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Oh yes! Another adrenaline shot filled book of pure and wonderful escapism. I have to admit to being slightly worried, could the second ‘Evan Smoak thriller’ live up to my expectations? The first few sentences certainly spiked my interest, a few more and I realised what this meant, but I had no idea were it would lead. If this is your first foray, do start with 'Orphan X', the first book in the series is a must read and perfect introduction to Evan. Gregg Hurwitz has slipped a vulnerable edge into his main character, it ensures Evan remains within touching distance, even while killing the bad guys (which he does, rather a lot). The Nowhere Man kicks, punches and shoots his way through this book, he also thinks on his feet, and when off his feet, takes a trip or two down memory lane. I escaped into ‘The Nowhere Man’ in one sitting, and will be keeping watch in the book isle, waiting to see where Evan heads off to next.
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 . . .
Gregg Hurwitz has 'struck solid gold with The Nowhere Man, a hard-hitting, near-perfect thriller that starts fast and never lets up - The Real Book Spy
Hurwitz excels at writing smart characters and plots. His latest continues his track record - Library Journal
This novel anything but an ordinary thriller - Criminal Element
Stellar sequel... will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it's Hurwitz's engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack - Publishers Weekly
Hurwitz is a master-one of the very few--of the unexpected - BookReporter
brilliant sequel - Booklist
Superb on all levels and a must-read for all thriller fans - Providence Journal
Evan Smoak, the anti-hero from last year's Orphan X, returns in an even more intense and harrowing thriller - Associated Press
A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series - Associated Press
Bestseller Hurwitz melds non-stop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener . . . Evan Smoak is an electrifying character - Publishers Weekly
In terms of plot, characters, suspense and innovation, Orphan X is outstanding . . . I've always thought that one reason for Tom Clancy's success was the endless detail he provided about military hardware, and that the James Bond novels benefited from the loving attention Ian Fleming devoted to the martinis, expensive cars and gorgeous women he so admired. Hurwitz outdoes both writers . . . Orphan X is a smart, stylish, state-of-the-art thriller. It's also the start of a series, one that might give Lee Child's Jack Reacher books a run for their money - WASHINGTON POST
Bond, Frodo, Paddington Bear - some of literature's greatest heroes have been orphans. Add Orphan X's Evan Smoak to the list - Shortlist
Mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher -- Lisa Gardner Orphan X is not good. Orphan X is great. Whatever you like best in a thriller - action, plot, character, suspense - Orphan X has it -- Simon Toyne Pure nail-biting stay-up-all-night suspense -- Harlan Coben 'There is a pristine classicism to Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X, which borrows from Robert Ludlum and superhero lore to bring us Evan Smoak, adopted as a child by a shadowy figure called Jack and trained to be an assassin as part of a secret US government scheme. When the Orphan programme (as it is known) is disbanded, Evan moves to California and devotes himself to good works - taking out a slum-landlord paedophile cop, for example, after his victim calls Evan's special number. However, his meticulously compartmentalised life makes him vulnerable . . . Orphan X is tight and tense in all the right places. But it wouldn't work half as well if we didn't feel Evan's pain and share his panic as the worst-case scenario unfolds: another former Orphan, with a less noble agenda, seems to be hunting him. Orphan X is weapons-grade thriller-writing from a modern master - Guardian
A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series - Daily Mail
The page-turner of the season is Orphan X . . . Wonderful - The Times
A new series character to rival Reacher . . . anyone reading Orphan X won't be surprised that a cadre of peers, from Tess Gerritsen to Lee Child, have lined up to praise it - Independent
Orphan X is most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense -- Jonathan Kellerman Orphan X is the most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity ... A new thriller superstar is born! -- Robert Crais Orphan X is his best yet - a real celebration of all the strengths Gregg Hurwitz brings to a thriller -- Lee Child Memorable as hell -- James Patterson Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I've read in a long, long time! -- Tess Gerritsen Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I've read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse that feels like a missile launch. Read this book. You will thank me later -- David Baldacci An even more intense and harrowing thriller. The pace never lets up - Daily Mail
That rare thing: a sequel that rivals the original. The No. 1 Bestselling The Nowhere Man is a thrilling, pulse-pounding ride for readers and the hero of Orphan X... 'An even more intense and harrowing thriller. The pace that never lets up' Daily Mail He was once called Orphan X. - from the publisher's description
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Collections:||70+ Action-Packed Books,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
Gregg Hurwitz is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Orphan X, the first Evan Smoak novel. He is also the author of You're Next, The Survivor, Tell No Lies and Don't Look Back. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he lives with his family in LA, where he also writes for the screen, TV and comics, including Wolverine and Batman.More About Gregg Hurwitz