Hellbent

Hellbent To some he was Orphan X Others knew him as the Nowhere Man But to Jack Johns he was a boy named Evan Smoak Taken from an orphanage Evan was raised inside a top secret government programme and trained

  • Title: Hellbent
  • Author: Gregg Hurwitz
  • ISBN: Hellbent
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    B073TSMM78
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    English
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  • Page: 132
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  • To some he was Orphan X Others knew him as the Nowhere Man But to Jack Johns he was a boy named Evan Smoak Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret government programme and trained to become a lethal weapon By Jack And yet for all the dangerous skill he instilled in his young charge, Jack Jones cared for Evan like a son.But Jack knew too much about To some he was Orphan X Others knew him as the Nowhere Man But to Jack Johns he was a boy named Evan Smoak Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret government programme and trained to become a lethal weapon By Jack And yet for all the dangerous skill he instilled in his young charge, Jack Jones cared for Evan like a son.But Jack knew too much about a programme that had gone rotten he was a loose end that needed to be dealt with But if you go after the only person who ever treated him like a human being, you can guarantee that the Nowhere Man will be coming for you Hellbent on making things right.With Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz raises the bar again with a masterclass in hi octane thriller writing Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 412 pages Published January 30th 2018 by Minotaur Books More Details Original Title Hellbent ASIN B073TSMM78 Edition Language English Series Orphan X 3 Characters Evan Smoak Other Editions 29 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Hellbent, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Can this be read as a stand alone I have not read the prior 2 books but this book sounds great 1 likelike one year ago See all 8 answers Cecilie Krogh Having read the two other books, you should absolutely read the two first books before starting on the third one The Orphan X series is after all a Having read the two other books, you should absolutely read the two first books before starting on the third one The Orphan X series is after all a triology, with a connection throughout the whole story, even though different settings and happenings are introduced in each book Not only that, the series itself is breath taking, and when I first started reading I wasn t anle to place the book awayIn other words, you can read it as a stand alone, but ti will make sense by reading Orphan X and The Nowhere Man first less flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler Did anybody else find the cliffhanger at the end to be less interesting Evan as a revenge seeker with nobody chasing him sounds like a different kind of storyline hide spoiler like 9 months ago Add your answer Edward Green This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I don t think the Orphan program is over hide spoiler flag See all 7 questions about Hellbent Lists with This Book 2018 What the Over 35s Are Reading 2,751 books 229 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 19, 2018 Larry H rated it it was amazing When I finished Hellbent , the third book in Gregg Hurwitz s fantastic series featuring rogue government assassin Evan Smoak, I got to thinking You literally could spend the entire year reading books in different series, between YA, mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, even romance It certainly would make things easier in terms of figuring out what your next book to read should be There really are some amazing series out there, and this one is no exception.When Evan Smoak not his When I finished Hellbent , the third book in Gregg Hurwitz s fantastic series featuring rogue government assassin Evan Smoak, I got to thinking You literally could spend the entire year reading books in different series, between YA, mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, even romance It certainly would make things easier in terms of figuring out what your next book to read should be There really are some amazing series out there, and this one is no exception.When Evan Smoak not his real name was young, a man rescued him from a troubled life and he trained Evan how to kill He was part of a fully deniable black program buried deep inside the Department of Defense, becoming Orphan X, an expendable assassin who went where the U.S government would not and did what the U.S government could not But eight years ago, Evan went rogue from the program and became the Nowhere Man, the last resort for a person in desperate trouble No one knows who the Nowhere Man is, but they know if they call him, he will help rescue them from a seemingly helpless situation Evan had simply stepped off the grid, keeping only the operational alias he d earned in the shadow service, a name spoken in hushed tones in the back rooms of intel agencies the world over Jack Johns was the man who brought Evan into the program, and he was the man who helped Evan remain human despite the things he had to do, the things he saw Essentially, Jack has been the only father Evan has known, and when Jack calls him out of the blue one night, they both know his time is running out One of Evan s fellow Orphans, Charles Van Sciver, is now in charge of wiping out any traces of the former program, and he s hellbent on finding Evan to enact some deep seated revenge, so he strikes at Jack in an effort to get to Evan Jack sends Evan on one last mission, to rescue his last proteg before she falls into Van Sciver s clutches.What Evan finds is not what he is expecting, and this recruit leaves him with his hands full He s bound and determined to make those who hurt Jack pay, and he knows he must strike at Van Sciver and his cohorts some of whom are lethal former Orphans themselves before he becomes the next target But he has no idea just how high up the command to wipe out the program and him comes from.In the meantime, Evan must also balance his responsibility as the Nowhere Man, which leaves him with a complex and potentially dangerous mission, and he is forced to both confront the path his life has taken, and wonder if he s destined to spend the rest of his life alone If so, is that what he deserves Hellbent is an excellent combination of kick ass action, pulse pounding suspense, and complex character development The characters aren t one dimensional, even the villains you get to understand what has made them the way they are The one thing I always have trouble keeping in mind when reading this series is that Evan seems so world weary, so wise beyond his years, but he s only in his late 20s or early 30s at best.While I would recommend reading this series from the start and Orphan X is one heck of a start see my review you could start with this book and not feel utterly disoriented However, you d definitely miss some of the nuances that make this series such a find.We could all use a little Evan Smoak in our lives I m excited that the fourth book in the series is slated to be released in January I m finally back on track Seriously, if you re a thriller fan and you ve not dived into this series yet, take my advice Do it.