Into the Fire (Orphan X, #5)
The New York Times bestselling Orphan X returns—facing his own uncertain future and undertaking one last mission.Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After breaking with the Program, he reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man, a figure shrouded in shadows who helps the truly desperate. But the government didn’t let go of him easily, sending their best to hunt him down and eliminate him. All of them failed. With his deadliest enemies behind him, Evan is facing a new challenge—what is he going to do now that no one is after him? Max Merriweather is at the end of his rope. Separated from the woman he loves and barely scraping by, Max is a disappointment to everyone in his life. Then his very successful cousin Grant is brutally murdered. Two months before, Grant left Max an envelope with instructions to take it to a reporter if anything happened to him. Now the reporter is missing and Max’s apartment is ransacked. A man at the end of his rope, he calls The Nowhere Man.With mixed feelings, Evan takes on this mission, easily finding the men who are after Max and executing a plan to keep him safe. But it isn’t as obvious as it seems—and Evan finds himself enmeshed in one of the most challenging missions of his life, one that he can’t survive on his own. With the help of Joey Morales, a genius-level hacker and the last Orphan recruited into the Program, and the brilliant, off-the-books gunsmith, Tommy Stojack, Orphan X once more heads…Into the Fire.

Into the Fire (Orphan X, #5) Details

TitleInto the Fire (Orphan X, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250120458
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Into the Fire (Orphan X, #5) Review

  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    Evan Smoak, also known as Orphan X, also known as the Nowhere Man, is a killing machine. He knows all kinds of hand-to-hand combat fighting techniques and every weapon ever made. But he only kills bad people, and I find him to actually be an inspirational character, strangely. Hurwitz is great at getting his readers to sympathize with his characters immediately. They are good people with some serious life-or-death problem that Evan Smoak as the Nowhere Man can help out with. In this fifth, and I Evan Smoak, also known as Orphan X, also known as the Nowhere Man, is a killing machine. He knows all kinds of hand-to-hand combat fighting techniques and every weapon ever made. But he only kills bad people, and I find him to actually be an inspirational character, strangely. Hurwitz is great at getting his readers to sympathize with his characters immediately. They are good people with some serious life-or-death problem that Evan Smoak as the Nowhere Man can help out with. In this fifth, and I guess last book of the series ( ☹ ), Nowhere Man gets a call from Max Merriweather, a man whose cousin has recently been murdered, and now some men are after him and the item his far more financially successful cousin left with him. I like Evan, I like Max, I like the cast of supporting characters.As with the other books in the series, the reader has to figure out how Evan will get himself out of seemingly impossible situations, often without any weapons other than himself. This makes for a fast, page-turning read.Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, which RELEASES JANUARY 28, 2020. For more reviews, please visit: http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for an exciting thriller that will keep you up all night with non-stop action, Into the Fire, the fifth Orphan X novel, is just your ticket. Hurwitz fills each page with excitement. If you are new to the series, Evan Smoak (Orphan X), is an ex- black-ops government asset, pulled from the orphanage at a young age and trained to be invincible. On his own now after a departure, he is the Nowhere Man who answers calls from people who need help. And, then asks them to pass on the n If you are looking for an exciting thriller that will keep you up all night with non-stop action, Into the Fire, the fifth Orphan X novel, is just your ticket. Hurwitz fills each page with excitement. If you are new to the series, Evan Smoak (Orphan X), is an ex- black-ops government asset, pulled from the orphanage at a young age and trained to be invincible. On his own now after a departure, he is the Nowhere Man who answers calls from people who need help. And, then asks them to pass on the number. You need to suspend disbelief at his batcave-like Bruce Wayne like life in a fancy condo with secret rooms, endless money supplies, every technological marvel he could ever need, and his own secret hacker extraordinaire. And, of course, liked the caped crusaders, he always succeeds against all odds. Also, accept the many-tentacled conspiracy he goes after. Then, sit back and enjoy all the action. This novel, which doesn't require reading the previous four, has Evan tangling with a foe who is like an iceberg which is more hidden than visible. He tackles just about everything including breaks no into a jail to take out an enemy. Again, a non-stop thrill ride.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my advance copy of “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz – for my honest reviewThis is the 5th book in the Orphan X Series. I have read all of the previous books in this series, and am a fan.For those who have not read one yet, They really do no require reading in order as they are a good stand alone read as well. “Into the Fire” – WOW, what a roller coaster – fast paste and exciting. I am giving this book all 5 starts. I Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my advance copy of “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz – for my honest reviewThis is the 5th book in the Orphan X Series. I have read all of the previous books in this series, and am a fan.For those who have not read one yet, They really do no require reading in order as they are a good stand alone read as well. “Into the Fire” – WOW, what a roller coaster – fast paste and exciting. I am giving this book all 5 starts. It was a fun read from start to finish!I was a little let down by the previous book - Out of the Dark, but this one was the best so far for meThis was an exciting read, with the main character Evan Smoak “Orphan X”, who is an ex- black-ops government asset.The storyline will not let you down!
