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The Last Orphan: The Thrilling Orphan X Sunday Times Bestseller (An Orphan X Novel)

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It is the poverty of the outpost homes, the total control by the religious leader, the violence, and difficulty leaving that runs as a thread through this and other books. Mostly because of my having grown up in Utah and seen all of these places, and being extremely familiar with the LDS (Mormon) church, its theology, and very speckled history, despite never having been a part of the church.

I wasn't aware that this book was somewhat loosely based on actual events, until I googled events from the book. Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs.

I loved the authentic voices of one small boy and the two women whose undying beliefs are tested until the end. The true historical situation that inspired the novel is cleverly worked into the plot, educating readers about a piece of U. On Evan’s other side, a lantern-jawed retiree was bragging to a gaggle of Australian coeds and anyone else within earshot that he’d been a member of the legendary Viking Squad S.

But before he’ll go through with an assassination, he vows to first see if the mission requirements align with his own core beliefs, which quickly becomes an issue for him after new details emerge—forcing Evan to decide once and for all whether he’ll abandon his own values to once again become an operative for the federal government, or risk putting a target on his back that even he can’t run from.The Last Orphan is slow to start, despite delving right into action as Eva hides Tommy from the militia in his best friend Clara’s cellar. The Mormons themselves attacked that wagon and killed all those people and their children only leaving the kids under 6 at the time thinking they wouldn't remember the attack.

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