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The Nowhere Man

(Orphan X #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  18,525 ratings  ·  1,800 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 to protect themselves.

One day, though, Evan's luck ra
Kindle Edition, 369 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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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars

A Psychopath and an assassin go head to head. Who will come out on top?

Book 2 of the Orphan X series finds our hero being held prisoner by a psychopath.

After making an uncharacteristic mistake, Evan finds himself the prisoner of a powerful and dangerous criminal. But this crazy man doesn’t know who his prisoner really is, making for a compelling game of cat and mouse, as Evan plots his escape.

There’s a lot of action, a lot of killing, and a lot of repetition. The chapters in which Ev
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
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
Uh-Oh… Evan may have just met his match!
Evan Smoak is known as the Nowhere Man. He’s dedicated to helping people who feel hopeless, with no one or nowhere to turn for help. For them, one phone call is all it takes.

But what happens when the tables are turned and someone nabs the Nowhere Man, determined to take away all that he has worked so hard for. His privacy, his anonymity, his money and very possibly his life! Can Evan save himself? Well after all, he is best super hero I know, so...💁🏻‍♀️
Larry H
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susanne  Strong
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
Desperate. Methodical. Powerful.

The tables have turned and this time, it’s Evan Smoak (formerly known as Orphan X) who desperately needs help.

Can I just say NO?! Please don’t hurt Evan, I love him!

Held captive by a vicious man with unlimited resources and a need for money, Evan has to use every weapon in his arsenal to save himself. Lucky for him, his captors have no idea who they are dealing with.

Evan is on a time crunch however as there are people counting on him, people who need his help
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
Holly  B
4.5 STARS~ Mini-Review
Book two in the Orphan X series



Very intense and Evan Smoak gets himself into quite the nail-biting situation!!

If you don't mind a bit of a stretch when it comes to this super heroes abilities, it is super entertaining. Evan has a heart of gold and this highly trained assassin kicks it!

The cliff hanger ending has me looking forward to the next titled Hellbent (#3) in this series.

This was a library loan curbside pick-up!


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
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
“By design, Evan is hard to gauge. Thirty-something. Fit but not muscly. Somewhere around six feet. An average guy, not too handsome. Addison underestimates him. This happens a lot, by design. The kid’s lips twitch to the side.”

Evan Smoak is back in action. He keeps a low profile, wearing a uniform of black jeans and grey tee-shirts, nothing that will call attention to himself. He needs to be able to slip through crowds unnoticed, and does.

I want his phone! He has a RoamZone mobile phone prote
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
OH MAN I LOVE THIS SERIES!! Only 2 into it but it is fast becoming one of my favourites! Absolutely fantastic! Do yourself a favour and read them!

Evan is a former elusive member of the government run “Orphan” program and an elite killer. He leaves the program following the death of his mentor and becomes the Nowhere Man, helping people who need it most. But this time he becomes the one who needs the help when he finds himself prisoner of a psychopath.

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. ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Quixote
Former shadow wars assassin turned pro bono one-man A-Team for those in need, Evan Smoak - the titular Nowhere Man who’s also called Orphan X; jaysis make up your mind, man! - is kidnapped by a vampiric rich dude who only knows Evan has cash that he wants. And then he finds out who Evan REALLY is and things kick up a notch. Gawrsh, however will Evan get out of this scrape?!

Gregg Hurwitz’s second Orphan X “thriller” is about as good as his first which is to say that it’s just an ok read - as you
Cindy Burnett
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
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
4.5 stars
Gregg Hurwitz has done it again with the Nowhere Man #2 in the Evan Snoak series it is action packed, has a lull in the middle then BAM that ending wow i never saw it coming, put in a people smuggling synopsis & you have one hell of a read. But has Evan met his match in Hector Contrells who owns the construction called Mcmansion who he controls broke families East up L.A was away from neighbors on a inclined driveway in Chats worth.

Then Evan gets kidnapped the stakes get higher its like
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This series has surpassed all my favorite thriller/action series. I love Evan Smoak. He is the best action hero I've ever read. I think these books are flawless. Some may disagree, and that's fine. But on the second reread, they are just as fantastic and enjoyable. Even knowing how the book ended, I was still in suspense and it was like I read it for the first time. I didn't ever write my review for the first time because my life exploded, and I couldn't do the review justice at the time. So thi ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
My honeymoon with Orphan X is over! This is Hurwitz’s 2nd offering in the series and has little of the charm of the first. In this offering, Evan Smoak is captured, drugged and taken to a remote location. The jailers are a diabolical bunch, but they don’t want to kill Evan—at least not until after he gives them the codes for his off-shore millions. So—much of the plot involves Evan being tortured—escaping—getting recaptured. Again and again. Hurwitz intersperses the action with flashbacks to his ...more
Dana Moison
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read. This is the second book in the series, so I already felt more connected to the characters and knew their background. It was a well-paced action thriller that also projected the main character's inner world, and I enjoyed this combination because I felt the story was told in different levels. I really like Evan and am rooting for his happiness (although it seems so tragically impossible). The ending left me SO CURIOUS, so now I have to start reading the third book in t ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Evan Smoak was Orphan X--a boy trained in a top-secret government program, groomed to become a lethal weapon, an assassin. After being asked to kill another operative, Evan decides to leave that life behind and disappear. He becomes the Nowhere Man, the helper of people in trouble.

In book 2, Evan is called upon to help a high school girl being entrapped in a sex trafficking scheme against her will. After taking care of her problem, he decides to follow through further and find the local house w
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
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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Although this book didn’t hold my attention as well as the first one, Orphan X, it was still a great action story. I had a hard time seeing the villain... that almost felt like a detour to the real story and I kept looking for that part to end. When it finally did, at around 80%, the story intensified and had a brilliant ending. Solid overall, just not my favorite.

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the digital version in exchange for my honest review.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After starting off a solid 4-stars, this story regresses 2 stars and nearly 3 after grueling, senseless, punishments. I can't say much more without giving it away should you decide to read for yourself. 3 of 10 stars ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Forget Rambo, forget Ethan Hunt, forget even Superman for have we have a new hero for you all rolled up in a character, named Evan Smoek in the book Nowhere Man. This is Gregg Hurwitz's second book featuring Evan and a bevy of bad, really bad people. Having met Evan already in the book Orphan X, and knowing if I was ever in big deep dark trouble, Evan would be the man I would call and have frighting for me.

Those of us who know of Evan's past as a child secreted into a super elite killer force o
Terence M
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The Nowhere Man (Orphan X #2)

Audiobook - 12:12 Hours - Narrator: Scott Brick
5.0 Stars out of 5.0

I finished listening to "Evan Smoak #2, The Nowhere Man" last night and immediately heard the first chapter of "Evan Smoak #3, Hellbent". This gives readers an idea of how much I enjoyed "The Nowhere Man".
I will have more to say after I have had a chance to mentally digest and then review the book.
Olivia "So many books--so little time.""
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. ...more
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