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From the outside, Bee Iverson and her fiancé, Aidan Shepard, look like any other happy couple—but looks can be deceiving. Not long into their engagement.
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They must attempt to solve the mystery of the dancers while also trying not to fall victim to the sickness themselves. While the dancing outbreak in Dark Tracks is fictional, there have been incidents of such a thing happening in history. One of the biggest epidemics was an outbreak in Strasbourg in , with the number of dancers eventually reaching hundreds, all them seemingly compelled to dance and unable to stop.
Many died. There have been a number of theories made to explain the phenomenon, and this is something I explore in the novel. I do hope you enjoy the book.
The two young men stepped out of the front door of the inn and found the quayside now crowded with boys and girls, some of them barefoot, some of them dressed in little more than rags, all of them travel-stained and weary. Most were seated, exhausted, on the cobblestones; some of them stood looking out to sea.
None were older than sixteen, some as young as six or seven, and more of them were coming in through the town gate all the time, as the gatekeeper watched in bewilderment, racking his brains for an excuse to close the gate and shut them out. Everyone smiled at the radiance of the couple at the front of the little cavalcade, for they were beautiful, young, and — as anyone could see — falling in love. It was the strangest sight. It seemed that she had fainted when they had pulled her from the barred gate. Her head was rolled back, the little laces from her nightcap brushing the ground as they carried her, her long nightgown trailing in the dust.
The President knows Evan is on to him, and figures the only way to catch an Orphan is with another Orphan—Orphan A, the very first Orphan the program created, and one of the deadliest.
Evan must devise a plan to take down the President before he can destroy all of the evidence of his past misdeeds, but this is the biggest challenge he's ever faced—and perhaps the most dangerous. There's a lot going on in Out of the Dark , the fourth installment of Hurwitz's Orphan X series, and it's definitely one of the best.
In addition to Evan's plan to assassinate the President, which requires more intelligence, firepower, and sheer chutzpah than even he may have, as the Nowhere Man, he also has to help someone out of a desperate, dangerous situation. At the same time, he also must confront the reality that who he is, what he has done, and what he is trained to do are not the ingredients for a "normal" life, no matter how desperate he may crave some normalcy. Evan Smoak is one of my favorite characters of late.
He's smart and dangerous, although principled, and he really has a good heart despite not always knowing how to handle his feelings. I love how Hurwitz balances his strength, intelligence, and potential danger with his more vulnerable side. But for the most part, this is a book with a tremendous amount of action and suspense. It's amazing to watch Evan face off with other Orphans. Although this is the fourth book in the series, you could start by reading Out of the Dark if you don't want to read the series in order, as Hurwitz gives you enough information for things to make sense.
But this is one of the strongest series out there over the last few years, so it definitely will be worth your while to read all of them when you can. It's a mark of how terrific this book is—and how nice it was to have a holiday Monday—that I read the entire page book today. I just couldn't get enough.
NetGalley and Minotaur Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria. View all 27 comments. Jan 12, Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing. This is the fourth novel in the Orphan X series.
Evan Smoak was plucked out of an orphanage at the age of 12 and trained to be able to kill anyway you could possibly imagine while remaining totally off the grid. In this one, he has to kill the President of the Unit This is the fourth novel in the Orphan X series. In this one, he has to kill the President of the United States, a selfish man with a history of underhanded dealings. Evan has to do this while being hunted by another Orphan who wants him dead.
Unsurprisingly, this did not go over well with the drug cartel he interfered with. Evan is an assassin who tries to do good for others and only kills known bad guys. Naturally, he has access to all manner of intelligence to ensure he only gets true bad guys. I find these novels super fun and fast-paced. The descriptions of fight scenes are incredibly well done. I never understand anything about all the weapons Evan manages to use, but Hurwitz does a great job of getting you to wonder how Evan will prevail, even though you strongly suspect that, in the end, he will.
View all 10 comments. Then he seated the accelerator against the floor. The Ram shot forward, horses and pound-feet of torque powering more than two tons of Detroit Steel through the perimeter fence. The gate smashed down, crushing both men. Back to Evan Smoak. So, of course, Evan is out to eradicate him first, and the set-up and action are fascinating.
Evan had a Dr Pepper Big Gulp. If need be, Cadillac One could serve as a self-sustained, fully functional emergency bunker. Firefighting gear stowed in the trunk was accessible through a hatch behind the armrest. The gas tank self-sealed, preventing combustion.
