Dark Horse By Gregg Hurwitz

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Dark Horse: An Orphan X Novel By Gregg Hurwitz

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Book/Novel Author: Gregg Hurwitz

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*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*Gregg Hurwitz’s New York Times bestselling series returns when Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever in Dark Horse.Evan Smoak is a man with many identities and a challenging past. As Orphan X, he was a government assassin for the off-the-books Orphan Program. After he broke with the Program, he adopted a new name and a new mission–The Nowhere Man, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. Having just survived an attack on his life and the complete devastation of his base of operations, as well as his complicated (and deepening) relationship with his neighbor Mia Hall, Evan isn’t interested in taking on a new mission. But one finds him anyway.Aragon Urrea is a kingpin of a major drug-dealing operation in South Texas. He’s also the patron of the local area–supplying employment in legitimate operations, providing help to the helpless, rough justice to the downtrodden, and a future to a people normally with little hope. He’s complicated–a not completely good man, who does bad things for often good reasons. However, for all his money and power, he is helpless when one of the most vicious cartels kidnaps his innocent eighteen year old daughter, spiriting her away into the armored complex that is their headquarters in Mexico. With no other way to rescue his daughter, he turns to The Nowhere Man. Now not only must Evan figure out how to get into the impregnable fortress of a heavily armed, deeply paranoid cartel leader, but he must decide if he should help a very bad man–no matter how just the cause.
This series is incredible! Each book gets better and better. The writing is fantastic and the character development is outstanding. Can’t wait for the next installment.
I do not read thriller books for character development or psychoanalysis of the characters’ parents. I read them for escape and excitement. As one reviewer rightfully pointed out, this book reeks of philosophy interrupted occasionally with some really good, albeit gruesome, action. Characters are over-developed here leaving the reader bored with useless information until the author thankfully returns to Orphan X doing what he does best–getting tough and helping people resolve crises–including a totally screwed-up cartel head. I got to where I fast-read numerous passages to get to the good stuff. Action fans beware. It’s a chore to get to the final gunfight, which although preposterous, is fun and a bit of reward for plowing through all that gibberish.
The endings drive me nuts. They are always cliffhangers, which would be fine if I was binge reading, but alas I read these as they come out. Therefore I will be waiting another year to find out what happens in the secondary story. The one that intrigues me the most.
I was unreasonably excited when a new Orphan X book was announced and the Team X email teasers from a few of the supporting characters just made it better. The book, though, is awfully dark. The first 6 books balanced action and fun and that made them thrilling and brisk. Maybe it’s not possible write about the location and situation of this book without the darkness setting in (see T Jefferson Parker’s series set in the same locale). I hope Orphan X continues, but lightens up. (For the record, I dig Joey)
To keep it simple and short (which many of the other reviewers seem unable to do!), I liked it. Entertaining and action packed. I have read the entire series and look forward to the next installment. Hurwitz is a very talented storyteller!
You can never go wrong with an Orphan X novel…not the best in the series but still a great one. Love the character development in this one…too much filler at times but still cool to read and listen to depending on the setting…looking forward to what comes next!

 

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