Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: THE ORPHAN FACTORY by James and Lance Morcan

The Orphan Factory 
(The Orphan Trilogy, Book 2)
An epic, atmospheric story that begins with twenty three genetically superior orphans being groomed to become elite spies in Chicago's Pedemont Orphanage and concludes with a political assassination deep in the Amazon jungle.

The Orphan Factory, a coming-of-age spy thriller novel, is book two in The Orphan Trilogy and a prequel to The Ninth Orphan. Go on another frenetic journey with the ninth-born orphan as he busts out of the clandestine orphanage he knew as home and goes on the run across America.

In the late 1970's, in Chicago, Illinois, the secretive Omega Agency initiates the Pedemont Project - a radical experiment utilizing genetic engineering technologies - to create twenty three orphan babies with the plan to turn them into the world's most effective assassins.

One of the prodigies will rebel: meet Number Nine, an orphan with a mind of his own.

In 1998, when Nine reaches adulthood and graduates with honors from the Pedemont Orphanage, he is already an adept of the deadly espionage arts. Ordered by his Omega masters to assassinate a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy in Guyana's Amazon rainforest, Nine is forced to draw upon all of his advanced training just to stay alive.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Ninth Orphan and The World Duology), The Orphan Factory is the second book in The Orphan Trilogy. A feature film adaptation of The Ninth Orphan is also currently being developed.


The Review
After reading The Ninth Orphan I couldn't wait to read the rest of the series; I wasn't disappointed.

The second in the orphan trilogy; The Orphan Factory is a prequel that takes us back to Omega's early day's, when the genetically superior orphans are born and the Pedemont project begins.. All twenty-three orphans go through intensive training and teaching, mainly by, their mentor, Tommy Kentbridge, to become the worlds most elite operatives.

Life at the orphanage isn't easy and  twelve year old Nine's resentment grow's by the day; he just wants to be a normal kid with a normal life. The only thing that makes him happy is the beautiful young girl he's been watching from the privacy of the treehouse in the orphanage' garden. When Helen and her father move away Nine's young heart is broken and he makes his first attempt to escape his Omega masters, with plans to find Helen.

The chase is on.

The twelve year old is being pursued by fully trained Omega operatives, with access to all sorts of technology including the tracking device implanted in his arm, but he manages to outsmart them. Even Tommy; the man who knows him best can't find him.

Inevitably Nine's escape and relationship with Helen is doomed, and with his heart and pride in shatters he is returned to the orphanage where he has no choice but to knuckle down and get on with it. When the eldest orphan turns eighteen they graduate and are fully fledged trained killers. When Omega has a financial crisis it's Nine & Seventeen, his arch enemy, who are sent on the first real mission. Can they be professional and help bail the company out? Or will it all go wrong?

You'll have to read the book to find out, but read it you should. I give it five stars out of five.

- Reviewed by Yolanda D.
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