ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Last Orphan: An Orphan X Book #8 by Gregg Hurwitz

Publication Date: February 14, 2023
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Assassination Thriller 

Publisher: Minotaur Books
 347 pages
Buy: Kindle | Audiobook


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.


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I am a huge fan of this series. You may be able to pick this series up in the middle but I like the evolution of Evan (orphan X). Evan always worked alone, he didn't like interacting with others.  But recently he's been finding himself involved with his neighbor and her child, and a young girl named Joey who is an expert hacker and a failed Orphan from the latest time the government tried to start the program back up. 

Joey is gone now, taking a break trying to find herself, and his neighbor is in the hospital leaving X alone. 

I loved this book as X starts to confront his aging and his strange new need for connection. He is also learning that sometimes working with a team is better than working alone. 

The ending of this book is interesting and I'm anxious to learn how this may change or no Orphan X. 

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