Dark Horse: An Orphan X Novel (Orphan X, Book 7) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The New York Times bestselling series returns when Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever in Gregg Hurwitz's Dark Horse.
This audiobook includes a bonus conversation between the author and Jack Carr.
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 neighbor 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—suppyling 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 eighteen year old daughter, spiriting her away into the armored 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.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 7 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 08, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,359 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2022
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After surviving the attack on his penthouse apartment at the end of book six (I’ve forgotten who was responsible for that and this plot line goes nowhere) Evan is rebuilding - you’d think that since they know where he lives he would move, but he’s unnaturally attached to his annoying neighbours. When his Roamphone rings his next mission begins, taking him to the wilds of Texas where “unconventional businessman” Aragon Urrea, whose teenage daughter has been kidnapped and taken to the lair of insane cartel boss Raùl Montesco. Evan has other things on his mind, like meeting Mia’s brother and keeping Joey out of trouble, but a promise has been made, so off he goes to Mexico to enter the lion’s den…
I so loved the early books in the series that these last two have suffered by comparison. I love one-warrior-fighting-impossible-odds type stories, but this was so implausible and the outcome never felt in any doubt. The set-up, to show us just how horrible Montesco was, as he casually kills a variety of people in excessively gory ways, took a long time, but the ease with which Evan gains his trust just didn’t make sense. Apparently this is only 452 pages, but it felt a lot longer, partly because I had to keep stopping to look up the meaning of words - some in Spanish, some in made up English eg:“Rumbling upslope and down as the terrain dimensionalized.” The last quarter was at least exciting enough to pull me in, wrap up the central story, then leave us with another annoying cliffhanger.
I do still want to continue the series - the next one’s not out until February 2023, but hope we can get back to the main Orphan storyline. 3.5 rounded down .
It was fun to observe him manipulate the bad, bad guys (as opposed to the good, bad guys), and convince them he is protecting their interests.
A few plot twists are included to catch you of guard.
This was Evan Smoak at his diabolical, intriguing best. As calculating as ever, and as entertaining as ever.
Now the wait begins for the next (last?) iteration. I can't wait!
On this browse-thru, I stumbled upon Orphan X. I wrote down the author's name and continued browsing.
I have a few favorite authors, only 2 are "big names"(Stephen King & James Rollins). The other 3 I discovered in the Kindle store & read them because the 1st book was free. I have read all of Mark Tufo's "Zombie Fallout", all of Chris Philbrook's "Adrian's Undead Diary " and Sam Sisavath's "Purge of Babylon".
Now I've made Gregg Hurwitz a favorite author and have read the "Orphan X" series twice. Next year is too long to wait for the next book!!!
Action, suspense, this was PACKED with both! (It takes awhile, but it's nice to know that the Nowhere Man has a sense of humor.) I can honestly say I enjoyed ALL the characters and although the books aren't a continuation of each other, they don't go so far afield to make you think, "Ok, I'm not finishing this, there's no connection or continuity here." I read a book a few years ago that was 1st in a series. The only thing connecting the 1st with the 2nd was the main character. I didn't get 1/4 of the 2nd book read before deciding it wasn't worth it to continue.
Yes, this is a bit long, but I hope I've made myself clear enough that you'll at least read the first book!! Highly unlikely, but my fingers are crossed that the next book comes out early!! Highly recommended!
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What I particularly liked about this installment was the further peeling back of the layers of Evan's humanity. His mission to find the kidnapped daughter of an 'unconventional businessman' takes him to places in his own mind that he doesn't normally go, making him feel emotions he doesn't normally feel, leaving him struggling to stick to the ten commandments he has always lived by.
There are some fantastic characters introduced in this book, especially Aragon Urrea whom Evan is enlisted to help. There are also developments with much-loved series characters, which again pull Evan further from his Orphan X persona. If I was to be picky, there is one character who was hinted at towards the end of Prodigal Son and the start of Dark Horse who never materialises - hopefully they will feature in an upcoming chapter, as I think they would really develop Evan's character arc.
As usual the settings in Dark Horse are vividly described, and the writing is accomplished and gripping. I couldn't put the book down, and the ending (again) made me excited for more!
And then there is the kidnapping itself. In order to fulfil his mission, Evan must penetrate a drug cartel. And Evan is a man who doesn’t do things by halves. Throughout the book, we see a very human side of Evan. Never too busy to take a break from close combat to listen to the concerns of those around him. But this doesn’t overshadow the very visceral and highly orchestrated violence that Evan brings to the game.
Plenty of sassy dialogue, richly imagined settings and always a smattering of humour to create a fully rounded offering. Oh, and then there is the ending. Just have to see that for yourselves I’m afraid.
The flashes of humour seen previously in this series were few and far between. Most of the characters were thoroughly annoying - even, dare I say it, X himself (at times)! No complaints about Dog though.
Introducing Mia's family served no purpose - although I expect it was to make us think of Evan's struggle with "people's normal behaviour" - but we already knew that from previous books. I suspect with the amped up relationship with Mia that The Nowhere Man will no longer be able to live as he has - he'll be going nowhere.
Wait till you can buy this used - not worth the full price!
'its a bit rubbish isn't it? or
'really Romeo & Juliet but with drug cartels? '
or ' Do you really think its plausible that if a human being falls on the floor packs of rats will descend on him and eat him alive?' 'You Live in LA and the homeless are everywhere yet the rats are not eating them'
that's not the worst part of this book.
In a desperate attempt to tempt hollywood (IMHO) he has sent his character woke.
We have already lost Reacher when Lee Child gave the keys to his Idiot brother, Movies are unwatchable virtue signalling rubbish and now Evan Smoak has bit the dust too.