by Gregg Hurwitz
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Orphan X - Book 1
Publisher: Minotaur Books (January 19, 2016)
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 367 pages
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 a 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 disappear.
Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan's weakness—his work as The Nowhere Man—to find him and eliminate him.
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X #1)
He had no one, he was an orphan, trained to kill, to become invisible, the perfect back ops pawn the government could deny ever knowing. The only thing he had going for him was his trainer, and his own will to live and the humanity they couldn’t train out of him.
Evan Smoak’s one weakness was his work as The Nowhere Man and it was that weakness that could be his death.
The action never stops, following Evan’s grueling journey from an unwanted teen to a honed killing machine to his human side as a man uncomfortable in his own skin in the presence of normal human interactions.
While I was mesmerized by Orphan X as a machine-like operator, I think I was drawn to Evan’s human side, the side that could be called weak by the heartless. Gregg Hurwitz’s characters are dynamic, carved into being with his words. Evan Smoak cold be the most intriguing anti-hero ever as his story unfolds in bold strokes with an atmosphere that morphs right along with him!
I received a complimentary copy from Minotaur Books!