The Nowhere Man

The Nowhere Man

Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, returns in the sequel to the breakout national bestseller Orphan X.Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man. Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan program, an off-th...

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Title:The Nowhere Man
Author:Gregg Hurwitz
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ISBN:1250067855
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

The Nowhere Man Reviews

  • Cindy Burnett
    Dec 04, 2016

    The Nowhere Man was a slow read. I loved Orphan X and was very excited for the sequel. Gregg Hurwitz’s clever and resourceful protagonist Evan Smoak is a highly entertaining character who is prepared for anything and everything he encounters. Hurwitz’s meticulously crafts the descriptions of Smoak’s fortress-like apartment including his safe room which adds to Smoak’s mystique. In Orphan X, Hurwitz created a plot that utilized his main character’s skills and preparation in a highly satisfying ma

    The Nowhere Man was a slow read. I loved Orphan X and was very excited for the sequel. Gregg Hurwitz’s clever and resourceful protagonist Evan Smoak is a highly entertaining character who is prepared for anything and everything he encounters. Hurwitz’s meticulously crafts the descriptions of Smoak’s fortress-like apartment including his safe room which adds to Smoak’s mystique. In Orphan X, Hurwitz created a plot that utilized his main character’s skills and preparation in a highly satisfying manner. The Nowhere Man starts out strong, but soon the plot decelerates and sadly never speeds up again. Smoak tackles too many villains, and I thought he would never escape from the Chateau where he is imprisoned. Some editing down of this section would have been very helpful.

    While I love Evan Smoak and am looking forward to the next installment of this series, I felt The Nowhere Man fell a little flat. Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura Rash
    Jan 20, 2017

    While some may find parts of this series unbelievable or far fetched I found it truly intriguing. Again I'll describe Evan as a more high tech, refined, bordering on robotic form of Jack Reacher. The storylines are incredible & I wish I had about a dozen more to binge read right now!

  • Ryan The Rappologist (The Real Book Spy)
    Nov 21, 2016

    Following last year’s hit novel,

    , Gregg Hurwitz continues Evan Smoak’s story in blistering, high-powered fashion.

    Plucked from a Baltimore group home as a child, Evan Smoak was thrust into a top-secret government agency called the Orphan Program. Designed to raise elite-level assassins for the government to turn loose overseas without backup, and with absolute plausible deniability should something go wrong, Evan was designated Orphan X (th

    Following last year’s hit novel,

    , Gregg Hurwitz continues Evan Smoak’s story in blistering, high-powered fashion.

    Plucked from a Baltimore group home as a child, Evan Smoak was thrust into a top-secret government agency called the Orphan Program. Designed to raise elite-level assassins for the government to turn loose overseas without backup, and with absolute plausible deniability should something go wrong, Evan was designated Orphan X (the letter, not the Roman numeral).

    His days of mindless killing are done, though, as Evan split from the program years ago. Armed with a unique set of lethal skills and a nearly endless amount of money, courtesy of secret bank accounts lined with cash straight from the Treasury’s printing press (a little parting gift he kept for himself after breaking from the Orphan Program), Evan now does things his way.

    To right his past wrongs, Evan’s traded in his life as a government hitman and taken on a secret identity. Known only as the Nowhere Man, a vigilante who comes to the aid of those in desperate need of help, Evan asks just one thing of his clients—to pay it forward by giving his number to someone with nowhere else to turn.

    That’s how it works. Those in need who call are greeted with a simple, “Do you need my help?” No strings attached.

    But, as one might imagine, departing from a classified government program doesn’t come without risks. In Evan’s case, Charles Van Sciver, the most brutal operative of the original Orphans, now heads up the program. Due to his intimate knowledge of past Orphan operations and Van Sciver specifically, Evan is enemy number one, and Charles’ top priority.

    When a victim of a child sex ring phones the Nowhere Man for help, Evan sets out to not only save her, but to destroy the entire operation. In the process, he learns that another young girl is trapped in a shipping container on board a cargo ship that is fourteen days away from reaching its destination. Should the ship arrive before Evan can get to the girl, she’ll enter the hell-on-earth life of a sex slave.

    That can’t happen, and Evan vows to save her, too. But first, he’ll have to save himself.

    With Van Sciver hot on his trail, working off of his first real lead in years, Evan is kidnapped by a mysterious businessman named Renee, then taken to a heavily-guarded, secluded mansion set in a densely wooded location miles away from civilization.