Encrypted comms gear maintained continuous contact with federal and state law enforcement. This Orphan case, his Nowhere Man work, and as a brief sideline, attending to an unjust court ruling in a kind of vigilante action. And it helps him understand the vulnerability of the people who call the Nowhere Man on his special Roam-Zone phone. That has a secret number to be used only by someone who has been given it by the last desperate person he helped. His tangled web gets more and more criss-crossed when the Roam-Zone rings during a battle, or when the various deadlines for his activities start conflicting.
I quite liked his exasperation in this scene. Evan had once sat a sniper post in a tree in Sierra Leone for fifteen hours without moving. But this? This was actually going to kill him. No time for that! Evan has no choice but to make good on his promise to help, all while carrying out his personal assignment.
I am fascinated by the tech that Hurwitz describes, the fingerprint transfers, the overall cleverness. How about finding the image of the shooter reflected in the pupil of the eye in the photo the shooter took of the victim? Good stuff. I often skim the bloody bits, but sometimes I read every step to visualise the action. Hanging on to roof flashing by a fingernail, scrabbling for a foothold while sliding down something, all while ducking machine gunfire.
Weapons enthusiasts will be checking every code number for errors, I'm sure, but they mean nothing to me. Full on action, the stuff of cinema blockbusters, and this is one that the fans will love. For that, I give it four stars, although the blood and guts is getting too much for me now. Thanks to NetGalley and St. View all 15 comments. Feb 25, Tim rated it really liked it. This was headed for 5 stars until a bit of excessive bad-guy violence on the good people , prevented it.
I prefer more bad guys getting what they deserve in a righteous pounding, instead of the decimation of innocents.
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This is a continuing theme in the previous 3 Orphan stories as well. Still, 8 of 10 stars. View all 4 comments. Feb 08, Barbara rated it liked it. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is a plus. The children were stripped of their names and designated alphabetically: Orphan A, Or 3. Evan, dubbed Orphan X, was trained for seven years and performed his first mission at the age of nineteen.
The Orphan Program has now been discontinued and Bennett is determined to wipe out the still-living Orphans because they 'know too much. Evan doesn't know why the mission is so problematical, but he means to find out. In addition to targeting the President, Evan is continuing his self-assigned mandate as 'The Nowhere Man' - a sort of superhero who helps deserving people in trouble. Evan carries an untraceable RoamZone phone, where a desperate person can call and ask for assistance. A good deal of the book is a cat-and-mouse game between Orphan X and the team POTUS assigned to kill him, which is composed of: the still-loyal Orphan A - who's as well-trained as Orphan X; Wade and Ricky Collins - murderous rapists who've been released from prison for the purpose; and several of the Collins' gangster cousins.
The clashes of these foes results in much death and destruction. Between fights with the President's kill team Evan gets a RoamZone call from a mentally-challenged port employee called Trevon Gaines. Trevon inadvertently interfered with a drug shipment headed for crime boss Russell Gadds, and the thug threatened to kill Trevon's entire family and make his life miserable forever. Joey - who escaped the Orphan program and is now 'hiding out' in a Swiss private school - is a world-class hacker who can penetrate the deepest darkest files of the Department of Defense and the Secret Service.
During his rare moments of relaxation, Evan sometimes visits his downstairs neighbors, single mother Mia Hall and her nine-year-old son Peter. Evan and Mia hover on the precipice of a real romance, but - given Evan's circumstances- this is an extremely dangerous proposition. For readers familiar with the series, former Orphan Candy McClure makes an appearance - and she's as sexy and capable as ever.
I enjoyed the book, which has numerous exciting combat scenes. I do have one quibble however. Though Orphan X is ostensibly a brilliant strategist, he occasionally does foolish things that allow his enemies to catch up with him - like registering for three rooms in a single hotel under the same name or strolling up to his childhood home in broad daylight.
I know the 'bad guys' have to encounter Evan for plot purposes, but I would have liked Hurwitz to come up with more inventive ways to orchestrate these encounters. I'd recommend the book to readers who enjoy thrillers, especially fans of the 'Orphan X' series. Thanks to Netgalley, the author Gregg Hurwitz , and the publisher Minotaur Books for a copy of the book. View all 5 comments. Mar 08, Chad rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , The fourth Orphan X novel works well as a stand alone story even though the third book does lead into it.
