- Series: Orphan X (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250136474
- ISBN-13: 978-1250136473
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 495 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Nowhere Man:
“Superb on all levels and a must-read for all thriller fans.” ―Providence Journal
"Beautifully rendered... genius at work." ―Winnipeg Free Press
“Hurwitz knows how to put the reader deep in the mind of his hero as the pace never lets up.” ―Associated Press
“Will keep readers on the edge of their seats… Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters place this thriller above the pack.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A brilliant sequel. As good as Orphan X was, this is an even better novel, mostly because of its more claustrophobic setting, its captivating villain, and the way the author keeps ratcheting up the danger, including one really clever twist near the end of the book. Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire―and plenty of it.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Fans of Jack Reacher will love Evan Smoak, a man who will do anything to aid the innocent (something he never was).” ―Library Journal
Praise for Orphan X:
“Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I've read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you'll not soon forget!” ―Tess Gerritsen
“Exciting and mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, ex operative Evan Smoak turns on the action and shows off all the right moves as he sets out to help the downtrodden, and perhaps save his own humanity along the way.” ―Lisa Gardner
“This thriller [is] top-notch.... Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series.” ―Associated Press
“The most exciting thriller I’ve read since The Bourne Identity. Fans of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne will LOVE Evan Smoak, and the deadly, secret world of the Orphan Program. A new thriller superstar is born!” ―Robert Crais
“Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I’ve read and catapults the reader on a cat-and-mouse chase that feels like a missile launch. Read this book. You will thank me later.” ―David Baldacci
About the Author
GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, including The Nowhere Man. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (The Book of Henry), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.
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Evan Smoak is Orphan X, now known as the "Nowhere Man" who helps the powerless and abused to escape their oppressors, if they are lucky enough to have been given the secret phone number of the Nowhere Man. Evan was taken from a group home at the age of twelve and trained to be an elite assassin as part of an off-the-books black ops program known as the "Orphan Program". Having had enough, Evan walked away from the program only to be mercilessly hunted by the remaining orphans who still work for a shadowy government figure. But Evan is always a step ahead due to his incredible survival skills in computers, killing, disappearing off the grid, etc.
But unexpectedly, Smoak is captured by a well trained team, drugged, and taken to a secret location where he soon finds himself at the mercy of a greedy killer (Rene) and a pack of thugs that just seems endless. Not knowing who he really is and thinking Evan is helpless, Rene tries to coerce him into transferring his entire secret bank account to Rene. Thus, much of the book is a chronicle of Evan's attempts to stay alive, keep his money, and escape from Rene's clutches. The suspense and threats are magnified when the Orphan leaders discover where Evan is being held and agents are sent to terminate him. The suspense ratchets up almost page by page as Evan attempts various schemes to escape and/or kill his captors before the Orphans arrive. I was truly glued to the narrative for the continuing battle of wits between Evan and Rene.
"The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel" is well plotted with great characterizations, and a sense of "being there" that is both foreboding and forbidding. There is incredible violence, to be sure, but that aspect is outweighed by the battle of wits between the protagonists and the self analyzing Evan encounters as he seeks to escape so he can continue to help others. If you read "Orphan X" and liked it or if you are a fan of the action/suspense thriller genre, be sure to grab this one. It is a quick, white knuckler that will satisfy most readers.
Evan's tradecraft are on full display as he battles wits with a worthy opponent who appears to be able to respond more than effectively to everything Evan can initiate. This time out, Evan must use less obvious means and comes up with some pretty creative solutions and sometimes satisfying means for retribution. At the same time, Evan is still within the bulls-eye of the remnant of the original orphan program as he slowly depletes their ranks. The reintroduction of a former lost comrade suggests some future possibilities. Perhaps the only ding to the tale was the telegraphed resolution of the persistent roamzone calls throughout his captivity.
Hurwitz has fashioned a compelling and engaging character with plenty of fodder for future adventures. Hopefully he can avoid simply reverting to a formulaic rehashing of the same plot over and over again and running the alphabet on his old orphan buddies.