• Dark Horse

  • An Orphan X Novel (Orphan X, Book 7)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,329 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

The New York Times bestselling series returns when Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever in Gregg Hurwitz's Dark Horse.

This audiobook includes a bonus conversation between the author and Jack Carr.

Evan Smoak is a man with many identities and a challenging past. As Orphan X, he was a government assassin for the off-the-books Orphan Program. After he broke with the Program, he adopted a new name and a new mission—The Nowhere Man, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. Having just survived an attack on his life, and the complete devastation of his base of operations, as well as his complicated (and deepening) relationship with his neighbor Mia Hall, Evan isn't interested in taking on a new mission. But one finds him anyway.

Aragon Urrea is a kingpin of a major drug-dealing operation in South Texas. He's also the patron of the local area—suppyling employment in legitimate operations, providing help to the helpless, a rough justice to the downtrodden, and a future to a people normally with little hope. He's complicated—a not completely good man, who does bad things for often good reasons. However, for all his money and power, he is helpless when one of the most vicious cartels kidnaps his innocent eighteen year old daughter, spiriting her away into the armored complex that is their headquarters in Mexico. With no other way to rescue his daughter, he turns to The Nowhere Man. 

Now not only must Evan figure out how to get into the impregnable fortress of a heavily armed, deeply paranoid cartel leader, but he must decide if he should help a very bad man—no matter how just the cause.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books.

©2022 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Hurwitz & Brick, it doesn’t get any better!!!!

This is book 7 in the Orphan. Series. Although each book can be listened to as a standalone I would suggest listening to the series in order. Each book leaves off with a cliffhanger. The following is picked up where the prior left off. It is not necessary to know what happened in the last book but if you’re like me, you’ll want to know.

In this book Evan Smoak finds himself being contacted by a man he views very much like himself. He’s either a good man who does bad things or a bad man who does good things. He’s a drug kingpin but much of his drug money goes to helping the small Texas town and the people who live there. On his daughter’s 18th birthday it appears she was kidnapped by a particularly vicious cartel in Mexico. Evan is called to retrieve her. He must infiltrate the cartel to find and retrieve her. The previous person was discovered and beheaded.

This book is wild. It’s fast paced. Requires suspension of believability a few times. The ending is quite a surprise!

Scott Brick narrates flawlessly (as always).

This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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X takes on the drug cartels

Dark Horse is the seventh novel in the best selling Evan Smoak series of heart stopping thrillers by award-winning and best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz. Evan continues to steal the spotlight from Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne and James Bond, redefining once again what it means to be a modern hero.
After the explosive ending of Prodigal Son, pun intended, we find out that our hero survived and that he is trying to put his life together.
For his next mission Evan will help someone completely different and definitely unexpected. In order to save the life of an innocent young woman, Orphan X will take on the drug cartels!

Audiobooks industry legend and award winning narrator Scott Brick steps back into Evan’s shoes with another perfect performance. Scott is one of the best in the industry and I cannot imagine who else could bring these stories to life in a better way.

If you love thrillers, you cannot miss any of the books in this absolutely fantastic series.
Dark Horse is another Fast paced, intense, unputdownable, gripping and addictive Adventure impossible to put down.

I hope that you found this review interesting and will consider leaving a helpful vote below. Thank you! Take care, stay safe, and don't forget, always listen with your heart.

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Poorest Orphan X book

I have listened to and enjoyed all of the Orphan X books. This one was the least interesting. Very few “cool X things.” Too many long and boring descriptions of surroundings and feelings. Not as good as the other books.

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Good but

I love the Orphan X Series and this book was pretty good but starting to get a little to "woke" in my opinion.

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Very dissapointed

I have read all the previous Orphan X books and they never let me down. Sadly, I'm 1 hour into the latest book and honestly it's as boring as watching paint dry. Now i am struggling...do I continue or give it up as a bad joke!!!

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Pass on this one - as Even says ‘next time’!

Orphan X not known for his social skills suddenly becomes life coach to a cartel lord - and a runaway teenager. he is short tempered and ungrateful . Not the Even Smoke of the past. The introspection of the characters is tedious. Really disappointed with this book!

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Who wrote this book?

I love the Orphan X series…but this book was beyond painful. A drug lord who weeps and openly talks about his feelings and shortcomings and changes dirty diapers while his daughter is in the hands of his ruthless cartel rivals? Multiple kingpins who instantly elevate an outsider (Evan) to their most trusted confidant minutes after meeting him? I’m just going to try to forget about this aberration,
chalk this up to a bad day at the office and await the next installment.

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Just plain awesome

The best Orphan X yet! I couldn't stop listening and binged it. Scott Brick truly brings the story to life.

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Not Up to Par

Even best-selling authors need a good editor as evidenced by the latest entry into the Orphan X series. This entry did illustrate the maturation of the character but failed to tie up some loose ends from the previous book. Each book should advance the overall series and tell the current story. Too much detail and not enough character development. Scoot Brick does deliver as the narrator. Don't start the series with this book. You will be disappointed.

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Non stop heart pounding action

This book was non stop sitting on the edge of your seat. Can’t stop listening addictive to the core. Can’t get enough Orphan X.

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