It's a voice from his past that sets Evan Smoak, currently known as The Nowhere man and formerly known as Orphan X on his latest race against the clock. With a target painted on his back it is only a matter of time until he caught by the head of the Orphan Program, and is the wrong time to pick up complications - but that is exactly what happens when Jack Johns asks Evan to go to an address and look after the package. It turns out the package is a teenage girl with a complicated story that fits perfectly with the rest of the Orphan Program and the damage it leaves in it's wake.
Used to working on his own, Evan struggles to cope with suddenly having someone else to care for - especially as Joey doesn't want his help, and resents his assumptions that she can't take care of herself. With a hit squad and two Orphans hunting him down on Van Sciver's orders it seems like its only a matter of time before the noose tightens and Evan and Joey fall. But Evan is not that easy to kill, he may be up against superior numbers but he is also an Orphan and with someone to protect he is more determined than ever. With a new person to help, Joey in tow and operatives actively targeting him Evan is in for one hell of a ride.
Hellbent is the third gripping installment in the Orphan X series and while I would have enjoyed reading it on it's own, having the back story from the previous two books made it an even more thrilling and enjoyable ride. Hurwitz has a knack for creating characters that you care about, and putting them in situations that are both adrenaline fueled and realistic. Thanks to a healthy dose of thrillers, action and crime novels (not to mention a healthier dose of watching action movies and TV series) it is easy to get jaded and feel like you've seen everything before - but Evan Smoak and his world of Orphans is at the same time familiar and refreshingly new.
This is a series that deserves to be discovered and the things Evan uncovers in Hellbent make it clear that we have not see the last of the Orphans programme. I highly, highly recommend that you try and read Hellbent in one sitting because having to put it down was very frustrating when all I wanted to do was know what was coming next!
If you like this book then try:
- Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
- The killing kind by Chris Holm
- Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
- The Postcard killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
- The basement: A novel by Stephen Leather
- City of the lost by Kelley Armstrong
- Eeny meeny by M.J. Arlidge
- Truth or die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
- Dead secret by Ava McCarthy
- Never never by James Patterson and Candice Fox
- Darkly dreaming Dexter by Jeffry P. Lindsay
- Kiss the girls by James Patterson
- Kill me if you can by James Patterson and Marshall Kamp
Reviewed by Brilla