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Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed. As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed. As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new name – The Nowhere Man―and a new mission, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. But the highest power in the country has made him a tempting offer - in exchange for an unofficial pardon, he must stop his clandestine activities as The Nowhere Man. Now Evan has to do the one thing he’s least equipped to do—live a normal life. But then he gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew—his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran—a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran’s only option. But when the hidden cabal catches on to what Evan is doing, everything he’s fought for is on the line—including his own life.


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Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed. As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed. As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new name – The Nowhere Man―and a new mission, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. But the highest power in the country has made him a tempting offer - in exchange for an unofficial pardon, he must stop his clandestine activities as The Nowhere Man. Now Evan has to do the one thing he’s least equipped to do—live a normal life. But then he gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew—his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran—a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran’s only option. But when the hidden cabal catches on to what Evan is doing, everything he’s fought for is on the line—including his own life.

30 review for Prodigal Son

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME WAIT TOO LONG FOR BOOK #7! "The greater the gift, the greater the curse." Prodigal Son is the 6th book in the Evan Smoak series. Still grappling with the choice to go straight or to keep being "the Nowhere Man," Evan Smoak, a former government assassin turned do-gooder assassin, aka "The Nowhere Man," finds himself at a crossroads until a disturbing phone call compels him to take on one more case, forcing him to face long-buried childhood memories and secrets. Prodigal Son PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME WAIT TOO LONG FOR BOOK #7! "The greater the gift, the greater the curse." Prodigal Son is the 6th book in the Evan Smoak series. Still grappling with the choice to go straight or to keep being "the Nowhere Man," Evan Smoak, a former government assassin turned do-gooder assassin, aka "The Nowhere Man," finds himself at a crossroads until a disturbing phone call compels him to take on one more case, forcing him to face long-buried childhood memories and secrets. Prodigal Son fills in a lot of the background information on Evan’s childhood and how he became an Orphan. This book has a different tone, as it is more emotional and focuses on the little boy who fought to survive. We learn how Evan was “chosen” and get more details about some of the horrors he experienced in foster care. This book is packed with action and adrenaline, balanced out by visits from our favorite characters and friends, adding much-needed warmth and humor. Evan's misfit family expands as he makes some new friends, and I am interested to see how they add to the mix. Evan to embrace more of his human side, making his choice to give up being The Nowhere Man even more apparent until…..CLIFFHANGER! Prodigal Son ends with a cliffhanger, one that made me anxious. Evan’s character felt a little stuck, but this book certainly sets us up for his next chapter in a big way! I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book #7 because I need to know WHAT HAPPENS next! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Gregg Hurwitz brings back Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, in his Orphan X series, a favourite with me, despite the fact that this one ends with a cliffhanger, my least favourite type of ending, although it does mean, I hope, that there will be at least one more in this fabulous series. What I loved about this one is that in a narrative which shifts from the past and the present, it throws a spotlight on Evan's desperate childhood experiences at The Pride House Group Home, a group of boys, all desti Gregg Hurwitz brings back Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, in his Orphan X series, a favourite with me, despite the fact that this one ends with a cliffhanger, my least favourite type of ending, although it does mean, I hope, that there will be at least one more in this fabulous series. What I loved about this one is that in a narrative which shifts from the past and the present, it throws a spotlight on Evan's desperate childhood experiences at The Pride House Group Home, a group of boys, all destined to end up with a future of hardship, criminality and no prospects, unless they are chosen by a mystery man that urban legend has it picks and trains a boy, promising the possibility of wealth and privilege. Against all the odds, Evan manages to be chosen but only because he was willing to do whatever he had to do to secure his place, his past and the lost boys of the group home are to inform and change his present and who he is. Having managed to gain an unofficial pardon from the President, the price of which is that he ceases to be the Nowhere Man, Evan is enjoying the fruits of his wealth, his exclusive vodkas, his high rise penthouse at Castle Heights, which is fine, but it is not enough, and it fails to satisfy his inner need to use his highly unusual skill set and training for good. So whilst he initially ignores calls from a woman claiming to be his birth mother wanting him to help Andrew Duran, most likely a scam, he can't quite let it go. It turns out Veronica is his mother, his emotions are ambivalent and haywire, this is the woman who abandoned him, but it soon becomes clear to him that Duran, suspected of murder, really does need his help. In a story that involves the US military, the worrying developments in drone warfare, the powerful and ruthless Dr Brendan Molleken, a sadistically cruel Declan and Queenie Gentner, wetwork contractors, Evan is aided by the young Joey, computer hacker extraordinaire, Tommy, his armaments supplier, and the talented Orphan V, Candy McClure. One of the reasons I love this series is the character development that takes place, and in this addition, the OCD Evan, who has sought to made himself invulnerable at every level, particularly emotionally, begins to understand the wisdom that our vulnerabilities are what makes us human, allow us to make meaningful connections with others, to express love, and an important element on the path of healing. These are huge steps forward for Evan as he comes to terms with the fact that he can no longer identify as a loner, he is part of a family and all that entails, his relationship with Joey faces stresses that require him to change, and Mia's son, Peter, helps him to see himself more clearly and become more self aware. This is a wonderfully entertaining thriller that I loved, and I am eagerly anticipating the next in the series! Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    All right Evan Smoak…you’ve got yourself in some sticky situations before. But this time, all I can say is “good luck pal!”🙈 Book six of the Orphan X series is every bit the white-knuckled, action packed romp as all its predecessors! Can’t poor Evan ever have a normal life? Maybe one that oh, I don’t know…doesn’t involves killing? Even after relinquishing his dark ops “Nowhere Man” persona he still carries the phone...just in case. And as you probably guessed, retirement isn’t in his short term pl All right Evan Smoak…you’ve got yourself in some sticky situations before. But this time, all I can say is “good luck pal!”🙈 Book six of the Orphan X series is every bit the white-knuckled, action packed romp as all its predecessors! Can’t poor Evan ever have a normal life? Maybe one that oh, I don’t know…doesn’t involves killing? Even after relinquishing his dark ops “Nowhere Man” persona he still carries the phone...just in case. And as you probably guessed, retirement isn’t in his short term plan. And now, as he knew it would, the phone is ringing once again. And this time it’s as personal as it can get. If you’re a fan of this series you won’t be disappointed. All the high-wire action you’d expect. And sprinkled with a hint of possible romance for all of you who want to see Evan explore love. Or is that just me💁🏻‍♀️ To give you the best reading experience, I recommend starting at the beginning of the series. Although the author does provide enough background detail that it can certainly stand on its own. The ending is of course a nail-biter that has me waiting impatiently for the next release! Please hurry Mr. Hurwitz! A fantastic buddy read with Susanne that we both loved! Thank you to Minotaur Books for an ARC to read and review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review posted on: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Simply Electrifying. What happens when everything Evan Smoak thought he knew about himself and his past is torn asunder? In “Prodigal Son,” Evan opens up, faces the truth and takes care of his own. This time, it’s personal. Stunning, brilliant, heart-rending and pulse pounding this suspenseful addition to the Orphan X series delivers in a way that none of the other books in the series have so far. This book will in fact make your eyes PO Review posted on: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Simply Electrifying. What happens when everything Evan Smoak thought he knew about himself and his past is torn asunder? In “Prodigal Son,” Evan opens up, faces the truth and takes care of his own. This time, it’s personal. Stunning, brilliant, heart-rending and pulse pounding this suspenseful addition to the Orphan X series delivers in a way that none of the other books in the series have so far. This book will in fact make your eyes POP and your heart stop (just for a second though, I swear..). That my friends is a promise. A highly entertaining buddy read with Kaceey that gave us lots to discuss. A huge thank you goes out to Martin Quinn at Minotaur Books for the arc. Published on Goodreads on 12.5.20. Excerpt to be published on Insta.

