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The Nowhere Man is a figure shrouded in secrecy - a near legendary figure who helps those lucky few who are given the means to reach out to him. Before he was the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak was a highly trained government operative known to a few as Orphan X. This is the story of Smoak's first outing as the Nowhere Man, where after completing a mission in Northern California, he happens to spot a young woman at a coffee shop. Brutalized and under the control of a very powerful, unscrupulous man, her life is in danger if she doesn't escape. And the only person that can help her do that is a man with the background and skills of the Nowhere Man.

©2016 Gregg Hurwitz. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Doesn't Add Much to the Series

This is a very short story attempting to recount the first mission of the series protagonist. It is essentially just the facts of what happened, avoiding going deep into the motivations behind it. As a result, the story feels just a bit too impersonal, and honestly might have been better left off as an anecdote inside one of the novels. It doesn't really add that much to the whole series is the home and feels mostly like filler.

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Would Love to know someone like this!!

This could have been the first chapter in a book about Evan Smoak's past. Excellent first short story about his first mission on his own. I usually don't like purchasing short stories but have been looking forward to the next book in this series and wanted something to hold me over.
Gregg Hurwitz is such a talented author and I am so glad that he has decided to create a series.
Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating as always.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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should have been an epilog

should have been an epilog. what a waste of money. that is why one star.

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Love the books not this

It’s basically a written action scene depicting his first self selected mission. No real insight as to orphan x past. Not worth $1.

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A total waste of time!

No story, no nothing. You keep waiting for something to happen and then its over.

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Four chapters of less than 10 minutes each

What a joke...
this is not a book!
Incredible waste of money.
I am a bit angry that this has a price... it should be free.

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Tasty tidbit

All action, little characterization, but fun peek into the beginning of Evan Smoak's presence as a defender of the helpless. Bad guys beware. With this little appetizer I'm ready for the next full length installment.

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Great little story..

Why do people buy this kind of short story then give 1 star or 2 because it's too short? It says right by the description that it's only 37 minutes long. Jeez, c'mon people.

It was a great story and it didn't have to be 300 or 400 pages to make a point. It was just another tale of how Evan Smoak helped people and put the bad guys in the ground.

As for the narration: I doubt you could get better than Scott Brick. He's awesome!

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Etude

This is a pretty satisfying brief study of the character, though it falls far short of providing actual development. Good guy sees damsel in distress with outsize obstacles to surmount to save her. Like a Grimms fairy tale with koi and automatic weapons. More of a study in tactics than revelation of character; more a character trying on a new outfit than growing morally.

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My third short story of today

I'm not a fan of very short stories of less than 2 hours in length, but after listening to the 38 minute Buy a Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz and the 27 minute Second Thoughts by Steven James, both today, I may change my mind. Both stories are wonderful (the third short story today is the 84 minute The 4th Man by Lisa Gardner which is excellent, but not as good as the others.)

Before Orphan X I was not a big fan of Gregg Hurwitz. His earlier novels are very good, but I listened as much to hear Scott Brick's narrations as for the content. The beginning of the Orphan X/Evan Smoak series changed that. Buy a Bullet will tide me over until the release of Nowhere Man in two weeks.

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