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“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

Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Nowhere Man

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Au global
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Exhilarating!

Greg Hurwitz keeps the excellence of the first book in another thrilling story. Lots of twists and turns and unexpected events makes this book another amazing Orphan X novel. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Orphan x

Loved the story line and can’t wait for the new book.i would recommend this series to anyone who likes adventure

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Series

If you are looking for a book you can count on for smart intrigue and action you will enjoy this novel. Cool character with a distinct personality that is fun to follow through his missions.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Cartoonish.. but A Genuine Blast

The Action-Thriller clichés in this book are honestly mindblowing. Gregg Hurwitz's hero is kidnapped by an Honest-to-God Bond Villain (complete with unimagineable wealth, cultured arrogance, fancy suits, gold-toothed henchmen, and a freakishly powerful bodyguard), while a sex-obsessed sultry femme-fatale named Candy McClure (I'm not kidding) chases him down.. and a genuine Soap Opera-styled "Faked-Death" Deus Ex Machina is chosen for a major plot resolution. The eyerolling in 'Nowhere Man' is annoyingly frequent. Compounding the problem, the author takes this stuff far too seriously - writing as though his kids' lives depend on the hero succeeding instead of just having fun.

That said, this stuff is seriously entertaining:
•Hurwitz's action sequences are plausible, described vividly, and well-paced.
•The Tech descriptions (weapons and comm-tech) are captivating for a geek like me to immerse myself in.
•There is a lot of violence without unnecessary gore. It's just enough to get the adrenaline flowing (reminding me of how I feel after the memorable scenes in 'Gladiator').
Hurwitz could easily let this book slip into "ludicrous" territory.. but admirably holds back just enough to keep this adventure tolerable.

Scott Brick is.. Scott Brick. A little smarmy; a little plodding; a little melodramatic. His reading is professional - but best consumed at 1.15X playback speed.

You definitely need to set logic aside in this Evan Smoak tale to enjoy it.. but if you can, it warrants 6 stars out of 10. It's definitely a weak entry in the series - and unnecessary for enjoying other installments (you can take it or leave it) - but it's a carnival ride of a story. If you're new to the series, try 'Orphan X' (Book One) or 'Hellbent' (Book Three) for better examples of what Hurwitz can offer - but if you are already following the character (or occasionally enjoy some effective pulp), this entry is worth a Credit.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant storytelling

Truly edge of your seat stuff. Really sinister bad guys, great pacing of reading and fabulous performance from the narrator.

I'm hooked!

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing follow up

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one sputters through the first 3/4 with starts and stops, and a cliched Bond villain who (spoiler alert) is all powerful, unbelievably sadistic, peculiar in his fetishes, and yet inexplicably refuses to so much as handcuff Evan despite his constant attempts to escape and killing of henchmen. These books are read for escapism, to be sure, but one can only suspend disbelief to a point, particularly if the payoff is so weak. Still better than Reacher, so there’s that.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome book

I usually only listen to my audio books on the way home from work. This book had me turning it on whenever I got in my car. Great storyline and a thrill ride the whole time. Highly recommend it.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Not as good as the first, but still entertaining

The narrator did an excellent job once again. However, I didn't find the story as captivating as the first novel.

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  • Au global
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  • John
  • 2017-02-17

Loved the first Evan Smoak novel, HATED this one

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Maybe I listened to Orphan X too recently, but this novel was far too repetitive of Orphan X. AND, I got REALLY, REALLY tired of all the melodrama over Jack, Smoak's trainer and handler. For God's sake, the man's dead, let him rest in peace rather than bringing his specter back to drag the story down. While the story line in Orphan X stretched credulity, this one is unbelievably bad.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

Maybe, but not another Evan Smoak ... perhaps I'd read one in print so I can skip over all the drama and read the story, but I don't think I'd listen to another Evan Smoak.

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

Brick, who I usually like, reads this as if he were a liberal psychologist ... one can just picture his wringing hands as he does the drama.

What character would you cut from The Nowhere Man?

Either Van Stier or Candy (think I have that right). Only purpose seems to be to increase the drama.

Any additional comments?

If you've recently read or listened to Orphan X, don't bother with this one (or at least buy the print edition so that you can read the real story).

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • DMantei
  • 2017-05-21

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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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Meggin McIntosh
  • 2017-02-01

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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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • 2017-01-24

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • sekaly
  • 2017-01-23

This book is awful!

Any additional comments?

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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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Tim
  • 2017-07-06

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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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ross
  • 2017-02-10

Plods along like a mule in an endless desert

I recall enjoying the first in the series. So I bought the second. The author clearly hates his protagonist to put him through this book. Scott Brick does yeoman's service reading but even his talent doesn't help that the book goes nowhere very very slowly. I've given up with just over four hours to go. Cannot recommend this one, sorry folks

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Celeste
  • 2017-02-21

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • shelley
  • 2017-01-19

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Gregory Shropshire
  • 2017-01-27

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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