  5. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    4.5★ “Evan looked down at them, doing his best not to consider how satisfying it felt to knock the rust off his fighting-muscle memory. It had all the dark deliciousness of giving in to a bad habit. He knew too well the costs of surrendering to it and yet couldn’t shake the sense right now, with the night air keen at the back of his throat and the rush of blood in his veins, that this was in fact the thing he was meant to do. The greater the gift, the greater the curse.” Evan Smoak had retired fro 4.5★ “Evan looked down at them, doing his best not to consider how satisfying it felt to knock the rust off his fighting-muscle memory. It had all the dark deliciousness of giving in to a bad habit. He knew too well the costs of surrendering to it and yet couldn’t shake the sense right now, with the night air keen at the back of his throat and the rush of blood in his veins, that this was in fact the thing he was meant to do. The greater the gift, the greater the curse.” Evan Smoak had retired from the Orphan Program. No more Nowhere Man. No more answering the RoamZone phone from calls for help to 1-855-2-NOWHERE. “So he’d agreed to leave his work as the Nowhere Man behind. He was ready to try to lead an ordinary life, whatever that was. A life he’d never thought he could have, never thought he deserved. One without knife wounds and concussions. Without a threat around every corner, the reek of death one wrong turn away. People would have to go about helping themselves the ways they had before he’d come along. Or the ways they hadn’t.” He’s been good at avoiding conflict and keeping a low profile. We actually get some more back story, learn more about the home where he was dumped as a baby and the boys he grew up with. He was a little fellow, and it’s interesting to see how he managed to be chosen (not) for the Orphan Program. You can’t help feeling for the boys in the home. We learn more about some individuals, who were the weakest, who were the bullies (one of whom was chosen for the Orphan Program). “The home is a perpetual testing ground, every insecurity exposed, every vulnerability jabbed until it broke you or you broke it.” The regular characters appear, and his extended family gets drawn in a little closer in spite of his resistance. I’m fond of them all and always nervous when they’re in jeopardy. If you don’t want to live dangerously, don’t get close to a guy like Evan Smoak. Of course, how would you know? You’d never pick him in a crowd, which was, of course, the point. “Evan had an average build, the better to blend in. Just an ordinary guy, not too handsome. He kept his muscles toned but not pronounced. When he was dressed, it was hard to discern just how fit he was.” He does try hard now to be ordinary. “Several evenings ago he’d even raised the retractable flat-screen TV from its slit in the floor and watched a Buster Keaton movie. That was him now. Mr. Ordinary. Especially if you overlooked the bullet-resistant laminated polycarbonate thermoplastic resin composing the windows, the discreet armor sunscreens made of a rare titanium variant, the motion-and shatter-detection sensors rigged in the frames, the base-jumping parachute stowed behind the inset panel of the planter strategically positioned on the south-facing balcony.” Ah, that’s more like it! Here comes the tech, the invincibility (well, almost), the paranoia. When his RoamZone rings to request/require his immediate presence in Buenos Aires, we just know his retirement was premature. He answers the call, knocks the rust off (as in the opening quote), and off we go on another terrifying mission. He becomes increasingly aware of what it meant for him and the others to grow up the home, a place where they felt abandoned, unwanted, and undeserving of love. He begins to itch to change that, becoming philosophical from time to time, not entirely sure why. Evan Smoak is a terrific character, a hero and protector and assassin. He doesn’t need to know absolutely everything about weaponry and IT and cutting-edge tech, but he knows the people who do and he understands enough to make use of their assistance. The situation he is finally trying to infiltrate and disrupt is disturbingly real. In fact, it’s downright terrifying. And talk about a cliffhanger . . . GASP! Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the preview copy from which I’ve quoted. All I have left to say is there had better be a follow-up soon!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    This was another hit from Hurwitz!! This series keeps getting better and What the hec.... The ending??? I need book #7 ASAP My sixth book in this exciting, action packed series. Evan Smoak gets a little more personal and this one has a touch of a sentimental side. Don't worry though, there are plenty of pulse-pounding scenes and that page turning action that is a staple in this series. We learn even more about Evan's past and the author always does a great job of filling in Evan's back story for t This was another hit from Hurwitz!! This series keeps getting better and What the hec.... The ending??? I need book #7 ASAP My sixth book in this exciting, action packed series. Evan Smoak gets a little more personal and this one has a touch of a sentimental side. Don't worry though, there are plenty of pulse-pounding scenes and that page turning action that is a staple in this series. We learn even more about Evan's past and the author always does a great job of filling in Evan's back story for those who haven't read the series (I highly recommend reading them in order though).  The ending left me breathless, impatient and ready for the next installment!!  Thanks so much to NG and the publisher for my copy. OUT NOW as of Jan. 26,2021

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    I realize I am reviewing this book early, but I just couldn't hold back from reading it. Once again Gregg Hurwitz has managed to create a page turning story featuring the infamous Evan Smoak. Evan is supposedly retired but alas he is once again called into play by a most unusual source, his mother Veronica. He is tempted to give up the retired life, one he is ill equipped to deal with, and accomplish one more rescue, one more time being the Nowhere Man, one more time employing the skills he lear I realize I am reviewing this book early, but I just couldn't hold back from reading it. Once again Gregg Hurwitz has managed to create a page turning story featuring the infamous Evan Smoak. Evan is supposedly retired but alas he is once again called into play by a most unusual source, his mother Veronica. He is tempted to give up the retired life, one he is ill equipped to deal with, and accomplish one more rescue, one more time being the Nowhere Man, one more time employing the skills he learned as Orphan X. As always with Evan there are thrills and chills up the wazoo and each time the intrepid intriguing Evan takes on the baddies of the world, it's a battle of wits, brawn, and death defying feats. This time a nanotechnology company and it ruthless leader, is the target. In this dangerous bold pursuit to save the man his mother has asked him to, Evan is aided by the indomitable Joey and as the story proceeds we learn more about their budding relationship and the concept that both Evan and Joey are learning to care for each other even though they never knew how to express or understand their feelings. It's a wonderful relationship and adds a sense of both happiness and fun as these two have such an amusing repartee between them. We also learn a bit more about Evan's early life and how he eventually became Orphan X. All in all, this is a engaging and engrossing read and the legacy of this series continues to be one that grips and seduces the reader into wanting more. Considering this is the sixth book in this series, it is both brilliant and fantastic that Mr Hurwitz has been able to keep Evan's momentum going and makes those who are fans of this series wait with baited breath for book number seven. Thank you to Gregg Hurwitz, Minotaur Books, and Netgalley for a copy of this book due out January 26,2021.