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god, I so love this series! Imagine my excitement when I was able to get an advanced copy of book V in the Orphan X series? I jumped at the chance and much to my amazement was once again mesmerized by the exploits of Evan, who manages such death defying actions, that he is able to save the day each and every time. Who needs Superman when you've got Evan? Seriously, there's not a better bad guy with a wonderful heart than this character. He generates lots of enjoyment and just plain fun! Oh my god, I so love this series! Imagine my excitement when I was able to get an advanced copy of book V in the Orphan X series? I jumped at the chance and much to my amazement was once again mesmerized by the exploits of Evan, who manages such death defying actions, that he is able to save the day each and every time. Who needs Superman when you've got Evan? Seriously, there's not a better bad guy with a wonderful heart than this character. He generates lots of enjoyment and just plain fun!Our man of derring do is again helping another person who is in deep guano. This time it's Max Merriweather, a man who has gotten caught up in a scenario definitely designed to get him killed. So, Max makes that call and Even answers with his standard "Do you need help?" and the race is one to make sure Max survives. Danger, cunning, and downright peril, meet Evan and Max on every level. Evan though this endeavor was going to be easy, but it turns out to be everything but. After all, this was going to be his last outing as The Nowhere Man, and his thought is one last time into the fire so to speak, and rescue Max who is so in need of help and understanding. Max has always felt worthless while others in his family are so successful. When his cousin is murdered, an envelope that his cousin gave to him becomes the focus of an international monetary laundering scheme worth a whole lot of money and there are many who are out to make sure that Max and Evan does not see the light of day. If you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for? It's so fun, so full of adventure, so at times tongue in cheek that it's a wonderful way to while away a few hours being highly entertained and mesmerized. I sure hope that this series does continue and as this book closes, we are given a glimmer of hope that Evan will be back.Thank you to Gregg Hurwitz who provided me with lots of two am reads, to Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this dynamite book. To see reviews of book 4 and 5, you can go here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress...
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  • Lisa Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    Orphan X is one of my favorite characters! Great addition to the series.
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Freaking awesome book! ~~~~~~~~~~~I have to say I absolutely love this book. Not only because it is one of my favorite genres, but Into the Fire is a completely unique type of story that you don’t often find.Sometimes when you read black ops espionage type stories they are so packed with action that you can barely breathe. Your heart starts pounding and you are wound up throughout the entire book. The story is so intense you have to read it as fast as possible in case you miss Freaking awesome book! ~~~~~~~~~~~I have to say I absolutely love this book. Not only because it is one of my favorite genres, but Into the Fire is a completely unique type of story that you don’t often find.Sometimes when you read black ops espionage type stories they are so packed with action that you can barely breathe. Your heart starts pounding and you are wound up throughout the entire book. The story is so intense you have to read it as fast as possible in case you miss something.This book, however, had plenty of action but it wasn’t at the type of pace that almost exhausts you. All of the characters are richly enhancing to the story. Hurwitz crafts them with precise, amazing skills and knowledge beyond belief. The detail and description is beyond the typical.The fact that Evan, the main character, works at protecting others makes the story even more special. This is no run of the mill agent, or past agent, in this case. He is a loner and you have to feel for this guy. His skills are over the top. He is a broken man.Hurwitz seriously created a damn good story that is loaded with suspense and death defying action which will completely engross you throughout the book. The intricate research done before writing the scenes is evident. Unbelievable and shocking in places. But one you cannot stop reading.I have never read this series before. Yes, I am sure I have missed some key points with all of the other awesome characters who brought out Evan’s dry humor, sensitivity, big heart, and dare I say, even whispers of love. Oh, I wish I had started with book one. However, I still can go back to the beginning and really get to know Evan, et al. I cannot wait!!!Hurwitz is an author that has quickly moved to the top of my list!!*copy received for review considerationFull review - https://amidlifewife.com/into-the-fir...
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    First I must note here it's a true honor to be the first to write a review for an author I admire immensely in this 5th edition of Orphan X series.This couldn't have happened without Macmillan Publishers and the RIC program so thank you all for giving me this ARC copy.I was engulfed in the action from the very first page and it never let up with fast pacing, hearty characters we've come to love, and a mission that was without fail.It all begins and ends with Evan a foster child First I must note here it's a true honor to be the first to write a review for an author I admire immensely in this 5th edition of Orphan X series.This couldn't have happened without Macmillan Publishers and the RIC program so thank you all for giving me this ARC copy.I was engulfed in the action from the very first page and it never let up with fast pacing, hearty characters we've come to love, and a mission that was without fail.It all begins and ends with Evan a foster child taken away from his home and inducted into a top secret Cold War program. He was trained as an off the books assassin and lethal agent code named Orphan X to keep his country safety and progressed to the Nowhere Man using his talent and skill to hide in plain sight helping those who simply cannot help themselves.Many tried but many failed to bring him down and we've reached the point where nobody is now after him.With that said Max is at the end of his rope, desperate, and feeling as a huge disappointment in making a name for himself and a life. He's separated from the woman he loves, he's lost in his emotions, and he's now just learned his cousin Grant has been murdered.However, two months prior Grant handed off an envelope with instructions to take to the now missing reporter should he go missing.WTH?How could this all be going down this way?No worries as Joey our hacker and Tommy our gunsmith deliver action and suspense that keeps you plugged in life never before.Orphan X is about to go deeper into the fire and I loved every second of it!!
