Cover image for Hellbent / Gregg Hurwitz.
Hellbent / Gregg Hurwitz.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.

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497 pages ; 19 cm
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when there's nowhere else to turn. . .

His name is Evan Smoak. Taken from a group home at age twelve, he was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After breaking with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate. Now, the person in need of help is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, and the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, and an elusive new enemy on his trail, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: to find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program--or die trying. . .

Author Notes

Gregg Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard ('95) and a master's from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy ('96), he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting expertise.

Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of The Tower, Minutes to Burn, Do No Harm, The Kill Clause, The Program, Troubleshooter, Last Shot, The Crime Writer, Trust No One, They're Watching, You're Next, and Tell No Lies. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, and nominated for CWA's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. In addition to novels, he also writes comics for DC. He penned PENGUIN: Pain and Prejudice, and was recently tapped to write BATMAN: The Dark Knight.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Actor Brick, the narrator of all three of Hurwitz's Orphan X audiobooks, once again effectively brings the dark adventures of ex-government assassin Evan Smoak to life. Smoak, who's atoning for his murderous past by helping those in need, is unable to save Jack Johns, his mentor in the covert U.S. program in which orphan children are trained to become assassins. Taken as a prisoner aboard a Blackhawk helicopter by the evil program head Charles Van Sciver, Johns dies in an early, well-written sequence, stirringly enacted by Brick. Prior to his death, Johns contacted Smoak and asked that, if anything happened to him, Smoak protect his recent protégé, a teenage girl named Joey, from Van Sciver's death squad. Smoak is determined to avenge Johns by killing Van Sciver and, as part of his Samaritan duty, to stop the initiation of young Xavier Orellana into a Los Angeles street gang. Brick effectively handles all vocal tasks, such as Smoak's grave, unwavering delivery, Joey's teenage truculence, and Van Sciver's sinister sliminess. Brick even makes Hurwitz's minutely detailed descriptions of weapons, electronic gadgets, and data mining as dramatic as the action sequences. This is a particularly well-narrated audiobook. A Minotaur hardcover. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In his third outing, Evan Smoak, aka -Orphan X, takes on another difficult assignment, but this one is personal. After breaking away from the Orphans program, an expendable assassins initiative buried in the bowels of the U.S. Defense Department, Evan sets himself up as the "Nowhere Man" to help others who are in desperate situations. His former mentor, Jack Johns, calls the Nowhere Man line just as he is about to be captured and murdered by Van Sciver, the new head tasked with scrubbing the Orphans program and eliminating its participants. Evan was given a final assignment by Jack "to get the package," which unexpectedly turns out to be a 16-year-old female recruit. VERDICT Fans of the first two books (Orphan X; Nowhere Man) will enjoy this nail-biting , twisty thriller. It will also appeal to devotees of Robert Ludlum's "Bourne" series. [See Prepub Alert, 7/24/17.]-Vicki Gregory, Sch. of Information, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.