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Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz

Once again, the latest action-adventure, crime-thriller written by Greg Hurwitz has Evan Smoak, AKA Orphan X, centre stage. Evan has turned his back on his former life as an assassin, but now he works to help those in need and bring about justice (still using his assasin skills, however).

This time a desperate father reaches out to him after his beloved daughter Anjelina is kidnapped by a brutal criminal cartel and taken to Mexico. But the father is also a high-level criminal in charge of a cartel, so Evan has to decide if he will help him. And even if Evan does, the odds are stacked against him as the cartel who have kidnaped Anjelina is known for being without any scruples or human decency.

Dark Horse is a page-turning, adrenaline-fuelled read. But what makes this book, and the others with Evan Smoak as the central character, is Evan himself. He’s an exceptional, fully-rounded, believable character – even if everything about these books is larger than life. Another rollercoaster read, with lots of twists and turns. Excellent plotting and a fabulous ending. If you haven’t tried a book by Gregg Hurwitz, go grab a copy of any of the books featuring Orphan X.

Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Penguin Random House


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