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Brought to you by Penguin.

This audiobook includes a bonus conversation between the author and Jack Carr. 

The Sunday Times best-selling series returns - and Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever....

Evan Smoak is a man with many identities and a challenging past. As Orphan X, he was a government assassin for the off-the-books Orphan Program. After he broke with the program, he adopted a new name and a new mission - the Nowhere Man, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble.

Having just survived an attack on his life, and the complete devastation of his base of operations, as well as his complicated (and deepening) relationship with his neighbour, Mia Hall, Evan isn't interested in taking on a new mission.

But one finds him anyway.

Aragon Urrea is a kingpin of a major drug-dealing operation in South Texas. He's also the patron of the local area - supplying employment in legitimate operations, providing help to the helpless, a rough justice to the downtrodden, and a future to a people normally with little hope. He's complicated - a not completely good man, who does bad things for often good reasons.

However, for all his money and power, he is helpless when one of the most vicious cartels kidnaps his innocent 18-year-old daughter, spiriting her away into the armoured complex that is their headquarters in Mexico. With no other way to rescue his daughter, he turns to the Nowhere Man.

Now not only must Evan figure out how to get into the impregnable fortress of a heavily armed, deeply paranoid cartel leader, but he must decide if he should help a very bad man - no matter how just the cause.

©2022 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Another hit

This latest addition to the Orphan X series is every bit as good as any of the previous books. Plenty of Joey, perhaps not quite enough Tommy. But plenty of tension, and some very bad bad guys

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lost him

that is not X. lost everything that makes the story, if there is more books, I will not get them

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Dissaponting

Having enjoyed all the others in the series I’m at the point of giving up on this one. Why? At several events in the story the author has chosen to labour a story/plot point to such an extent that it has become excruciating. The same with this revised and very annoying teenage Joey. By all means write her as having some attitude but please don’t overdo it to such an extent that it becomes cringingly annoying. The same goes with all the characters in his apartment block, it’s as if they have become cartoon versions of real people. X himself has become somewhat diminished, which s not good. It looks as though the editor. If there was one , has taken their eye well off the ball.

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exceptional!

My first written review had to wait 7 months for the release of this book it's toooo long, please can we have another book a lot sooner.
Excellent story line as usual, would like Tommy to have been involved more. Greg when are you doing a book review in the UK?

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Amazing next book please

Absolutely loved this book , great narration amazing story, would like to see Tommy is a fun character , great work

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When's the next!

Another excellent listen. Can't wait to hear what's in store for Evan, Josephine (!) and Peter

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Just what the doctor ordered and I loved it!

Another excellent adventure

I loved the way the self affirmed vigilanty who works by a very high moral code is suddenly in a situation that means his moral code is making him help a drug lord ... Oh what to do. Uphold his number one principal "do you need my help?" And help a drug lord rescue his kidnapped daughter, or stand by his commandments "do no harm", "protect to innocent". How can he help a drug lord which will cause him to help to cause harm and kill innocents by supporting the drug lords empire...??? Oh what to do...?

This conflict was the theme throughout the book and it was interesting to witness the moral conflict and strife it brought. The author handled it very well and I think the way Evan responded was very real and believable, striking a very good, fine balance.

Usual action and adventure from the trained assassin, fighting his way out of impossible situations James Bond style, the only way a hero can. Just what the doctor ordered and I loved it!

The 'personal' emotional side takes a beating with a falling out with Joey. Not sure I got this strand of the story. I didn't understand why, after knowing what she's capable of, that he didn't trust or believe that she's a person in her own right and capable of standing on her own and look after herself...? If anyone one can, she can, but maybe that's just a man being chauvinistic - which is not something I would have attributed to Evan, hence a little unbelievable.

I didn't see the point of the Mia storyline. And thought that was a bit pants. I just didn't get it, but fortunately, it only played a small part (but has the potential to have quite a big impact - I do hope not) in the story so didn't distract too much. I can't see this doing anything but become a future main part to Evans story, but I really do hope not because that's not what these books are about. These are action and adventure, not romance, lovy-dovy goo...

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Riveting, engaging and moving

The depth to and mastery of Greg Hurwotz’s Orphan X series keeps getting better. The emotional exploration of the characters interwoven with fast pace, spell bindingly brilliant action makes Dark Horse more than a thrilling listen, it is a thought provoking exploration into who you are. Powerful, engaging and very clever. Scott Brick’s narration was as phenomenal as ever.

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can't wait for the next one!

another thrilling instalment of the nowhere man. leaving a massive cliffhanger I can't wait for the next one!

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Best series ive read

Cant wait for 8 now but im sure that will be a little while yet but fingers crossed it comes along soon. Great story line as usual.

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  • George Camara
  • 30-07-22

Ruined a character for politics

It is with great disappointment that I write this review.

After listening to the first 6 books in this series in a row, I thoroughly enjoyed the Nowhere Man character.

This book however seems to have forgotten who it’s target consumer is… namely “men”. The Nowhere man is an assassin, you don’t have to belittle the character to make female characters stronger. There is no way two random men would ever make a bed together and two criminals would discuss coming out of the closet and how accepting everyone is and should be.

This is all fluff and takes away from the strength of the character and smacks of politics, and the addition/enforcing of PC guidelines from the publishers on the author. The editor should really have fought harder for the integrity and authentic of the the main character and his world.

Disappointing, I will be returning this book, for a book that I can read without having to endure politics and where it is okay to be strong man who isn’t belittled and lectured to.

My advice to the author: Fight for your character or you are going to loose your audience.

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  • Roxx
  • 11-04-22

My Last Orphan X Book

The story itself wasn't too bad if only the author could skip most of the touchy feely stuff. It's just too much and quite unrealistic. As for the performance of Scott Brick: far too much pathos in almost every way. Being on the verge of tears when describing the making of vodka is the best example of his overdoing.
Also the book was advertised with a lenghts of 15h 7minutes. Half an hour of it was some interview at the end. when starting to listen to the book I had to put the speed to 1.20 to avoid falling asleep. That shortened the story by 3 hours! Intrestingly enough, for the interview at the end I had to put the speed back to normal.

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  • Mark T
  • 08-04-22

The Best so Far

Thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Brilliant action and on the edge excitement with a look into X's soul. Well recommended

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  • Chad Morrison
  • 10-03-22

Orphan X at it again

Reading these books is like watching a child grow up. can't wait for the next one, though given it's a trip over old ground I hope it holds some great twists.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 20-02-22

Excellent!

As always Gregg Hurwitz did not disappoint. It was a great story, with a lot of heart and emotions in. Joey was a bit irritating , but at least she didn't feature too much.
As always Scott Brick nailed it.