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    Into The Fire by Gregg Hurwitz is the fifth novel featuring Evan Smoak, the Orphan X character, along with the usual supporting characters previously introduced. Hurwitz's Orphan X novels and short stories are very well assembled and are certainly among the top tier of this type of thriller genre, with Into the Fire continuing that consistency.Readers may wonder how Hurwitz could follow with a compelling tale after the explosive ending in the previous Orphan X novel, Out of the Dark, Into The Fire by Gregg Hurwitz is the fifth novel featuring Evan Smoak, the Orphan X character, along with the usual supporting characters previously introduced. Hurwitz's Orphan X novels and short stories are very well assembled and are certainly among the top tier of this type of thriller genre, with Into the Fire continuing that consistency.Readers may wonder how Hurwitz could follow with a compelling tale after the explosive ending in the previous Orphan X novel, Out of the Dark, and somehow finds a way to do just that with Into The Fire. Again, Orphan X answers a cellular telephone call from a person needing help. Max Merriweather is a young man spurned by his family and is put in danger when a relative hands him a sealed envelope to pass along to a woman in case something happens to him. Two months later the relative is murdered and when Max realizes he is in mortal danger, he comes into contact with Orphan X's previous case who passes along The Nowhere Man's telephone number Max. As Orphan X slowly finds out, helping Max is like peeling an onion - one layer dealt with only reveals another deeper layer of trouble more dangerous than the previous layer. Hurwitz keeps the story moving forward while keeping his series fresh without growing boring or stagnant. Hurwitz's Orphan X's series is highly recommended to those that enjoy novels by Lee Child featuring the Jack Reacher character.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Happy Day! Put my life on hold, please! Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc!I've read the previous 4 books of the Orphan X series and enjoyed them all, Into the Fire is the best one yet.They are all premised on a totally implausible former government assassin doing "good deeds" anonymously as some sort of James Bond-ish reincarnation "paying-it-forward" in atonement for his past. Pure escapist reading.In Into the Fire (an apt title), Evan has a Oh Happy Day! Put my life on hold, please! Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc!I've read the previous 4 books of the Orphan X series and enjoyed them all, Into the Fire is the best one yet.They are all premised on a totally implausible former government assassin doing "good deeds" anonymously as some sort of James Bond-ish reincarnation "paying-it-forward" in atonement for his past. Pure escapist reading.In Into the Fire (an apt title), Evan has a real onion of a case on his hands. Layer after layer of bad guys to deal with and dispatch. The pacing never seems to let up. Somehow he even manages to rescue a dog... which he gifts to Joey (an adopted "niece" from a previous book). I truly enjoy the characters of these stories, all fully developed and three dimensional human beings.
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  • Jacqui
    January 1, 1970
    In Hurwitz's latest in the Nowhere Man series, Into the Fire (Macmillon 2020),  Max Merriweather engages Evan Smoak, aka the Nowhere Man, aka Orphan X, when Max's cousin is brutally murdered after giving Max an envelope to turn over to the press should said cousin be killed. Max resolves to fulfill his promise but the reporter has also been murdered. He tries to figure out what to do next but has no idea where to even start.  To say he is desperate is like saying the Mona Lisa is a nice painting In Hurwitz's latest in the Nowhere Man series, Into the Fire (Macmillon 2020),  Max Merriweather engages Evan Smoak, aka the Nowhere Man, aka Orphan X, when Max's cousin is brutally murdered after giving Max an envelope to turn over to the press should said cousin be killed. Max resolves to fulfill his promise but the reporter has also been murdered. He tries to figure out what to do next but has no idea where to even start.  To say he is desperate is like saying the Mona Lisa is a nice painting. So, he turns to a stranger recommended by another stranger he serendipitously met in a coffee shop.When Evan Smoak gets Max's call, he wants to complete one last case before retiring his Nowhere Man persona, the hat he wears to solve unsolvable problems for ordinary people. Unfortunately, every time Evan thinks he's secured Max's safety, another threat arises until the final one is far too personal for even the Nowhere Man.If you like brilliant crime solvers that have no quit in them, if you like clever stories that make you think, if you like smart people not afraid to use their brains,  if you are a fan of Hurwitz's Nowhere Man series, this is the novel for you.
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  • Lou Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    OK... I admit it!!! Reading Hurwitz' Fifth novel of Orphan "X" is a guilty pleasure. It's like eating eating a whole box of Godiva chocolates without coming up for air. And, like chocolates, you can never get enough. This continues the saga of the delightfully, dangerous vigilante ... not a superhero, a kind-of Batman.... a highly skilled assassin who just wants to help people. Evan Smoak, Orphan X, was a 12 year-old boy rescued out of the projects of East Baltimore.... only then to underg OK... I admit it!!! Reading Hurwitz' Fifth novel of Orphan "X" is a guilty pleasure. It's like eating eating a whole box of Godiva chocolates without coming up for air. And, like chocolates, you can never get enough. This continues the saga of the delightfully, dangerous vigilante ... not a superhero, a kind-of Batman.... a highly skilled assassin who just wants to help people. Evan Smoak, Orphan X, was a 12 year-old boy rescued out of the projects of East Baltimore.... only then to undergo a 7 year grueling training course under the tutelage of his handler... Jack Johns ... who was the closest thing to a father he would ever know. Evan was part of a black ops "Orphan Program" created by the Department of Defense ... creating a cadre of trained assassins that where deniable and expendable. Each sent on a mission to destroy a high-value target. As his trainer said it was easy to train him to kill, but hard to have remain human. Evan eventually escapes the program to become a pro bono freelancer, helping those who could not help themselves. Grant Merriweather is brutally murdered ... massively tortured then the coup de grace with bullet to the brain. Just prior to his demise he contacts his somewhat inept cousin Max Merriweather and intrusts him with an envelope to deliver to a reporter in the event of his death. Max becomes the locus of an onslaught of attempts for his capture or killing ... assuming he is in position of damaging evidence that would bring down a cabal of highly placed individuals. Max while fleeing , inadvertentlycrosses paths with a previous victim who was saved by Evan and obtains his contact info. Once Evan is contacted he unselfishly jumps "Into The Fire" to save Max and unravel the motivation of this byzantine organization pursuing Max like a heat seeking missile. Each time Evan eliminates the seeming head of the organization, another threat emerges like a Greek Hydra. Gregg Hurwitz explodes with another barn burner thriller with a riveting and well plotted narrative jammed with unexpected twists in this deceptive plot. Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press - Minotaur Book for providing an Uncorrected Proof of this gem in exchange for an honest review. I can barely contain my desire for more of the same from Hurwitz!!
