Title:                      The Orphan Factory

Author:                James Morcan

Morcan, James (2012) and Lance Morcan. The Orphan Factory. Papamoa, N.Z: Sterling Gate Books

OCLC:     809847974

E book, Published as a Kindle file.

Date Posted:      January 4, 2017

The Orphan Factory is the second book in The Orphan Trilogy. Following The Ninth Orphan[1], it’s natural to be eager to read The Orphan Factory in hopes of finding answers about Nine, the elite assassin of The Omega Agency. This book is the prequel and does indeed fill in the reader on Nine’s early childhood, but it’s filled with too much exposition that slows down the action especially in the first half of the book.

Real action begins only in the second half of the book, when things begin to pick up. The first chapters focus on the early days of the Pedemont Project, a project that birthed 23 orphans with superior genes. The project trains these young “orphans” into lean, mean fighting assassins for the sole use by The Omega Agency. The Agency plans to use kids as assassins to force worldwide outcomes favorable to the the agency. The early chapters could have been condensed and the book focused more on the 18-year-old orphans instead. This would still give readers the background on Nine while keeping the action and suspense moving forward. The chapters involving Nine’s early assignments were definitely exciting. Fans of The Ninth Orphan will certainly find The Orphan Factory an enjoyable read that answers the questions the first book left hanging.

[1] Morcan, James (2011) and Lance Morcan. The Ninth Orphan. Papamoa, N.Z.: Sterling Gate Books

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