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at flag 72 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 02, 2018 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime fiction, thriller Gregg Hurwitz gives us another adrenaline fuelled thrill ride of an adventure in the third of the Orphan X thriller series with a wide and diverse collection of characters The resourceful Evan Smoak finds himself on an emotional search for vengeance aided by others and still finds time to be the Nowhere Man, helping a man by taking on a ruthless LA gang Orphan Y, Charles Van Sciver, is now the Head of the Orphan programme, he and other shadowy government forces are determined to get to and eli Gregg Hurwitz gives us another adrenaline fuelled thrill ride of an adventure in the third of the Orphan X thriller series with a wide and diverse collection of characters The resourceful Evan Smoak finds himself on an emotional search for vengeance aided by others and still finds time to be the Nowhere Man, helping a man by taking on a ruthless LA gang Orphan Y, Charles Van Sciver, is now the Head of the Orphan programme, he and other shadowy government forces are determined to get to and eliminate Evan, and all the other orphans no longer in the fold of the official programme Evan gets a call from Jack Johns, his beloved father figure, mentor and handler, who helped to raise him as than a mindless assassin, asking him to collect a package Sciver has targeted Johns as a means to get to Evan, Evan is horrified at the killing of Jack, feeling desperate guilt and a sense of a responsibility The package turns out to be ex orphan, 16 year old girl, rootless and problematic Joey, who has him scrambling to cope but he is determined to protect and guide her Joey is a fearsome and gifted computer hacker whose talents complement Evan and help him on the path to gaining revenge She is the trigger for Evan to reflect on himself and what he has become, adding emotional depth to his character Hurwitz is on great form in this action packed thriller, with great characterisation, wonderful and compelling plotting, in a complex story with non stop tension and suspense An entertaining series that I have loved reading Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC flag 65 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 16, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing Though this series is about a well trained man who helps people who need helping while also trying to dodge another member of the Orphan program, Van Sciver, who wants him dead, it s also about kids in foster care and the way the system fails these orphans About not having parents or guardians who are able alive to care for kids There are two stories going on here One, Evan Orphan X is tasked with rescuing a package the dying wish of his mentor, Jack Johns And two, a man calls saying his s Though this series is about a well trained man who helps people who need helping while also trying to dodge another member of the Orphan program, Van Sciver, who wants him dead, it s also about kids in foster care and the way the system fails these orphans About not having parents or guardians who are able alive to care for kids There are two stories going on here One, Evan Orphan X is tasked with rescuing a package the dying wish of his mentor, Jack Johns And two, a man calls saying his son is being recruited by the notorious M13 gang, which is terrifying on the news in real life and terrifying as described in this novel He wants Evan to rescue his son before he commits murder and there is no going back Evan against the entire M13 gang Why not As with the previous Orphan X books, lots of exciting scenes involving guns and hand to hand combat fill the novel I think I ultimately liked this book best of the three because it wasn t just all thrills There was heart in this novel than the others If you like the Mission Impossible movies, you d like Hellbent.Thanks so much to NetGalley and to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to review this novel.For reviews, please visit flag 58 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 10, 2019 PattyMacDotComma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery crime thriller, calibre, kindle, 2018 19 aus summer, 2019 aus mystery annual, 5000 books 2019, just read, arc netgalley read 4.5 Can you hack it She kept her head lowered, her fingers moving I m gonna pretend you didn t ask me that He cast an eye toward the facility s front door The cops are gonna be here soon Well, she said, then it s a good thing I m fast This one kept me enthusiastic all the way through I like the returning characters and the new ones There s still some grim stuff, but not quite so much spelled out or maybe I just got good at skimming, but I don t think so.The conversation above 4.5 Can you hack it She kept her head lowered, her fingers moving I m gonna pretend you didn t ask me that He cast an eye toward the facility s front door The cops are gonna be here soon Well, she said, then it s a good thing I m fast This one kept me enthusiastic all the way through I like the returning characters and the new ones There s still some grim stuff, but not quite so much spelled out or maybe I just got good at skimming, but I don t think so.The conversation above is Evan Smoakes the Nowhere Man and Joey, his 16 year old offsider of sorts, who has somehow ended up in his care I think these books are better read in order, but I have to say, if I hadn t heard how much the series improved, I probably wouldn t have continued I m glad I did Evan s scuffed knuckles, a fetching post fight shade of eggplant, ledged the steering wheel His nose was freshly broken, leaking a trickle of crimson Nothing bad, a shifting along old fault lines We know Evan is a killer, trained in some kind of special government program where he was taken as a young orphan and brought up learning all the intricacies of self defence, weapons and munitions, hiding in plain sight, and a lot of computer skills He s also had some kind of relationship with Mia and her young son down the hall A bit of romance that he can t afford, given his lifestyle But she and Peter are pretty good at spotting his various war wounds And he still wishes he could maybe have a normal life If only.Joey, the fast worker in the opening quote, was a newly recruited orphan whose training was interrupted, and she really IS a computer hacking whizz She s pretty hard bitten for 16 and has good reason to be Evan is completely out of his depth dealing with her, since his only real understanding of family was with Jack, his handler who raised him and treated him like a son It s the closest Evan s come to having a parent But the raising involved all the martial arts, how to get forged papers, how to travel the world and kill people without being discovered Jack had trained him for so many contingencies, had made him lethal and worldly and cultured But not domestic So, out of his depth We meet up with the worst of the baddies from the previous books Van Sciver is in charge of eradicating any trace of the orphan program, particularly wiping Orphan X, Evan Smoakes, off the face of the earth.As well as Joey, who s both a help and a teen aged hindrance, we also meet a whole new bunch of delightful drug runners from El Salvador The tattoos were overwhelming Pentagrams and names of the dear departed Crossbones, grenades, dice, daggers, machetes And words words in place of eyebrows, blue letters staining lips, nicknames rendered across throats in Old English letters Other tattoos coded for crimes the men had committed rape, murder, kidnapping Their rap sheets, inked right on their faces Then there was this guy It was his eyes They were solid black The man had tattooed the whites of his eyes ACK Is that even possible I enjoyed reading how our intrepid heroes I include Joey deal with so many enemies Evan has a habit of counting the people he needs to eliminate, counting his bullets, and then keeping score as the story progresses We just know he can t possibly have enough ammunition to win the day it isn t humanly possible Is it Read it and see As for me, I m waiting for the next book.Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for the preview copy from which I ve quoted Hellbent NetGalley flag 55 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Aug 13, 2017 Phrynne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5000 books Book three and Evan has returned home to his specialist vodka and his living wall of herbs, both of which I find hilarious in a man who does what this one does for a living Anyway I am accustomed to it now and it does not detract from the rest of this fantastic book In Hellbent the action starts on page one and continues pretty solidly throughout the book A new character called Joey is introduced who turns out to have some very useful skills and ends up partnering Evan in a quest for revenge Book three and Evan has returned home to his specialist vodka and his living wall of herbs, both of which I find hilarious in a man who does what this one does for a living Anyway I am accustomed to it now and it does not detract from the rest of this fantastic book In Hellbent the action starts on page one and continues pretty solidly throughout the book A new character called Joey is introduced who turns out to have some very useful skills and ends up partnering Evan in a quest for revenge Of course a lot of it is very far fetched but it is fun and it is exciting and it is exactly what you want from a book like this.Highly recommended for fans of the genre and I can t wait for the next one flag 55 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 20, 2018 Barbara rated it liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 3.5 starsIn this addition to the Orphan X series, Evan Smoak also known as Orphan X is out to avenge the death of his mentor Jack Johns When Evan was twelve, Jack took him from an orphanage and put him in a super secret Department of Defense black ops program a scheme designed to turn orphans into highly skilled assassins The children were stripped of their names and designated alphabetically Orphan A, Orphan B, Orphan Cd so on Jack was like a father to Evan, and made sure the 3.5 starsIn this addition to the Orphan X series, Evan Smoak also known as Orphan X is out to avenge the death of his mentor Jack Johns When Evan was twelve, Jack took him from an orphanage and put him in a super secret Department of Defense black ops program a scheme designed to turn orphans into highly skilled assassins The children were stripped of their names and designated alphabetically Orphan A, Orphan B, Orphan Cd so on Jack was like a father to Evan, and made sure the boy kept his humanity while he learned to kill Orphan X got his first mission at nineteen, and eliminated many targets after that Finally, burnt out, Evan left the program and set himself up as The Nowhere Man a good samaritan who helps people in desperate trouble.However, no one is allowed to leave the Orphan Program If a member opts out, the program director Charles Van Sciver, also known as Orphan Y sends a hitman or hitteam after the deserter Thus, killers have been after Evan for years, but his secret apartment is a fortress and he s taken elaborate measures to protect himself These measures are fully described in the first book, Orphan X Van Sciver, who s been continually frustrated by Evan, has even incentive to murder him now reasons that extend high in government circles So Orphan Y decides to get to Evan through Jack Johns Van Sciver, who has phenomenal data mining capabilities, locates Jack and kidnaps him This leads to Jack s death and the terrible scene is shown to Evan via phone Of course Orphan X now has to go after the director, which will presumably bring Evan out into the open As events unfold Evan becomes the reluctant guardian of a feisty sixteen year old girl named Joey Joey flunked out of the Orphan Program and is in Van Sciver s sights So Evan has to protect the girl while he goes after the director Van Sciver and his team take a two pronged approach to finding Orphan X they locate and torture people who might have information about Evan and they kidnap a youngster that left the Orphan Program hoping Evan will try to rescue him Orphan X is a very resourceful guy though, and Van Sciver s crew suffers loss after loss Moreover, Joey is a talented computer hacker and programmer, and she sets up a sophisticated data mining system of her own that helps Evan trace his enemies Joey is an interesting character She s a lonely, troubled girl with fierce fighting skills, but no idea what to do outside the Orphan Program Evan tries to be supportive, but he doesn t know how to deal with teenage girls Still as long as Joey has her special shoebox, a case of Red Bull, and plenty of Twizzlers she s willing to help Evan As the story proceeds, Van Sciver pursues his mission to kill Evan and all other fugitive Orphans Evan goes after Van Sciver there s plenty of death and destruction You get the idea As all this is happening, Orphan X gets a call on the RoamZone phone used to contact The Nowhere Man A Los Angeles resident named Benito Orellana needs help His son Xavier is about to be initiated into the Mara Salvatrucha gang and Benito begs Evan to get the young man out of the gang s clutches Evan agrees to help, and engages with the gang s vicious thugs All this frenetic activity leads to a violent and dramatic climax a satisfying finale and I think a lead in to book four Additional characters that add interest to the story include Prosecutor Mia Hall Evan s downstairs neighbor who d probably like to be than friends Peter Hall Mia s young son, who sends messages to Evan via kite Candy McClure an Orphan who uses her sex appeal for deadly purposes David Smith an Orphan boy who s being hidden Freeway leader of the Mara Salavatrucha who s had his eyeballs tattooed black Tommy a fantastic gunsmith Jonathan Bennett a powerful government official and Hellbent is a good book, full of action and excitement It can be read as a standalone but I d strongly advise reading Orphan X first Thanks to Netgalley, the author Gregg Hurwitz , and the publisher Minotaur Books for a copy of the book You can follow my reviews at flag 36 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Dec 28, 2017 Maureen Carden rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, thriller, wild ass adventure It is scorched earth time for Evan Smoak He was originally known as Orphan X from his time as a deep black government assassin trained from childhood in the Orphan program Later Smoak became known as The Nowhere Man, helping people who have nowhere else to turn But now Smoak is out for revenge on his own account, in scorched earth revenge seeking the death of the twenty five men who were involved in the death of Smoak s beloved mentor, Jack Johns A sort of perverse 47 Ronin Johns has contac It is scorched earth time for Evan Smoak He was originally known as Orphan X from his time as a deep black government assassin trained from childhood in the Orphan program Later Smoak became known as The Nowhere Man, helping people who have nowhere else to turn But now Smoak is out for revenge on his own account, in scorched earth revenge seeking the death of the twenty five men who were involved in the death of Smoak s beloved mentor, Jack Johns A sort of perverse 47 Ronin Johns has contacted Smoak minutes before his death by the hand of Charles Van Scriver who has taken over the Orphan program for his own aims Orphan X has played the great white whale to Van Scriver s Ahab, but this time Van Scriver has the highest backing and he can t let Orphan X outsmart him again.To add to Smoak s grief and anger, Jacks has left Evan a present in the form of a sixteen year old runaway from Van Scriver s personally run Orphan program To add to Smoak s revenge he must keep the runaway, Joey Morales, alive with the goal of saving her from the Orphan program.The excitement starts from page one and just keeps on building Evan is used to flying solo, this time he has to accept the aid of a friend and from his temporary ward.Hurwitz s usual smooth writing is in evidence along with his intricate plotting and fascinating characterizations This book is not all action there are themes of redemption, sacrifice, and forgiveness.Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review flag 28 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 28, 2018 Wendy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5000 books, feb 18, wom 2018 Gregg Hurwitz is one of my all time favourite authors and a go to author if I need little sleep as a result of not being able to put his book down Hellbent is the third book in his Orphan X series and it is definitely one of those books Tons of fun and a page turning, exciting thriller In Hellbent we learn about Evan Smoak Orphan X and what makes him tick We see a side of him that is vulnerable and uncertain This novel picks up after The Nowhere Man left off with Van Sciver still Gregg Hurwitz is one of my all time favourite authors and a go to author if I need little sleep as a result of not being able to put his book down Hellbent is the third book in his Orphan X series and it is definitely one of those books Tons of fun and a page turning, exciting thriller In Hellbent we learn about Evan Smoak Orphan X and what makes him tick We see a side of him that is vulnerable and uncertain This novel picks up after The Nowhere Man left off with Van Sciver still on the hunt for X His next move is to kidnap and kill X s mentor, Jack Jones Jack leaves a cryptic note for X instructing him to pick up a package which happens to be a teenage girl named Joey who was discharged from Orphan training and is now in danger of being eliminated by Van Sciver as well Gregg Hurwitz has created a masterful and memorable character in Evan Smoak I enjoyed his interaction with Joey and the other fascinating characters he came in contact with An exceptional ending that leaves us wanting.The author fails to disappoint and I can hardly wait to read his next thriller starring Evan Smoak.I truly loved this novel Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review flag 28 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Aug 04, 2018 Josh rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves own, thriller, read_2018 Hellbent sees Evan Smoak aka Orphan X, aka The Nowhere Man embark on a rage fueled quest for revenge as he fights his way through a haze of corporate killers in search of the man responsible for murdering his mentor, Jack Johns.The third installment in the Orphan X series is pure adrenaline with action scenes aplenty However, there s a lot of character development growth in Evan as he progressively establishes relationships and expands his silo d inner circle.Hellbent works both as a standa Hellbent sees Evan Smoak aka Orphan X, aka The Nowhere Man embark on a rage fueled quest for revenge as he fights his way through a haze of corporate killers in search of the man responsible for murdering his mentor, Jack Johns.The third installment in the Orphan X series is pure adrenaline with action scenes aplenty However, there s a lot of character development growth in Evan as he progressively establishes relationships and expands his silo d inner circle.Hellbent works both as a standalone and as part of the broader Orphan X story line serving as both an entry point into the three novel series to date and as a continuity of Evans fight against the Orphan program My rating 4 5 stars The Orphan X books are my favorite action thriller series right night now and Hellbent continues where Orphan X and The Nowhere Man left off flag 28 likesLike see review Mar 14, 2018 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the 3rd book in the Orphan X series by author Gregg Hurwitz Evan Smoak was Orphan X, taken from a group home at twelve, he was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off the books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets, assassins He left the program, disappearing using the skills he had learnt to reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man This book is full of action and suspense and the excitement builds and builds to the very end of the book I enjoyed thi This is the 3rd book in the Orphan X series by author Gregg Hurwitz Evan Smoak was Orphan X, taken from a group home at twelve, he was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off the books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets, assassins He left the program, disappearing using the skills he had learnt to reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man This book is full of action and suspense and the excitement builds and builds to the very end of the book I enjoyed this one even than the 1st and that is no easy feat Looking forward to in this series as well as catching up on other books by this author.I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review flag 25 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 07, 2018 Glen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves espionage, men s adventure Super Secret Agent Orphan X is free from the agency, but someone is trying to kill him He picks up another orphan, and tries to start a relationship with his neighbor.Not bad, never seems real, though flag 22 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 09, 2018 Eric rated it it was amazing review of another edition Hellbent is the third installment of the Evan Smoak Orphan series and again, for modern thrillers, Gregg Hurwitz does not disappoint Hellbent begins right after the ending of The Nowhere Man and to be fair to other readers, to offer too many details will only provide spoilers Hurwitz brings back other familiar characters and introduces a new one which adds to the layers of the novel Hurwitz again puts his main character into situations where the reader will wonder how Smoak will safely emerge Hellbent is the third installment of the Evan Smoak Orphan series and again, for modern thrillers, Gregg Hurwitz does not disappoint Hellbent begins right after the ending of The Nowhere Man and to be fair to other readers, to offer too many details will only provide spoilers Hurwitz brings back other familiar characters and introduces a new one which adds to the layers of the novel Hurwitz again puts his main character into situations where the reader will wonder how Smoak will safely emerge Of the thriller series this reader has read, the Orphan series is one of the most enjoyable series to read Highly recommended flag 21 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2017 Kat rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley Thank you so much to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for getting me into this awesome series by Greg Hurwitz Hellbent continues Evan Smoak s amazing and increasingly destructive life after he receives a call from his mentor and father figure, asking for help But is it too late for Jack to be saved Swirling at the middle of all the madness as usual is Orphan Y, Evan s nemesis from the boy s home, who just can t seem to let go of his bone to pick with Evan, no matter how many people are kill Thank you so much to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for getting me into this awesome series by Greg Hurwitz Hellbent continues Evan Smoak s amazing and increasingly destructive life after he receives a call from his mentor and father figure, asking for help But is it too late for Jack to be saved Swirling at the middle of all the madness as usual is Orphan Y, Evan s nemesis from the boy s home, who just can t seem to let go of his bone to pick with Evan, no matter how many people are killed along the way Evan Smoak has been taught to repress emotion his entire life and Hurwitz shines in the moments where feeling forces itself to the surface, in that oh so painful phone call saying goodbye, when he s forced to question what he s doing and whether he should continue on his path Complicating things is the mission Jack sends him on, who, let s just say is a handful in her on right Joey s intrusion into his life forces Evan to question his rigid boundaries, as well as how life could have diverged for him if he had been able to stop at sixteen It s the really cool emotional meat of Evan Smoak that I love reading, so this was an especially cool development And of course, the further along we go, the deeper the rabbit hole goes There were some tantalizing peeks at what is to come, how far the conspiracy leads, and what may be in store for Orphan X in the future I know I can t wait for the next book Please excuse typos name misspellings Entered on screen reader flag 20 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 09, 2018 Dave rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley books, thrillers, read have When you find yourself ripping through all three books in a series in five days, the author might just be onto something And, Indeed, with the Orphan X series, Hurwitz has managed to deliver three solid, action packed thrillers one right after the other and his writing appears to be getting tighter with each new novel in the series If you are just finding this series with Hellbent, you will discover that The Nowhere Man was one of the so called Orphans men and women discovered at early t When you find yourself ripping through all three books in a series in five days, the author might just be onto something And, Indeed, with the Orphan X series, Hurwitz has managed to deliver three solid, action packed thrillers one right after the other and his writing appears to be getting tighter with each new novel in the series If you are just finding this series with Hellbent, you will discover that The Nowhere Man was one of the so called Orphans men and women discovered at early teenage years and trained to become invincible assassins black ops