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    This is the sixth book in the Orphan X series (I thought number five was the last since he retired. Silly me). Evan Smoak was a small-for-his-age 12-year-old orphan when he was snatched up and trained to be an-off-the-books assassin for the government. He gave up being Orphan X and switched to being The Nowhere Man, who helped people in desperate need of help that his incredible training and endless financial resources could provide. But he’d given up even that for a nonofficial presidential par This is the sixth book in the Orphan X series (I thought number five was the last since he retired. Silly me). Evan Smoak was a small-for-his-age 12-year-old orphan when he was snatched up and trained to be an-off-the-books assassin for the government. He gave up being Orphan X and switched to being The Nowhere Man, who helped people in desperate need of help that his incredible training and endless financial resources could provide. But he’d given up even that for a nonofficial presidential pardon. In this book, someone claiming to be his birth mother gets a hold of him, and asks him to help out another person in dire need of assistance from extremely deadly people. He calls in old friends from his Orphan and Nowhere Man days and grudgingly helps this person at extreme mortal risk himself (as always). All the while he contemplates his feelings toward his birth mother and an Orphan who is just 16 who he helps out and who helps him out with her master hacking and other computer abilities. As with the other books in this series, it’s well written and moves quickly. It’s a fun read. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES JANUARY 26, 2021.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5 stars In this 6th book in the 'Orphan X' series, Evan Smoak protects the life of an impound lot worker who witnessed a crime. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is beneficial. ***** When Evan Smoak was a spindly twelve-year-old living in an orphanage - where he slept on the floor between bunks - he was 'rescued' and placed in a black ops program that trained orphans to be highly skilled assassins. Evan was dubbed Orphan X. After doing his assassin job for many 3.5 stars In this 6th book in the 'Orphan X' series, Evan Smoak protects the life of an impound lot worker who witnessed a crime. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is beneficial. ***** When Evan Smoak was a spindly twelve-year-old living in an orphanage - where he slept on the floor between bunks - he was 'rescued' and placed in a black ops program that trained orphans to be highly skilled assassins. Evan was dubbed Orphan X. After doing his assassin job for many years, Orphan X left the black ops program and set himself up as 'The Nowhere Man', a badass who helps people in trouble. When a person in dire straits is given Evan's number by a former client, the call goes to Evan's uber-encrypted RoamZone phone, which he answers with the phrase "Do you need my help?" The 'help' always involves Orphan X killing people, so it's frowned on by the authorities. Evan's controversial work puts him the sights of government assassins until Evan makes a deal with President Victoria Donahue-Carr. POTUS grants Evan an unofficial pardon with the stipulation that he has to give up being the Nowhere Man. In accordance with his deal, Evan stops answering the RoamZone phone. However one caller is very persistent, phoning again and again. When Evan finally responds, the caller claims to be his mother, who gave him up as an infant. The woman, whose name is Veronica LeGrande, has a mission for Evan. Veronica implores Evan to protect a man called Andrew Duran, who's the target of assassins. Duran was working at a Los Angeles impound lot when he was visited by two people claiming to be U.S. Marshals. The supposed marshals coerced Andrew into informing them when a man named Jake Hargreave was coming to pick up his battered truck. Duran complied, and when Hargreave showed up at the impound lot, he was killed. Duran - who saw the murder - was targeted as well, but managed to escape. Now the killers are after him. When Evan meets his mother, he experiences all kinds of emotions. Evan longs for the connection, but is angry that Veronica abandoned him to a miserable life in a downtrodden orphan asylum. Evan has flashbacks to the institute, where he was housed with a bunch of 'lost boys' who were always clawing for food, space, and the chance to get out. This is the first time we get a clear look at Evan's childhood, and his acceptance into the Orphan Program, and it helps us understand the direction his life took. In any case, Evan agrees to protect Andrew Duran, who's an impoverished alcoholic living in a hovel above a Chinese restaurant. Duran scrimps and saves to provide child support for his 11-year-old daughter Sophia, but is too embarrassed by his circumstances to actually SEE the girl. Moreover, Duran is so depressed he doesn't even want Evan's help. Evan forges on regardless, and gets assistance from his 16-year-old protégé Josephine (Joey), who's one of the best computer hackers in the world. Evan discovers that Jake Hargreave was killed because he was about to expose a controversial government program involving killer microdrones that mimic dragonflies. Proponents of the scheme are determined to go forward, and will kill anyone who gets in the way. They're now after Duran and his protector Orphan X. As always in this series, there's plenty of action, including hand-to-hand fighting and skirmishes with (almost) surreal advanced weaponry, some of which is provided by Orphan X's friend Tommy Stojack - who's on the cutting edge of weapon design. Beautiful former Orphan V, Candy McClure, helps Evan as well. We also get to see Evan's fortress penthouse apartment, which has a secret surveillance/computer/weapons room; a parachute to jump off the building; and a freezer room filled with expensive vodka. When Evan isn't actively pursuing his mission he shows his softer side, which includes looking after the welfare of Joey and her pooch Dog; visiting his neighbor Mia and her 9-year-old son Peter; attending the moving party of an elderly Jewish woman in his building; chatting with the doorman; and so on. Most of this is very difficult for Orphan X, whose upbringing gave him no facility for social interactions. There are plenty of twists in the story, and a dramatic finale that has me anxious to read the next book in the series. Thanks to Netgalley, Gregg Hurwitz, and Minotaur Books for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Hurwitz' Orphan X series is always there for when you want a quick-reading action-packed thriller. Evan Smoak was whisked away from his orphanage (or really nasty group home) to be trained as a virtuoso assassin. Having quit that profession, Smoak has remade himself as the Nowhere Man, a sort of caped crusader without the costume and with a high rise condo instead of a bat cave. He's the legendary nowhere man who offers help to the desperate who have nowhere else to turn to. Put aside any concer Hurwitz' Orphan X series is always there for when you want a quick-reading action-packed thriller. Evan Smoak was whisked away from his orphanage (or really nasty group home) to be trained as a virtuoso assassin. Having quit that profession, Smoak has remade himself as the Nowhere Man, a sort of caped crusader without the costume and with a high rise condo instead of a bat cave. He's the legendary nowhere man who offers help to the desperate who have nowhere else to turn to. Put aside any concerns for where his endless monies come from, his surveillance gadgets, his James Bond like weapons, and enjoy the thrill ride. In the sixth episode in this series, our superhero finds out things about his origins that perhaps he didn't want to know. And, tackles a James Bond type mad scientist super villain with a doomsday weapon.