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The Nowhere Man

(Orphan X #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  10,816 Ratings  ·  1,245 Reviews

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 t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Lonks I attended a Q&A and book signing about a week ago and someone asked him about future books and he said he has the next four mapped out.
Mary I would read Orphan X first for sure. Not absolutely necessary, but it gives a lot of background for things referenced in this one.

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Chelsea Humphrey
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
Larry H
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's an indication of how many books I read last year that while Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X , the first novel in his Evan Smoak series, made my list of the best books I read in 2016, I never got around to reading the second book, The Nowhere Man , until now, despite the fact that it came out in early 2017. There's even a third book out. I have to catch up!!

The Nowhere Man is a little bit uneven, so it's not quite as good as its predecessor. But when the book clicks, as it does in places and th
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books
Gregg Hurwitz must be a very happy man to have comments from Dean Koontz, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson and Robert Crais on the cover of his book saying things like "Brilliantly conceived" and "A dizzying ride" and "Memorable as hell." He deserves the praise. What a book!
I remember making less than positive comments about Orphan X due to Evan Smoake's obsession with rare Vodkas and growing herbs. Well in The Nowhere Man he has very little time to indulge in these habits as he spends most of th
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz is a 2017 Minotaur Books publication.

This second book in the Orphan X series picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Evan Smoak is doing what he does best, helping people out of hopeless situations. In this case, a young girl is victimized by an online sex trade operation. But, when she tries to get out of the situation, her family is threatened. This is where Evan steps in. Once order is restored to his client he learns there are more victims of this sc
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an intense, action filled thriller, the sequel to Orphan X, that picks up from where it left off. It will probably help if you read the first book to get a handle on this one. Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X and the Nowhere Man, was taken from an orphanage as a child by a secret and covert shadowy government programme. They trained him to be a highly skilled and efficient assassin. Evan eventually managed to escape the programme, but is having to live life under the radar. He has decided to use ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it

This is the second book in the 'Orphan X' series. It's best to read the books in order.


Evan Smoak was once part of the government's 'Orphan Program', a secret operation that taught boys and girls to be highly skilled assassins. Evan, known as Orphan X, began his training at the age of twelve and started doing jobs at nineteen - backed by every kind of cutting edge technology and unlimited access to cash.

After ten years or so, Evan quit the Orphan Program and settled in Los Angeles, where
Andrew Smith
I really enjoyed Orphan X, which I found to be a thrilling near future adventure featuring an interesting lead character with a degree of complexity and a smidgen of soul. So I was really looking forward to this second book. For those who haven't yet come across Evan Smoak, the potted history is that he was adopted into an off the books government programme and trained to be an expert assassin. For reasons I won't go into, he’s now out of the programme – but is offering his services to a limite ...more
Theresa Alan
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The fun thing about reading novels like this are twofold: One, seeing the hero succeed in helping someone in need because of his special talents, and two, seeing the hero in a dire situation where you genuinely think to yourself—how the heck could he possibly get out of this predicament?

For the latter, trained assassin Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, formerly Orphan X, him being in a seemingly-impossible-to-escape situation lasts for hundreds of pages. Just when you think he might get away . . . b
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books, feb-17
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
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in Evan Smoak series so I was really looking forward to reading this one. And it is good, it's really good but The Nowhere Man doesn't seem as tight or cleverly crafted as Orphan X. The plot moves at a slower pace and is a bit less believable than in the first book. Overall though it's an intriguing and twisty read and I'll definitely be continuing with the series.
Cindy Burnett
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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 ...more
Whoa, talk about high octane thrills! Evan Smoak is Jack Reacher on speed! Just when you think he cannot possibly get himself out of the impossible situation he has got himself into, he does and then ends up in an even more impossible situation.

Evan Smoak, previously known as Orphan X in a secret government assassins training program, has left the program but still uses is skills as the Nowhere Man to rescue people in dire need of his services. Evan is busy doing just that when he is kidnapped b
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-n
This was an exciting continuation to the Orphan X series. I enjoyed seeing Evan Smoak develop the tiniest bit more as he continues to operate in his "mission first and only" mindset that has been drilled into him. Evan is going about rescuing those in trouble as usual whenhe is kidnapped by some super-bad guys and held in a remote location. Naturally, he must figure out how to escape, which takes up most of the book.