operators par excellence Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, Left the program, going rogue, underground, lending his awesome services to those in need of help, asking only that they repay him by giving his number to someone else in need of help, paying it forward so to speak He has amassed a limitless supply of funds in secret accounts, safe houses, and a bat cave like condo in a tower where he pretends to be Bruce Wayne while secretly leading a double life, saving the day.This novel doesn t focus on helping others so much as it is an all out battle with other all powerful multi talented Orphans to try to save the youngest newest Orphan It s sort of a battle between the super powered mutants in the tv series Heroes It is action packed from beginning to end, hard to put down, and just really a ton of find to read There are lots of thrillers out there, but this one is really well done Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review flag 20 likesLike see review May 26, 2018 Tim rated it it was ok review of another edition After a fair start, the story wanders too much Should have been edited shorter Narrator Scott Brick adds little than his tiresome inflections 4 of 10 stars flag 25 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 04, 2017 The Real Book Spy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Read this review and at TheRealBookSpy Do you need my help That s how former government assassin turned vigilante Evan Smoak answers his special RoamZone each time it rings As a rogue, highly trained former member of the Orphan Program, a top secret government project designed to turn children into killers, Evan has left that life behind Now he s known only as the Nowhere Man, the last hope for many people in desperate need This time, however, Evan recognizes the voice on the o Read this review and at TheRealBookSpy Do you need my help That s how former government assassin turned vigilante Evan Smoak answers his special RoamZone each time it rings As a rogue, highly trained former member of the Orphan Program, a top secret government project designed to turn children into killers, Evan has left that life behind Now he s known only as the Nowhere Man, the last hope for many people in desperate need This time, however, Evan recognizes the voice on the other end of the phone The person in desperate need of help is Jack Johns, Evan s mentor and former handler Charles Van Sciver, the head of the Orphan Program, is shutting things down That means scrubbing everyone still linked to the program, including Evan Smoak, one of the original recruits, who was designated Orphan X After many failed attempts shown in past books Van Sciver finally decides that the best way to get to Orphan X is to go after his handler.Unable to get to Jack in time to save him, Evan listens in horror as the only father figure he s ever known is apprehended by a team of operators sent by Van Sciver Moments later, Jack s body falls from a helicopter hovering at sixteen thousand feet above ground For the first time in his life since meeting Jack, Evan Smoak feels lost Too stunned to do anything, Orphan X considers his options, all the while thinking about the message Van Sciver sent to him as the painful truth eats at him He s the reason Jack Johns is dead.At the young age of twelve, Evan was plucked from a Balti orphanage and placed in Jack s care Like the other handlers, Jack raised Evan to be a killer, teaching him all the necessary tradecraft and skills he d need to succeed And succeed, Evan did But Jack did one thing differently that none of the other handlers even considered with their recruits he raised Evan like a son and taught him to remain human by ensuring he held onto his conscience So while Evan is a killer, he s not a mindless killer, which is what ultimately led to him breaking from the Orphan Program years prior and taking up the mantle as the Nowhere Man Ready to move, Evan begins by retracing Jack s footsteps While the message from Van Sciver is painfully clear, there s another message for Evan to focus on Before falling from the helicopter, Jack left a coded message of his own a final mission, and one that Evan must complete at all costs Evan quickly learns that, with the Orphan Program being shut down, Jack had taken in another cast off and began training them according to the same commandments instilled in Evan His dying wish is for Evan to find the last Orphan and make sure Van Sciver doesn t get his hands on them Fueled by his intense thirst for revenge, Evan accepts his mentor s final mission but also sets his sights on finally burning the Orphan Program to the ground To do that, he ll need to stay one step ahead of Van Sciver, the coldest killer the program s ever produced, and his loyal assassins All of this is made difficult when Evan s RoamZone rings yet again In the midst of trying to find the young Orphan and avenging Jack s death, there s now another person in need of the Nowhere Man s help Plus, to top it off, Evan is about to learn that the Orphan Program stretches far above Van Sciver, a twist that he didn t see coming but something that must be dealt with So far, three books in, Gregg Hurwitz is pitching a perfect game One of the things that makes this series so good is that Hurwitz keeps finding legitimate reasons to continue telling Evan s story Unlike other series where authors keep sending their heroes on new world saving missions, Hurwitz continues to think up compelling scenarios to drop his protagonist into.The first book Orphan X saw Evan helping someone who accidentally got caught up in danger caused by his former life, and the second book The Nowhere Man followed Evan who, coincidentally, found himself in the very type of situation someone would typically call him for help with And while the first two installments are terrific, Hellbent, which features the most personal mission for Evan yet, is something special Well written and engaging, Hurwitz s pacing is quick and relentless as Orphan X soars to new heights in Hellbent, a serious contender for best thriller of the year Someone tell Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne to move over Evan Smoak is the new king of the genre Book Details Author Gregg HurwitzSeries Evan Smoak 3Pages 403 Hardcover ISBN 1250119170Publisher Minotaur BooksRelease Date January 30, 2018Book Spy Rating 9.5 10Order Now flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 11, 2018 Monica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves give aways, netgalley Fantastic One of the best action thrillers I ve read all year As the third in a series, this one is definitely my favorite And you could read as a stand alone and not miss anything Reading the first two did give me a deeper understanding of Evan s past relationships especially with his mentor father figure.The original villain Orphans are still in play and Evan continues his alternate life as the Nowhere Man The addition of a 16 year old girl, Joey gives a rare look into Evan s humanity a Fantastic One of the best action thrillers I ve read all year As the third in a series, this one is definitely my favorite And you could read as a stand alone and not miss anything Reading the first two did give me a deeper understanding of Evan s past relationships especially with his mentor father figure.The original villain Orphans are still in play and Evan continues his alternate life as the Nowhere Man The addition of a 16 year old girl, Joey gives a rare look into Evan s humanity and his moral compass.I strongly recommend this book to all lovers of spy, undercover, crime stories Definitely a 5 star read Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the book in exchange for my honest review. flag 17 likesLike see review Sep 25, 2017 Cindy Burnett rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley 3.5 starsHellbent is the third book in the Orphan X series I loved the first book, Orphan X, struggled a lot with the second one, The Nowhere Man, and felt Hellbent fell somewhere in the middle In this installment, the plot and ancillary characters are strong I enjoyed both the project he takes on as the Nowhere Man and the assignment Jack gives Evan as Jack dies However, I felt the dialogue and conversations Evan kept having in his head with Jack were forced and unrealistic I found it very 3.5 starsHellbent