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Review of Uncorrected Digital GalleyBarely tolerated by his father, ostracized by most of his family, Max Merriweather is hardly holding on, scarcely eking out a living. When his uber-successful cousin asks him to keep something “just in case,” Max agrees but thinks no more about it until Grant is brutally murdered and Max returns home to find a knife-wielding intruder methodically searching/trashing his tiny apartment. But Max’s problems are only beginning. Before sneaking out of h Review of Uncorrected Digital GalleyBarely tolerated by his father, ostracized by most of his family, Max Merriweather is hardly holding on, scarcely eking out a living. When his uber-successful cousin asks him to keep something “just in case,” Max agrees but thinks no more about it until Grant is brutally murdered and Max returns home to find a knife-wielding intruder methodically searching/trashing his tiny apartment. But Max’s problems are only beginning. Before sneaking out of his apartment, Max manages to retrieve the envelope Grant asked him to hold, but Lorraine Lennox, the reporter he’s supposed to contact, is strangely silent and unreachable. Then, when Max calls on Grant’s widow, he learns that his family blames him, some going so far as to say the murderer should have killed Max instead of Grant.Can Evan Smoak, facing his own demons but still working as the Nowhere Man, help Max? Or will the fire consume them both?Readers who have not yet read the earlier Orphan X tales will have no problem following the story as there is sufficient backstory folded into the narrative, but reading the earlier books will provide readers with significant insights.Complex, well-developed characters are one of the highlights of the Orphan X series. “Into the Fire” finds the Nowhere Man still struggling to understand that “normal” life that seems so elusive to Evan. This introspectiveness, this searching for understanding, gives Evan’s character complexity and depth. As with previous narratives, the story is nuanced, compelling, and unputdownable. Unforeseen revelations keep the tension mounting; surprising reveals keep the pages turning until the explosive denouement readers simply won’t see coming. The continuing saga of Evan Smoak in this, the fifth book in the Orphan X series, is a must-read . . . don’t miss it.Highly recommended.I received a free copy of this eBook from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley #IntoTheFire #NetGalley
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsDang, I love this series! “Do you need my help?”That’s how Evan Smoak, ex secret black op assassin, begins his conversation with every person who calls him on his special Nowhere Man phone. After being groomed from childhood to be the perfect off-the-books assassin for the US government, Evan has been spending his early “retirement” hiding his identity but paying penance for his sins by helping people in danger. This time, it’s down-on-his luck Max Merriweather, 4.5 starsDang, I love this series! “Do you need my help?”That’s how Evan Smoak, ex secret black op assassin, begins his conversation with every person who calls him on his special Nowhere Man phone. After being groomed from childhood to be the perfect off-the-books assassin for the US government, Evan has been spending his early “retirement” hiding his identity but paying penance for his sins by helping people in danger. This time, it’s down-on-his luck Max Merriweather, whose successful cousin left him with explosive information about some criminals who killed that cousin to keep him quiet. Now they want to silence Max.Evan’s unique abilities and habit of working outside of the law make him ideally suited to eliminate such threats, often in an action-packed and highly suspenseful manner. If the circumstances sometimes require the reader to suspend disbelief, the sheer entertainment value of Evan’s exploits make it well worthwhile. (Though please, for the love of Dog the dog, I’d urge Hurwitz to check with medical experts to eliminate some of the more egregious nonsensical medical details.) While the action and Evan’s skillful and often unique ways of handling the bad guys are enough to make these books highly enjoyable reads, Hurwitz has enriched the series and Evan’s character by showing some real personal growth on his part as the series has progressed. Unlike most thriller protagonists like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher (I love ya, Jack, but you’ve hardly changed at all more than 20 books into the series), Evan has changed and grown at least a bit in each book. In fact, the changes he has made by the end of this book, and the surprise complication at the end, promise to keep the series exciting and fresh.I can’t wait for the next book.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Into the Fire is amazing! You can read this as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the others first. This book is complex, it has depth. It will suck you in and won’t let go. I could not turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. I loved this book.
