Review by E. Kirshe


The newest book in the bestelling Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz offers page turning thrills- it’s a fun quick read for old and new fans alike.


Taken from an orphanage as a 12 year old Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. Evan eventually goes rogue, and reinvents himself as the Nowhere Man, using his skills to help the truly desperate.


All of this information is covered within the first few pages of Hellbent making this book very easy to pick up for any thriller fans looking for a new read.  

Evan Smoak’s latest mission is personal- the man most like a father to him- Jack Johns- wants him to protect the last orphan he trained. Evan isn’t the only one after this last Orphan―the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver (who regular readers of the series will know), is using his considerable power to take out both Evan and the target he is trying to protect.


Hurwitz presents the fast-paced thriller action he’s known for. Amid all the action is a lot of humor- it’s a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously which is good because it never quite seems grounded- making it all the more enjoyable. Sprinkled throughout are some tender thoughts on what family means. Fans of the genre overall and Hurwitz’s previous novels will be pleased.


The Furious Gazelle received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.