Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

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Official Thrillerfix Review by Rob Sinclair

20 November 2017

What’s it about?: An action thriller about an elite ex-assassin – Orphan X. As a boy he was chosen and taken from his orphanage home to be trained as part of a top secret government programme. For years he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. But then he broke away from the programme, and used everything he’d learned to disappear, starting a new life helping the desperate and deserving. Now, in the present, his past comes back to bite him with a vengeance.


What makes it special?: Hurwitz does a great job of breathing fresh life into the genre, with a character who not only has a hugely intriguing back story, but who has fashioned a quite unique position in life in the present timeline, a kind of modern day ultra-violent good samaritan.


On top of that, I’m just generally a fan of origin type stories like this, where we are drip fed the history of either the protagonist or antagonist from childhood, helping us to come to an understanding of why they are who they are, and how events in the character’s past and early life have shaped them in the present. Other than that, it’s just a really good and gritty action thriller with all the elements that fans of the genre will crave for.