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  • Bent Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Gregg Hurwitz has found the right formula for his series about Evan Smoak aka Orphan X - government assassin turned avenger of the ordinary man against bullies in all shapes and sizes. In this fifth volume in the series, Hurwitz is at his best, balancing our hero's inner struggle about his future with the obligation to his latest "project" that turns out to be much bigger than he first expected.Smoak's interaction with the other cast members of the series works better in this book than in any of Gregg Hurwitz has found the right formula for his series about Evan Smoak aka Orphan X - government assassin turned avenger of the ordinary man against bullies in all shapes and sizes. In this fifth volume in the series, Hurwitz is at his best, balancing our hero's inner struggle about his future with the obligation to his latest "project" that turns out to be much bigger than he first expected.Smoak's interaction with the other cast members of the series works better in this book than in any of the past four books, which makes it a more pleasant read as Smoak's character becomes more multi-faceted.Parts of the book are nail-bitingly exciting, and fans of the series will not be disappointed. I have a feeling that the book won't be the last of the series (no spoilers here!)...A chronological approach to the series is highly recommended, so new readers should not be tempted to start reading the series with this book![An ARC of the book was generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The latest in the Orphan X series! I've reviewed previous entries here. I've thoroughly enjoyed The Nowhere Man who gives his help to those who need it.Poor Evan, his training did little to help him adjust to an ordinary life, but it has given him the skills to help others against overwhelming odds. When he accepts the call to the Nowhere Man from Max Merriweather, he intends for it to be his last mission. But...each time he thinks he has completed his assignment, he discovers there The latest in the Orphan X series! I've reviewed previous entries here. I've thoroughly enjoyed The Nowhere Man who gives his help to those who need it.Poor Evan, his training did little to help him adjust to an ordinary life, but it has given him the skills to help others against overwhelming odds. When he accepts the call to the Nowhere Man from Max Merriweather, he intends for it to be his last mission. But...each time he thinks he has completed his assignment, he discovers there is another angle, a higher-up that must be taken care of before Max is safe. While the books are not realistic, the reader roots for Evan Smoak as he dedicates himself to saving others, one innocent at a time, and Coleridge's term "suspension of disbelief" is eagerly accepted. I have no idea where Hurwitz will take Evan next, but please don't leave the Nowhere Man behind.Read in September; blog review scheduled for Jan. NetGalley/St. Martin's Press/Minotaur BooksThriller. Jan. 28, 2018. Print length: 400 pages.
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  • Marika Charalambous
    January 1, 1970
    When St. Martin's Press approached me with a book review request, I jumped at the opportunity. I love Evan Smoak, and I can't get enough of these books.So we meet Evan again in a new case when his phone rings. But this time, he believes this will be his last case. He wants to stop being The Nowhere Man, and start living his own life for a change. Maybe with Mia if she will ever forgive him?This book was like an onion that just kept on peeling and peeling. Whenever you tho When St. Martin's Press approached me with a book review request, I jumped at the opportunity. I love Evan Smoak, and I can't get enough of these books.So we meet Evan again in a new case when his phone rings. But this time, he believes this will be his last case. He wants to stop being The Nowhere Man, and start living his own life for a change. Maybe with Mia if she will ever forgive him?This book was like an onion that just kept on peeling and peeling. Whenever you thought things ended, there was something even more dangerous on the horizon. Evan just could not get a break. I was on the edge of my seat all the time.Based on how the book ended, I can't wait for the next one in the series. It should be interesting...Full review at https://mysterysequels.com/book-revie...
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Our ex-assassin Evan is close to the end of his 2nd career - making restitution to the universe by offering his formidable services to those in need. One last mission, and the balances should be even. This time, he's contacted by Max, whose accountant cousin Grant has been murdered. Before his demise, Grant had left Max a thumb drive that needed to be shared with a journalist if something happened to him. Now the journalist is missing and someone's been in his apartment.Evan starts d Our ex-assassin Evan is close to the end of his 2nd career - making restitution to the universe by offering his formidable services to those in need. One last mission, and the balances should be even. This time, he's contacted by Max, whose accountant cousin Grant has been murdered. Before his demise, Grant had left Max a thumb drive that needed to be shared with a journalist if something happened to him. Now the journalist is missing and someone's been in his apartment.Evan starts digging, with help from another Orphan program member, Joey. The solution is easy - take out the bad guy. The problem is, it leads to the next hidden guy, and so on.With action scene on action scene, this could have become a silly comic book, but Hurwitz does a good job of imbuing his characters with humanity and flaws that give nicely fleshed out folks you can care about.Thanks to NetGalley for this advance copy.
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  • Loy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fifth book in the Orphan X series. I have read the other books and this one follows along with Ethan Smoak, who was part of a black ops’ government program. Ethan is the Nowhere Man; he helps people who have nowhere to turn. His latest client is Max Merriweather whose cousin was murdered after giving Max an envelope. Ethan goes about neutralizing the threat but after each time something else comes after them. Each threat is worse than the next. To top it off Ethan is fighting with a This is the fifth book in the Orphan X series. I have read the other books and this one follows along with Ethan Smoak, who was part of a black ops’ government program. Ethan is the Nowhere Man; he helps people who have nowhere to turn. His latest client is Max Merriweather whose cousin was murdered after giving Max an envelope. Ethan goes about neutralizing the threat but after each time something else comes after them. Each threat is worse than the next. To top it off Ethan is fighting with a concussion he gets at the beginning of the book. In this installment Ethan becomes more human, he has Joey, a young orphan he saved in an earlier book, a dog he rescues, and his neighbors that he helps. He is a good guy and trying to atone for his past. This book is well written and very enjoyable. I must admit there are many far fetched things that happen in the book, but it is a book and he is Orphan X trained spy and assassin. I was glad to see all the characters from pasts books.Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for my advance copy of “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz – for my honest review
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read the first four books in the Orphan X series, but that doesn’t matter with this novel. It can be read as a standalone without knowing what happened in the past. This is a fast paced, thriller that had me not want to stop reading. The Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak gets a call from Max Merriweather whose cousin was murdered but beforehand left Max an envelope. What happens next is a series of escapades as the Nowhere Man tries to give back Max his life. It is like the layers of an onion, I have not read the first four books in the Orphan X series, but that doesn’t matter with this novel. It can be read as a standalone without knowing what happened in the past. This is a fast paced, thriller that had me not want to stop reading. The Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak gets a call from Max Merriweather whose cousin was murdered but beforehand left Max an envelope. What happens next is a series of escapades as the Nowhere Man tries to give back Max his life. It is like the layers of an onion, as Evan finishes with one bad group, another higher up the ladder tries to go after Max. Slowly, but surely Evan works his way to the head of the snake. It kept me on edge and I really felt for Evan, Max and the others. Now I want to go back and read the first four novels!