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Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
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.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evan Smoak is back. I liked how the book zigs when you think it's going to zag. Dex and Rene were unique, creepy characters. Hurwitz comes up with some interesting situations to put the Nowhere Man in that I hadn't seen before. I would have been fine without the Orphan program tie ins this time around though. I have to say there were some elements towards the end I didn't care for. (view spoiler) ...more
He became the protector of the innocent, the weak, those unable to get the results he can. Evan Smoak is THE NOWHERE MAN, a renegade from the program that groomed him to be a covert weapon, but no one walks away from the Orphan program, no one.

Gregg Hurwitz digs deep into the man Evan Smoak has become and we are witness to what makes this man tick, as well as what makes him as good as he is, no matter how dark things look. But sometimes, it takes a lot of luck to survive and Evan’s luck has run
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Evan Smoak books are fast becoming one of my favorite thriller series. Loaded with action and told at a frenetic yet well plotted pace, they are truly hard to put down. I consumed both Orphan X (book 1) and The Nowhere Man in quick succession in only a few sittings. Not only are they enjoyable to read, author Gregg Hurwitz envelopes in the reader in Evan’s secret and dangerous world making you feel part of the action.

The Nowhere Man sees Evan kidnapped and held at a mysterious location by a
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz, featuring Evan Smoak as Orphan X, is the second novel in the series.

Readers, this second novel is as good as the introductory novel Orphan X.

The series details the Orphan program which consists of a secretive, governmental program where carefully selected orphans have been trained and groomed as operatives for undisclosed missions.

In the first novel, Evan Smoak decided to walk away from an organization that does not allow anyone to quit. Shamed by his prior b
Steven Walle
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Nowhere Man was a fast paced awesomly written sequel to Orphen X in which the nowhere man continues his help to people in mortal danger and near the end of the book decides to get out of the dangerous life stile. He decides to go for a normal life, but there is a call to him on his private phone that asks him for an other job. It is a cliff hanger if he gets out or not.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Sean Peters
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Nowhere Man... Number two of the Evan Smoak series... read !

Now waiting for number three to come out in February !

Well firstly let's say why ? The last sentence of this second book finish with a bang, and my heart was pounding as I realised I now have to wait... A great finishing to the book and a shock.

Orphan X, re Evan Smoak re The Nowhere Man continues straight from the finish of the first book.

Let Me start of by mentioning that I loved the first book Orphan X, and the first book is a mor
Liz Barnsley
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dee Arr
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
After reading “Orphan X,” I wondered how author Gregg Hurwitz would be able to top his opening book to this series. “The Nowhere Man” takes us on a journey that, while it doesn’t achieve the same heights as the first book, it strives extremely hard to come close.

You have to credit the author for his ingenious approach concerning the plot. Rather than take us on another journey through Evan Smoak’s helping-others adventures, this story centers around Evan being in trouble and essentially neutrali
Judy Collins
Greg Hurwitz returns with highly anticipated THE NOWHERE MAN following Orphan X (Evan Smoak, #1) landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016 and Buy a Bullet (Evan Smoak #1.5), also highly recommend.

“How deep do you need to bury the past before it stays dead?"—Alan Moore, Swamp Thing

Antihero, Evan Smoak returns for the most intense task yet. “He finds himself in the tightest spot, both emotionally and literally – he’s ever been in.”

With a highly creative twist reversal, the author places Evan in
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was a huge fan of the first Evan Smoak book.

Unfortunately, book 2 had a completely different feel than book 1. In book 1, you had a lot of humorous moments with Evan interacting with people in his building, and the single mother's son, and the single mother herself. Those funny moments were my favorite parts of the book.

In book 2, nothing funny happened. No humor at all. I didn't laugh out loud once and that is a huge difference from book 1.

In book 2, Nowhere Man, Evan spends most of the book
Laura Rash
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man. He's the lone wolf at the end of a phone line, who people call when there's no one left to turn to. Trained from childhood as a black ops assassin, an asset in Jason Bourne's language, Smoak is on his own with lots of enemies hunting for him. But, he desperately wants to use his skills to help people, particularly the young women being trafficked around the world. But, what happens when the Nowhere Man is himself captured? This novel takes a startling different dir ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orphan X, the sequel suddenly became a kind of a bad joke all of a sudden. It isn't the novel, no, no. It's me! I read nearly half of the novel, desperately wracking my brain for prior links to the main character. I needed a refresher- back to see my review and summary of the first instalment. Damnation!

Do you remember "I Am Pilgrim", by Terry Hayes, that blow your mind spy thriller for which readers have been awaiting a sequel impatiently, for about two year now? I'm one of them! Apparently, I
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, horror
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 ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Tracy Fenton
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 20 novels, including OUT OF THE DARK (2019). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

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