Orphan X was part of a government program to raise orphans to be assassins. After a time, his conscience got the better of him. He went off on his own as the Nowhere Man, setting up a service to help those in dire straights with nowhere left to turn to. In this novel, he's also being hunted by the President. He used to be in charge of the Orphan program and is now hunting down the Orphans be The fourth Orphan X novel works well as a stand alone story even though the third book does lead into it.
He used to be in charge of the Orphan program and is now hunting down the Orphans before they can expose his involvement. Orphan X is now trying to kill the President before the President finds him. Since this is an Orphan X story, there's also the added element where a mentally handicapped man also needs the Nowhere Man's help. Orphan X has to juggle both missions at the same time without getting killed.
This is my favorite book of the series so far.
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It doesn't spend as much time reflecting on the past, instead focusing on X's current missions. I really liked Mia and Peter's interactions in this outing as well. Mia is X's long standing will they, won't they partner. X is torn between keeping them safe and actually having a personal relationship. Received a review copy from St.
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Martin's and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned View all 3 comments. Feb 08, Mark rated it it was amazing. View 2 comments. Evan Smoak is a trained assassin known as Orphan X. He was part of the Orphan Program until he broke with it and used everything he had learned to reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. Now he helps those that are desperate and have no one else to turn to.
However, now someone is killing off all the Orphans, someone very high up in the government. Evan decides to strike back to take out the man behind the killings, the man who started the program, the President of the United States. View 1 comment. Dec 06, Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: fabulous-reading , suspense , action-and-adventure , arc-read , great-dialogue , 12read , edgy , netgalley , own. Until then, he is the last resort for those in need, he has found his moral compass and he is looking to pay it forward to those responsible for what he became.
High energy action, moments of sweet connections and gut-deep revelations make this addition to the Orphan X series another powerful, and magnetic read! In a world of anti-heroes, Orphan X has set the bar for greatness and Gregg Hurwitz has created a fine line for Evan to balance between good and evil, justice and justifiable a she becomes something between a saint with tarnished wings and a sinner with a crooked halo. Nov 24, Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing.
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Out of the Dark achieves the same balance, and both of his cases in this book are highly entertaining and race along to the fabulous and highly satisfying ending. I particularly enjoyed learning about the multitude of ways the U. Out of the Dark is a fun, highly-entertaining read, and I look forward to more Evan Smoak adventures. Feb 05, Skip rated it really liked it Shelves: series-in-progress , thriller.
I realized that I liked the current stories in this book, and my earlier lower rating attributable to the old assassination story see below , which lacked the context and intrigue of the greats, like John Le Carre or Len Deighton. Evan Smoak Orphan X and President Bennett are out for blood: each other's, stemming from Orphan X's first job, an assassination in Eastern Europe pinned on a local rival. Bennett frees Orphan A from prison who also wants Evan smoked and offers Orphan A whatever assistance he needs. As Evan plots Bennett's assassination, he partners with an old adversary, a female Orphan, since she is also part of Bennett's intended clean-up of the black ops program, which created the Orphans.
There is an interesting cat and mouse game with the Secret Service officer running point on stopping the assassination. Meanwhile, in his role as the Nowhere Man, a savior of people who have lost everything, he agrees to help a high-functioning, but developmentally disabled man, Trevon Gaines, whose family is slaughtered by a ruthless gangster because Trevon did not know the gangster's container was supposed to be protected. Good, but not great. Mar 12, Sean Peters rated it it was amazing.
The perfect thriller. But now Evan's past is catching up to him. His target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States. The U.
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President, Jonathan Bennet hellbent on killing Evan puts together two teams, one official, led by SAC, Naomi Templeton, the Secret Service agent that has been put in charge of finding this threat against the President. The other team, unofficial led by Judd Holt aka Orphan A, this team consisting of a team of misfits, convicted rapists and murderers Great to see the return of Joey, and of course another great return of Orphan V or Candy McClure, and Evan Smoak with his toughest battle to date.
Some great things about this book, one Greg shows the softer of , not sure what to do side of Evan Smoak with his near romance relationship with his neighbour, fast paced, action packed, great light moments, well so much too say. The best in the series to date, fantastic paced, thrilling book with great characters good and bad. Five stars Oct 04, Janet Newport rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , reads.
