• The Nowhere Man

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 2)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11,893 ratings)

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By: Gregg Hurwitz
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

“Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Who is THE NOWHERE MAN?

He is spoken about only in whispers. He comes to those in greatest need of his protection. There is no enemy he cannot fight. He lives by his own code. He takes no prisoners. His name is Evan Smoak.

Taken from a group home when he was young, Evan was raised and trained as an Orphan, an off-the-books black box program designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence asset: An assassin. Evan was Orphan X - until he used everything he’d learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. But now, his new life has been interrupted by a surprise attack from an unlikely source. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, Evan finds himself heavily guarded from everything he knows. His captors think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage, but they do not know that they’re dealing with one of the deadliest, most resourceful men on earth.

“Superb on all levels and a must-read for all thriller fans.” - Providence Journal

“A masterpiece of suspense and thrills.” - Associated Press on Orphan X

©2016 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • 01-23-17

This book is awful!

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I really enjoyed the first Orphan X book, it was well paced and action packed. This book was a real drag to get through!!! I can't stress that enough! It has an eventful beginning and fast paced ending, but 80% of the book is just excruciatingly dull and pointless. The main character is essentially locked in a room for the vast majority of the book, every chapter beginning the same way..."Evan wakes up... still locked in the room..".

I'd suggest skipping this one. It's infuriating and more trouble than its worth IMHO.

Beyond the fact of the majority of the novel being boring as heck, it felt as though all the negative aspects of the first novel have been amplified. The dramatic moralizing from the first book was really dialed up. My eyes are tired from their constant rolling.

If you do tackle it you'll be fine listening to the first hour of the book and skipping to the last hour. There's not much going on in between.

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I'm a fan & ready for book #3!!!!

I really enjoyed this book. I'm so glad that Gregg Hurwitz has decided to write a series again. I have enjoyed all of his other books and wish that some of the characters would have gone on to other books because I thought they were so interesting (like Shep from Your Next).
Anyway this book is action from beginning to end. Some of the are a little out there as far as Evan's improvisations but I've said it before about other series, of you like Greaney, Taylor, Thor , Coes and others of this genre then I think Evan Smoak is right up there with the best of them!! The book is great and fills in a lot of what was left out of the first book.
I thought it ended with a fantastic cliff hanger and I can't wait for the third book in this series to be released.
Scott Brick, as always gave an excellent performance.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Liked the original, moaned over the second!

What would have made The Nowhere Man better?

A more believable plot relative to Evan's supposed skill set. Stop with the constant melodrama especially during captivity; this portion of the book droned on and on and could have been trimmed by half.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

The jury is out!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The last two and a half hours of the book were more in keeping with what I was expecting.

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A highly trained warrior, an expert internet hacker with vast layers of anonymity , and having sophisticated international banking skills gets trapped by a FEDEX delivery? Really? "Expect the unexpected", yet time and again Evan walks into the unexpected! Piling misery upon misery upon misery, the narrator at times made me want to cry out "ENOUGH"! Shorten the book, get to the point and get the job done next time.

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I strongly prefer Orphan X to Nowhere Man!

Nowhere Man still earns a 3+ stars. Orphan X was my pick for 2016 suspense thriller of the year. I hope that author Gregg Hurwitz will return to the Evan Smoak of the first novel in the series when he releases the third Evan Smoak novel.

Nowhere man is a good suspense thriller, but it loses credibility when prisoner Evan Smoak always finds the right response to the many desperate situations he encounters. The one situation that causes me the largest credibility issue is when Jack had the medical professionals take Evan's body temperature down to 50 degrees F. and replace his blood with a blood-like material in order to save him.

I regret that I cannot give Nowhere Man my recommendation. I find the dropoff in quality disappointing. Scott Brick's narration is stellar as usual.

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Very long ride to a let down.

What would have made The Nowhere Man better?

Take the entire middle of the book and remove it. Then rewrite it and make it to where it is,
1. More believable and more Smoak-like
2. If Smoak is ex-government as claimed- there are no less than 6 geo-synchronous satellites over that area at any given 6 hour period. His whatever phone would have told him that.....so would the author...
3. Limit the amount of failures.... it became so rote that I was laughing in my car and I do not believe the author's intent was to have the reader laughing at the protagonist's pain.

What was most disappointing about Gregg Hurwitz’s story?

The plot seems jittery and the past seems to not BE the past. There is one setting in the book that gets so quicksand like that the book seems to have moved in, set up utilities, did a change of address and told all of its relatives that it has decided to stay a while.

One thing that really did it in for me on the book was the idea that Smoak is supposedly this unbeatable type of Mitch Rapp-esque warrior/operative and he gets worked over by a septenarian drug dealer with a vampiric bent??? Seems to be a bit bent.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

Oh my goodness that man's voice would make me walk over ten miles of broken glass in bare feet just to get a pair of ear plugs to stop his whisper!

He should be outlawed. He should only be allowed to read for public consumption with verified diagnosis of laryngitis or strep throat.

What character would you cut from The Nowhere Man?

I would change Renee. David the gay guy seemed overly superfluous, Dax the mute? the narcos...why did they have to be narcos? seemed to be pick and choose to me- but hey, artistic license.

