“Brilliantly conceived and plotted … Read this book. You’ll thank me later.” -- David Baldacci
The first in the international bestselling series!
Who is Orphan X?
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 not merely a legend.
“Excellent…A smart, stylish, state-of-the-art thriller…might give Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books a run for their money.”—The Washington Post
Evan 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 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 broke with the program and used everything he learned to disappear. But now someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training who will exploit Evan’s secret new identity as the Nowhere Man to eliminate him.
“Hurwitz melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry…in this excellent series opener.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Evoking the work of Robert Ludlum and Lee Child, Gregg Hurwitz’ taut, high-tech thriller—the first book in a promising new series—took us on a fast-paced chase through the streets of Los Angeles. Evan Smoak was a government assassin known only as Orphan X until he fled and became The Nowhere Man, offering help to the desperate and needy. But when he’s saddled with a client he can’t trust and pursuers he can’t shake, Smoak realizes he’s become the target of killers as skilled as he is and far more ruthless. Hurwitz has created a sophisticated and lonely hero with a deadly drive to do good.
Bestseller Hurwitz (Don't Look Back) melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener. Evan Smoak, who was trained to be an assassin under the government's secret Orphan Program, is now a rogue operator known as the Nowhere Man with a mission to help those in need. As payment, each of his clients refers him to another innocent person in trouble. But Evan becomes the hunted when he tries to help Katrin White, whose father will be killed unless she pays gambling debts. A sense of authenticity permeates the story, no matter how outlandish the tech toys or over-the-top the action. Evan is an electrifying character who chooses daily to do good. Run-ins with his L.A. condo board add a bit of levity while a growing relationship with neighbor Mia Hall and her eight-year-old son, Peter, reinforce that a normal life is just out of Evan's reach. Movie rights were sold to Warner Bros. 100,000 first printing.
Well written, interesting character and an almost plausible although well tried plot. Of its genre it is definitely up there and if you are into the lone wolf characters, creators of mayhem, you will enjoy this.
Classic good guy bad guy.
A little bit slow in the front as he lays the ground work but then rolls nicely.
Best written book in genre‼️
I sent a message via Instagram to the author, commenting that this book is the best written book I’ve ever read in this genre. I too am an author of thriller novels, and his writing humbled me. I’m sad it took me so long to find Orphan X!