The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.
But he’s no legend. Even Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets — i.e. assassins.
He was Orphan X.
Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.
Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan’s weakness– his work as The Nowhere Man –to find him and eliminate him.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Title: Orphan X
Series: Orphan X #1
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Publisher: Minotaur Books
I think I’ve been looking in the wrong places for a good mystery and thriller, because I really enjoyed this. I liked the tone the author set, liked the methodical way Evan went about his whole life. I loved that things changed as the story progressed while at the same time, things were revealed to better understand the past. I don’t read a lot of this genre, but I was pleasantly content with it. There were a few times when things felt slow, when the ‘next thing’ became more important than the continuous details of who did what in the span of an eye blink. I’ll admit, I did get a bit impatient at times, but that’s just me lol.
This is my first time reading Hurwitz and though I’ve only read the first book, I think it’s safe to say that he may be my go-to when it comes to this genre. I just really enjoyed how meticulous the details made Evan’s POV seem, and it was sweet to see it change into something more chaotic but at the same time… like, better for him, you know? It’s all about the action and thrilling suspense, with a few romance/sensual/lust-ish thrown in there just for the hell of it (cause how else does one tap back into emotions long stored away?) but overall, it’s a huge elaborate plan that just keeps being revealed as more pieces come into light, and I thought it was a fun and exciting (in that exciting way it is to watch lava make its way down the road) read. Again, this isn’t my usual genre so I don’t have a lot of input on what the “normal” standards are, but I thought this one was really good. I’ll definitely be excited about reading the second book.