is the third book in the Orphan X series I loved the first book, Orphan X, struggled a lot with the second one, The Nowhere Man, and felt Hellbent fell somewhere in the middle In this installment, the plot and ancillary characters are strong I enjoyed both the project he takes on as the Nowhere Man and the assignment Jack gives Evan as Jack dies However, I felt the dialogue and conversations Evan kept having in his head with Jack were forced and unrealistic I found it very distracting and would probably have given the book 4.5 stars had it not been for that aspect Evan was raised in an orphanage until 12 and then trained to be a killer it seemed so unlikely that he then would be so sappy The mystery is solid, and the book kept me entertained If you like thrillers, this is certainly an entertaining one I received this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 16 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2018 ChopinFC rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves espionage thriller 5 StarsI ve been shook What a fantastic, fast pace, espionage thriller novel Hellbent is hands down the most entertaining CIA thriller I ve read in a long time A amazing plot line, an affable but royally screwed up protagonist, and some nasty deviant foes, makes this a must read RTC flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 01, 2018 Dee Arr rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves action, thriller Author Gregg Hurwitz returns to the constant pulse pounding action scenes reminiscent of his first book, and Evan Smoak has his hands full trying to balance multiple issues at one time Smoak is the author s killer with a conscience, trained by his handler to be deadly without losing his humanism It is a balance that is once again challenged in Hellbent This is the third book in the series, and while it could be read as a standalone, the Orphan series is so much fun that I would suggest you g Author Gregg Hurwitz returns to the constant pulse pounding action scenes reminiscent of his first book, and Evan Smoak has his hands full trying to balance multiple issues at one time Smoak is the author s killer with a conscience, trained by his handler to be deadly without losing his humanism It is a balance that is once again challenged in Hellbent This is the third book in the series, and while it could be read as a standalone, the Orphan series is so much fun that I would suggest you go back and read the first two books Here s where Mr Hurwitz does his new readers a great service, because he does not have extensive flashbacks that are huge plot spoilers for those who decide after reading Hellbent to move backwards and read Orphan X and The Nowhere Man The author tells just enough so you understand what is happening in his current book, which doesn t happen with all authors.Evan Smoak is part of a secret government program, trained as an agent to perform those necessary jobs that need to remain deeply buried and miles from the radar He is now a rogue agent who calls himself the Nowhere Man, a protector and hero to those folks who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and need someone with Evan s skills to help them out.For those familiar with the series, there is a character who makes a return don t want to ruin the surprise, but it happens early on and we are introduced to Joey, Evan s unasked for teenage female partner All the villains return also, and Even must contend with dodging the efforts to kill him while tending to the business of the Nowhere Man While Mr Hurwitz does have his characters perform some fantastic, almost unbelievable actions, I was stunned that the author introduced a scene that shredded my thin hold on reality One of the villains uses two bullets to kill two men Not too fantastic, unless you catch that the weapon is a.45 semiautomatic pistol and the victims are 275 yards away Great shooting, but impossible in our world and I am betting that most people in Evan Smoak s world wouldn t believe it, either Usually Mr Hurwitz doesn t stumble this horribly, and I felt it would be okay to forgive him this one gaffe.There is no escaping the action in this book It could serve as the definition of a thriller, and the pages almost turn themselves I am sorry for my binge reading of the Orphan Series to come to an end, as I am now just another fan waiting for the next book to come out Five stars flag 14 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Oct 26, 2018 Chad rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, netgalley Hurwitz continues to bring the action with the third installment of the Orphan X series Filled with intrigue and tradecraft We get a view into the Orphan program and learn there s going on than just cleaning up loose ends A great ending to the original story while leading into the next story.Received a review copy from St Martins Press and NetGalley All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2018 Carla Johnson Hicks rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, thriller suspense, adult fiction Evan Smoak has gone through many transitions in his life He was an orphan in a boys home, he was taken from there at the age of 12 and trained to become a government assassin known as Orphan X When he left the program, he became, The Nowhere Man, helping people who have nowhere else to turn But now Smoak is out for revenge When the last book ended, Evan gets a call from his mentor, Jack Johns, who he thought was dead He was very much alive, but before the call ended, he was captured and en Evan Smoak has gone through many transitions in his life He was an orphan in a boys home, he was taken from there at the age of 12 and trained to become a government assassin known as Orphan X When he left the program, he became, The Nowhere Man, helping people who have nowhere else to turn But now Smoak is out for revenge When the last book ended, Evan gets a call from his mentor, Jack Johns, who he thought was dead He was very much alive, but before the call ended, he was captured and ended up dead The man responsible was Charles Van Sciver or Orphan Y It is all a plot to get Evan and kill Orphan X once and for all The same characters once again make an appearance, Mia and her son Peter, the locals in the apartment building, Tommy his go to guy for firearms and equipment as well as the addition of Joey, a sixteen year old girl who ran away from Van Scriver when he was training her to become an orphan operative She is now on his radar and Evan has to protect her as well The story grabbed me right from the beginning The suspense and excitement keeps building throughout the story until you know Van Sciver and Evan Smoak will meet face to face The story s plot is detailed and the characters are extremely interesting I thought this was the end of the trilogy, but the ending leaves it open for another possible book in the series Only time will tell Once again there is a lot of violence in the story, so if that bothers you, then this book is not for you The addition of Joey to this story makes it a little softer and we get to see another side of Evan I recommend it to thriller action suspense lovers The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley flag 14 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves jr read The third I ve read in the Orphan X series and another thrilling ride This time, Evan finds himself fulfilling a favor of his mentor, Jack, a man who fostered Evan from the age of twelve and turned him into a trained assassin Jack is killed in the early pages and Evan is off to avenge his death, knowing exactly who is to blame someone he knew well in his role in the Orphan program.But there has been a wrench thrown in The favor turns out to be Evan taking under his wing a 16 year old girl b The third I ve read in the Orphan X series and another thrilling ride This time, Evan finds himself fulfilling a favor of his mentor, Jack, a man who fostered Evan from the age of twelve and turned him into a trained assassin Jack is killed in the early pages and Evan is off to avenge his death, knowing exactly who is to blame someone he knew well in his role in the Orphan program.But there has been a wrench thrown in The favor turns out to be Evan taking under his wing a 16 year old girl by the name of Joey He knows nothing about Joey, only that she