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The Ninth Orphan

(The Orphan Trilogy #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  830 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
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 femal
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Sterling Gate Books
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Melanie Adkins
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pedemont Orphanage isn't a typical orphanage. The kids there are genetically designed to be faster, more intelligent, and able to be trained for anything. Twenty-three orphans were part of this program. Dissatisfied members of various Illuminati societies make up the Omega Agency who runs the orphanage. The kids are not allowed to use the names they have, they must use the numbers they were given. The Ninth Orphan decides he wants out. He goes through quite an elaborate plan to gain his freedom. ...more
Todd Simpson
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing book by these two very talented Author’s. It doesn’t seem to matter what genre they write, as I’ve been thoroughly entertained by every story I’ve read so far. The Ninth Orphan certainly caught my attention with the blurb, and it didn’t disappoint. A very good plot having 23 Orphans being trained as black op’s specialist. Sebastian hardly ever heard his real name being said out loud. He became an orphan at a very young age, and the man that looked after him and 22 other orphans c ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Ninth Orphan ranks amongst the best thrillers I have ever come across and I am really pleased to have been given the chance to read it as I would never have naturally picked it up. With every emotion from pure fear to grief to even a little romance, this novel hits all the bases and doesn’t disappoint.
The Ninth Orphan is an extremely fast paced thriller as we follow the curiously named Nine as he attempts to free himself from the corrupt agency he was born into and begin again as a free man.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The Ninth Orphan was an interesting read for me seeing as my shelf of thriller novels wasn't as well stacked as other genres. The novel had me from page one, throwing us into the world's closet of skeletons, where conspiracies were reality for our main protagonist,Sebastian Hannar. Appropriately titled, the plot is about genetically enhanced orphans from an orphanage run by a top-secret-hush-hush-agency called the Omega Agency. The orphans are numbered, Sebastian being number nine, and trained b ...more
Ian Allan
Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I noticed via a google search that THE ORPHAN FACTORY, the 2nd book in this trilogy, is in the top 5 of all of the books rated on Good Reads, so I figured the trilogy must be outstanding. But after reading this dud, I'm not even going to bother with the second and third installments. The overall outline of this story is fine, but when it comes to the actual writing and presentation, this father-son team is terrible. I've read about 500 books over the last 20 years, and these guys are by far the ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
He is only known by his number~Nine. Nine grew in Chicago, Illnois at the Pedemont Orphanage is really ultra secret organization of chameleon operatives. Nine only has one rival her number is Seventeen. Seventeen tries to eliminate and destroy Nine every chance she gets. Nine and Seventeen's mentor Tommy Kentbridge is the only father figure they have ever known. Kentbridge knows each and every operative of the Pedemont Project better than they know themselves. Nine performs one last mission for ...more
Alice Dinizo
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sebastian George Hannar is the ninth orphan out of twenty-three from Chicago's Pedemont Orphanage. Now at age thirty-one years of age, Nine, as Sebastian is now called,is highly intelligent and a master at disguises as he has been trained by Tommy Kentbridge, an agent for Omega Agency, the creator of Pedemont Orphanage. Omega, allied secretly with the CIA and other governments' agencies, created the DNA on orphan boys and girls who have been born and bred to serve Omega.These specially-birthed c ...more
Cortney Gardner
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. Reminded me a lot of the Jason Borne movie series. I'm looking forward to reading the prequel and sequel set to come out this year. Fun book.
Linda Nelson
Action packed - intense - gripping - edge of the seat

What a great book this was. Great plot - great story.

I can see this as a movie - James Bond (no Sebastian Hannar) that is.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-read-2012, series
My first thriller and I am totally hooked. Superbly written and totally believable story.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Suspense readers who like the spy-game
Recommended to Tom by: Kindle Book Review
Shelves: suspense
James and Lance Morcan’s, The Ninth Orphan, is a suspense-laden spy novel that keeps you engaged through every twist and turn in this fantastic maze of desperation and intrigue. Readers will love its brisk pace from start to finish, with cloak and dagger action and new dangers at every turn. Conspiracy fans will appreciate the Morcan’s efforts in developing the back-story and crafting the detail, making this a believable and gripping story of a rouge agent who simply wants a taste of freedom.

Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Our hero, Nine, is one of a collection of orphans, created and raised by a secret society bent on running the world from behind the scenes. These children are destined to be top assassins, but Nine is going against his programming despite being the teachers favorite.

When he has the opportunity to try and leave the organization with enough money to live out his life, he takes it. His bosses are not happy about this and send his mentor and Seventeen, a female orphan, to bring back the money he is
Lia Burres
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nine, as he was called due to being the ninth born orphan, was raised by a secret organization that was far underground. He and many others were genetic experiments that were made to become secret killers that can blend in like a chameleon and never be noticed.
Nine wants out and wants to be a free man.
Isabelle ends up in the middle of it and it's all sue to her photography hobby and she took a photo of a disguised man.
Nine takes Isabelle as a hostage but not because he has a choice. He didn't
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone

I judge a book by its ability to paint a picture in my mind with the words the author chooses and The Ninth Orphan is a 3D blockbuster. It slowly draws you in and keeps you hooked until you realize you're at the end of the book. I started the book this morning and just couldn't put it down...good thing it was the perfect rainy day to get wrapped up in a good book. Can't wait to ready the next book in the Trilogy! The Orphan Factory
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, thriller
OMG! First of all, please know that this book is outside of the genre I have normally read. However, it will not be the last as I found myself unable to put it down. A very suspenseful spy thriller... don't start it when you need to get to sleep! The Ninth Orphan is the tale of one of a group of children who were genetically manipulated and raised from inception to be operatives for a clandestine organization in a very controlled environment. This is the tale of one of those children who makes a ...more
Rebecca Thomas
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel was partially set in my hometown of Chicago, so I found that aspect very cool.
The Chicago scenes are just the backstory though and this novel spans many different countries and corners of the globe.
Found this a seamless read and finished the whole book in under 4 hours.
Bottom line: A fantastic thriller!!
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, adventure
I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5
The Ninth Orphan is a fast-paced spy thriller about a man who was raised to be a ruthless assassin, but now wants to be free of what he's been trained to do all his life. To get what he wants, he'll have to fight against the Omega agency, the very thing that produced him, in what proves to be a great story of action-packed adventure at every turn.

