Sunday, 14 September 2014

Book Review - The Ninth Orphan by James and Lance Morcan

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy #1)
by James Morcan and Lance Morcan

"How do you catch a man who is never the same man twice?

That is the question posed in The Ninth Orphan, a top-rated international thriller novel and the first book in The Orphan Trilogy.

An orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man's life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

But can the ninth-born orphan ever get off the grid? To find out you'll need to go on a tumultuous journey around the globe to such far-flung locations as China, France, the Philippines, Andorra, America, England, Germany and French Polynesia. The frenetic cat-and-mouse chase moves from airports to train stations and hidden torture prisons, taking the reader on a shocking, nail-biting ride into the world's closet of skeletons that goes beyond conspiracy theories to painful reality."


I received a copy of this eBook from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

The story follows a man named "Nine" as he tries to free himself from the powerful and shady organisation whose ultimate goal is power and domination. The 9th out of 23 orphans, he is different and longs for a life of freedom but the quest is not so easy. Throw in the leaders of the clandestine organisation, another orphan (“seventeen”), the Chinese and a love interest together with locations around the world and you have a recipe for success. There were many twists, turns and sub-plots that keep things interesting throughout and those, added to a fast pace of writing results in a great, suspense-filled and thrilling read.

All the characters, both major and minor, were really well developed. There was a good mix of background history that helped in the understanding of the characters and their motivations.

I haven’t read the Bourne books but imagine that this would compare quite well with them if the films are anything to go by and this would make a great film.

I loved it and found it hard to put down. I read most of it in one day - I had a 2 ½ hour delay plus a 3 hour flight home from my holidays and the time went so quick as I was engrossed in this book; I was annoyed when I had to stop reading when interrupted by the people I was sitting next to (not my family I hasten to add) and the air stewardesses!

I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a great spy, conspiracy, action, etc, etc book and I would love to read the other books in the series.

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