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The Last Orphan: The Thrilling Orphan X Sunday Times Bestseller (An Orphan X Novel)

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I want to thank NetGalley and St Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for sending me this eARC in exchange for my honest review. Smoak is lured into a meticulously laid trap, the jaws of which are a heavily-armed counter-assault team, air support, a fleet of tactical vehicles and more firepower than brought down Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the collective absence of Joey and Mia, Los Angeles had felt quiet enough for Evan to rediscover the fierce loneliness in freedom. Its name derived from the word for “smoke,” Reyka had a barley base, augmented with water filtered by the rock of a four-thousand-year-old lava stream, making it the purest liquid on earth. X is always X-ing, slightly OCD, may be allergic to patterns, and is always figuring out his next move.

Saying that, I will be going back to the start of the series as, after seeing all of the love for the Orphan X Series I feel I need to know what came before, experience Evan Smoak from his *sort of* inception (I say *sort of* because I don’t think we go as far back as Evan’s arrival in the Orphan programme in book one). Maybe because of his age, his knowledge of technology isn’t the greatest, so he relies on his 16-year-old ally Joey, who we met in book three. Unfortunately his love for Mia and Peter lands him in the worst possible situation, and the rest of the book is about how he attempts to get out of it. Evan Smoak, alias Orphan X, is an off-the-books US government agent who was regularly sent around the world to take care of some very dirty business.The choices he makes as the action and thrills build to a climax leads to a series of suspenseful encounters with those he is sworn to protect, those he hunts, and those who hunt him.

He left the program and has been helping people who are being oppressed, including killing bad guys.

The "personal growth" of Evan (and Joey) is what really propels the story forward and is essential to keep readers engaged.

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