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Book Review: Lone Wolf by Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X #9)

In Lone Wolf, the latest installment of the Orphan X series, Gregg Hurwitz takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the dangerous world of Evan Smoak. This time, Evan’s adventure starts with a seemingly mundane task – finding a lost dog for his niece.

Little does he know that this simple request will lead him into a high-stakes confrontation with a deadly assassin named Karissa, also known as The Wolf.

Gregg Hurwitz masterfully weaves together intense action sequences, heartfelt emotions, and thought-provoking themes about the impact of technology on our lives. Especially in this latest book in the series, through Evan’s character, we see a man torn between his past as a skilled assassin and his desire to protect those he cares about. As Evan grapples with the challenges thrown his way, readers are taken on a thrilling journey filled with twists and turns.

One aspect I liked too much in Lone Wolf is the development of Evan’s relationship with Joey, his teenage protégé. Their dynamic adds a lot of depth to the story, showing Evan’s softer side and highlighting the strong bond they share.

We also experience Joey’s growth as a character, raising questions about identity and the choices we make in life. This also makes for a compelling reason for reading the Orphan X books in proper order, since it is so much easier to experience first-hand the growth and transformation of our main character and beloved sidekicks.

In addition, introducing new characters like Karissa and the tech billionaire adds layers to the narrative, creating a web of intrigue that keeps us all on the edge of our seats. The cat-and-mouse game between Evan and Karissa is exciting, showing the author’s talent for crafting heart-racing action scenes.

With each page turn, Lone Wolf delves deeper into Evan’s psyche, revealing his inner struggles and vulnerabilities. As he navigates through a world filled with danger and deception, Evan is forced to confront his own morality and the consequences of his actions.

Gregg Hurwitz delivers another strong story that blends adrenaline-pumping thrills with many poignant moments of introspection, not to mention several funny moments and banter between Evan and Joey.

Our Evan IS becoming more humane, no doubt, and this was clear from the very first few chapters when he did something extremely uncharacteristic of him. I have to admit, I was slightly worried that a more humane Evan would be a less Orphan X.

However, by the time I reached the end of the novel, I realized I didn’t need to worry. While a more humane Evan is a more vulnerable Evan, something that can be easily exploited by his enemies, he is still the same Orphan X or Nowhere Man we know and love.

Overall, Lone Wolf is a gripping addition to the Orphan X series that I am sure will satisfy fans and newcomers alike. It certainly left me, even after 9 books so far, craving for more.

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