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  • Jay Williams
    January 1, 1970
    The Nowhere Man is at his finest as he sets out to help a man who becomes the intended victim of a series of gangsters, including government officials, master criminals and street thugs. His client is in need of personal salvation as well as protection, and Evan and his friends do much to grow his self esteem as successive layers of the criminal conspiracy are revealed. The story is full of twists and surprises, and the suspense makes it hard to put down. Sadly, the end sets the stage for the No The Nowhere Man is at his finest as he sets out to help a man who becomes the intended victim of a series of gangsters, including government officials, master criminals and street thugs. His client is in need of personal salvation as well as protection, and Evan and his friends do much to grow his self esteem as successive layers of the criminal conspiracy are revealed. The story is full of twists and surprises, and the suspense makes it hard to put down. Sadly, the end sets the stage for the Nowhere Man to vanish. I will miss him and his adventures.
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  • Randy
    January 1, 1970
    I can't get enough of Evan. The Nowhere Man is such an original and totally intriguing character. This time out, Evan is helping a man who has reached the bottom of his existence and has nowhere else to turn. Once again Evan is there to help with his incredible ability and his personal moral code. I had a jolt when Evan decided this would be his last outing. The thought of not following his life and adventures is not something I look forward to. After all this time, he seems so familiar and reli I can't get enough of Evan. The Nowhere Man is such an original and totally intriguing character. This time out, Evan is helping a man who has reached the bottom of his existence and has nowhere else to turn. Once again Evan is there to help with his incredible ability and his personal moral code. I had a jolt when Evan decided this would be his last outing. The thought of not following his life and adventures is not something I look forward to. After all this time, he seems so familiar and reliable that he's become part of the fabric of my reading life.. Another great chapter in this magnificent series!
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    Orphan X, the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak, is contacted by Max Merriweather whose cousin Grant had just been murdered and the killers were now searching for Max. Evan agrees to help and takes the reader into a non-stop action filled saga of dishonor, greed and murder that will keep everyone engrossed. The plot is complex (enough bad doers to fill a stadium) and the characters or at least the protagonists are well rounded and regardless of what they do, make you like them. This was great escapist rea Orphan X, the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak, is contacted by Max Merriweather whose cousin Grant had just been murdered and the killers were now searching for Max. Evan agrees to help and takes the reader into a non-stop action filled saga of dishonor, greed and murder that will keep everyone engrossed. The plot is complex (enough bad doers to fill a stadium) and the characters or at least the protagonists are well rounded and regardless of what they do, make you like them. This was great escapist reading and, best of all, the last line let’s you know there is more to come. Thanks to Net Galley and Minotaur for an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    First of all I want to start off by saying that I really love this series - The Orphan X Series. I rarely give 5 star reviews, and honestly that's more for me than anything - to be able to know at a glance if a book is one of my favorites and to tell me immediately with a glance if I would ever reread it. I was lucky enough to be given a ARC for the latest book of Evan Smoak's adventures and it did not disappoint. One of the things that I have loved so much about this series is the development t First of all I want to start off by saying that I really love this series - The Orphan X Series. I rarely give 5 star reviews, and honestly that's more for me than anything - to be able to know at a glance if a book is one of my favorites and to tell me immediately with a glance if I would ever reread it. I was lucky enough to be given a ARC for the latest book of Evan Smoak's adventures and it did not disappoint. One of the things that I have loved so much about this series is the development that we see in Evan as he is trying to figure out who he is now that he is no longer Orphan X. He knows who he was bred and trained to be; he knows that he will never been what he considers "normal"; yet if you were to peel off his layers, he is a genuinely really great guy. He can be kind, compassionate and he also has an EXTREMELY innate sense of loyalty to those he considers under his protection. Granted, he can also kill you before you even knew it was coming and he HAS left a trail of his victims (mostly scumbags) in his wake ...a very long trail...but he also feels extreme guilt for his past actions, even though they were mostly given under orders. The Nowhere Man has been his attempt to atone, to somehow try to balance the scales for things he has had to do in the past with who he thinks he might want to be in the future.This book takes us on a journey of what Evan hopes will be his last case as The Nowhere Man but for once, it seems to be never ending. Once you think it is over and the bad guys taken care of, we realize that nope - still more bad guys. Things are bigger and badder (hmmm, is that a word?) than ever.I long ago realized that when reading this series, you just need to leave reality somewhat a bit behind. I don't mean that in a bad way and the author does a fantastic job on researching everything from facts on guns, fighting techniques, IT and coding capabilities, etc. But, Evan seems to have unlimited resources, unlimited money and always seems to be able to extract himself from any bad situation. Not that this is a bad thing - personally I'm always rooting for him and sometimes my heart is beating so fast as he is ALWAYS around people trying to kill him. But, if you go into this series with the idea that it is a thriller with an amazingly competent protagonist - I think that makes it easier to just sit back and enjoy the ride.I do not want to give anything away because this book is not scheduled for release until 2020, but you will not be disappointed. This is classic Orphan X...and then some. We see many of the characters that we have learned about from Evan's very small close knit circle and grown to adore. There is a big bad that has many, many layers and once the ball gets rolling in this book, there is not much time for a breather. Evan's longing to have a normal life is made all the more sad because he does not even really understand what a normal life would entail. It breaks my heart. I want so much more for him, things he doesn't feel he deserves, but he is changing and evolving...all for the better and I am excited for the things that may be in store from him in the future.If you have not read this series, this is not a stand alone book. I guess you could read it and understand the plot because it does have a story arc with a conclusion, but you really need to go out and start with book 1 to completely understand who Evan is and how he got to be the way he is. You will not be sorry!Great continuation of the series - I hope this is not the end because we still have so much more to learn about Evan, and after this book - there are things he did not even know that you can bet will be the next case on his agenda.