Orphan X.  As Smoak bounces between the two and between the east and west coast, his job gets more dangerous, and one of those jobs is to kill the President.

 

I love this book.  4 stars are as high as I go with a book like this, so in this genre, to me, it is a 5, but just a 4 overall.  If you like books like this, then start with the origin book, Orphan X.  It'll hook ya.

 

Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz

Orhan X series book 4.

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review 2019-02-04 22:17
Book Review of No Freedom: An A.I. Thriller by Inge-Lise Goss
No Freedom: An AI Thriller - Inge-Lise Goss

Will humans survive the android uprising?

 

Paislee Hobson is born into a world struggling after a war that killed most of the world’s population. Rebuilding has been accomplished through androids developed by and under the control of The Institute. The human population has been divided into strata.

Paislee, a legal clerk, is a member of the upper stratum. Her recent boyfriend dumped her. To avoid another heartache, she purchases a human-looking android companion, Pellegrin. No one suspects Pellegrin is not human. He arouses and satisfies all her desires and is a polished companion and conversationalist in public.

 

When strange things begin to happen around the courthouse, people start acting mysteriously. Some disappear, and others are murdered. Pellegrin’s true identity surfaces as he slowly and methodically takes over all aspects of Paislee’s life. She is in turmoil trying to find a way out. The love of her youth appears, and she longs for a life that is denied to her.

 

Can Paislee regain her freedom or is she doomed to a life under Pellegrin’s control?

 

Review 4.5 rounded up to 5*

 

This book is a fantastic dystopian thriller. I loved it!

 

Paislee Hobson is a character I struggled to connect with at first, but as I read more of the story, I liked her a little more, though her paranoia began to annoy me, even though it was justified. Paislee is a paralegal living in a future world that has gone through a cataclysmic war that left the humans struggling to cope with the aftermath. Androids were developed by The Institute to help the remaining citizens rebuild the world. When Paislee's boyfriend dumps her, she purchases an android as a companion. But as Pellegrin's hold on her life tightens, an old flame reappears, and strange and deadly events threaten her life.

 

When I heard that this book had been released, I purchased it without reading the synopsis. The reason for this is that I've read other books by this author and knew I was in for a thrilling adventure. I wasn't wrong!

 

I started reading this book, told through Paislee's POV, and was immediately hooked. As the story unfolded, I found myself convulsively reading, but dreading it at the same time. Have you ever sat watching a movie with your hands over your face because the suspense is killing you and you can't watch it, but you don't want to miss anything either? This is what I felt while reading this book. The author skillfully builds the suspense so you don't know whether you should be cheering for Paislee or not, or liking Pellegrin or not. This story has the futuristic feel of Minority Report and iRobot but also reminded me slightly of one of the author's other thriller series, Tegans. There are several twists that kept me guessing, and I found myself waiting for the other shoe to drop. Pellegrin is a scary villain. He's a control freak, and his attitude is one of a dangerous psychopath and master manipulator, but this could also be Paislee's paranoia talking. His identity and role at The Institute is a mystery, but I had a feeling when reading this book that it's not what I think it may be. Then again, he could exactly be who I think he may be. I love books like this. I've always been interested in robots/androids as a concept but would be completely scared if AI ever got this powerful. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad, but it's my fear of the unknown talking, and until I learn otherwise, I'm keeping my worries alive. I guess I'll have to read the next book to find out what happens next, as the book ends on a small cliffhanger, and I can't wait.

 

Inge-Lise Goss has written an intriguing dystopian thriller full of mystery and suspense. I love her writing style, which is fast-paced, and the flow's fantastic. I am curious to see what this author comes up with in the future.

 

Although there is mention of sex, there are no explicit scenes and tends to fade out. I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to some violence. However, I highly recommend this book if you love science fiction, dystopian, horror, suspense, and thriller genres. - Lynn Worton

 
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text 2019-02-04 00:19
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
Out of the Dark - Gregg Hurwitz

"He was trapped inside a Disneyfied version of his life’s work, the world’s second-oldest profession repurposed as theme-park attraction."

 

Orhan X trapped inside the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C.

 

So far a really good read.

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text 2019-02-03 19:50
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Out of the Dark - Gregg Hurwitz
Evan Smoak had a contract put out on his life. Jonathan Bennett had put it out on the Nowhere Man.  Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.  Jonathan Bennett is the president of the United States.
"Ending Jonathan Bennett was the ultimate Nowhere Man mission." 

Before Evan Smoak was Evan Smoak he was 12 years old when he was put into a program training orphans to be weapons. Before Evan Smoak there was only Orphan X. If you had read the first 3 books of the series you would have learned that Orphan X was no longer, now it was the Nowhere Man, sort of a 'pay it forward' program with the Nowhere Man looking out for the small guy, the kid being engulfed into a gang, a girl being raped, somebody that could not take care of themselves in situations that people like you or me could never handle.

 
Before Jonathan Bennett was president, he was the man that called the shots and I do mean shots.  He depended on the Orphan program and Orphan X was his go-to Orphan.  Now that he was president he wanted to cover all traces of any black ops, any operation that did not fit into the constitution,  Orphan X had to die.

I wrote this after the second chapter.  I love this series and can't wait for the rest of the book.
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review 2019-01-31 03:53
Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor
The Lions Of Lucerne - Brad Thor

I decided to re-read one of the books that I guess you would call bro-mance books.  Spy thrillers were the All-American hero can't be slowed down or killed. Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath escapes avalanches, numerous concussions, gun battles, freezing water and saves our democracy and gets the girl in the end. 

 

I think the only reason I like books like this was that I was brought up on Roy Rogers and John Wayne movies and this genre are just like those old westerns except modernized for today's way of life.

 

I won't really review it, I just wanted to get the audio-book and read along so I had to search for the best deal.  I just wished the library system I belong to had a better and bigger choice on audio-books.  I'll probably save some money and do the next book in the series, Path of the Assassin.

 

Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor

Scot Harvath series book 1

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