Lightening the load as far as I was concerned meant not taking six or seven books (at least three hardbacks) when I couldn’t possibly read them all in the time available. So I took just two.
But there is always a but and the but in this case was that when you are hanging around waiting for your flight to be called, you’re helplessly drawn by the bookshelves and the holiday bestsellers which is why I bought Orphan X on the basis of the cover blurb.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the outlandish story of Evan Smoak, the boy taken from an orphanage to be raised and trained in a secret programme to do all the nasty things that governments do when they want to deny that they had anything to do with it.
Except he broke from the programme and for reasons that are his own he dedicates himself to being a non-super-powered super-hero who helps the desperate and deserving mainly by separating the undeserving from their breath.
The problem as far as Evan Smoak is concerned is that being a good-guy has its drawbacks in the shape of the government agencies who would rather that he be suppressed. With extreme prejudice. And so the other members of the secret programme are set on his tail.
All of which is the prelude to the latest Evan Smoak novel, The Nowhere Man, which landed on the doormat from Amazon on Thursday. And which I finished last night.
I suppose there is no point in trying to describe such a book without giving away too many spoilers. I would say though that it is a cross between James Bond, Donald Trump’s wet-dream and most modern comic book heroes. Which isn’t surprising since the author, Gregg Horwitz, has also penned stories for Wolverine and Batman in Marvel and DC comics.
Orphan X and The Nowhere Man will not be to everyone’s taste, but they are to mine and if you like a little high-octane escapism then they might be to yours.