Into the Fire: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 5) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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* A Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller *
“Read the Orphan X series. You’ll thank me later." ―David Baldacci
Gregg Hurwitz's New York Times bestselling Orphan X returns - just when Evan Smoak thinks he's done, his deadliest job yet pulls him back Into The Fire...
Evan Smoak lives by his own code.
Once he was known as Orphan X. Trained as an off-the-books government assassin and spoken about only in whispers, Evan Smoak was one of the most talented - and most feared - men in the Program. But he broke free and reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man, a figure shrouded in mystery, known for helping the truly desperate.
If anyone is truly desperate, it’s Max Merriweather.
Max is at the end of his rope. His cousin has been brutally murdered, leaving Max an envelope that contains nothing but a mysterious key. However, someone really wants that key, badly enough that Max - and anyone he turns to - is in deadly danger. What seems like a simple job for The Nowhere Man turns out to be anything but. Behind every threat he takes out, a deadlier one emerges and Evan Smoak must put himself in greater danger than ever before as he heads once more Into The Fire.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 58 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 28, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #948 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#30 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#86 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#476 in Crime Thrillers (Books)
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I can't sing enough praises with this series. This book is a book that keeps on giving. It's written, as always, with such detail that it feels like the reader is right there in the story.
Threat after threat in this one. Just when I thought all was well, the author threw yet another wrench into the story. I couldn't devour this one fast enough.
As always, the action in this book is top notch. I haven't come across an author like this one, ever. He has a knack for painting extremely vivid scenes that will stick with you from start to finish.
I am a little sad after reading this one. At this point, there is only one more left for me to read. Then, I will have to wait for a year or so, provided the next book isn't the last one. If the next book is the last one, I will be a little lost without more of this great series.
I rate this book an "11". There are surprises, plot twists, amazing action and inventive ways to kill.
I loved everything about this book.
Please read it. Great job Gregg Hurwitz.
Top reviews from other countries
Most fans will buy these books for the extreme technical detail that Gregg Hurwitz packs into the operational activities of Evan Smoak and this book is no different. In fact, this book has even more of the detail of weaponry, communications, military operational practices etc than the earlier books.
These books are pure fantasy; don't look for a life-changing and deeply moving treatise on the state of the world; but that's why I and thousands like me buy these. And it's why I'll buy the next in this series too. Nobody does this genre better than Gregg Hurwitz. I will, actually, buy the next Gregg Hurwitz book whatever it is because his skills go well beyond 'Orphan X' and I haven't been disappointed by any of his work yet (even his first book, The Tower, was brilliant), but, of them all, The Nowhere man is my favourite.
In this book we find Smoak considering one last job as The Nowhere Man, before hanging up his untraceable aluminium-forged custom-machined ARES 1911 pistol, to pursue a more normal life.
His next mission comes along in the form of Max Merriweather, a serial loser, who is burdened with a secret that could be the death of him. With Max under his protection, Evan soon discovers that what should be a fairly standard mission, will bring him into opposition the greatest threat as he has ever faced.
Every book in this series is fantastic, and I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. Book four, Out of the Dark, is an exceptional thriller (on par with 'The Day Of The Jackal' in my opinion), with stakes so high (and an opponent so powerful), that book five would struggle to surpass it. Cleverly, Hurwitz avoids this by taking Evan in a slightly different direction, along a path where the consequences of failure are more personal than ever.
Following on from the relentless pace of Out of the Dark, Into the Fire is a reset of sorts, with a story that snowballs until it becomes a full-blown avalanche, threatening to destroy Evan and everything that represents his chance of a normal life.
Once again, Hurwitz straps the reader in alongside Smoak, as he throws him into the flames, to face his deadliest challenge yet.
Clear your diary for the day for this one, Into the Fire will keep you gripped from the off, and I guarantee that the ending will blow your mind.
There is always a risk in a series that it just becomes unfeasible that one man/ woman just happens to be called upon to be involved in case after case (Jack Reacher must be the unluckiest individual in the world...) but the Orphan X series has an organic reason for the stuff that keeps happening - when a victim is saved they are told to pass it forward and give the hero's number to someone else they come across who needs help. Fortunately for the reader this never turns out to be someone who needs their house decorated, and this time round is no exception when an innocent on the run reaches out to 'the nowhere man' as he runs for his from an ever more deadly ladder of criminals. There's nothing drastically new here and we learn little more about the supporting characters established over the series so far, and there's never really a feeling that our hero may be in 'real' danger despite his temporary handicap but it's written with the author's usual skill and ends on a potentially interesting note for future work.
Thoroughly enjoyable and just the tonic for these troubled times we find ourselves in.