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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz. 

As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from the orphanage he called home and inducted into a top secret Cold War programme. Trained as a lethal weapon, he and his fellow recruits were sent round the world to do the government's dirty work. 

But the programme was rotten to the core. And now the man responsible needs things to be nice and clean. All evidence must be destroyed. That includes Evan. 

To survive, Evan's going to have to take the fight to his nemesis. There's just one problem with that. Jonathan Bennett is President of the United States, and Evan isn't his only victim. 

To save himself - and the country - Evan is going to have to figure out how to kill the most well-protected man on the planet.... 

©2019 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Pure nail-biting suspense." (Harlan Coben)

"Memorable as hell." (James Patterson)

"Outstanding in every way." (Lee Child)

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So satisfying

As with all books in the series the concept of justice and the legal system creates an excellent context. I enjoyed the book and cannot wait for the next one. In many ways Evan portrays what many of us think privately. Excellent and an easy five star

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Edge of my seat all the way.

Scott Brick + The Nowhere Man = unbeatable.
I literally couldn’t stop listening to it. Thank God it’s over as I can finally get some sleep!
This character is fast becoming my favourite action hero. If you’re new to the series then start at the start, sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Orphan X! What heroes are made of.

Love all the orphan X books! Can't wait for my next credit to get another one!

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Awesome Read!!

Awesome Read! One of the best yet! Can't wait to listen to the next one!

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Evan Smoak

Love this series they are all good, I was hooked from book 1
If you like Grey Man or Victor by Tom Wood, you’ll probably like these

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just my type

loved the passion in the narrator , very easy to picture the scenes and story kept up a good momentum.

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Gripping!

Great Orphan X story. Completely gripping. Great ending and not one we saw coming.....Look forward to the next Orphan X installment.

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  • Carol
  • 25-02-2019

A little disappointed

This fourth book didn't have the same excitement for me as the other three. It was much more political, which I didn't like; and it didn't have as much emphasis on the "Do you need my help?" storyline.

I still enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed.

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  • Nikki
  • 15-04-2019

Love this author

This guy writes so well I feel like I am there. I can't recommend him enough. It's a romance, a thriller, an adventure do-gooding rescuer hero with plenty of realistic flaws. Just my kind of listen. Bought the book too.

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  • JLM
  • 14-05-2020

Suspend your disbelief and enjoy

Detail,, tension, schadenfreude and compelling listenability in the secret service agent voice styled performance. Suspend your disbelief about the 9 or more lives of Orpbam X and enjoy

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  • Sharron
  • 24-11-2019

Orphan X at his best.

I really enjoy the Orphan X series. The last book was disappointing but back on track with this one. Narration is so important to the success of an audiobook and Scott Brick is amazing. Now waiting for the next in the series.

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  • Kemi
  • 10-02-2019

loved it!!

I could listen to the narrator read the phone book. He really brings the story to life. I loved the story and found myself laughing out loud in some parts.
The mix me humour and action is great.

I hope the next book comes out soon. off the find another book narrated by Scott brick now

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  • Phillip
  • 10-02-2019

Outstanding !!!

This book was outstanding loved this series so much, Scott Brick is lovely to listen to, thanks Gregg Hurwitz for this wonderful series :)

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  • SilentFiddler
  • 11-03-2020

I can listen no longer!

This narrator makes it impossible to continue to listen. He is such a drama queen that I cannot concentrate on WHAT he is saying, only on HOW he is saying it! Life is too short for this nonsense.

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  • Alan Hughes
  • 10-02-2019

Superbly written

one of the best books I have listened to in a while, gripping and gritty, yet emotional

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  • Mark
  • 07-12-2019

Excellent Thriller

I really enjoyed this, the fourth in the Orphan X series. It has great characters, a tantalising plot and plenty of thrilling action. I feel that there is more light and shade in Evan Smoak than there is in Jack Reacher; he actually has some real, though difficult, relationships which allows for the development of characters between and within the novels. Evan Smoak is also reflective and thoughtful in his actions. Obviously he is an indestructible killing machine and racks up a colossal body count but this is an action thriller, not Jane Austin, and few writers can deliver such mayhem as pleasurably as Gregg Hurwitz.

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  • Alan
  • 16-11-2019

Outstanding!

If you like your Jason bourne style ex assassin with a heart style you will love Evan Smoak. To compare hin to Jason though is unfair as he is way more complex way more brutal but goodness there is so much emotion in these books. Who would of thought you could tear up listening to this type of book. I can only finish by saying Mr Hurwitz is nothing short of genius putting other authors of this genre in the shade . Buy the first book in the series and by the time you reach this one you’ll be desperate for number five.. which actually is out early next year ! Please keep Evan going is all I can say!

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  • Jenny
  • 17-02-2019

Are we ready?

An action hero for the 21st century.

I came to this series because of it's bestseller status, although I'm not naturally a thriller reader. I stayed with the series because of Evan Smoak - a truly fascinating character. The guns and machines and intricate plotting are all excellent, but for me, it's Evan's internal battle to make sense of his past and how he strives to live in the present that keeps me reading.

Smoak is not homophobic, racist or sexist - which goes to show, you don't have to rely on the old Islamophobic or Russian mafia tropes featuring a macho jerk to write a compelling action thriller/spy story.

Highly recommended.

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  • Stuart Horrocks
  • 22-05-2021

How does Gregg keep this up

Each book in this series just gets better and better. Up there with the best stories I’ve read

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  • JasonG
  • 12-05-2021

Explosive

Enjoying the Orphan X series, fast paced, good story and a great narrator. Evan is a man of morals who lives in a world of sharp edges.

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  • Bails
  • 05-04-2021

Best one yet...

Loved the story. Great narrator. Can't wait for the next one. Hope the series continues.

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