Oh boy, do I ache all over. Thank you Netgalley and St Martin's Press for this arc. I loved it!. Note for Judy D. So I couldn't get all comfortable on a nice piece of upholstered furniture I had to read this on my computer instead of my kindle. This is the 4th book in the series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, the previous books introduce the recurring characters several and should be read so as to fully understand Evan's heart. The pacing and action were pretty much non-stop in this book as expected. There were also enough technical details weaponry, computer hacking stuff, vodka distilled from fog that I was able to continue breathing during the six hours it took me to read this.
Were those details accurate?? Were they even plausible? I don't know and I didn't care. They were part of the story and the fun. One front was personal for Evan and it was interesting to watch the moral conflicts that one raised for him. His role in the other game was as his "No where Man" persona and had a bit more heart to it. But then his was fighting for Trevor instead of himself. It was also good to see Joey again and hope to see more of her in future books. The "Uncle Cousin" role she put Evan into was fun to imagine.
I am NOT cancelling my kindle pre-order of Out of the Dark so that the next time I want to read this, I can be a lot more comfortable on a nice piece of upholstered furniture and I won't have to re-set the font on the screen every time another e-mail comes in. This latest offering is a thriller of the first order. Orphan X continues his exciting personal missions.
Evan is subject number twenty-four in the Department of Defense covert Orphan Program and has been given the codename Orphan X. All of the orphans were taken from foster homes, group homes or similar housing and trained as assassins. Evan was taken from a foster home at age twelve. Evan left the Orphan Program because he could no longer see himself as a mindless killer sent on missions not of his choosing.
As the Nowhere Man, Evan now uses his training and resources to help desperate people with nowhere else to turn. The Nowhere Man currently has two missions. The first is for Trevon Gaines, one of the desperate that he has vowed to help. The second is a personal vendetta against the current President of the United States, Jonathan Bennett. I previously read book one of the series but not books two or three. This novel works well as a standalone, but I found the background from book one helpful in understanding the mindset of the main character.
Hurwitz has created a captivating cast. Each character has a complete backstory. These characters are complex but not confusing. Trevon Gaines stole my heart. Thus, the characterization is my favorite element of the novel. The plot is also fully engaging. There are enough twists to keep the reader interested without being predictable. The ending is satisfying but leaves enough mystery to allow for an addition to the series. Out of the Dark is a complete success and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to lovers of political intrigue. There is some violence but not enough to deter the average reader, though the very squeamish may be offended.
My thanks to St. Oct 06, Dave rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley-books , read-have , thrillers. Out of the Dark is the fourth book in The Orphan X thriller series which features a Jason Bourne type invincible secret agent trained from childhood to be the perfect weapon. Orphan X left the fold, went out on his own, and pays it forward by helping people who call his special phone number. He is also haunted by his past and by the efforts of some to erase all evidence that the Orphan program ever existed. He is Out of the Dark is the fourth book in The Orphan X thriller series which features a Jason Bourne type invincible secret agent trained from childhood to be the perfect weapon.
He is part of that evidence. This is a solid action packed thriller, just not quite the compelling read the other books in the series were. By about the midpoint, this reader was no longer invested in the outcome. It felt very much like a standard story line found in many thrillers. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review Feb 08, Bianca rated it liked it Shelves: arc , male-author , us-author , , contemporary , netgalley , supense-thriller-mystery.
But now, there are more complications added to the mix, such as Evan wanting to kill the President of the United States in order for the President not to kill him and the other Orphans. This scenario made me arch my sceptical, really? In my opinion, Hurwitz went overboard with the action sequences, there was so much packed in, on the East and West Coast of America, oh, yeah, plus a quick trip to Europe.
Evan never seemed to sleep. Many thanks to the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this novel. Out of the Dark is the fourth novel in the breathtakingly action-packed Orphan X series, and boy it's the best yet from master thriller writer Mr Hurwitz. I recommend reading them chronologically to gain the best experience. This time the tables have well and truly turned on Evan Smoak and he becomes the hunter rather than the hunted.
The plot, as always, is intricate and well thought out, with plenty of high-octane action, in fact, the action never ceases. Quite regularly a fast, frenetic pace Out of the Dark is the fourth novel in the breathtakingly action-packed Orphan X series, and boy it's the best yet from master thriller writer Mr Hurwitz.
Quite regularly a fast, frenetic pace and a substantial focus on the plot and entertainment value means that the characters are neglected and therefore poorly developed, but not here; here, we have both.