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    3.5 ⭐ Solid action and great cast. Too bad the author had to put X in such a weird circumstances of being "human" AND semi retired. The worst part, we the reader are reminded repeatedly... Evan Smoak aka Orphan X aka the Nowhere Man is a "retired" trained assassin. Retirement was involuntary and he couldn't operate anymore. In return, he received an informal presidential pardon (what he did in book 4). Evan's childhood circle and microdrone technologies are the center of Prodigal Son. I can't get e 3.5 ⭐ Solid action and great cast. Too bad the author had to put X in such a weird circumstances of being "human" AND semi retired. The worst part, we the reader are reminded repeatedly... Evan Smoak aka Orphan X aka the Nowhere Man is a "retired" trained assassin. Retirement was involuntary and he couldn't operate anymore. In return, he received an informal presidential pardon (what he did in book 4). Evan's childhood circle and microdrone technologies are the center of Prodigal Son. I can't get enough of Evan's past & present so this part was a treat for me. We get flashbacks of twelve year-old Evan days at The Pride House Group Home as well as huge development for current Evan 🤐. The tech part was frightening but just okay. While Evan tries to live a normal life, he was once again contacted through his 1-855-2-NOWHERE number by a woman in Argentina. The number only given to those in desperate situation and needed of his help. Just when I thought this book was "meh", the ending made me want to read the next one ASAP! With good chunk of backstory and gripping cliffhanger, I'm bumping to 4 stars. (Who did it? ... so dead in the next book.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    Evan Smoak went from being the abandoned baby with no past, to living in a group home and becoming a boy with no future; to becoming a government trained assassin known as Orphan X and removing the future of others. Finally realizing his life as an assassin leads nowhere and to nothing, he left the program and became the Nowhere Man in truth. He became the man of last resort at the end of a phone number for those in desperate need of help. Until the President of the United States made him a deal Evan Smoak went from being the abandoned baby with no past, to living in a group home and becoming a boy with no future; to becoming a government trained assassin known as Orphan X and removing the future of others. Finally realizing his life as an assassin leads nowhere and to nothing, he left the program and became the Nowhere Man in truth. He became the man of last resort at the end of a phone number for those in desperate need of help. Until the President of the United States made him a deal: quit being the Nowhere Man and he would receive an unofficial Presidential pardon, giving Evan his life back and an opportunity to start over. In Prodigal Son Orphan X #6, Evan quickly realizes that no longer being the Nowhere Man also means being the grey man. The almost nothing man. The extremely wealthy Evan has no idea how to relate to other people, so he lives in his 7000 sq ft Los Angeles aerie indulging his OCD tendencies and his hobby of collecting and drinking very high end vodka. A blast from the past catches Evan by surprise, mom, who gave him up at one week, has contacted him and needs his help in saving the life of a very down and out guy, Andre. In small world fashion, Andre lived in the same Baltimore group home as did Evan. Prodigal Son has the usual entertaining and imaginative showdowns, incursions and hacking scenes. There is an especially funny fight scene involving Teslas. (Okay, I might have a sick sense of humor) Smoak is torn “between what he needs and what he wants” (approximate quote). As Evan sees his need and talents for violence come back to him, he also starts to understand his need to stop shielding his heart and start to build the family of that heart. It’s amusing to see how Smoak has gone from 0 to 60 in his feelings of responsibility and love for his young ward, Joey. Those feeling have always have always been there, it just seem to take a slightly older college boy to bring them to the fore. Who knew an Orphan X book could be a tearjerker; a real one, not one mining cheap emotions? The science and the weapons information are almost more than up to date, and make for fascinating games of real or not real for readers. Just the other day I saw an article about dragonfly drones-but not ones with ethical decision making capabilities. Here is my petty little question. With all that great information available wouldn’t someone catch that poinsettia’s don’t have a scent? Maybe that booboo didn’t make it to the final version of the book. In Prodigal Son you will find a continuation of one of the best action packed series, one with a growing heart. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC. The opinion of this review are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    One of the masters of adventure, Gregg Hurwitz, is back with this the 6th in the successful Orphan X series, you can read as a stand alone but increasingly l think you need to know the previous stories to fully appreciate the newer ones Evan is also back ( of course he is the leading man ) and with him some of the characters we have previously met and a host of new ones in this book which for me veered more to his private life than any previous book, we learnt about his pre Orphan X life and the One of the masters of adventure, Gregg Hurwitz, is back with this the 6th in the successful Orphan X series, you can read as a stand alone but increasingly l think you need to know the previous stories to fully appreciate the newer ones Evan is also back ( of course he is the leading man ) and with him some of the characters we have previously met and a host of new ones in this book which for me veered more to his private life than any previous book, we learnt about his pre Orphan X life and the complex Veronica, his Mum and also I felt saw way more of his emotional side, we met more of the real Evan, the story wrapped around all this is as always fast paced, hi tech and thrilling Which altogether when you’re a fan of his books as well as addicted to the series make for a near perfect 461 pages of brilliance Roll on Book 7 10/10 5 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz Is the 6th book in the Orphan X Series. I have been a fan of this series since the first book. They are full entertainment and have a pace that just does not let up. The main character Evan Smoak as a boy is living in an orphan home, before his action-packed life is changed In this book Evan has an unexpected call from a woman claiming to be his unknown mother This is a series, and book that does not disappoint. They read as though they were written for the big screen – Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz Is the 6th book in the Orphan X Series. I have been a fan of this series since the first book. They are full entertainment and have a pace that just does not let up. The main character Evan Smoak as a boy is living in an orphan home, before his action-packed life is changed In this book Evan has an unexpected call from a woman claiming to be his unknown mother This is a series, and book that does not disappoint. They read as though they were written for the big screen – shall we see more of them in the future? Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and the author for my advanced copy to read and review. #ProdigalSon #NetGalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    He’s rich, he’s badass, and now he’s also a hard target of Brenden Molleken, a sinister biomimeticist. Evan Smoak, formerly known as The Nowhere Man – an assassin for hire, is asked to save a down-on-his-luck man, Andre Duran. What appears to be an innocuous mission turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse teaming with black ops intrigue. Masterfully written, Prodigal Son combines the elements of science fiction, and military combat action into a thrilling novel. The characters are just enough n He’s rich, he’s badass, and now he’s also a hard target of Brenden Molleken, a sinister biomimeticist. Evan Smoak, formerly known as The Nowhere Man – an assassin for hire, is asked to save a down-on-his-luck man, Andre Duran. What appears to be an innocuous mission turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse teaming with black ops intrigue. Masterfully written, Prodigal Son combines the elements of science fiction, and military combat action into a thrilling novel. The characters are just enough not to overwhelm the reader. With each character having a unique feature or signature characteristic. Prodigal Son is the sixth novel in the Orphan X series. And while it probably could be read as a standalone novel, I felt that I missed out on some finer details that were probably introduced in the earlier books. Overall, I enjoyed Prodigal Son. Rated it three stars. However, my rating would probably be higher if I read the earlier novels. I received a digital ARC from Minotaur Books through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    This was another great installment to the series. I won't discuss the writing again except to say that I love the way Hurwitz draws you in and develops his characters. I enjoyed watching Evan grow as a person and work on his relationship skills in this one. I have to admit that as much as I love Joey, she can grate on my nerves at times with her teenager attitude. Underneath that harsh exterior you know she has a soft core and is just protecting herself, but that doesn't stop her presentation fr This was another great installment to the series. I won't discuss the writing again except to say that I love the way Hurwitz draws you in and develops his characters. I enjoyed watching Evan grow as a person and work on his relationship skills in this one. I have to admit that as much as I love Joey, she can grate on my nerves at times with her teenager attitude. Underneath that harsh exterior you know she has a soft core and is just protecting herself, but that doesn't stop her presentation from being annoying at times. I still love her, but I'm hoping she can be a little less abrasive in future installments. There were a few twists in this book, however if you're paying attention you will likely see them coming. I liked where the twists took us in the story and I hope that part of the story is included in the future. I'm assuming it will be built upon and I think it will be interesting to go deeper into these new aspects of Evan's life. I will give everyone a heads up that this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, but this one didn't really bother me. However, it did make me want to read the next one right away. 4.5★ Previous books: Orphan X ★★★★ Buy a Bullet (1.5) ★★★★ The Nowhere Man ★★★★★ Hellbent ★★★★★ The Intern (3.5) ★★★ Out of the Dark ★★★★ Into the Fire ★★★★ The List (5.5) ★★★★★ Thank you to St. Martin's Press / Minotaur Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Initial review: I received a widget for this book from St. Martin's Press / Minotaur Books and can't wait to read it! I love this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    This is the latest book in the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz. It is a quick read with fast paced action throughout. It picks up with the Nowhere Man retired and trying to adjust to a normal life. But that does not last long as he deals with his past and both human and technological threats. One of my favorite series! Thanks to Minotaur Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Have you read any of the Orphan X books by Gregg Hurwitz? I hadn’t until I had the opportunity to read Prodigal Son which I learned is actually the sixth book in the series. Let’s just say that I will now be going back to read the other five because I have to read more about Evan Smoak! Well I’ll start off with what you are probably wondering—how was it jumping into a series on book 6? Surprisingly, it wasn’t a problem at all! While I can’t speak for all five books before this, I certainly felt t Have you read any of the Orphan X books by Gregg Hurwitz? I hadn’t until I had the opportunity to read Prodigal Son which I learned is actually the sixth book in the series. Let’s just say that I will now be going back to read the other five because I have to read more about Evan Smoak! Well I’ll start off with what you are probably wondering—how was it jumping into a series on book 6? Surprisingly, it wasn’t a problem at all! While I can’t speak for all five books before this, I certainly felt this story worked as a standalone. The book opens with a young Evan Smoak, who we learn is an orphan who was taken from foster care at the young age of 12 and trained by Jack Johns, known as the Mystery Man, to be a deadly assassin that frankly seems super-human. Part of this stems from the fact that Evan’s more human traits (empathy, caring) to make him a government-sponsored killing machine. This was all through a secretive operation known as the Orphan Program. After years as the assassin known as Orphan X, Evan has broken free and repurposed himself as an avenger of those in need. Now, Evan has left both of these persona behind to live the life that got taken from him when he was just a boy. When a woman calling herself Veronica LeGrande reveals herself to be Evan’s mother who gave him up for adoption, she asks for help from the boy she abandoned many years ago. Her request seems strange—she asks him to help a man who was a resident at the same foster home that Evan lived in before he became Orphan X. This man, Andrew, is not an ordinary man. His life has put him directly in the path of a deadly assassin team, and Evan is his only hope. However, helping Andrew and Veronica may mean putting his own life and freedom on the line… Fast-paced action and heart-pounding suspense—Prodigal Son is that perfect sort of escapist thriller where you can slip into a world much different from your own. I found Evan to be a surprisingly relatable character (I mean, as much as myself, a doctoral student quarantined at home can relate to a deadly orphan assassin), which wasn’t necessary but enhanced the book for me. I found this book had a surprising amount of emotion and sensitivity, and I really felt for this boy who was taught to disregard his desire to connect with other humans. Seeing him reclaim that as an adult was wonderful, until that phone call that launches this new adventure… Thank you to Minotaur Books and Kaye Publicity for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    I suppose Gregg Hurwitz could have made the backstory of Evan Smoak in the foster home worse than what is revealed in this sixth book in the series but it would have been tough. My goodness but I felt so sorry for that poor little kid. Okay, all grist for the mill that will turn out a cold-hearted killer/assassin, right? Except that's not what happened with Evan and that's why I like his character so much - a triumph over an early life where he had to learn quickly how to be hard as the adults i I suppose Gregg Hurwitz could have made the backstory of Evan Smoak in the foster home worse than what is revealed in this sixth book in the series but it would have been tough. My goodness but I felt so sorry for that poor little kid. Okay, all grist for the mill that will