Orphan X // Gregg Hurwitz

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This book made me gasp out loud approximately every 15 minutes. I loved it. The main character is a badass killing machine, but still humanized enough to be likable. The plot itself was a refreshing combination of flashback and present tense. Each character was fleshed out with an eye for detail that matched the theme of the novel, and they all had distinct, memorable personalities. The occasional first person narrative shift helped fully frame the "bad guy", which was a good choice on Hurwtiz's part.

My only qualm is that the fighting scenes occasionally involved too many roundhouse kicks and jiu jitsu chops for me to fully stay invested. It is also worth mentioning that a few of the end scenes are not for the weak stomached, as they get rather graphic with bodily dismemberment. 

Overall, the book is highly recommendable and will make you think like an assassin, if only temporarily. 

EXCERPTS:

"You know the best two words in the English language?" he asks. Evan is at a loss.       "'Next time,'" Jack says. (Hurwitz, 100)

"You can't be perfect unless you're alone, and then guess what? You're alone. So you're still not perfect." (Hurwitz, 110)

"They were fighting in different languages. An around-the-world street brawl." (Hurwitz, 317)

"There are always choices." (Hurwitz, 332)


PUBLICATION DETAILS:
Page: 386
ISBN: 978-1250067845
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 2016