*Thank you to Kaye Publicity and Minotaur Books for the gifted copy*
Title: Into the Fire
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Release Date: January 28th, 2020
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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 is an intense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This is my first time reading Gregg Hurwitz and I am so impressed with his work. He wrote a fast-paced story that kept me engaged and kept me on my toes.
Evan Smoak, also known as Orphan X, is a trained government assassin. After he left the government program, he reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man. He would use his skills to take on missions where he felt he was most needed. He is about to be done with ‘The Nowhere Man’ and then is asked to take on one more mission.
Max Merriweather is broken. He has lost a cousin and the woman he loves. He is desperate and is fighting for his life. Dangerous people are after him because of something that his cousin Grant left with him. He was left with specific instructions to give it to a reporter but they are found dead too.
It is intense the entire time. I loved this whole story and was fascinated with all of the characters.
I give Into the Fire 5 stars. It is a must-read thriller that will keep you guessing and biting your nails with all of the suspense.