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-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. But the new head of the Orphan program hasn't forgotten about him and is using all of his assets - including the remaining Orphans - to track down and eliminate Smoak.
But this time, the attack comes from a different angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. They think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don't know who they're dealing with - that they've trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans.
Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the breakout national bestseller, Orphan X.
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm so glad that Gregg Hurwitz has decided to write a series again. I have enjoyed all of his other books and wish that some of the characters would have gone on to other books because I thought they were so interesting (like Shep from Your Next).
Anyway this book is action from beginning to end. Some of the are a little out there as far as Evan's improvisations but I've said it before about other series, of you like Greaney, Taylor, Thor , Coes and others of this genre then I think Evan Smoak is right up there with the best of them!! The book is great and fills in a lot of what was left out of the first book.
I thought it ended with a fantastic cliff hanger and I can't wait for the third book in this series to be released.
Scott Brick, as always gave an excellent performance.
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A more believable plot relative to Evan's supposed skill set. Stop with the constant melodrama especially during captivity; this portion of the book droned on and on and could have been trimmed by half.
The jury is out!
The last two and a half hours of the book were more in keeping with what I was expecting.
A highly trained warrior, an expert internet hacker with vast layers of anonymity , and having sophisticated international banking skills gets trapped by a FEDEX delivery? Really? "Expect the unexpected", yet time and again Evan walks into the unexpected! Piling misery upon misery upon misery, the narrator at times made me want to cry out "ENOUGH"! Shorten the book, get to the point and get the job done next time.
I really enjoyed the first Orphan X book, it was well paced and action packed. This book was a real drag to get through!!! I can't stress that enough! It has an eventful beginning and fast paced ending, but 80% of the book is just excruciatingly dull and pointless. The main character is essentially locked in a room for the vast majority of the book, every chapter beginning the same way..."Evan wakes up... still locked in the room..".
I'd suggest skipping this one. It's infuriating and more trouble than its worth IMHO.
Beyond the fact of the majority of the novel being boring as heck, it felt as though all the negative aspects of the first novel have been amplified. The dramatic moralizing from the first book was really dialed up. My eyes are tired from their constant rolling.
If you do tackle it you'll be fine listening to the first hour of the book and skipping to the last hour. There's not much going on in between.
Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.
I recall enjoying the first in the series. So I bought the second. The author clearly hates his protagonist to put him through this book. Scott Brick does yeoman's service reading but even his talent doesn't help that the book goes nowhere very very slowly. I've given up with just over four hours to go. Cannot recommend this one, sorry folks
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Nowhere Man still earns a 3+ stars. Orphan X was my pick for 2016 suspense thriller of the year. I hope that author Gregg Hurwitz will return to the Evan Smoak of the first novel in the series when he releases the third Evan Smoak novel.
Nowhere man is a good suspense thriller, but it loses credibility when prisoner Evan Smoak always finds the right response to the many desperate situations he encounters. The one situation that causes me the largest credibility issue is when Jack had the medical professionals take Evan's body temperature down to 50 degrees F. and replace his blood with a blood-like material in order to save him.
I regret that I cannot give Nowhere Man my recommendation. I find the dropoff in quality disappointing. Scott Brick's narration is stellar as usual.
I enjoyed Orphan X, but this was just too much. Book took too long and I felt like stopping several times. I felt like the author was asking me to forgive too much with regards to story line and events. The narrating was great as usual by Scott Brick.
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Yes. Scott Brick is fantastic!
Yes, fast paced, twists and turns.
Can't say. Don't want to spoil...
The Nowhere Man is the 2nd fantastic book in the Evan Smoak series of page-turning adventures by The New York Times best-selling thriller writer Gregg Hurwitz. When I reviewd Orphan X last year I fell instantly in love with Gregg‘s work and I found myself backtracking through many of his previously released ”on the edge of your seat” thrillers, enjoying them very much.
Actually, after I was done listening to The Nowhere Man I went on Audible and bought The Crime Writer, wanting more awesomeness from Gregg Hurwitz.
