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The Nowhere Man

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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. [Having Jack come back from the dead just in the nick of time and the stuff ultimately with the kid, I didn't care for.  All in all though, another intense thriller from Hurwitz.
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Following the debut novel in this series, Hurwitz has delivered another fast paced thriller starting Evan Smoak. This book is filled with plenty of action and violence, plus more character development and background from Evan's life. It took me a while to get around to reading this series, but I'm very happy I did! 

I would recommend this book to fans of thrillers and suspense. I received this as a free ARC from St. Martin's Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This series has become one of my favorites to read! I am so involved with the characters now. (side note i accidentally read book 3 first but whatcha gonna do lol). You really see Evan's resourcefulness shine through in these novels. I'm amazed at how well he can put it back together mentally and emotionally to get his sh** done. I've always been a fan of Jason Bourne-esq novels and this series of novels has quickly become my absolute new favorite,.This book has lots of depth and the thrill of it will keep you hanging on to every word.
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Greg Hurwitz started his Orphan X series with a unique story line.  He gave us Evan Smoak, a good man in a bad job that he left as soon as he could.  The time spent developing the character and his background was an immense help in The Nowhere Man, the second book in the Orphan X series.  This time, the bad guys come to Evan in a kidnapping gone wrong.  How Evan manages to escape and make the bad guys pay for their mistakes is again, original.  Spoiler alert:  the good guys win!
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Continuing the story of Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz had delivered another thrilling read. 
The Nowhere Man has been captured, but....
This is an action packed book that reads like a James Bond movie.
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I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.

Get ready for more action from Orphan X. And this tale is full of action from start to finish. An unconscionable man kidnaps Evan (Orphan X), imprisoning him for money. He tries to force him to turn over 27 Million Dollars. When Evan refuses his difficulties begin. With each refusal to turn the money over he is tortured more and more, each one with increasing intensity.

When Evan attempts to escape we see his skill at turning difficult situations into possibilities. We see some of his humanity as he struggles with the forces gathered against him. His strength is depleted with the horrors he has to deal with. At his weakest moments he is called by a child who needs his help. 

As the second book in the Orphan X series this book set up his abilities, skills and thought processes, and we see the basic humanity of Evan Smoak. If the third book is a good as the first two I will be anxious to start reading it. Gregg Hurwitz is a remarkable action writer.
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Loving this series so far. Looking forward to reading the next installment. Mr Hurwitz writes the kinds of stories I enjoy - he captures my attention and keeps it from the first page to the last.
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Different from the first book in the series, but still good. I didn't have any trouble staying interested in what was going on.

Evan's in a completely different situation from what he's used to for most of this book. I felt like I got to understand a lot more about him and his motivations. The violence didn't surprise me, the creepiness did a little bit.

There was a little humor, and I was really impressed with how well the author worked that in. The world building was fantastic. Pretty sure I could have drawn a decent diagram of the place where Evan was being kept by the end of the book.

Small note: For those who preferred the first book to this one, I highly recommend not missing the next one. What I learned about Evan here made the next one mean more. Also, Candy became a whole lot more interesting. Just a thought.
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Evan finds himself captured in an unknown location, under guard by a number of trigger-happy mercenaries, and at the mercy of a sadistic, opportunistic individual with unlimited resources. His captors think they've got the best of Evan, but they don't understand who they're dealing with. 

This book is uneven, parts are slow and almost redundant and then bam you remember why you like the first one so much and how kick ass Evan Smoak really is. The last 1/3 of the book really redeemed this book for me. Since Evan spends most of this book captive he isn't doing what he does best which is go after the bad guys.  I do like that Evan seems to be introspective during his capture and that plays out in the end, and I'm wondering where it will lead. Overall this is a good book but I'm hoping that the next one in the series will get us back to seeing more of Evan in action.
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Once again Gregg Hurwitz has knocked it out of the park!  I could not read this book fast enough.  I was constantly on the edge of my seat.  I can not wait for the next book!
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Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz is book two in the Evan Smoak series. This book could easily be read as a standalone, although I would suggest reading book one as well. Active members of the Orphan program nearly succeeded in assassinating  Evan. After the confrontation, Evan resumes his undertaking of helping those unable to turn to anyone else. While tying up loose ends with a human trafficking ring, Evan is kidnapped.

Most of Nowhere Man takes place while Evan is in his kidnapper's custody. What proceeds is an intricate game of cat and mouse where both men consistently underestimate each other. This conflict makes for suspenseful interactions that kept me eager for a resolution. I was honestly unsure how Evan would make it out of his situation. When the ending did come, it was quite epic and served as a turning point for Evan.

