Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Ninth Orphan by James & Lance Morcan

Title:  The Ninth Orphan
Series:  The Orphan Trilogy #1
Author:  James & Lance Morcan  
Published:  June 16th 2011 by Sterling Gate Books
Length:  274pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  Suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Fast-paced, totally fresh and original, filled with deep and complex characters, The Ninth Orphan is a controversial, high-octane thriller with an edge. Merging fact with fiction, it illuminates shadow organizations rumored to actually exist in our world. The novel explores a plethora of conspiracies involving real organizations like the CIA, MI6, and the UN, and public figures such as President Obama as well as the Clinton, Marcos and Bush families.

Tackling genetic selection, mind control and secret societies, The Ninth Orphan exposes a global agenda designed to keep the power in the hands of a select few. The novel's antagonists are members of a shadow government acting above and beyond the likes of the White House, the FBI, the Pentagon and the NSA. Could something like this ever take place? Or, is it already taking place right now?

This unique and unpredictable thriller also has a poignant, romantic sub-plot. The story contains the kind of intimate character portraits usually associated with psychological novels.

Buckle up for a wild trip full of death-defying action, cloak and dagger intrigue, unexpected role reversals and surprise endings.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Orphan Factory, The Orphan Uprising and Fiji: A Novel), The Ninth Orphan is Book #1 in The Orphan Trilogy. A feature film adaptation of The Ninth Orphan is also currently being developed.

My Review:

I found the premise behind this story intriguing & uniquely shocking. It was well written with a very solid storyline. I found that, based on the current action of the tale, I went from being engaged in the story to feeling separated from the storyline. The story also becomes increasingly faster paces the further into the story you get. The author’s low key descriptions really highlight the characters and the events that they face. The intertwining of the various characters and different aspects of the story really tied it all together, as did the HEA.

You really get to know the main character in this story. The minimal dialogue in the tale really served to keep the focus on the main character. Some of the supporting cast remains somewhat supplemental to the tail, but at the same time, they are the supporting cast.

Overall this was a very unique story that makes you really stop and think.

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