turn out a cold-hearted killer/assassin, right? Except that's not what happened with Evan and that's why I like his character so much - a triumph over an early life where he had to learn quickly how to be hard as the adults in his life were. So, fast forward through all the fantastic life threatening episodes (previous five books) when Evan was Orphan X, his government designation, as an asset buried deep within the black ops secrecy. He hasn't even had time to enjoy his retirement from the program when he finds he is having to face a problem he's having trouble wrapping his mind around. His mother? Now she gets in touch with him? Why? And who is this woman really? When I open one of these books and settle down to read it's just too bad if family or friends try to distract me from my book - it just will not happen. And how could I possibly leave Evan to try to get out of a jam by himself? He needs me! Okay, maybe not me specifically, but I do offer helpful suggestions. Gregg Hurwitz filled in lots of blanks with this story so Evan's character is explained more fully. It will be interesting to see where book seven leads because I will definitely be there to find out what is going to happen. There is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of this one and I actually find myself thinking from time to time about how Hurwitz will "fix" the problem. I have no ideas so far. It isn't absolutely necessary to read the books in order but I'm super glad I've read them like that. Definitely a favorite author, a favorite character and books I can't wait to read as soon as they are published. They are even just as good on the second time reading. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books for an e-galley of this novel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 stars Evan Smoak, "The Nowhere Man", is supposed to be retired. He's received his pardon and his walking papers with a warning to never pick up his hat again. If he goes back into the business the United States will send the weight of all its power after him and will not relent until he has been neutralized. At the conclusion of Into the Fire we thought he had retired; that he was trying to live a normal life. So what brings him back? Mysterious calls from someone claiming to be his mother. B 4.5 stars Evan Smoak, "The Nowhere Man", is supposed to be retired. He's received his pardon and his walking papers with a warning to never pick up his hat again. If he goes back into the business the United States will send the weight of all its power after him and will not relent until he has been neutralized. At the conclusion of Into the Fire we thought he had retired; that he was trying to live a normal life. So what brings him back? Mysterious calls from someone claiming to be his mother. But who is this person really and can he trust them? Will Evan be able to think clearly and make the right decisions or will his emotions get him killed? Prodigal Son is a fast paced, action thriller with lots of cool weaponry and high tech gadgets. Beyond the suspense though, it humanizes Orphan X and gives you more of his backstory. Newcomers to the series - don't worry. You will feel as if you were with Evan from Day One. Hurwitz writes a spectacular novel that keeps us on the edge of our seat, then leaves us hanging begging for more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    *4-4.5 stars! This is the sixth book in the Orphan X series and it's a very exciting thriller with assassins and an evil mastermind. Evan Smoak had agreed to retire but someone from his past calls on him to handle one more problem. He breaks one of the first rules of his training: Don't make it personal. Evan's OCD and his developing relationships with friends and neighbors are often amusing and, at times, heartbreaking as he tries to figure out how to be a 'normal human being' in the world. Thi *4-4.5 stars! This is the sixth book in the Orphan X series and it's a very exciting thriller with assassins and an evil mastermind. Evan Smoak had agreed to retire but someone from his past calls on him to handle one more problem. He breaks one of the first rules of his training: Don't make it personal. Evan's OCD and his developing relationships with friends and neighbors are often amusing and, at times, heartbreaking as he tries to figure out how to be a 'normal human being' in the world. This thriller has lots of action, cutting edge modern technology and an explosive cliff hanger ending that leaves the reader wanting more. I certainly hope Gregg Hurwitz is busy writing book seven!! I received an arc of this new thriller from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Evan Smoak. Orphan X. The Nowhere Man. Three entities, but all one man. Fleshed out in five prior novels and three novellas by Gregg Hurwitz, Prodigal Son is the latest of the novels and continues to offer the consistent quality and imagination as found in the previous stories detailing the progression of Smoak to Orphan X to The Nowhere Man and now back to Evan Smoak. As readers of the previous stories know, first there was orphan Evan Smoak, raised in a state home until selected at the age of t Evan Smoak. Orphan X. The Nowhere Man. Three entities, but all one man. Fleshed out in five prior novels and three novellas by Gregg Hurwitz, Prodigal Son is the latest of the novels and continues to offer the consistent quality and imagination as found in the previous stories detailing the progression of Smoak to Orphan X to The Nowhere Man and now back to Evan Smoak. As readers of the previous stories know, first there was orphan Evan Smoak, raised in a state home until selected at the age of twelve to become a trained assassin by Jack Johns for the highly classified Orphan Program. Through inhumanely rigorous training, Evan Smoak then bloomed into Orphan X, becoming not only the most highly skilled of the Orphan assassins, but also specifically trained by Johns to maintain his humanity while carrying out the coldest and most lethal of directives. After Orphan X reached his fill of assassinations, choosing to leave the program, he then became The Nowhere Man. The Nowhere Man, with a creed of helping the innocent when no other help could be found, established a type of pay-it-forward practice as penance for his past assassinations. In these newer missions, Smoak would engage the same set of assassin commandments taught to him by Johns, instead now, rather than primarily for mission success, these rules are employed to ensure his own continued survival. Prodigal Son picks up a short time after the previous novel. After receiving a presidential pardon for past killings, Smoak is attempting to live a normal life under an agreement dictating that, so long as The Nowhere Man remains retired, the government he once killed for will not pursue him. In alternating past and present chapters, flashbacks offer new details of Smoak’s selection and entry into the Orphan Program, while present chapters introduce Andrew Duran, an alcoholic, down on his luck, tow yard attendant. Duran, while working the tow yard kiosk (and for the misfortune of encountering a mysterious, murderous duo) has been forced to flee for his life. Of the duo, one is a well-dressed, highly polished man, who appears to be able to kill at will. The other is his beautiful, movie star-like, female companion. While Duran is fleeing for his life, Smoak has been receiving calls on his encrypted cellular network from a mysterious woman claiming to possess shocking information pertaining to Smoak. Smoak meets with this woman of apparent great wealth, who persuades him to protect Andrew Duran. In protecting Duran, Smoak enters a world where his enemies are not only more dangerous than ever but also armed with the strangest and deadliest capabilities he has ever encountered. Prodigal Son includes characters previously introduced in past novels. Notable among them is sixteen-year-old computer whiz, Josephine, an Orphan Program washout Smoak took under his wing to mold as Jack Johns once did for him. Hurwitz continues to create enjoyable, high-tech thriller stories with interesting plots and characters. Oddly, while often these tales include what seems to be a far-fetched, high tech impossibilities, Hurwitz provides enough background and detailing information to make one believe such advanced technology is already available and presently being used. Hurwitz also tells his stories in a way that provides the inner rationales and psychology used by his characters to explain and define their behavior in believable ways. The Tales within the world of Orphan X are always well crafted and as consistently excellent as those by Ace Atkins, Michael Connelly, and Lee Child. Prodigal Son was provided by Netgalley for the promise of a fair review and this review was originally published at MysteryandSuspense.