Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz

Full on thriller with a side of order adrenaline fuelled action

Format: Hardback

Published by: Michael Joseph


Evan Smoak used to be known as Orphan X: a figure as elusive as a rumour, until he came to the rescue of those who most desperately needed his help. The kind of help no one else could provide. The kind that caused concern in the corridors of power

As a boy he’d been plucked from a foster home and trained as an off-the books assassin inside a top secret US government programme. Which is why, even forced into early retirement, he dare not trust the phone call. Nor the caller claiming to be his mother. Asking him to protect a complete stranger who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My thoughts:

Firstly many thanks to the publisher for an arc

Book 6 of the highly acclaimed Orphan X series.

Strap yourself in and prepare for a white knuckle rollercoaster of a read. Andrew Duran witnessed a murder and now the killers are coming after him, as Evan is contacted by someone claiming to be his mother who wants Evan to protect Duran.

Dealing with the US government and Drone warfare being taken to extreme limits by those who would exploit its use. The plotting is sublime and you can see the research carried out into making the storyline knit together, whist the pace is full on, there are moments of compassion and caring especially when he is trying to protect Joey from the outside world.

You cant help but find Evan a wholly likeable character a killer yes, but also a man who definite OCD when it comes to keeping his apartment tidy. You also get to learn more of Evans backstory in this book whilst in the foster home and an understanding of the man he is today. Evan is not a man to be under estimated when it come to protecting himself and those around him and some of the best scenes in the book surround those who would take him on, the author really knows how to write a fight scene.

In Declan and Queenie brother and sister, the author has portrayed two high class well dressed and impeccable killers.

Gregg Hurwitz is a master storyteller and the action and pace of the books is pure exhilaration, if you want full on entertainment then this book is for you. The book is peppered with twists and turns galore and you never quite know what to expect. The ending when it comes is dramatic a definite cliffhanger

This is a series you could easily see on the big screen with its all round explosive scenes and likeable action hero.

Do not think you have had to have read any of the previous books in the series, whilst it may help with the characterisation, this easily reads as a standalone

Another top read for 2021 and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend


About he Author:

Gregg Hurwitz is the No 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series as well as several other thrillers.

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