Last year, in Gregg Hurwitz’s New York Times Best Selling novel, Out of the Dark. Evan Smoak aka Orphan X went up against the most powerful man in the world… and won! After that, what is left for Orphan X? His missions as the Nowhere Man rely on his last client finding someone that is in dire need of help. But, how much longer is he to do that, is there a normal life out there on the horizon for him? Possibly in condo 12B nine floors below his penthouse. All these thoughts go through Evan’s mind as he waits for his RoamZone to ring.
Eventually, someone out there reaches out and this victim is in dire need of the Nowhere Man. For the first time, Orphan X isn’t working two missions at once. Dodging those hunting him or turning the tables and hunting them all while helping someone in desperate need. Into the Fire has Orphan X conducting his very last Nowhere Man mission, or so he thinks. This novel, this entire series, is a complete page turner from the very first page to the end.
Into the Fire starts with a brutal murder of Grant Merriweather. Grant must of known some bad people would come knocking down his door to punch his ticket, because he made himself an insurance policy of sorts. He gave his cousin Max an envelope containing facts he had uncovered, or even may have been involved in with instructions to deliver it to a specific reporter and this reporter only. When Max attempts to fulfill his promise, his whole world quickly turns upside down. In over his head, he panics, hyperventilates, he thinks he’s about to collapse and die. Then he runs into Trevon Gaines, the victim of a brutal tragedy in last year’s Out of the Dark, the Nowhere Man helped him and then tasked him with finding one and only one person that needs his help. Trevon gives Max the untraceable phone number, 1-855-2-NOWHERE, and Max reaches out to Evan. Only after carefully ensuring he isn’t being followed or there with another agenda, Orphan X approaches him, and they quickly put a plan in place to rid Max of his life-threatening problem.
As Evan does this, the problems keep popping up, when Evan thinks he’s solved the problem, another one pops up higher in the chain of this conspiracy. Forcing Evan to work harder to expose those involved. You can’t stop someone without a face. Therefore, Evan has to draw them out and give them a face. In order to accomplish that, he uses some very unique methods, such as infiltrating a (spoiler). The predicament Orphan X finds himself in, or to be more accurate puts himself in makes for a fun read, even better would be seeing it in live action on the big screen, it’s that good!
In this thriller, Orphan X isn’t up against a top-tier operator, but he still manages to get himself banged up and finds himself in a jam once or twice that has him thinking his time might be up. I don’t believe this to be bad writing, but Gregg Hurwitz portraying Evan as having checked out already as the Nowhere Man. As I mentioned, Evan is ready to call it quits and turn off his RoamZone forever. As I was reading, I wondered if Gregg is done with this series, what is left for Evan to do? But the ending cliff-hanger took all those doubts away and now I CANNOT wait for the next Orphan X novel, this twist will leave you at the edge of your seat and gasping. Earning itself a Blast Radius of a Dirty Bomb! A 9.5/10 rating, this Orphan X novel will leave you wanting more.
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Series: Orphan X #5
Pages: 388 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Follow Gregg on Twitter: @GreggHurwitz
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A DIRTY BOMB (9.5/10) – This type of bomb kills immediately & continues to kill rendering the land useless for a long time.
About the Author
Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 20 thrillers, including OUT OF THE DARK (2019), and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.
Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.
Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area. While completing a BA from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy, he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for his pole-vaulting exploits, and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox fellow. He now lives in L.A. where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.