Orphan X, by Greg Hurwitz

Evan Smoak is an orphan who was recruited into a special government program, where he’s been trained to covertly kill for his country since being a teenager. It’s all he knows. So, when the program is disbanded, he can’t quit the life style, so he goes rogue. But in a good way–he offers his services to people in trouble, who might need a hired gun to save them.

He doesn’t exist, yet if you’re in trouble, you can ask for his help by calling a phone number. This number is passed from a previous ‘client’ to the next. He has never lost one yet. But this latest call has him testing his skills to the max.

He begins to realize he’s getting interference from a former ‘teammate,’ who has own agenda, and it’s not quite as benevolent as Evan’s mission.

So, I would classify this book as similar to a James Bond who has an altruistic side. And, like a James Bond type character, Evan will be called on to kill ‘the bad people,’ while doing his best to protect the client at all costs. But, like all agendas, sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

And you get to sit in on this exciting ride. I’m looking forward to the next book–Nowhere Man.

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