I am surprised at how attached I have become to this character. The author is not only presenting a thrilling vigilante story. Evan is a vastly sympathetic character that the reader gets to know slowly through his adventures. I, of course, have already started the next book in the series. I can tell reaching the end will make for a bittersweet wait until more books come out. Nowhere Man was given to me by St Martin's Press through NetGalley for my honest opinion.  I encourage all readers to come to their own conclusions.
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It's very difficult to provide a review for this fantastic thriller without spoiling the plot, but I will do my best. Firstly, although this is the second book in an ongoing series featuring enigmatic and charismatic protagonist Evan Smoak, and I do highly recommend reading the earlier book, Orphan X, this book is more than capable of standing on its own merits , and can be enjoyed without having read the previous installment, the author smoothly incorporates enough background into the storytelling to help a new reader catch up without it becoming tedious for those of us already familiar with the character's somewhat unusual background and upbringing, 
Once again the reader is taken on an adrenaline filled thrill ride, with fights and fisticuffs aplenty to keep them hooked from the very first page to the final one, with at least one shocking revelation along the way that seems likely to have a huge impact as the series continues. While several familiar faces make an appearance , we are also introduced to one of the strangest and most sinister villains I have come across in some time. 
I read and reviewed an  copy of the book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher,all opinions are my own.
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Book 2 of the Orphan X series and, again, Gregg Hurwitz does NOT disappoint. Like the first book—Orphan X—it grabs you from page 1 and does not let go. Suspenseful, intriguing, and full of both subtle and dry wit, this novel just made me love reading more of Evan Smoak. If you love characters with lots of grit and plot lines packed with action, pick up Orphan X first, and then read this next. If you’re new to Spy/Espionage/Black Ops/Political Thrillers, this might just be what you’re looking for. Definitely difficult to put down. The action will keep you long past the time you should have turned off the light and gone to sleep. Thank you again, #Netgalley, #Gregghurwitz, and #minotaurbooks for honoring me with this novel in exchange for my honest review. I am definitely a fan.
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Gregg Hurwitz is a great writer/storyteller. Evan has grown as a character,  feeling more like an actual person out there in the world rather than a fictional book character. 

The thrilling hide and seek Evan is having to do would give anyone a panic attack, but he takes it all in stride. 

I feel like I can’t give you more in this review for fear of giving away something I shouldn’t. Maybe that feeling stems from Evan being a secretive person.
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In the second book of the Orphan X Series, Greg Hurwitz fashions another solid thriller based on his character, The NoWhere Man.

As I had previously mentioned in the review for Orphan X, spy and assassin genres normally are not my go to books to read.  However, I devoured the first book and couldn't put it down (which means I really needed to find some time so I could read the entire next book in one sitting.  It was a vain hope.  

Nowhere Man was just as good.  Watching Evan Smoak deal with having "human" emotions and what it means to be around people who bring out what it means to be human.  The death of his mentor years before still ate at him and he was trying to deal his growing attraction for the woman in 12B and her family.

Abiding by his commandments as he was taught, he finds himself at the short end of the stick when he find himself not needing to help one but two people when the phone rings and he answers, "Do you need my help?"

The shocking ending of this story mean brings in the true meaning of confronting your demons while on a deadline to help those you have promised to help.

Loved it!

I have been given a copy of this book by Netgalley for a honest and unbiased review.
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This series of books depicting the life of Evan Smoak, the "Nowhere Man" has been quite a turn for me.  These are not usually the types of books I enjoy, however, I've found both Orphan X and The Nowhere Man to be interesting and fun reads.  They're sort of like Person of Interest crossed with Jason Bourne.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Best read sequentially, but that’s just my opinion, Orphan X, The Nowhere Man and Hellbent.  Great gobs of action and a killer plot. Everything included, the improbable to the impossible and the just plain ridiculous.  Such are the liberties allowed fiction writers.  Even so this is a tough book to put down as it draws you into the plot to the point you feel you are a sideline observer.  Combine all the traits of all the superheroes you can think of and you have the main character.  Proficient in karate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Aikido, Shaolin Kung Fu and monopoly this kid can do it all.  Leap across oceans, evaporate at will, see through brick walls and seesaw by himself.  It is a superb thriller if over the top at times and no hesitation recommending this.
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Greg Hurwitz’ follow-up to the excellent and very enjoyable Orphan X, The Nowhere Man, although enjoyable, is uneven and not up to the level of the first book in the series.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still giving it 4 stars, but it just wasn’t as good. 

As readers of the first book know, Evan Smoak is on his own from the government that had trained him for many years after taking him and many other orphans to be super-agents for the US. (He was Orphan X and many others have similar letter-based Orphan IDs.) Smoak (not his real name), is out on his own, helping people in need. Unfortunately for him just as he’s about to help someone, he’s captured by people working for René, an evil man who only wants the millions Evan’s stashed away in an off-shore account.  René’s captured Evan and imprisoned him in some unknown location that appears to be in some colder part of Europe.  Evan is somewhat free to roam the premises while René waits for Evan ultimately to realize that escape is impossible, and his only recourse is to sign his money over to René.  Of course, Evan is well-trained and believes he can escape from anywhere and his desire to get back to helping others drives him as well. 

Too much time in this book is spent with Evan Smoak trying to find out how to escape his imprisonment. Although at first, I enjoyed reading about it, I did tire of it, especially since the reader knows that eventually he will be successful in a series-based book.  Hurwitz did take some of this time to add some backstory to Evan’s life which is helpful, but I really wanted to read more about how Evan would help others.  I also missed the more human part of Evan that we read about in the first book with his relationship with his neighbors, especially Mia Hall and her son Peter who have a very small part in this book. These parts show how Evan struggles to be a regular person add some humor as well, breaking up the tension-filled and fast-paced nature of this series.

This book has a lot of violence so if that’s not something you enjoy, you should stay away.  Evan Smoak is well-trained to kill, and he does that well and frequently.

Although I’d certainly recommend starting with the first book in this series, enough of the back story is presented to allow reading without it. Of course, Orphan X is a great book, so no matter what, you should read it.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a complimentary copy of this book for this honest review.
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As much as I tried to enjoy this novel it was not my cup of coffee. It was really a man's man, borne identity, action pack novel that would appeal more toward an audience who likes strickly action. I could identify with the character.
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I did not enjoy this book as much as Orphan X. Nowhere Man focused more on the dangerous, life threatening part of Evans life. I prefer seeing how he lives as a “Superman” in a normal world. I love his interaction with Jack and his neighbors in his building. And I love when he helps the underdogs of the world.
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