    Imprisoned with little hope of escape, and Van Sciver and his assassins getting closer with each passing moment, Evan soon finds himself in the kind of desperate situation people would normally call him for help with. And to make matters worse, there’s still an innocent girl locked in a crate who needs to be saved.

    What do you do when you’re held captive in the middle of nowhere, with no weapons and no one to call? Well, if you’re the Nowhere Man, you do exactly what you’re trained to do–fight back.

    In addition to the nonstop action, Hurwitz mixes in plenty of suspense and several well-timed plot twists that each change the tempo of the story. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, it takes an unexpected turn—elevating the stakes higher with each shocking revelation.

    Hurwitz has developed Evan (a Jason Bourne-like character, but with Tony Stark’s money and gadgets) significantly from last year’s

    , and he does it in a creative way that readers won’t catch onto until after a brilliant reveal that is incredibly well-written.

    Even with the odds stacked against him, don’t count Evan out just yet. He’s trained his entire life for impossible situations, allowing him a certain level of comfort when surrounded by danger. But the real fun isn’t just watching Evan get himself out of a jam, it’s following his thought process and analysis of each situation, as Hurwitz does a fabulous job allowing readers into the complex mind of his highly-trained operative.

    With tons of buildup and a great supporting cast, the author saves his best work for the ending, which delivers in a big way. Thriller fans will be reading pages faster than they can turn ’em, captivated by the story’s blazing-hot final act.

    Gregg Hurwitz isn’t just on the top of his game, he’s struck solid gold with

    , a hard-hitting, near-perfect thriller that starts fast and never lets up.

    Author: Gregg Hurwitz

    Series: Evan Smoak #2

    Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

    ISBN: 1250067855

    Publisher: Minotaur Books

    Release Date: January 17, 2017 (Order Now:

    )

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Dec 17, 2016

    Orphan X was one of my favorite thrillers of (technically last year) due to its fast pace and intriguing character Evan Smoak. I immediately connected with his man sass where some found him irritating and condescending. When I found out I'd won a copy of The Nowhere Man on Goodreads I couldn't wait to dive in and see where Evan would take us next, and while this book was good, for me it was slow and heavily padded in a few areas where I felt it could have been shaved down. The plot was a little

    Orphan X was one of my favorite thrillers of (technically last year) due to its fast pace and intriguing character Evan Smoak. I immediately connected with his man sass where some found him irritating and condescending. When I found out I'd won a copy of The Nowhere Man on Goodreads I couldn't wait to dive in and see where Evan would take us next, and while this book was good, for me it was slow and heavily padded in a few areas where I felt it could have been shaved down. The plot was a little more unbelievable than the previous book, but that didn't particularly throw me off liking the book. I'd still recommend this book as it was a good installment, but I do hope the next book brings the pace back up to the level Orphan X was known for.

  • Olivia
    Jan 02, 2017

    Anyone who's looking for a thriller filled with action and intrigue won't be disappointed. Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, is abducted. He wakes up not knowing where he is or who his captors are. This book is a real page-turner. I received this book as an ARC having won it in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Basia
    Jan 18, 2017

    Well, Evan has returned ... sort of. I was so excitedly anticipating this sequel! I simply couldn't wait. So I'm very sad to say I was not as impressed as I'd hoped.

    The story line, it begins in the familiar way. And the author keeps this going for about a tenth of the book. But then he chose to veer off into different territory, space where Evan wasn't permitted to shine in all his insane, unique, and familiar glory. And this stifled things for me for about 60% of the book. It was still very go

    Well, Evan has returned ... sort of. I was so excitedly anticipating this sequel! I simply couldn't wait. So I'm very sad to say I was not as impressed as I'd hoped.

    The story line, it begins in the familiar way. And the author keeps this going for about a tenth of the book. But then he chose to veer off into different territory, space where Evan wasn't permitted to shine in all his insane, unique, and familiar glory. And this stifled things for me for about 60% of the book. It was still very good, without a doubt. But it wasn't optimal. The pacing also was not as fast as in the 1st book.

    The last 25-30% of Nowhere Man gives us a return of the Evan I think most of us were awaiting in this book. And throughout, although the setting for most of the book prevents any plot line similar to the ones we've seen him in previously, it was still fun to watch him cope with his circumstances. And of course the action scenes were fun to read! I love how they're choreographed.

    I'm still not sure how I feel about some of the resolutions at the end. But you'll have to judge for yourself.

    So in conclusion:

    Would I read another Evan Smoak book?

    Without a doubt. I'd even preorder it.

