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The stunning third Orphan X thriller from number one best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz.

To some he was Orphan X. Others knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns, he was a boy named Evan Smoak. Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan’s help. The Orphan programme hid dark secrets. Now those with blood on their hands want every trace of it gone. And they will stop at nothing to make sure that Jack and Evan go with it.

With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: to find and protect the programme's last recruit. And to stay alive long enough to uncover the shocking truth...

With Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz raises the bar again with another masterclass in big-screen, high-octane thriller writing.

©2018 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 03-23-18

Amazing Installment To The Series

Gregg Hurwitz' Hellbent is the 3rd installment in the Orphan X franchise. Van Scriver is still on Evan's tail, but the background for this comes into clearer focus. This time out, Evan's former mentor who was presumed dead in book 1, but revived in book 2 has now been definitely written out of the series for good, but not without dropping a package into Evan's lap that digs deeper into the Orphan program and the extent of the Van Scriver cleanup. Specifically, Evan winds up protecting a near orphan who left the program prematurely, but comes up the target list. At the same time, Evan manages to squeeze in his side hustle for one job that overlaps with his other activities in a good way. While the immediate threat from Van Scriver is eventually neutralized, Evan learns the extent, but still not the actual reason for interest in his termination as the setup for book #4.

Evan's tradecraft is well exercised, while he gets some serious computer schooling by a teenager under his protection. The relationship with the teenage girl who is a near orphan provides for much introspection regarding his relationship to Jack his mentor and only father figure. While the computer wizardry and the LA gang action is a bit over the top, the action is well designed, non-stop, and overall satisfying. His love-hate relationship with Candy gets a workout suggesting some interesting possibilities for the future.

Scott Brick was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • shane
  • DUNEDIN, New Zealand
  • 08-05-18

Every Chapter is Gold !

If you liked the first two books you will definitely not be disappointed by the third one in this series .The Nowhere Man is hard to put down ! well worth every cent !

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Excellent!

So great to find another author in the same league as Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney !

Orphan X is exceptional, fast moving, twists and turns you don't expect and the ending! I can't wait for the next one!

Scott Brick is one of the best narrators out there! LOVE the books he does!

Well done !

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  • James
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 07-09-18

another awesome orphan x story

I liked how Hurwitz really explores the complexity of relationships and trying to function in societies complex and ever-changing definitions of normal.

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  • ben
  • 03-16-18

Brilliant

These books keep getting better and better.
Well told and excellent story line.
2 more words to write


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  • Reviewmunger
  • 03-05-18

The trials of Orphan X just get better

This third book in the Orphan X series is brilliant, as good if not better than the first two. Hurwitz is a master with words, describing the scene so well you can see it and almost feel you’re there.
Scott Brick’s narration is excellent, giving the characters real depth.
Only negative is that I have a long wait till the next instalment!

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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 03-15-18

excellent

Great story. Well written, brilliantly narrated. Jason Bourne meets Jack Reacher in style but gripping none the less

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  • Kieran
  • 03-13-18

Last couple of hours are awesome

If you liked previous books this one is right up there as one of the best in the series.

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  • Mr. L. Withers
  • 03-13-18

As enthralling as the other 2 Orphan X books!

After enjoying the first two books so much I didn’t want to get my hopes up with this 3rd instalment but couldn’t help thinking it couldn’t be as good but it absolutely was. I can’t imagine anyone other than Scott Brick now reading the Orphan books, his narration is captivating. I loved how Hurwitz allowed us to see the more human and personal side of Evan (Orphan X) and I really enjoyed his developing relationship with Joey whilst retaining his invincibility as the ‘nowhere man’. Yet again I found myself sat in the car after arriving at work/Home from work, unable to bring myself to get out of the car until the end of the chapter and whilst inevitable I found myself again feeling sad that the book ended, not because of the ending but because I will miss listening to it on my journeys. Please write the next one quickly Gregg...!!!

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  • Fiona
  • 03-11-18

#Hellbent

Wow..this story is getting hotter and hotter!!! Evan was at his usual best and I particularly enjoyed the introduction of Joey, his trusty sidekick. Now I’m thirsting for book 📖 3. Comeooooon!!!!

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  • Lemur Chick
  • 03-09-18

Nailbiting

Was Eddie of seat action from beginning to end. Can’t wait for the next one

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  • Skegg
  • 03-08-18

Another great thriller by Hurwitz

In keeping with X`s last 2 adventures, we are once again treated to an excess of violence, chases & expensive vodka. In Hellbent, we possibly see a spot of emotional growth for Evan as we learn how serious his enemies really are.

In short, well worth a go if you like a Reacher or Victor the Assassin type of read.

Good narration by Scott Brick once more, his male voices are top draw and he brings good atmosphere to the action.

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  • Frome Hall
  • 03-08-18

this series just gets better...

There are many thrillers out there but few with this level of craft and emotional intelligence.

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  • alec barber
  • 03-07-18

fantastic

Great 3rd book. A lot of depth to the main characters in the book. this added to the story and plot making the whole experience really enjoyable. couldn't stop listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

Good story ruined

Badly narrated, so badly. Like a audiobook version of days of our lives. Narrators emphasis on unimportant words and misunderstanding of punctuation made me press stop in chapter 2.

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  • Lorenzo
  • 07-27-18

Exquisitely Addictive

I just couldn’t stop listening. Scott Brick’s hypnotic performance captures the emotions and strains of each character; bringing them to life. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • Grahame
  • 06-28-18

Determination

l enjoyed this book to the extent I would remain in the car, in the carpark under my office, for 5 or so minutes because I didn't want to stop the story.

There is no doubt Evan is clever, determined and lethal. Evan is also now displaying emotion. His internal struggle highlights his training, loyalty and committment. I hope there is another book very soon.

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  • MJB
  • 06-07-18

Not disappointed!!

3rd book in the series and loved every minute. great narration and characterisation. can't wait for book 4!!!!