Evan Smoak is The Nowhere Man, literally. He’s the product of a mysterious elite training program where young orphans are selected to leave their lives, undergo rigorous development for life and emerge as lethal assassins. It purportedly is part of a secret government initiative but Evan later had reason to question its mission. He was known as Orphan X before he decided to leave the program and learned that wasn’t a possibility, forcing him to take extreme measures to disappear and cloak himself in anonymity. Now he takes on projects to help the innocent, leaving it up to these victims to sort of pay it forward by giving out his secret number to only one person. They only know him as The Nowhere Man.
the heart of the story…
I don’t know what I was expecting (I went into the story blind) but this went well beyond anything I’d imagined! Others have compared it to Jason Bourne mixed with some other high octane action characters or series and they’re all correct. The story opens with his first mission, mixed with flashbacks to his trainer who had a profound impact on him, and I got a strong sense of who he was, what drives him and, of course, how utterly formidable he was as an avenger. I couldn’t help but root for him, especially when bad actors from the program come after him. His latest innocent proves a challenge as he vacillates between trusting her and not. I did the same.
I’ve enjoyed Scott Brick’s performances before but this was different. It’s like he got under the skin of the character and became him. His voice will forever be Evan in my mind because his interpretation was dead on!
the bottom line…
I’ve not touched on even a small portion of everything going on in this story. It’s non stop action, thrills, intrigue and mystery. It all kept me breathless and edgy as it was impossible to predict what was around the next corner. I loved that in the midst of all this excitement was lots of insight into Evan the man and his humanity. It provides lots of balance and helped me form a connection and bond to him. The ending left me wanting to immediately jump into the next book, on audio of course. This was much, much more than I’d anticipated, and that’s a good thing.
- Release Date: January 19, 2016
- Series: Orphan X #1
- Narrator: Scott Brick
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 15 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio