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Evan Smoak―government assassin gone rogue―returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke 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.

But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, 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, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.

But Evan isn't the only one after this last Orphan―the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.

©2018 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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FanFreakinTastic

Make no mistake, Evan Smoak is back and better than ever, and yes that includes the 1st in the series... An edge of your seat ride that keeps comin’ at ya... I literally found myself scootching forward in anticipation of the next event the tension was so well wrought...Love the next gen orphan thing, and Joey is one to be reckoned w/, and Vanskyver is a superb Bondian style villain... Imo what makes this the best so far is an utterly masterful plot, superbly sequenced action, and character interplay w/ impressive emotional depth... Most of all I dug the maturity of Orphan X, and his questioning, adjusting, and plain scrappin’ things when needed to get it right... Very satisfying resolution, and boy howdy sets up for a ripper of a next installment;). Narration was superior as usual... Worth the read/listen and only complaint is that it was over too soon... I actually stopped at times as I saw the end approaching so I could draw out the enjoyment a little longer;). Go ahead, you know ya’ wanna;). Enjoy...

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-31-18

Easily earns 5 stars!

I was not a huge fan of author Gregg Hurwitz until he released Orphan X two years ago. Evan Smoak is one of the most compelling new protagonist to be introduced in the suspense thriller genre during recent years. The second book titled The Nowhere Man arrived a year ago. I wrote a 3 star review of The Nowhere Man which is wrong and which I regret (and which I wish I could rewrite). Hellbent, the just released third novel in the Evan Smoak series released today, is outstanding in every way. Scott Brick's narration is pitch perfect.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 02-05-18

Bring the thunder

Evan Smoak's commandment to “Never make it personal” literally goes out the window with the death of his mentor, Jack. But bloodlust gets stalled as he is forced to take on a rescue mission – Jack’s last assignment to him. Now he has a new dilemma – how to mix revenge and rescue without blowing either or both missions. The young girl, Joey, that he is now stuck with, forces him to face what he used to be before the Orphan program made him into who he is now, and this stirs conflicting feelings that he would rather not face. They are a distraction to his revenge obsession. But Joey’s distractions provide the heart and humor to the story, and even inspire Evan to start making some new commandments of his own – “Don’t fall in love with plan A”.

There are some minor nits to pick – the constant vodka and fire arms tutorials get a little old, and the sub plot with his neighbor, Mia, was an unnecessary sideline in this outing. But setting those aside, I still enjoyed the inventiveness of Evan’s schemes to vanquish the bad guys, and the continued character growth. A strong willingness to suspend disbelief is needed for this series, but if you are willing and able to just go for the ride, then Evan will take you on one wild roller-coaster, tugging on your heartstrings at the same time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The series soars to new heights!!!!!

I just finished listening and signed on to spread the word. Hellbent hits the fictional ball out of the park. I was actually a little disappointed in the last Orphan X book (compared to others of the series), but this one had me groaning and cheering out loud! I listened to the last 3 chapters 3 times! Not only is this book magnificent (engaging, suspenseful, plot twists & turns) on its own, it sets up fantastic sequels! Orphan X is humanized in this book. That is a tall order considering what he does for a living, but I grew to like the character immensely. I wanted him to prevail!

I cannot wait for the next book in the series. It is the best one out there right now. I give it all 5's! That is a first for me.

[If I could talk to the author, I would suggest that Mia having to ask Even to rescue Peter would be a very interesting plot. The plot turn set up at the end isn't bad either!]

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Hell Bent

This is my favorite Evan Smoak book. I am fascinated with the changes in Evan's affectless personality. And enjoying the humor that came from those changes.
I'm going to reread all three books,take more notes, try to find some of that luscious Vodka that he can afford but I cannot, and listen to Mozart's #3 Concerto.
Hopefully Hurwitz has more of Evan Smoak to share with us.
Great book from a very fine series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Yeah for book 3! Worht the wait!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Love book 1, struggled with book 2 but I still wanted to know what happened to Evan and Jack. I loved this book, Evan's development of character and love while still remianing X just completed the story for me. And, there is still a cliff hanger, so I am glad to know there may be more to come. You Matter ,You are Loved, and this book is worth it!

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Rated X for AWESOME!

When Evan Smoak's "Do you need my help?" is answered by in the affirmative by the only father figure X has ever had, the story leaps into action. X must break several of the Commandments he has lived by for 20 years, the most important of which is to never let it get personal. X doesn't do normal life; he finds it too complicated and messy, and he is totally untrained for it. Yet, in this tale, he is bombarded with demands for normal relationships-- from Jack Johns, from Mia and her son, from Joey. And at the same time, he must protect himself and Joey from former orphans we have already met. And into this mix, someone calls his Nowhere Man line begging for help from one of the worst gangs in the world.

The story is full of top-notch action, but also plenty of soul searching and growth for Evan. This saves it from just being emotionless killing. There is tension, grief, fear for the deaths of those we have come to love and respect, and fist-pumping retribution.

The story of Orphan X could very well end here and it would be a satisfying trilogy, but the ending hints that there could still be more left for the Nowhere Man to do.

Scott Brick does make some mistakes in sentence emphasis, but all in all, he does a great job giving voice to all the characters so he still gets 5 stars.

If this is your genre, you will love the series, especially this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Addition To The Series, Action Packed!

I'm not a reviewer. I just know what I like and I really enjoy this author, this series and Scott Brick is my favorite narrator so, for me, this is the winning combination I wait for on Audible.
Worth my wait and my credit.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Wow, how is this SO GOOD??!!

By far, this is my favorite series, EVER! I finished it in three days, and the combination of Hurwitz and Brick are as deadly as The Nowhere Man himself. When you start this, plan on finishing it fast.

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OUTSTANDING! Hurwitz writing & Brick narrating!!

I cannot believe someone gave this a one star! No review left either. Not fair to the author or other readers.
This book is such a sensational addition to the Orphan X series. I could not stop listening to this the once I turned it on. When Charles Van Sciver locates and kills Jack Johns. Evan watches helplessly on a virtual screen produced by a specialized contact lens. He knows his next mission will be a personal one. Evan next travels to where Johns was killed, he finds a hidden message pointing him where to go next. He thinks there's a package waiting for him to protect. He finds the place and a 16 year old girl (Joey) who tries to kill him. It takes a little while but he finally realizes that she's the package. On the heels of finally subduing her, here come the black SUVs containing Van Sciver's men to kill them both.
It's a race to get to one of his safe houses and hack a computer taken from one of VanSciver's men. He and Joey believe information contained on it will lead them to VanSciver. Meanwhile VanSciver along with his closest subordinate and Candy McClure are killing their way through the orphans trying to find them.
Ok, so this pretty much happened in the first 1/4 of the book. Now everyone is getting started. Make yourself comfortable because once you start you are not going to want to miss a single word.
Scott Brick is his brilliant self! He and Gregg Hurwitz make an amazing team.
I can't say enough about this book. This is one of the best I've listened to in a long time. MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!!'
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