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Better late to the party than not at all was my thought when I neared the end of this, the sixth installment of the author's Orphan X series. So enjoyable was the adventure that I almost resented having to put it down long enough to open Christmas gifts. It took a few chapters for me to really get into the swing of it as chapters shifted back and forth in time, but that actually helped bring someone like me who didn't read previous books up to speed in short order. In the here and now, Evan Smoak Better late to the party than not at all was my thought when I neared the end of this, the sixth installment of the author's Orphan X series. So enjoyable was the adventure that I almost resented having to put it down long enough to open Christmas gifts. It took a few chapters for me to really get into the swing of it as chapters shifted back and forth in time, but that actually helped bring someone like me who didn't read previous books up to speed in short order. In the here and now, Evan Smoak has retired from his job as a government assassin in the Orphan program, which carefully chooses and trains orphaned children like him. He remains at the ready, though, billing himself the "Nowhere Man" who is willing to help those in desperate need. At an impound lot, his mentor is murdered, and the lot attendant, Andre Duran, manages to escape the same fate. Then Evan gets a phone call he'd never have expected - from a woman who claims to be his mother. He's both upset and reluctant to meet her (after all, it was she who gave him up as a baby) , but curiosity wins and he heads for Buenos Aires for a face-to-face. There, she remains tight-lipped other than to ask him to help a man named Andre Duran. With more than a few misgivings, he agrees; but when he gets back to the States and finds the man's house, let's just say it becomes clear that the man will need any help Evan can give. I could spend an hour writing about what comes next, but doing that would spoil it for others, so I'll say only that he seeks help from old friends - at least one of whom has a grasp of technology seemingly far beyond any mortal human - characters who I assume will be familiar to loyal readers. The action is nonstop and the aforementioned technology, especially when it comes to weaponry, is mind-blowing. I was also struck with an overall feeling of sadness; when I read about the characters' backgrounds and why they've turned out the way they are, at times I almost got tears in my eyes. It was educational as well; not counting some very unique technological advances that, if they aren't already available, soon will be, I picked up on tidbits like this: There's enough iron in the human body to make a three-inch nail. Who knew? Be forewarned: This one ends with the mother of all cliffhangers. All the more reason to anticipate the next one, I'd say - I'll be watching! Meantime, thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for offering me an advance copy to read and review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    3 no 7

    “Prodigal Son” by Greg Hurwitz is part of the “Orphan X” series, but it does not start where the previous book ended. Instead, it goes back in time adding new background information for all readers. Evan Smoak confronts the past he did not even know he had and struggles with a vision of the road not taken. He must reevaluate his life, integrate the past into a now unfamiliar present, and anticipate a complicated new future. Regular readers find all the familiar characters: Mia, Peter, Joey, Dog t “Prodigal Son” by Greg Hurwitz is part of the “Orphan X” series, but it does not start where the previous book ended. Instead, it goes back in time adding new background information for all readers. Evan Smoak confronts the past he did not even know he had and struggles with a vision of the road not taken. He must reevaluate his life, integrate the past into a now unfamiliar present, and anticipate a complicated new future. Regular readers find all the familiar characters: Mia, Peter, Joey, Dog the dog, as well as some new ones to complicate Evan’s existence: Veronica, Andre, Candy, and Jacob. In addition to mystery, there is action beyond comprehension, abundant explosions, seven-figure hit men and women, ghost artillery, and innovative technology that readers hope is only fiction. “Prodigal Son” succeeds because of the superb writing skill of Greg Hurwitz. The book is much more than just weapons, danger, death, and insects. Every word paints a picture; every depiction sets the stage, and every description expands the action. There are no extra words just to fill up the pages. Sensory details pull readers into the action from the boots crunching on broken bits of shattered stained-glass windows and the scent of poinsettias riding the thin breeze, to the sun like a klieg light in the east. “Prodigal Son” is compelling, exciting, and shocking from the first page to the last. No spoilers, but, the ending is unexpected, actually everything is unexpected. I received a review copy of “The Prodigal Son” from Greg Hurwitz, Minotaur Books, and Macmillan Publishing. Readers should plan their reading time wisely because once they start reading, there is no stopping until the end. The last page leaves readers yearning for the next book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    What can I say about Prodigal Son, the latest installment of the Evan Smoak series, except Hurwitz has outdone himself this time! And that ending! I will be on tenterhooks waiting for the next book to come out. You must suspend a lot of belief when reading these books, but this one, in particular, has the most over-the-top plot. At least, I hope so, because if this stuff is real, we are all in big trouble! Evan, forced to retire his Nowhere Man persona, meets the woman who gave him up for adoptio What can I say about Prodigal Son, the latest installment of the Evan Smoak series, except Hurwitz has outdone himself this time! And that ending! I will be on tenterhooks waiting for the next book to come out. You must suspend a lot of belief when reading these books, but this one, in particular, has the most over-the-top plot. At least, I hope so, because if this stuff is real, we are all in big trouble! Evan, forced to retire his Nowhere Man persona, meets the woman who gave him up for adoption. She asks him to help a troubled man, which, of course, leads him into all kinds of trouble. What didn’t I like about this book? Well, nothing. What I loved most was Evan, grappling to come to grips with his emotions and deep feelings for those closest to him. The story winds up with a nail-biting, explosive end, and with Evan once again saving the day. My pounding heart had just settled down, and bam! Oh, please, Gregg Hurwitz, don’t leave us waiting too long! My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. I gave it five stars!

