As a young orphan in E. Baltimore, Evan Smoak was snatched
from the street and meticulously trained in the Orphan
program to be a human weapon. Known only as Orphan X, he
executed lone, offline undercover jobs. After the Orphan
program was dismantled, Evan went out on his own as a solo
covert operator. Known as The Nowhere Man, his legend grows
over the years. Because of his previous Orphan experiences
and now as a freelancer, Evan has acquired his share of
lethal enemies. As a wanted man, Evan is not surprised when
someone stalks him. Their expertise points to a fellow
Orphan, but why is he being hunted—and by whom?
the answer could prove fatal.
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz is an exceptional start to
a new thriller series starring Evan Smoak, once known as
Orphan X, now The Nowhere Man. Deftly inserting flashbacks
of Evan's training years with the man who "adopted" him, I
was mesmerized by this uncommon man and his unique and
obsessive skills. I appreciated all the intricate details
of an assassin's life as Hurwitz precisely sets up the
intense world Evan has to inhabit along with the anonymity
he has to achieve. Be advised there are numerous fight
scenes that are explicitly, and excessively, brutal, but no
more than expected from the type of life Evan has to
maintain to survive. Captivated by ORPHAN X, I anxiously
await his upcoming exploits.
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.
Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal
mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also
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
Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar
skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone
is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan's
weakness---his work as The Nowhere Man---to find him and
eliminate him. Grabbing the reader from the very first
Orphan X is a masterful thriller, the first in Gregg
Hurwitz's electrifying new series featuring Evan Smoak.