is kick ass, smart as hell, difficult to manage and gets mysterious postcards from someone named M Loved the great dynamic between these characters.As before, this installment integrates many techie tools Young Joey exposes fresh innovations and accelerated technologies Surely though, some of things are still fiction Information contained on a single eyelash Radio frequency id tagged fingernails Another action packed installment in one of my favorite spy thriller series I was excited to recently learn that a production company has bought the book rights and will adapt into a tv series Can t wait to see who is cast as Evan flag 12 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Bianca rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audiobook, contemporary, male author, supense thriller mystery Who would have thought Hellbent, no 3 in the series, is even better than its predecessors Another layer of complexity is added to Evan Smoak, the highly trained government assassin, who d gone his own way This was engrossing and fast paced, with complex characters and interesting back stories As far as I m concerned, it was the perfect adventure suspense novel I can t believe nobody made these books into movies or better yet, a TV series I ll leave it at that It s best that you go into i Who would have thought Hellbent, no 3 in the series, is even better than its predecessors Another layer of complexity is added to Evan Smoak, the highly trained government assassin, who d gone his own way This was engrossing and fast paced, with complex characters and interesting back stories As far as I m concerned, it was the perfect adventure suspense novel I can t believe nobody made these books into movies or better yet, a TV series I ll leave it at that It s best that you go into it blindly.I can t wait to read the next instalment.NB Scott Brick s narration was top notch flag 13 likesLike see review View all 10 comments JanB So many friends love this series I plan to start it this year Jan 31, 2019 09 18PM Bianca JanB wrote So many friends love this series I plan to start it this year Pure, unadulterated action suspence series I plan to read the next one i JanB wrote So many friends love this series I plan to start it this year Pure, unadulterated action suspence series I plan to read the next one in the series soonish Jan 31, 2019 10 43PM Jul 09, 2018 Dianne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves action and adventure, adult fiction, anti hero, gritty, great dialogue, netgalley, own Evan Smoak, once part of a deep government assets program has broken free, gone rogue and flamed that last spark of humanity into a quest to help those who need him most He is also a man on the run from the very agency he once served and the big X on his back is neon orange Every Orphan ever trained is out to take him down and end the legend of Orphan X, including an old rival, the new head of the Orphan program, the only orphan to match his skills When a voice from his past, one he thought Evan Smoak, once part of a deep government assets program has broken free, gone rogue and flamed that last spark of humanity into a quest to help those who need him most He is also a man on the run from the very agency he once served and the big X on his back is neon orange Every Orphan ever trained is out to take him down and end the legend of Orphan X, including an old rival, the new head of the Orphan program, the only orphan to match his skills When a voice from his past, one he thought long dead calls to give him one last assignment, it is his humanity that will do all he can to free his mentor s last student from the clutches of the program To do so will mean facing down his greatest and most dangerous foe, Van Sciver, a soulless monster who will stop at nothing to end Evan s life.HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz takes us back into a world where no one can be trusted, emotions could be both a sign of weakness and strength and one man will finally understand that no man can truly survive without a cause worth fighting for.Overflowing with action, the battle of good versus evil rages at full tilt as Evan Smoak embraces both his trained talents and his emotional awakening in order to save one young recruit from the life he has led A powerhouse read that focuses as much on the strength of its characters as it does over the top action and suspense.I didn t think Gregg Hurwitz could make Evan Smoak s story any intense, but he has raised the bar even higher with HELLBENT If only that phone number really existed Holding out for a hero Wait no I received a complimentary copy from Minotaur Books Series Orphan X Book 3Publisher Minotaur Books January 30, 2018 Publication Date January 30, 2018Genre Suspense ThrillerPrint Length 412 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow flag 13 likesLike see review Sep 02, 2017 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 releases, gregg hurwitz, orphan x, netgalley arc, books read in 2018, evan smoak Evan Smoak, an unstoppable government assassin gone rogue returns in Gregg Hurwitz 1 international bestselling Orphan X series, HELLBENT from revenge, bullets, and vodka his most emotional and personal yet a riveting non stop action thriller Picking up from The Nowhere Man 2.0 Smoak is than a legend He is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. A dangerous past Well equipped and trained Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan Evan Smoak, an unstoppable government assassin gone rogue returns in Gregg Hurwitz 1 international bestselling Orphan X series, HELLBENT from revenge, bullets, and vodka his most emotional and personal yet a riveting non stop action thriller Picking up from The Nowhere Man 2.0 Smoak is than a legend He is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. A dangerous past Well equipped and trained Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and prepared as part of the Orphan Program Evan was Orphan X An expendable assassin who went where the U.S Government would not and did what they could not.Jack had fought for Evan to stay human even while teaching him to be a killer He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man Eight years ago he had gone rogue He helped the desperate with no place to turn People suffering at the hands of unrepentant and vicious abusers Now every incoming call comes to 1.855.2 Nowhere Then it emerged through the receiver of the RoamZone He always answers Do you need my help This time, the voice on the other end was familiar Jack Johns Jack was the one who had plucked Evan from foster home to the inside the Department of Defense He was the only father he had ever know If he was calling this line, he must be in mortal danger Indicating he must be up against what other might consider world destroying trouble An emotional call Hurwitz cranks up the intensity, with Van Sciver, using all the assets to take out both Evan Orphan X and the target he is trying to protect His top priority is to stamp out wayward Orphans Anyone who has retired Anyone who had not made the cut Anyone who had tested questionable for compliance The only Orphan who had ever gone rogue The best way is to go after his handler Jack gives Evan a final mission Would a long buried secret from Jack s past lead him to Van Sciver Hurting Jack Johns would hurt Orphan X The Commandments A girl Joey The package Can she help A sixteen year old Evan is determined to put a bullet through Van Sciver s skull after his beloved father figure dies Their history stretched back to three decades to a boys home in East Balti Van Sciver held the keys to the kingdom and Evan was the fugitive Jack had taught Evan that the hard part wasn t being a killer It was staying human He was superb at the former And growing proficient at the latter A superbly created series Highly entertaining Fans will delight Will there be another upcoming book in the series We can only hope Read My Reviews Orphan X 1 Buy a Bullet 1.5 Nowhere Man 2.0A special thank you to St Martins Press and NetGalley for an early reading copy JDCMustReadBooks flag 11 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 19, 2018 Rose rated it really liked it The I read about Evan Smoak, the I like this guy I wasn t a huge fan of the first book in the series but I think that had to do with the writing style