  26. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    I love this series. While this is book 6, you can start anywhere. All you really need to know is that Ethan is sort of an Equalizer character who helps people in trouble. That’s enough to jump in anywhere. However, if you’ve read the rest of it, you’re going to especially love this one. Ethan’s past and present come crashing together in this one and It’s a race to a violent and possibly heartbreaking finish. This is one of those pulse pounding adventures and you won’t want to look away. As usual, I love this series. While this is book 6, you can start anywhere. All you really need to know is that Ethan is sort of an Equalizer character who helps people in trouble. That’s enough to jump in anywhere. However, if you’ve read the rest of it, you’re going to especially love this one. Ethan’s past and present come crashing together in this one and It’s a race to a violent and possibly heartbreaking finish. This is one of those pulse pounding adventures and you won’t want to look away. As usual, the action (and things going boom) are interspersed with characters you love and a few feels here and there. Bring on book 7! I’m here for it! *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Henry

    Another great Orphan X book by Greg Hurwitz. In this one Evan Smoak is becoming more human and more complex, although he has not lost any of his skills.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I did not read the first 5 books in this series. I may have been a little bit lost but the over all plot and characters were good. I am going to have to go back and read all the books in Orphan X. I recommend reading the series in order. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to read the others. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. I did not read the first 5 books in this series. I may have been a little bit lost but the over all plot and characters were good. I am going to have to go back and read all the books in Orphan X. I recommend reading the series in order. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to read the others. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    That moment you spend your whole life trying to be different only to learn you're the same. "We're not the only hunters in the game anymore." Truth be told we wore never alone. Wore we? Folks, this was an absolute killer in the thriller realm of technology, action, suspense, and mystery. Chilling wouldn't describe the depth of this one because it was also quite moving and heartfelt which is often excluded in this genre. My word Gregg Andrew Hurwitz has really outdone himself on this one because he ha That moment you spend your whole life trying to be different only to learn you're the same. "We're not the only hunters in the game anymore." Truth be told we wore never alone. Wore we? Folks, this was an absolute killer in the thriller realm of technology, action, suspense, and mystery. Chilling wouldn't describe the depth of this one because it was also quite moving and heartfelt which is often excluded in this genre. My word Gregg Andrew Hurwitz has really outdone himself on this one because he has covered every base with glaring precision, immense thought provoking action, and suspenseful military accuracy with nothing more left unsaid. Which brings me to my point...so many things might be left unsaid in terms of one's connections to others. That idea that you belong, you're a part of something bigger, your life -successes and or failures-matter. Life lessons isn't that what's all about but think for a second what would you do if you could focus more attention on helping those in need? This is what the Prodigal Son is all about and it is a heavy hitter as Evan is retired as a former assassin or is he? Trained as Orphan X and transported into Nowhere Man he's on a mission to help the most desperate in trouble. Pardons will be offered if he steps away from his duties but why do that to simply live a normal life.. When a woman claiming to be his mother (Veronica) contacts him to help Andrew -a man down on his luck-he doesn't hesitate to take on the task. It's the perfect time for a road trip and Evan and Joey know just what to do. Pack up and move forward things are going dark,rogue, & dreamy. Andre Duran is the target but we can't simply go in blind, "Assume nothing." This is where the end of the line is because I can't cross my sworn secrecy so look-you have got to get in on this exceptional ride because if you don't you will miss out on the 6th of this series and you surely don't want to do that -Do you? HELL NO...I can only offer this last note...there's plenty of dips, twists, drones, missions but nothing compares to family, love, and the power of the human heart. We out-Till next time! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing this fantastic ARC and Gregg Andrew Hurwitz for producing such superbly crafted pieces. I will always be your biggest fan.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nica's Musings

    Your white knight and a thing that goes bump in the night rolled into one "One thing he'd learned time and again was that you never could tell what kind of private hell people were fighting through." Prodigal Son is the first book I've read from the author Gregg Hurwitz and the first book I've read from the Orphan X series. I did some research and found out this is the 6th volume. Nevertheless, the book can be read as a standalone. In this book, Evan Smoak, known as Nowhere Man, has retired. H Your white knight and a thing that goes bump in the night rolled into one "One thing he'd learned time and again was that you never could tell what kind of private hell people were fighting through." Prodigal Son is the first book I've read from the author Gregg Hurwitz and the first book I've read from the Orphan X series. I did some research and found out this is the 6th volume. Nevertheless, the book can be read as a standalone. In this book, Evan Smoak, known as Nowhere Man, has retired. His decision to retire would be timely because a company, called Mimeticom, which specializes in creating an animal design to build weapons (particularly microdrones) and founded by a biomimeticist, Dr. Brendan Molleken. In today's development in technology, people lost jobs replaced by robots. Same as with the Orphan Program, with the development of technology that can be used for military weapons and espionage by the DoD, the program has dwindled its recruitment. I think is a good time for Evan Smoak to finally get out of the game. Unexpectedly, he got a call from his long-lost mother, Veronica, asking his help for a friend. Evan didn't know that the friend is more than a business transaction. It is someone who will bring him to his past and make him remember who he was. A past that will always be a part of him no matter how much he tried to become another person. The plot has a lot of twists. As I read, several revelations were completely unexpected. In most action-adventure thriller novels I read I can predict the plot right away. Maybe because this is the first book I've read from the Orphan X series? Or I chalk it up to the amazing mystery and thriller writing of the author. It not as suspenseful as I felt anxious about what is being revealed. It has a double effect on me, either I did not put the book down because I wanted to find out what it is or I ended up putting the book down because it will take a couple of chapters before I find out. There are times I cannot put the book down and there are times I have to motivate myself to continue. The pace of the story is slow but steady. The author is remarkable at making each chapter as impactful and relevant in the next scene. This is what I look for in character and story development. There are times I get lost on what they are talking about because it is too technical, just goes to show the author is well researched on the subject like the RoamZone phones. I must say with the way he describes the gadgets Evan Smoak is using, the author has a knack for writing persuading customer reviews and marketing products. Evan's character is high and flawless. He is a white knight but also a thing that goes bump in the dark. I primarily admire his chivalry with women because growing up I read stories about princesses needing saving from a castle from a monster or dragon by a knight in shining armor. While I do not like women being objectified and portrayed as fragile, the author introduced other female characters that have spunk, vulnerability, resilience, and strength in them. The author was able to put together complex characters that have dynamic, functional, and emotional interactions. Though Evan is high and flawless, the author also made him human and imperfect. What I liked about this book is that I learned so much about biomimetics, the Orphan X program, the laugh-out-loud moments, the individual thoughts and feelings of Evan and Andre, their feelings towards each other, and the many aphorisms by Evan Smoak that I can use as quotable quotes. If you are into biomimetics, operatives, action-adventure, thriller, hacking, and high-tech weaponry, then you will enjoy reading this book. Thank you so much to NetGalley, publisher St. Martin's Press, and author Gregg Hurwitz for providing an advanced digital copy of this book. All reviews are honest and my own.

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