Another fast-paced, all-action thriller in the Orphan X series. Excellent!

I love reading thrillers. The all-action, fast paced adventures with impossibly bullet-proof protagonists who emerge victorious from every encounter with the bad guys.

Orphan X is one such hero, and Prodigal Son is Book 6 in this series by Gregg Hurwitz. The stories are part Jason Bourne, part Jack Reacher. Evan Smoak (Orphan X) was plucked from a children’s home aged 11 and brought up by a man called Jack, who trained him to be an assassin as part of a US government black-ops programme. Retired, we meet him in Book 1 operating as The Nowhere Man, helping people in trouble.

I realise this summary sounds ridiculous but the premise behind these books is simple. Good triumphs over bad. You could easily read them as standalone novels but they’re a bit more interesting if you start at the beginning and work through the series. The characters, connections and plots all make more sense.

Prodigal Son picks up the story thread that ended Book 5, when Orphan X received a phone call from a woman claiming she was his mother. She asks him to help a man called Andrew Duran who is being pursued by a brutal brother and sister assassination team, and it’s not long before he’s been sucked into a battle with some very powerful figures, including a rogue scientist who is working to develop miniaturised killer drones.

The quotes on the cover of Prodigal Son are from bestselling authors such as David Baldacci and Lee Child, and with these stellar testimonials this book does “exactly what it says on the tin”. So if you read thrillers such as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, you might like Orphan X too. Start with Book 1 and see if you enjoy it.
Review by: Cornish Eskimo

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