Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Review - Lone Wolf

Orphan Program 
Ten Commandments

First commandment - Assume Nothing
Second Commandment - How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything 
Third Commandment - Master Your Surroundings
Fourth Commandment - Never Make It Personal 
Fifth Commandment - If You Don’t Know What To Do, Do Nothing 
Sixth Commandment - Question Orders
Seventh Commandment - One Mission at a Time
Eighth Commandment - Never Kill a Kid
Ninth Commandment - Always Play Offense
Tenth Commandment - Never Let An Innocent Die
unofficial 11th commandment - Don’t Fall In Love With Plan A

Title:   Lone Wolf
Author:  Gregg Hurwitz
Series:  Orphan X #9
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Genre:      Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Scott Brick
No. of Pages:   432
Date of Publication:   February 13, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars


Once a black book government assassin known as Orphan X, Evan Smoak left the program, went deep underground, and reinvented himself as someone who will go anywhere, and risk everything to help the truly desperate who have nowhere else to turn. Since then, Evan has fought international crime syndicates and drug cartels, faced down the most powerful men in the world and even brought down a President. Struggling with an unexpected personal crisis, Evan goes back to the very basics of his mission - and this time, the truly desperate is a little girl who wants him to find her missing dog.

Not his usual mission, and not one Evan embraces with enthusiasm, but this unlikely, tiny job quickly explodes into his biggest mission yet. one that finds him battered between twisted AI technocrat billionaires, a mysterious female assassin who seems a mirror of himself, and personal stakes so gut-wrenching he can scarcely make sense of them .

Evan's mission pushes him to his limit - he must find and take down the assassin known only as the Wolf, before she succeeds in completing her mission and killing the people who can identify her - a teenaged daughter of her last target, and Evan himself. Matched skill for skill, instinct for instinct, Evan must outwit an opponent who will literally stop at nothing if he is to survive.

Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X, was trained by Jack - his handler and mentor. Ever since he was trained as an assassin, Jack became Evan's father figure. Evan was constantly trying to use his skills and keeping with the Ten Commandments that Jack handed down to him. This made it certain for him to stay in harmony with the job and his own moral compass while in the Orphan Program, which was designed to stop sex traffickers, domestic abusers and other equally vile characters.

If you are a fan of movies like The Bourne Identity,  then you will truly love this book and the entire series. I definitely would recommend going into your online library or Audible, and getting each and every book which I will list below.

At some point, Evan left the program and came to be known as The Nowhere Man. He is in a race for survival. One thing Evan hopes for at this point in his life is to find his biological father. But, there is an assassin taking lives, and Evan, along with Joey, his computer genius, he works hard to find the female assassin. Joey is a young college kid who consistently messes with Smoak’s need for order, but Evan cannot deny how brilliant she is. 

As Evan hunts the assassin, he realizes that her skills match his. Thus, there is incredible action in this audiobook. My heart was racing every single minute of this read. 

Many thanks to Minotaur Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Orphan X
   1. Orphan X (2016)
   1.5. Buy a Bullet (2016)
   2. The Nowhere Man (2017)
   3. Hellbent (2017)
   3.5. The Intern (2018)
   4. Out of the Dark (2019)
   5. Into the Fire (2020)
   5.5. The List (2020)
   6. Prodigal Son (2021)
   7. Dark Horse (2022)
   8. The Last Orphan (2023)
   8.5. The Recital (2023)
   9. Lone Wolf (2024)


Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 22 thrillers, including the ORPHAN X series, and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW).

Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.

Additionally, Gregg is actively working to end polarization in politics and on college campuses. To that end, he's produced several hundred commercials which got over a hundred million views on digital and TV platforms. His editorial pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Bulwark, and others.

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