- Expected Jan 26, 2021
Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed—in Prodigal Son, the next New York Times bestselling Orphan X book from Gregg Hurwitz.
As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new name—The Nowhere Man—and a new mission, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. But the highest power in the country has made him a tempting offer—in exchange for an unofficial pardon, he must stop his clandestine activities as The Nowhere Man. Now Evan has to do the one thing he’s least equipped to do—live a normal life.
But then he gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew—his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran—a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran’s only option. But when the hidden cabal catches on to what Evan is doing, everything he’s fought for is on the line—including his own life.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When the stakes are this high, even a one-man army like Evan Smoak (a.k.a. Orphan X) is bound to feel the pressure. The star of Gregg Hurwitz’s long-running high-tech thriller series—who has just been granted a very off-the-books presidential pardon—is retired from both government black-ops work and private-sector rough justice. But then he’s called upon by someone he can’t refuse: his own mother. This is the woman who should have raised him…if he hadn’t instead been trained from childhood to be an expert killer. Understandably, her appearance in his life causes a roller coaster of emotions that jeopardizes the mission. Prodigal Son doesn’t skimp on action (or on Evan’s trademark gadgets!), but the family tension adds intriguing new dimensions to Hurwitz’s white-knuckle thriller. This mission could finally close an important chapter in Orphan X’s turbulent journey—if he survives.
In bestseller Hurwitz's engrossing sixth Orphan X novel (after 2020's Into the Fire), former black ops assassin turned crime-fighting vigilante Evan Smoak is lured out of retirement by an unlikely individual: his mother. Given up when he was a newborn and eventually recruited into the top-secret Orphan Program, where he was trained to be a government operative Smoak is initially skeptical about his mother's sudden appearance. But the man she asks him to help turns out to be Andre, a kid he knew from childhood when they lived in a Baltimore group home. After witnessing a murder while working at an impound lot, Andre has disappeared, and Smoak soon becomes entangled in a grand-scale conspiracy involving cutting edge military technology. The pacing is breathtakingly brisk throughout, and the action is relentless, but the real hook is how much Smoak has matured emotionally, particularly in regard to his love interest Mia Hall, a district attorney who lives in Smoak's building, and Joey, his 16-year-old hacker prot g e. This series continues to impress.