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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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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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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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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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Superbly written

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

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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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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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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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I love the storylines and the characters - having listened to the first four books. However, I just can’t bear it when the narrator goes all emotional. The wobbly over emotional tone, which appears whenever something so much as touches a characters feeling, to me spoils everything. Sadly, I can’t bear it anymore and will have to read this myself rather than listen. Shame.

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A great story line, very well written

There was obviously a lot of research went into this book, and the storyline flowed effortlessly for the reader. The characters were believable, and all had a place in the plot. Brilliantly narrated.

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Simply Superb

An amazing book written by probably the best writer ever in this genre. All his book are superb but for me this is the best.
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  • 25-02-19

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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  • 15-04-19

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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  • 09-06-22

captivating

Great listen keeping one tied into the storyline till the end of the adventure. Brilliant

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  • 14-05-20

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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  • 24-11-19

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.