#HighOctane #Thriller - Evan Smoak Series by Gregg Hurwitz

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Evan Smoak Series by Gregg Hurwitz

Admittedly, I had never heard of Gregg until I received an email from NetGalley. Introducing this series as a must read, I decided to give action thrillers another chance. Each book surpassed the first in action, suspense, and characterization.

Gregg writes wonderful high-octane suspense thrillers!

Orphan X: A Novel
Series: Evan Smoak, #1
Gregg Hurwitz
Publisher:Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 367 pages
ASIN: B010M4T5C2

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.

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.

Thoughts on Orphan X

With a truly explosive opening, the first book in the series introduces Evan and his past with the Orphan Program.

After reading the first book, I immediately dove into Nowhere Man.

The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel
Series: Evan Smoak, #2
Gregg Hurwitz
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Number of Pages: 369 pages

Spoken about only in whispers, the Nowhere Man can only be reached by the truly desperate, he can —He will do anything to save them.

Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man.

But his new life is interrupted when a surprise attack comes from an unlikely angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, he finds himself heavily guarded and cut off from everything he knows. His captors think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don’t know who they’re dealing with—or that they’ve trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful men on earth.

Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the instant international bestseller, Orphan X.

Thoughts on Nowhere Man

What a brilliant sequel to Orphan X. While Orphan X had pulled me in to Evan's world, this book yanked me in with no regard for my feelings! I was so deep in Evan's mind, thanks to Gregg's exquisite talent for creating an engaging cast of characters.

Needless to say, where there is Smoak, there is fire! (Hat tip to Booklist for this phrase!)

Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel
Series: Evan Smoak, #3
Gregg Hurwitz
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Number of Pages: 412 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense

Evan Smoak—government assassin gone rogue—returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program..

But Evan isn’t the only one after this last Orphan—the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect..

Thoughts on Hellbent

Hellbent exponentially flew high above its preceding novels. With his signature raw and visceral writing, Gregg once again showcased his ability to pen a story with depth and emotion.

About Gregg

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty thrillers. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in thirty languages.

Additionally, he's written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks.

Gregg lives with his two Rhodesian ridgebacks in Los Angeles, where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.


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