Spy novels are often quite a difficult genre to write, at least
Debra Martin
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
THE NINTH ORPHAN is a slick spy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story revolves around a secret organization, The Omega Agency, that has raised a genetically-enhanced group of orphans. From the moment they could talk, the children have been trained in all aspects of being a spy/assassin. In this Pedemont Project, no one has a name; they are referred to as a number. Nine has been the best of the best for years doing whatever his superiors have told him, but there is a cra ...more
Tantra Bensko
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long while ago, and it still remains with me as perhaps the main novel that gives me hope for humanity. Authors CAN be intelligent and aware of the realities of the world and boldly address them, trusting in readers to care about the corruption that goes unreported in the mass media.

I have immense respect for these authors and their calm and reasoned discussions of topics with their readers, their fearless concern with facts so many others won't touch. This can bring together
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is a good thriller. You jump right into the story, which has plenty of twists and turns. It wasn't one of those books that you just can't put down, but once you started, it was easy to reader for an hour and think its only been ten minutes.

There were times when the special talent of the main character was a bit overused, but it didn't deter from the story. And there were things the characters did that seemed far fetched, but that's to be expected in a story like this.

The character developm
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Morcan has written an excellent novel about a group of children that are raised in an orphanage run by the Omega Group. They are trained to be highly intelligent, master of disguises, and to kill on demand from Omega leaders. The orphans had no childhood as we know it. One orphan, who is different than the others wants out to have what others in the world have-freedom. Freedom to be who he really is and not a puppet for Omega. The orphans are called by numbers, which is the order of their bi ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
If you enjoy an action-packed spy thriller, then The Ninth Orphan is the book for you.

Nine is one of the genetically enhanced orphans that was raised by a secret organiztion called Omega to be a trained killer. He is a master of disquise, highly intelligent and referred to only by his number. Nine is tired of being a pawn to be used by the Omega leaders and is determined to break free.

The author did a great job developing each cahracter. I can see Nine as a combination of Tom Cruise in Mission
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quick, action packed thriller can be credited to the first book in the Orphan trilogy. I look forward to learning more about the main character, Sebastian in the other two novels.
Harry Whitewolf
The Ninth Orphan sits comfortably somewhere in between The Da Vinci Code and The Bourne Identity and has all the necessary ingredients for a good conspiracy thriller. Written in a clean, smooth, punchy style, the story starts in the middle of the action and keeps on running.
The protagonist Nine is one of twenty three orphans, raised by a secret organisation, to become highly advanced super spies, and now Nine realises he wants out.

One thing that sets this apart from other such thrillers is the w
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four stars for a compelling read, interesting story and both characters and a world worth revisiting.

Ninth Orphan's storytelling and pacing reminded me a great deal of "The Bourne Identity." I've had a lot of people describe reading the Bourne books as "Running with Jason" and "Ninth Orphan" definitely made me feel as if I were "running with Nine." Fast-paced (as the "running would imply), it was compelling enough to read my way through in a day, although it certainly hadn't been my intention t
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The premise was unique, the characters were interesting and believable for the most part. There were a few parts of the book that didn't flow well - it seemed almost like the authors weren't quite sure how to get from one point to the next so they wrote an awkward 5 or 6 paragraphs to move the story to where they wanted it to go. Two things I was very appreciative of: 1. a character with a sexual fetish that could have morphed into explicit or erotic writing, but didn ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is an action-packed thriller - from the moment I started to read it, I was constantly wondering what would happen next. The story is based on a conspiracy theory that I believed might just be true. I was drawn to the main character's personality from the beginning and was captivated by him and the other "members of the cast" throughout the tale. What great imagination the authors have - I felt as though I was transported from my actual surroundings to the various places where the story ...more
Iona  Stewart
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first volume of The Orphan Trilogy, and the only volume as yet available as a physical book. I look forward to reading Volumes 2 + 3, when they also appear in physical form.

An organization called the Omega Agency have “bred” a series of “orphans” with superior genes and trained them from birth to be cold and cynical assassins. They have been assigned numbers instead of names (presumably) to depersonalize them.

The book relates the story of the most gifted of these orphans, Nine. He ha
Sep 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was a boring simplistic thriller written for 12 year olds. The premise interested me that's why i picked it up. Sort of a Ludlumesque Bourne thriller with Camreon's Dark Angel tv series thrown in - so I thought. After a few chapters though, I realized the writing is so simplistic. This must be a young (very young) teen book. It could've been edited or written better. The other thing that annoyed me was the way the authors kept shoving down our throats how a great master of disguise the prot ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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New Zealand-born actor/writer/producer James Morcan resides in Sydney, Australia. He has written two bestselling novels, performed in various international film productions and is a podcast host. His books have been translated into eight languages (Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, French, Afrikaans, German).

Morcan's published titles include the new release horror Silent Fear (A no

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