    I also recommend this book to those who loved the first (and 1.5). However, it seems to fall short in some ways.

    Of course, the author DID have quite a precedent to live up to! The 1st book was SO good. One of my favorite and funnest reads of 2016.

    Be sure you read it before reading this one.

  • Liz Barnsley
    Jan 23, 2017

    Admittedly I missed Orphan X - funnily enough it is still sat on my shelf as I bought it a while back but having been told this one could be read as a standalone (and it absolutely can) I just went for it.

    And it was BRILLIANT. I'm going to go back to Orphan X obviously but if this is the quality and the addictive nature of this new series from Gregg Hurwitz then I'm in it for the long haul. A proper thriller, exciting, beautifully written and terrific characters, especially Evan.

    Full review on T

    Admittedly I missed Orphan X - funnily enough it is still sat on my shelf as I bought it a while back but having been told this one could be read as a standalone (and it absolutely can) I just went for it.

    And it was BRILLIANT. I'm going to go back to Orphan X obviously but if this is the quality and the addictive nature of this new series from Gregg Hurwitz then I'm in it for the long haul. A proper thriller, exciting, beautifully written and terrific characters, especially Evan.

    Full review on Thursday afternoon for release day.

  • Skip
    Jan 22, 2017

    Evan Smoak (a/k/a Orphan X, a/k/a The Nowhere Man) is the product of a secret government program to identify and train black ops assassins. In the process of rescuing someone, Evan is captured by a sociopath, who has built his wealth by stealing from his victims by bribing or blackmailing private bankers. He gets the drop on Evan, and then realizes that he can make much more by auctioning him off to some of the folks Evan has beaten. This book is a turnaround where Evan is the victim, and he has

    Evan Smoak (a/k/a Orphan X, a/k/a The Nowhere Man) is the product of a secret government program to identify and train black ops assassins. In the process of rescuing someone, Evan is captured by a sociopath, who has built his wealth by stealing from his victims by bribing or blackmailing private bankers. He gets the drop on Evan, and then realizes that he can make much more by auctioning him off to some of the folks Evan has beaten. This book is a turnaround where Evan is the victim, and he has to use all of his resources and skills to escape the trap as other victims need his help. Same frenetic pace as the first book.

  • Tracy Fenton
    Feb 02, 2017

    Firstly I would like to thank the publishers for the opportunity to read this book before it was published (I don't think they actually had a choice as I pestered and begged and threatened until they gave in and sent me a copy! WOW what a ride - BUCKLE UP and HOLD ON TIGHT as The Nowhere Man is one hell of an action packed thriller. This book had me on the edge of my seat with my pulse racing from start to finish. I absolutely adore Evan Smoak and this would make a fantastic movie (as long as To

    Firstly I would like to thank the publishers for the opportunity to read this book before it was published (I don't think they actually had a choice as I pestered and begged and threatened until they gave in and sent me a copy! WOW what a ride - BUCKLE UP and HOLD ON TIGHT as The Nowhere Man is one hell of an action packed thriller. This book had me on the edge of my seat with my pulse racing from start to finish. I absolutely adore Evan Smoak and this would make a fantastic movie (as long as Tom Cruise doesn't star in it). A total thrill seeking, action packed, page turning, brilliant book and please Mr Hurwitz hurry up with book 3.

  • Wendy
    Feb 01, 2017

    Evan Smoak is back and what a ride!

    He returns in the sequel to the national bestseller Orphan X.

    Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man! When he is reached by the very desperate, he can and will do anything to save them.

    In the course of rescuing someone, Evan is captured by a sociopath, drugged, and taken to a remote location which is heavily guarded. He attempts to outwit and overpower his captor at every opportunity which leads to many suspenseful and pulse racing scenes. A game of cat and mouse ensues

    Evan Smoak is back and what a ride!

    He returns in the sequel to the national bestseller Orphan X.

    Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man! When he is reached by the very desperate, he can and will do anything to save them.

    In the course of rescuing someone, Evan is captured by a sociopath, drugged, and taken to a remote location which is heavily guarded. He attempts to outwit and overpower his captor at every opportunity which leads to many suspenseful and pulse racing scenes. A game of cat and mouse ensues where we witness him using the numerous skills taught to him as a youngster in the Orphan programme.

    An exceptional ending that leaves us wanting more.

    Gregg Hurwitz fails to disappoint and I can hardly wait to read his next thriller starring Evan Smoak!

    Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for an advanced readers copy.