The blacker than black government program that created Orphan X is done. Their last recruit before being shut down was Joey Morales, first introduced in Hellbent, the third Orphan X novel. A formidable operator in her own right with cyber capabilities that is second to none. She is however only sixteen, with much left to learn about life and the world around her.
While sitting in class, as close to the door as possible, because the operator in her is always thinking about exit strategies and potential situations. She hears another student drop her phone and cry out. She reaches out to help, but this girl barely registers Joey is there and she runs for the top floor of the building they’re in. Noticing that she left her now broken phone, Joey picks it up and follows her up.
On the balcony of the seventh floor, Joey realizes what this girl is trying to do and attempts to stop her. But this girl was determined and before Joey knows it, she leaps to the ground below killing herself. Running down seven floors, crowd built up at this point, she springs into action, attempting to get control of her neck in case there’s a spinal injury, thoughts of a tourniquet crossed her mind but it was all futile, checking for a nonexistent pulse, the girl was dead.
When she got home, she realized she still had the girl’s phone and curiosity got the best of her. Hacking into it for Joey turned out to be child’s play and she quickly realized the cause of the girl’s mental breakdown, The List. A fraternity of immature guys have compiled a list that rates all the girls based off their looks and sexual performance.
She sets forth on a mission to punish those responsible using her available resources and formidable tech skills. Evan Smoak is never far away and keeps a watchful eye on his protégé. As the story unfolds, their relationship grows and Joey becomes more aware of her vulnerabilities, what it’s like to be a normal girl with feelings.
Besides this short story featuring Orphan X and Joey Morales, also included is an excerpt from Prodigal Son, the next Orphan X novel coming January 26, 2021. Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn’t even suspect existed. The cliffhanger Gregg Hurwitz left us with at the end of last year’s, Into the Fire.
Review for Prodigal Son coming soon!
Prodigal Son Overview
As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new name—The Nowhere Man—and a new mission, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. But the highest power in the country has made him a tempting offer—in exchange for an unofficial pardon, he must stop his clandestine activities as The Nowhere Man. Now Evan has to do the one thing he’s least equipped to do—live a normal life.
But then he gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew—his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran—a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran’s only option. But when the hidden cabal catches on to what Evan is doing, everything he’s fought for is on the line—including his own life.
About the Author
Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 20 thrillers, including OUT OF THE DARK (2019), and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.
Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.
Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.