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Book Nook: Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz

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Vick Mickunas' 2021 interview with Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz returned to the show to discuss his latest Orphan X thriller. The title, "Prodigal Son," provides a hint of what to anticipate in this one. The author's protagonist, Evan Smoak, has a back story that prominently employs the device of his orphanhood. He was rescued from a bad situation as a boy and then underwent extensive training to transform him into an assassin who was working for the government in a top secret program. Smoak has no memories of his parents. If he has any siblings he is not aware of them. Hurwitz gives his readers a large serving of Smoak's back story in this one. He might just have a family after all.

This series is known for high tech gadgetry. "Prodigal Son" carries that promise forward with lots of computer hacking and drone wizardry. The term "page turner" gets overused but in this case it certainly describes this novel. It was unputdownable!

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.