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The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak) (edition 2017)

by Gregg Hurwitz (Author)

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Title:The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak)
Authors:Gregg Hurwitz (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 368 pages
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Orphan Evan Smoak was raised as an assassin in a secret government project but now, rich and contrite, he uses his training to help anyone in need.

Evan has just bust a child sex slave ring and is on his way to rescue their final victim when he is kidnapped and held captive in a luxurious mansion where he is every desire is met – except freedom.

Nowhere Man is the second in the series that started with Orphan X: fast-paced, slickly-written and with unremitting action, this is a wonderful old-fashioned escapist adventure where the baddies get their just deserts and good triumphs in the end. ( )
  adpaton | Aug 10, 2017 |
At this point, I think I've heard enough from Evan Smoak, the hero of Greg Hurwitz's Orphan X series. Evan is portrayed as a combination of Reacher, McGyver, Bourne, 007, and God knows how many more action heroes in contemporary fiction. That's not necessarily a good thing if you want to read a novel that has some relationship to reality.

'Nowhere Man', Hurwitz's latest, reminds me of a movie that's constructed of a whole lot of explosions and special effects. Some folks like that type of thing, while others may view it while thinking the whole time how unrealistic it is. Compounding the silliness of the extreme set of skills and tools possessed by Orphan X, a.k.a. the Nowhere Man, a.k.a. Evan Smoak, is the nefarious nature, and likewise massive physical and mental capabilities of his opponents.

The plot of Nowhere Man is fairly simple. Evan Smoak's in the process of tracking down human traffickers but is kidnapped himself by a really strange guy who wants to clean out one (of many!) of his secret bank accounts. He's held captive somewhere in the mountains by his kidnapper's team of 'narcos'.

Smoak manages to keep killing his captors while still being held captive. In the meantime, he realizes he has a deadline to stop a shipment of a child 'slave' being made to a port in Florida. While all this is occurring, his ex-boss, the head of the 'Orphan' program, is pulling out all the stops to find his former charge and eliminate him. Whew.

The remainder of the novel involves multiple attempts on Smoak's life, Smoak killing a few more of his captors while continuing to be held captive, and the clock still is ticking. The conclusion is about as incredible as most of the other action preceding it.

The writing in Nowhere Man is competent, dialogue ranges from laughably overwrought to bland, action sequences are described in more detail than necessary, and characters are caricature-like. The Orphan X series is now 2 novels deep and here's hoping some of its excesses are pared back in future installments. ( )
  gmmartz | Jul 29, 2017 |
A graphically violent book centered around a former "Black Ops" assassin and attempts by his underworld victims to mete out revenge. Many of the characters are just too unbelievable. The lead character gets into deeper & deeper jeopardy but miraculously manages to escape death & fight on. When it seems like he is finally out of all options he is saved by his mentor thought dead over 8 years ago - artificial and unrealistic. The book is loaded with action but goes "nowhere". ( )
  labdaddy4 | May 16, 2017 |
As a twelve-year-old orphan, Evan Smoak was taken from a group home 6o be raised and trained as part of a special government group. The group’s mission was to eliminate enemies of the US. After he matured, he decided he no longer wanted to continue those assignments, broke away from the group, and disappeared.
In his new persona, he decided to use his talents and knowledge to rescue people trying to escape dangerous situations. When he completed a job, he gave the person his telephone number and asked that it be given to someone else who needed help.
Those in charge of the orphan’s group decided that he had too much information that could harm them and set out to kill him. He is captured and has to use his mental and physical abilities to save himself.
Interesting quotes:
“Most Americans seem to believe that safety assurances are awarded at birth like factory-issued warrantees. So far as I can tell, the only American growth industry is entitlement....For the sheep, moral outrage is the coin of the realm. They smother themselves in it.”
“One of the lesser-known benefits of Doritos is that they’re highly flammable.”
Part of the story is told as flashbacks. Overall, it is unrealistic. One person cannot successfully fight off so many attackers at one time, receive injuries, and yet go on as if nothing had changed.
The book was fast-paced and generally well-written but had too many unnecessarily short chapters. Overall, it is unrealistic. One person cannot successfully fight off so many attackers at one time, receive injuries, and yet go on as if nothing had changed. ( )
  Judiex | Feb 16, 2017 |
Evan Smoak, a/k/a Orphan X, continues his aid to those in need in this sequel. In this book, however, he becomes one who needs rescuing, and the rescue comes from an unlikely source. Simply put, this is a story filled with action and twists, making it hard to put down. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Feb 5, 2017 |
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IF YOU'VE READ ORPHAN X YOU'LL BE DYING TO READ THIS He was once called Orphan X. As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from a children's home, raised and trained as part of a secret government initiative buried so deep that virtually no one knows it exists. But he broke with the programme, choosing instead to vanish off grid and use his formidable skill set to help those unable to protect themselves. One day, though, Evan's luck ran out ...Ambushed, drugged, and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, testing his gilded prison and its highly trained guards for weaknesses, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-think, out-manoeuvre, and out-fight an opponent the likes of whom he's never encountered to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him. Or die trying ...The Nowhere Man delivers another masterclass in hi-octane thriller writing. It doesn't get better than this.
He was once called Orphan X. As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from a children's home, raised and trained as part of a secret government initiative buried so deep that virtually no one knows it exists. But he broke with the programme, choosing instead to go off-grid and use his formiddable skill-set to help those unable to protect themselves. One day, though, Evan's luck runs out.... Ambushed, drugged and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, testing his gilded prison and its highly trained guards for weaknesses, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-think, out-manoeuvre, and out-fight an opponent the likes of whom he has never encounted if he's to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him. Or die trying...
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