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The Last Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Orphan X #8
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on February 7, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 14 hours, 30 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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As a child, Evan Smoak was plucked out of a group home, raised and trained as an off-the-books assassin for the government as part of the Orphan program. When he broke with the program and went deep underground, he left with a lot of secrets in his head that the government would do anything to make sure never got out.
When he remade himself as The Nowhere Man, dedicated to helping the most desperate in their times of trouble, Evan found himself slowly back on the government's radar. Having eliminated most of the Orphans in the program, the government will stop at nothing to eliminate the threat they see in Evan. But Orphan X has always been several steps ahead of his pursuers.
Until he makes one little mistake...
Now the President has him in her control and offers Evan a deal - eliminate a rich, powerful man she says is too dangerous to live and, in turn, she'll let Evan survive. But when Evan left the Program he swore to only use his skills against those who really deserve it. Now he has to decide what's more important - his principles or his life.
I LOVE the Orphan X series. I recommend reading from the beginning, in order, for the character and world developments. Evan has grown and become more personable throughout the series. He is a support for the people at Castle Heights, especially Mia and Peter, and a parental figure, at least a caretaker for Joey. I was very worried for him starting this book. He violated the terms of his informal presidential “pardon” so now the government could come after him Instead, they want him to be their contract assassin. The pardon was always a fallacy because they could take it back anytime, plus if he was in the normal view, there would be people trying to kill him. He needs to stay hidden.
The Last Orphan starts out at a run and continues at a brisk pace. Evan agrees to look at the guy they want him to assassinate to see if it meets his criteria he uses as the Nowhere Man. He has a frenemy situation with Naomi Templeton but she knows he keeps his word. He looks at the target and also his security team. He talks to the ex-girlfriend but doesn’t get the needed reasons he should die. But he finds out about others possibly hurt. And that does alert the security team to Evan and they start coming after him. He does find some young people who have suffered and died but who caused it?
Evan spends a lot of time and energy to find out who the true villains are. He risks himself a bit much and in the end has to have the help from Candy, Joey and Tommy. He really does have his own little trustworthy band. He and Joey progress and perhaps he will add to his people. But he separates himself from others to protect them. Evan chooses to live life by his own principles.
I look forward to more adventures with anxiety and hope. Evan continues to learn and grow, and help the desperate. He’s getting older though. He does have more people and connections than ever before. Whatever happens, I’ll be there.
Scott Brick is a narrator I really enjoy. I am completely settled into his voices for the characters and loved his performance. He does a nice differentiation with all the ages and locations. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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