Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: THE ORPHAN FACTORY by Lance & James Morcan

3 of 5 stars

THE ORPHAN FACTORY is the second book in The Orphan Trilogy. After having read the NINTH ORPHAN, I was eager to read this book in the hopes that it answers questions I had 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.

I found that I could put the book down several times before it started to pick up the action in the second half of the book. That's when things picks up. The early chapters focused on the early day of the Pedemont Project, a project that birthed 23 orphans with superior genes. The project trains these young kids into lean, mean fighting assassins for the sole use by The Omega Agency. The Agency plans to use the assassins to force worldwide outcomes favorable to them. I would have liked to see the early chapters condensed and have the book focus 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.