The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

The Nowhere Man by Gregg HurwitzThe Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz
Published by Minotaur Books on January 17th 2017
Pages: 368
Goodreads
two-stars

Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, returns in the sequel to the breakout national bestseller Orphan X.
Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and 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 the new head of the Orphan program hasn’t forgotten about him and is using all of his assets—including the remaining Orphans—to track down and eliminate Smoak.
But this time, the attack comes from a different angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. They think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don’t know who they’re dealing with—that they’ve trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans.
Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the breakout national bestseller, Orphan X.

I will begin this review by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, and I accept that some of my criticism may result from my ignorance of that book, however I think the fundamental issues I have with this book go deeper than my lack of having read the first book. Despite my not having read the first, I found the premise of this book interesting enough to consider reviewing it.

Spies, super-soldiers, mysterious government programs, assassins, what more could one want in a book.

I was hoping for something along the lines of the television show Dark Angel, with maybe a little Alias thrown in for good measure, but I found the book to be lacking in energy and engagement. I can sum my feelings up by saying that the title (The Nowhere Man) sums up how I felt about the whole thing, the story was going nowhere maaan. The main character is kidnapped and dragged off to (random-woods-unknown) where (seemingly random) things happen to him. For roughly 80% of the book he is trapped in this place, but I had no idea what the hell was going on, why he was there, or why he was allowed to get away with doing with he was apparently doing. The action which happened was well-written, but it took place in such a microcosm that I didn’t care about what was going on. I just wanted the action to move forward, and for something to actually happen – which ultimately did in the last quarter of the book.

I didn’t see enough in this book to make me want to go back and read the first in this series, if the style and pacing is reflective of the series as a whole. I was ultimately quite disappointed about  a book which showed a lot of promise, but ultimately went around and around in circles. It took me a long time to read this book because I kept putting it down for lack of interest.

Feel free to take my review with a grain of salt, however.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

two-stars
Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
two-half-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

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