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with and ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jill Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY. COW.X wants out. And he's trying, so hard, to get there... Unfortunately, his latest Nowhere Man case keeps unfolding like an onion from hell, and as he races against his own body and clocks that keep resetting, the options in front of him keep shrinking. Of course, he's Orphan X, so you know he'll wrangle all the pieces together eventually, but there were several points in this one where I honestly didn't see how - even with his mad skills and incredible supporting cast. HOLY. COW.X wants out. And he's trying, so hard, to get there... Unfortunately, his latest Nowhere Man case keeps unfolding like an onion from hell, and as he races against his own body and clocks that keep resetting, the options in front of him keep shrinking. Of course, he's Orphan X, so you know he'll wrangle all the pieces together eventually, but there were several points in this one where I honestly didn't see how - even with his mad skills and incredible supporting cast.Seriously, I don't know how Hurwitz manages to keep ramping up the action AND devising new and incredibly intricate plots for Evan Smoak to unravel, all while maintaining the integrity of the central theme of redemption and never lapsing into any issues of suspended disbelief or incredulity... This is one of my favorite series and this is precisely why: the writing, pacing, characterization, and details are SPOT-ON. Everything Hurwitz puts in the story means something, even if you don't realize what until the bitter end. Every detail about Orphan X makes sense and ties into every detail about the world he lives in (both willingly and unwillingly). It gives the stories an incredible depth and breadth that go beyond its typical genre fare, and really makes them stand out.This one ended with a FABULOUS twist that I wouldn't have guessed in a million reads. I cannot wait to see where Hurwitz is taking this one - it's a mind-blowing addition to the series, particularly with the conclusion of the latest case and his developing relationships with Mia and Joey. Here's hoping the next installment comes out exceptionally quickly!
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  • Glady
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of Into the Fire from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.I have to admit it - the character of Evan Smoak ranks right up there with Jack Reacher. Hurwitz manages to create an assassin who is a good man. In this exciting new entry into the Orphan X series, Evan is once again the "Nowhere Man," determined to set the world right one for individual at a time. This time, the person in need is Max Merriweather, a man who never achieves much of anything. His cous I received a free ARC of Into the Fire from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.I have to admit it - the character of Evan Smoak ranks right up there with Jack Reacher. Hurwitz manages to create an assassin who is a good man. In this exciting new entry into the Orphan X series, Evan is once again the "Nowhere Man," determined to set the world right one for individual at a time. This time, the person in need is Max Merriweather, a man who never achieves much of anything. His cousin, golden boy Grant, has given him a package to be delivered to a reporter if anything happens to him. A few grisly deaths (including Grant's) later and Max is hunted by mysterious killers. A chance encounter with a previous client of Evan's provides a phone number for the "Nowhere Man," who will risk anything and everything for Max.Evan's world of his so-clean condo and OCD collide with his ward, Joey, and the wonderful Mia and her son, Peter. Almost within his imagination is a life, a real life. This is his last job as the "Nowhere Man;" finally, Evan will set out to think about himself. But this job for Max has so many layers, so many threats, that even Evan doubts himself. In the other books in this series, Evan fights and shoots and kills but manages to keep himself fairly healthy. In this exciting sequel, Evan suffers from a severe concussion so every move he makes is dangerous and potentially deadly. But stopping is never an option as Evan constantly and consistently puts himself in danger.The Orphan X series is fabulous!#NetGalley #IntotheFire
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  • Timothy
    January 1, 1970
    Long live Evan Smoak! After Orphan X's last adventure it left one wondering where author Gregg Hurwitz had left to go. But, it just goes to show that Hurwitz is much more clever than I. Orphan X #5 is REALLY good. But, could this actually be the last mission for X? He seems to be moving that way and as his fans we sincerely hope not. In Into the Fire, X is considering hanging it up after one more Nowhere Man mission and much internal dialogue to the point on what it would be like to be "normal". Long live Evan Smoak! After Orphan X's last adventure it left one wondering where author Gregg Hurwitz had left to go. But, it just goes to show that Hurwitz is much more clever than I. Orphan X #5 is REALLY good. But, could this actually be the last mission for X? He seems to be moving that way and as his fans we sincerely hope not. In Into the Fire, X is considering hanging it up after one more Nowhere Man mission and much internal dialogue to the point on what it would be like to be "normal". With that, Evan receives the now normal call to help from someone who is already running from those trying to kill him. Max Merriweather is a down on his luck guy who promised his older brother that he would deliver a package to a lawyer if anything ever happened to him. With the older brother's death by torture, Max starts the quest to fulfill an obligation only to be chased and almost killed. Not knowing where to turn, while running he runs into the last X helpee and is given THE number to contact the Nowhere Man. In his typical fashion, X handles the problem fairly quickly, but it seems that that there are others involved and much to Evan's surprise and consternation, each head killed sprouts two more. Knowing that Max will never be safe until the job is completely done, Evan forgers ahead into some of his most harrowing experiences yet. Add the reliable standby's of Mia, Peter, and Joey not to mention a new addition Dog, and you are in for a wild ride.
