Hellbent – Gregg Hurwitz

Happy belated release!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

HELLBENT – Gregg Hurwitz (out now!)

This is book three in the ORPHAN X series


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This was my introduction to Gregg Hurwitz and Evan Smoak (aka Orphan X). Despite this being book three in the series, I didn’t feel too lost! I will be going back to get books one and two, though. There’s definitely some backstory I would love to know about Evan Smoak.

Evan Smoak was taken at the age of twelve and was trained as a secret government assassin known as Orphan X. He left the Orphan Program and then disappeared. He then reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man – he only would help the completely and truly desperate.

Now, Evan is contacted by Jack Johns. Jack is the man that trained and raised Evan, and was the only father figure in his life. The government is trying to erase all remaining assets of the Orphan Program and they have finally found Evan. His last assignment? To find the newest protege and protect him at all costs. Of course, he isn’t the only one looking for him. The new man in charge of the Orphan Program is using everything he has to take out the last Orphan and Orphan X to finally put an end to it.

I really enjoy anything with a kind of government or espionage element to thrillers. It adds a little extra layer to the story and almost always includes a great conspiracy. Having a top secret government assassin go rogue is what instantly drew me into this synopsis. The twists and turns keep you flipping the pages and you’re pulled further down the rabbit hole as the book continues. I loved Hurwitz’s writing style and I hope there will be more on Orphan X!

Overall, if you’ve read the Orphan X series, then you definitely need to pick up this installment! If you’re wanting a new thriller series with conspiracies, assassins, and undercover government agents, then this is the new series for you.


Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?


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