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, but now, he is the one who needs saving.
In The Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak tries to help thoes who are truly desperate and by doing so he falls into a devious trap. He is drugged, captured and kidnaped, he suffers unspeakable things at the hands of his assailants, but the only thing that keeps him going is a promise he made to himself to rescue an innocent girl trapped in a shipping container. Evan has to escape, has to save her, but at every step his efforts are in vane and his skills are cleverly neutralized by his ruthless captors.
As if he didn’t have enough on his plate already, his past as Orphan X comes to haunt him when a group of highly trained assassins from the off the books government sponsored Orphan Initiative come knocking, wanting his head. This is all I’m willing to tell you about the plot and I hope I haven’t spoiled anything major…
The Nowhere Man is filled with non stop, over the top action and you’ll find yourself holding your breath from time to time as you cheer on Evan on his quest. Gregg Hurwitz did a great job preparing this book for first timers to the series, but I highly suggest that you treat yourself to both books as there are great and you will understand the story arc better.
Gregg Hurwitz is a fantastic writer and although I liked Orphan X more than The Nowhere Man, I’m really glad that he decided to bring us a series. As I said above, the action is non stop and electrifying, the pace is brutal, the plot is very well thought out and the end result is very satisfying. Evan Smoak is relentless in achieving his objective, he is a live weapon, a beast, a trained killer that want’s to do good but is forced to bring Hell on Earth in order to escape and to keep his promise. He is Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher wrapped in one tough shell. If you mess with him, you are going to pay! I liked that we got more insights into Evan‘s past, into his childhood and into the events that surrounded the Orphan program.
The Nowhere Man is brought to life with skill and passion as an audiobook by award-winning actor and voice over artist Scot Brick. As always, Scott delivers a perfect performance, giving life to each character with different voices and accents. Now he is clinically detached Evan, than a scared little boy, or a hopeless innocent girl and after that a ruthless drug dealer. Scott reads, acts, he builds the action, he keeps the frantic pace, he suffers, he cries, he is angry, or funny, he lives every moment of the story and by doing so he creates another layer of immersion for the already riveted listener.
If you liked Orphan X or any other book by Gregg Hur witz you have to get The Nowhere Man as soon as possible! I would have listened to it in one stay, but at some point I had to sleep… Evan Smoak will be back for a 3rd adventure and I dare to hope there are much more to come after that one. Gregg Hurwitz is a terrific author and I can’t get enough of his work, plus he seems to like Scott Brick as his narrator and that can only make me more eager for his next book!
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The author needs to determine if his protagonist is a super hero created from his past or a boring, pitiful victim. This story line was not entertaining...
As devoted Orphan-X followers my wife and I can say that this was quite disappointing. There was too much going on (super villains and Sci-fi tech). Evan was meant to lose his humanity in the story but he also lost his appeal....
The only parts we found suspenseful or interesting were the interaction and relationship between him and the artist and armorer.
PLEASE GET BACK TO THE EVAN SMOKE FROM THE 1ST BOOK...we don't need 5 super villains with capes (seriously one had a cape) we need Evan as he was in the beginning.
-as always an excellent and convincing performance by Scott Brick.
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Not quite as good as Orphan X, but very good nonetheless... The action and pace are outstanding, and Evan becomes better understood w/ more of his back story... The theme of keeping your eye on the prize is emphasized and it's always at the forefront of what Evan does... Some very clever sub plots teased along w/ some good foreshadowing and fenceposting... The pages almost turn themselves;). Other than The Nowhere Man there aren't a lot in the way of deep characters, maybe excepting Jack and Rene, and Jack really is a good one I hope to see a good deal more of in the future... Some of the situations and/or their resolutions seem a bit too convenient and stretch the bounds, but are based on current cutting edge tech... There was an instant of questionable moral decision making when survival was at stake, and that decision seemed a bit on the touchy feely side rather than the realistic, but it was a minor blemish... The windup really intrigues as to where the Orphan X is headed in the next book... Narration is simply excellent, Scott Brick could engage while reading the TV guide;). Worth the credit...
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