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Buy a Bullet

An Orphan X Story
Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The Nowhere Man is a figure shrouded in secrecy - a near legendary figure who helps those lucky few who are given the means to reach out to him. Before he was the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak was a highly trained government operative known to a few as Orphan X. This is the story of Smoak's first outing as the Nowhere Man, where after completing a mission in Northern California, he happens to spot a young woman at a coffee shop. Brutalized and under the control of a very powerful, unscrupulous man, her life is in danger if she doesn't escape. And the only person that can help her do that is a man with the background and skills of the Nowhere Man.

©2016 Gregg Hurwitz. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • shelley
  • 2017-01-03

Would Love to know someone like this!!

This could have been the first chapter in a book about Evan Smoak's past. Excellent first short story about his first mission on his own. I usually don't like purchasing short stories but have been looking forward to the next book in this series and wanted something to hold me over.
Gregg Hurwitz is such a talented author and I am so glad that he has decided to create a series.
Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating as always.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Joshua
  • 2017-05-04

Doesn't Add Much to the Series

This is a very short story attempting to recount the first mission of the series protagonist. It is essentially just the facts of what happened, avoiding going deep into the motivations behind it. As a result, the story feels just a bit too impersonal, and honestly might have been better left off as an anecdote inside one of the novels. It doesn't really add that much to the whole series is the home and feels mostly like filler.

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  • Janice
  • 2017-01-04

Tasty tidbit

All action, little characterization, but fun peek into the beginning of Evan Smoak's presence as a defender of the helpless. Bad guys beware. With this little appetizer I'm ready for the next full length installment.

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  • itinerant
  • 2017-01-10

Etude

This is a pretty satisfying brief study of the character, though it falls far short of providing actual development. Good guy sees damsel in distress with outsize obstacles to surmount to save her. Like a Grimms fairy tale with koi and automatic weapons. More of a study in tactics than revelation of character; more a character trying on a new outfit than growing morally.

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  • Wayne
  • 2017-01-03

My third short story of today

I'm not a fan of very short stories of less than 2 hours in length, but after listening to the 38 minute Buy a Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz and the 27 minute Second Thoughts by Steven James, both today, I may change my mind. Both stories are wonderful (the third short story today is the 84 minute The 4th Man by Lisa Gardner which is excellent, but not as good as the others.)

Before Orphan X I was not a big fan of Gregg Hurwitz. His earlier novels are very good, but I listened as much to hear Scott Brick's narrations as for the content. The beginning of the Orphan X/Evan Smoak series changed that. Buy a Bullet will tide me over until the release of Nowhere Man in two weeks.

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  • Greg Shuler
  • 2019-07-01

should have been an epilog

should have been an epilog. what a waste of money. that is why one star.

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  • S. Gurbang
  • 2019-02-14

Love the books not this

It’s basically a written action scene depicting his first self selected mission. No real insight as to orphan x past. Not worth $1.

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  • ilene
  • 2017-01-03

So good!!

I could not stop listening to this amazing prequel! Definitely makes you anxious for the new book!

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  • Dave
  • 2019-05-09

Too short

This story was way too short. I wish it could have been longer. It wasn’t a good deal a credit.

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  • Cisco
  • 2019-02-15

cheap mindless writing

This is an elevator ride ride of a story, on ar one, off at four, leaving to get some fesh air.

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