Monday, October 29, 2018
Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
This was a fascinating book written on the premise that the US had a "orphan" program in which young orphans were trained from the time they were young children to be covert operatives, living weapons. I thought the book was very interesting and well-written. I highly recommend it.
Evan Smoak is 'Orphan X', a deadly covert operative who has gone rogue on the US government. He decides that he must kill the President of the United States who was a former boss at the defense department in charge of the Orphan Program. In a side project, Evan is also helping a young man whose family was murdered by a drug kingpin. Evan moves through his projects like an expert, gradually turning up the pressure on the President and culminating in a well-planned hit.
Orphan X is portrayed as an ultimate weapon, an expert at weapons and covert operations, and he kills almost without effort. I found him believable despite the long odds he often faced in his operations. He is a compelling character, as are his secret-service adversaries and the operatives of the drug underworld he challenges. Highly recommended. 5/5 stars. Read this and other upcoming reviews at bookgeist.blogspot.com.
Publication date: January 29, 2019