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  • Molly Yarosh
    January 1, 1970
    Man, do I love Evan Smoak. In this go-round, Even has defeated what he thought was his biggest enemy to date - the former President of the United States. Little does he know that his next mission will be harder than he ever imagined. With the help of his friends - characters who I am growing to adore as much as I adore Evan - he sets out on a mission that as always, seems more than impossible. One of the things I like most about the Orphan X series is actually also the one thing that I don't lik Man, do I love Evan Smoak. In this go-round, Even has defeated what he thought was his biggest enemy to date - the former President of the United States. Little does he know that his next mission will be harder than he ever imagined. With the help of his friends - characters who I am growing to adore as much as I adore Evan - he sets out on a mission that as always, seems more than impossible. One of the things I like most about the Orphan X series is actually also the one thing that I don't like about it, and that's how fantasitcal it all is. While Evan takes me on the ride of a lifetime in every book I read with him, I cannot help but think how crazy unrealistic it all is. Yes, I know, it's a book. And yes, I know, spy thrillers can be a bit outrageous. But, sometimes I feel like Evan just gets too outrageous and too good at what he does for the story to ever feel like it could actually happen. But, on the flip side, reading about all of the crazy techniques that Evan uses and learning about the trade craft of spying, I am always amazed at the ingenious ways that Evan finds his way out of the trouble. And, I am constantly asking myself why I still use technology when Joey and her insane brain can literally crack any code known to man. Overall, this was another great installment, and one that I had so much fun with. And, with the ending that leaves you on a literal cliff hanger, you know that the best is yet to come.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X, is determined that the Nowhere Man will help one last person before he retires from a life of violence and vengeance. His new client, Max Merriweather, was tasked by his dead brother to deliver a mysterious flash drive to a journalist. Max and X discover that the data contained therein leads to multiple hierarchies of villains, all wanting Max dead. X navigates all the numerous targets with his usual McGyver-like ingenuity, sophisticated weaponry and the genius hacking Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X, is determined that the Nowhere Man will help one last person before he retires from a life of violence and vengeance. His new client, Max Merriweather, was tasked by his dead brother to deliver a mysterious flash drive to a journalist. Max and X discover that the data contained therein leads to multiple hierarchies of villains, all wanting Max dead. X navigates all the numerous targets with his usual McGyver-like ingenuity, sophisticated weaponry and the genius hacking abilities of teenage Joey. During this challenging mission, X has an almost supernatural effectiveness in killing all his targets, even when suffering the affects of a concussion. He never slows down, barreling on through exhaustion and pain, to finish the job, even after he discovers layer after layer of villainy he must dispose of. None of this turned me off, however. I’ve enjoyed all the Orphan X books and this one is no exception. X is the badass hero for the 21st Century. To create his anti-hero, Hurwitz combined the paranoia of Jason Bourne with the muscle of John Wick and the advanced weaponry of James Bond. And though this might have been X’s last mission, the book ends with a surprising cliffhanger, revealing Hurwitz is not yet done with X. That makes me very happy.Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    I would rate this book a solid 4-1/2 stars! Even though it is part of a series, you are not lost with a back story ....this could be read as a stand a lone novel! This was my first outing with this author and I thoroughly enjoyed him! I loved his style of writing and his characters kept be engaged and entertained until the end of the book! I felt empathy for Max and all that he went through ...you could feel his pain! Evan's antics were a little far fetched (I mean, the prison scene??!!)...but, I would rate this book a solid 4-1/2 stars! Even though it is part of a series, you are not lost with a back story ....this could be read as a stand a lone novel! This was my first outing with this author and I thoroughly enjoyed him! I loved his style of writing and his characters kept be engaged and entertained until the end of the book! I felt empathy for Max and all that he went through ...you could feel his pain! Evan's antics were a little far fetched (I mean, the prison scene??!!)...but, I overlooked them, as I was so engrossed in the book ...and, basically, who cares ...I was enjoying this book too much!! There were so many twists in this book that when I thought the story line was coming to an end, I checked how many pages were left and - bang - another turn!!! I will look forward to reading more and more from this author. I would like to thank Mr. Hurwitz, the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!
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