than the story itself It s like once Hurwitz got into his writing groove, it all fell into place but before that it was a long, drawn out series of things I was supposed to think was cool but I just wanted the story to move on.I had one annoyance with this story the recap Really, it didn t need any I know the recap was so the The I read about Evan Smoak, the I like this guy I wasn t a huge fan of the first book in the series but I think that had to do with the writing style than the story itself It s like once Hurwitz got into his writing groove, it all fell into place but before that it was a long, drawn out series of things I was supposed to think was cool but I just wanted the story to move on.I had one annoyance with this story the recap Really, it didn t need any I know the recap was so the book could be read as a stand alone but there was too much and most people will read them in order anyway This isn t a series in that each book is part of one large story Each may build upon the previous but they are separate stories Smoak, aka The Nowhere Man, aka Orphan X, now has a protege He got her by default but she s good and since he s all about saving people, he s become a surrogate dad trainer handler She was a potential trainee of Van Sciver s but now he s trying to find and kill her who doesn t this guy want to kill The big shoot em up fight at the end there is always a big fight at the end was one of the best I ve read Normally this part bores me a bit but it was just so well written As I said, the I read the I like and now I m itchin to get the next one in the series There are only 4 at this point but the character is like a new age James Bond so the author could publish tons of them Bring it on, Hurwitz flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 The Cats Mother rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves action or suspense thrillers, series, read in 2019 Hellbent is the third book in the bestselling Orphan X series, about Evan Smoak, a retired secret government assassin trained from childhood to be a fully deniable weapon, who seeks redemption by helping people in serious trouble as his alter ego, the Nowhere Man I highly recommend reading these in order as while each adventure does stand alone, there is a lot of important character development going on that needs to be read in context.Evan s nemesis, the ice cold Orphan Y, Charles Van Scriver, Hellbent is the third book in the bestselling Orphan X series, about Evan Smoak, a retired secret government assassin trained from childhood to be a fully deniable weapon, who seeks redemption by helping people in serious trouble as his alter ego, the Nowhere Man I highly recommend reading these in order as while each adventure does stand alone, there is a lot of important character development going on that needs to be read in context.Evan s nemesis, the ice cold Orphan Y, Charles Van Scriver, is out to terminate any orphans who have left the programme, especially Orphan X, due to his long held jealousy and desire for revenge Kidnapping his mentor, Jack Johns, has the intended effect of setting Evan on the warpath, but the unplanned complication of a tough but vulnerable teenage girl means he suddenly has to go about his mission in a very different way.I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books, especially the returning characters and Evan learning how to be a human being, one step at a time It s very violent with some hardcore action scenes as well as some pretty unpleasant torture scenes, but there are also lighter moments and even some highly emotion moments.As ever there is a bit too much about weapons, hacking and fancy vodkas, but these are now essential parts of these books and I didn t do too much eye rolling The ending sets us up perfectly for the next book which is released in two days time, giving me the perfect excuse to start it very soon as I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Mark rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, spies, assassin This third book into the Evan Smoak, the Nowhere man, series we get a confrontation with the current director of the Orphan project, van Scriver He sends his goons after the man who trained Evan and gets him killed Surprisingly the Nowhere man takes this rather personal.The Nowhere man part of the story is minor and was always the most satisfying bit for me in the series and this time gets a minor place This book is supposed to be about the revenge of Evan on those responsible for the death o This third book into the Evan Smoak, the Nowhere man, series we get a confrontation with the current director of the Orphan project, van Scriver He sends his goons after the man who trained Evan and gets him killed Surprisingly the Nowhere man takes this rather personal.The Nowhere man part of the story is minor and was always the most satisfying bit for me in the series and this time gets a minor place This book is supposed to be about the revenge of Evan on those responsible for the death of his trainer father figure.While in fact is about Evan becoming of a human with incredible skills and part of the human race when he during his chase and task to punish the involved people in his trainers death When he gets to take a package left by his trainer he finds out that this is a female teenager and another male kid to be rescued makes him evaluate his life and his choices While he is a lethal weapon he is also a human with needs and not a hermit alone in his world A decent actioner that delivers and is yet to go over the top when you have read the ending Too bad that the lower scope of the Nowhere man stories will have less of place They were fun this big stuff with way to big an arc generally bores the pants of me Lets hope that Hurwitz scales down for the fifth book or releases some decent short stories in which we see Nowhere man who helps the small man instead of the Orphan X against the world flag 8 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2017 Karin Schott rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, fiction I have a new ritual these days These days are so hectic that attention to ritual becomes important At the end of the day, after the child is in bed and order has been restored to the force, I break a small bite of chocolate and let it melt in my mouth I buy a good dark chocolate bar, I hide it behind the frozen spinach in the freezer Alas, I can not afford a good bottle of vodka, but the ritual is the same Evan Smoak would understand.Some books are dark chocolate, broad themes that are teas I have a new ritual these days These days are so hectic that attention to ritual becomes important At the end of the day, after the child is in bed and order has been restored to the force, I break a small bite of chocolate and let it melt in my mouth I buy a good dark chocolate bar, I hide it behind the frozen spinach in the freezer Alas, I can not afford a good bottle of vodka, but the ritual is the same Evan Smoak would understand.Some books are dark chocolate, broad themes that are teased over dense, exquisite prose These are books that require a quiet moment, the languor of a Sunday afternoon There are some books that are of a Hersey Chocolate, something you buy on the fly and stuff yourself with in a moment It is always in your bag in case you have just a few minutes to read The details may escape you but that book will at least give you something to do when you are waiting for your child to finish up soccer practice The Orphan X novels are a yummy something in between They may be the Hersey bar from the check out aisle but you sit in your car letting it melt on your tongue while the radio plays a favorite oldie You want to take the moment.Now on to Hellbent I loved book one I thought book two was stellar Book three is simply awesome As a bookseller there is hardly time to stay with a series I read a couple and have to move on The reading is all about front list and some of the episodes simply slip by But each of these novels does such a fine job of letting the character evolve They do not feel formulaic They inevitably keep me up way past my bedtimewith chocolate flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Grat book 1 16 Jan 30, 2018 02 09PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent 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