Any additional comments?

I read the first one. I thought the second one would be ok, too. I will not read any third.

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  • 02-01-17

Note to Self: Great Book 1. Not Great Book 2.

Hugely disappointed. I won't rant and rave here but I will not be buying Book 3 even though I am curious based on the ending of Book 2. I listened and more than 1.0 speed, because I sort of wanted to know what happened, but nearly stopped and asked for a refund. Oh well. On to the next book. P.S. Scott Brick tried but it didn't work for him either.

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Gregg needs to learn that less is more

What I mean is that Gregg puts to much conflict, drama and tension into the book.

Take the Expendable series. You watch it knowing it is just going to be a bunch of crazy stupid fighting, and you like it. It is expected and kind of fun. I think the Orphan X series had better potential, but then maybe there are a lot of others who liked it. But there were problems.

I believe there was only a slight reference to a non-combative or non-distressed person in the entire book. At some point, less than half way through I found myself saying "here we go again' another situation for Evan, he probably wont get out of this one yet, but he will survive. There were just too many of those situations. Gregg needs to find a way to fit in some normalcy, some people who aren't on one extreme of good or evil. I got to be honest, I started skipping chapters just because I was tired of the same thing happening again and again. This will probably be my last Gregg Hurwitz, it will certainly be my last Orphan X which is a little of a let down... such potential. One last comment, the narrator Scott Brick puts a little to much drama into ALL the situations. If he had toned it down that might have helped.

Gregg, you have talent, put it to good use.

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Too Much

I enjoyed Orphan X, but this was just too much. Book took too long and I felt like stopping several times. I felt like the author was asking me to forgive too much with regards to story line and events. The narrating was great as usual by Scott Brick.

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Another Fantastic Thriller from Gregg and Scott

Would you consider the audio edition of The Nowhere Man to be better than the print version?

Yes. Scott Brick is fantastic!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, fast paced, twists and turns.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say. Don't want to spoil...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The Nowhere Man is the 2nd fantastic book in the Evan Smoak series of page-turning adventures by The New York Times best-selling thriller writer Gregg Hurwitz. When I reviewd Orphan X last year I fell instantly in love with Gregg‘s work and I found myself backtracking through many of his previously released ”on the edge of your seat” thrillers, enjoying them very much.

Actually, after I was done listening to The Nowhere Man I went on Audible and bought The Crime Writer, wanting more awesomeness from Gregg Hurwitz.

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them, but now, he is the one who needs saving.

In The Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak tries to help thoes who are truly desperate and by doing so he falls into a devious trap. He is drugged, captured and kidnaped, he suffers unspeakable things at the hands of his assailants, but the only thing that keeps him going is a promise he made to himself to rescue an innocent girl trapped in a shipping container. Evan has to escape, has to save her, but at every step his efforts are in vane and his skills are cleverly neutralized by his ruthless captors.

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate already, his past as Orphan X comes to haunt him when a group of highly trained assassins from the off the books government sponsored Orphan Initiative come knocking, wanting his head. This is all I’m willing to tell you about the plot and I hope I haven’t spoiled anything major…

The Nowhere Man is filled with non stop, over the top action and you’ll find yourself holding your breath from time to time as you cheer on Evan on his quest. Gregg Hurwitz did a great job preparing this book for first timers to the series, but I highly suggest that you treat yourself to both books as there are great and you will understand the story arc better.

Gregg Hurwitz is a fantastic writer and although I liked Orphan X more than The Nowhere Man, I’m really glad that he decided to bring us a series. As I said above, the action is non stop and electrifying, the pace is brutal, the plot is very well thought out and the end result is very satisfying. Evan Smoak is relentless in achieving his objective, he is a live weapon, a beast, a trained killer that want’s to do good but is forced to bring Hell on Earth in order to escape and to keep his promise. He is Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher wrapped in one tough shell. If you mess with him, you are going to pay! I liked that we got more insights into Evan‘s past, into his childhood and into the events that surrounded the Orphan program.

The Nowhere Man is brought to life with skill and passion as an audiobook by award-winning actor and voice over artist Scot Brick. As always, Scott delivers a perfect performance, giving life to each character with different voices and accents. Now he is clinically detached Evan, than a scared little boy, or a hopeless innocent girl and after that a ruthless drug dealer. Scott reads, acts, he builds the action, he keeps the frantic pace, he suffers, he cries, he is angry, or funny, he lives every moment of the story and by doing so he creates another layer of immersion for the already riveted listener.

If you liked Orphan X or any other book by Gregg Hur witz you have to get The Nowhere Man as soon as possible! I would have listened to it in one stay, but at some point I had to sleep… Evan Smoak will be back for a 3rd adventure and I dare to hope there are much more to come after that one. Gregg Hurwitz is a terrific author and I can’t get enough of his work, plus he seems to like Scott Brick as his narrator and that can only make me more eager for his next book!

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Whiny, Whiny, Why me....

What disappointed you about The Nowhere Man?

The author needs to determine if his protagonist is a super hero created from his past or a boring, pitiful victim. This story line was not entertaining...

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  • David Dobson
  • 03-15-21

enjoyable

Riveting in places but not as good as the first book. well read again Scott.