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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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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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review 2019-01-27 17:37
Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron
Stay Hidden - Paul Doiron

After reading Stay Hidden I've finally caught up to the complete series, that is until July 2nd of 2019, and after reading straight thru the series, I think I can go 5 months until I read another Mike Bowditch book.

 

In Stay Hidden, we find Mike Bowditch no longer a Warden, but a Warden Investigator, a Warden that investigates hunting accidents incidents (In law enforcement there are no longer accidents, ie car crashes) and sitting alone in his office being a 4 month rookie without the qualifications to investigate any incidents or murders while everyone else is at a shooting investigation.

 

Mike receives a phone call from an island off Maine about a death that could be hunting incident and is told by his superior to go investigate with another warden, that has the flu, and a Maine State Police Detective.  The detective is there to take over if the hunting incident turns to homicide.

 

Mike, being Mike has never played well with others so when the warden leaves with the body and the detective leaves for a court appearance Mike finds himself alone, with that chip on his shoulder that he must solve it before law enforcement returns.

 

Maquoit Island is run by the harbormaster, a mean tough man that will not allow his authority, which he really has none be usurped, even by the elected constable. Most of the people that live there year-round are lobstermen and feel they are outlaws kindred to the old west where the law is dealt out by the people themselves with no outside involvement.

 

With only a few hours before his superiors come to take over the investigation and Mike already in trouble with his Captain for the way he has run his first investigation, Mike works every angle to solve the crime.  Can he do it?

 

Paul Dorion has written a neat series and shows he is really capable of writing a best selling series.  I really suggest this series to anyone that enjoys law enforcement books and books about outdoor investigations.

 

Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron

Mike Bowditch series, book 9

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