Friday, January 2, 2015

Book Review: THE NINTH ORPHAN by James and Lance Morcan

The Book

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.

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Book Review
The Ninth Orphan is, by far, the best book I have read this year. I had always thought that reading a book from the espionage/spy thriller genre would confuse me with politics I wouldn't understand, but that wasn't the case at all. 

Omega, A top secret agency, raise twenty-three orphans to be the best spy's the world has ever known. They don't have names, just numbers, and when all the terrible things that come with the job get's too much for number nine, he want's to leave the life the Omegans chose for him. Nine knows it won't be easy and is something that's never been done before, but he was trained well, and thinks, with enough planning, he can pull it off and live a normal life.

Nine's escape takes him all over the world running from the best Omega has; Kentbridge who was his childhood mentor, trainer and father figure and number Seventeen, his fellow orphan and childhood enemy. Trying to stay one step ahead of them whilst securing a safe future for himself is the hardest thing he has ever had to do. Nine makes a deal with the Japanese that will give him enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life, but the Omega agency has moles everywhere. They ruin his plans and make it look to the Japanese like Nine has double crossed them, so now he's running from them too. With the odds of him surviving getting higher and more dangerous every minute, will he make it?

The Ninth Orphan would make a great film. Nine should be as famous as James Bond and Jason Bourne. The book was so good I give it four and a half stars out of five. I thoroughly enjoyed every page, and will definitely be reading more from this series.

- Reviewed by Yolanda D.

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