Book Review: ‘Into The Fire’ Is The Next Thrilling Orphan X Novel By Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is back with book number five in his Orphan X series. Just when Evan Smoak aka Orphan X aka The Nowhere Man thinks he may finally be done with everything and maybe can try something with Mia and her son Peter, he gets one more call as The Nowhere Man and it turns out to be quite the case he needs to solve.

After the events of the last book, Evan has taken out the Orphan program and vows to himself he will help one more person. That person is Max Merriweather. His cousin Grant was brutally murdered and left him an envelope in case anything ever happens to him. He opens the envelope and it says to contact a reporter and there’s also a sealed envelope he’s to give her (it contains a key). He tries to contact the reporter and goes to her house and finds her dead. He returns home and finds his apartment being torn apart and he escapes and hides. He’s passed the information for The Nowhere Man and calls him. Evan meets with him and gets the details and we learn a lot of Max and his past and his family.

Evan starts his investigation and figures out what the key is and that it’s a money laundering scheme going on and gets names and takes out people. He thinks it’s over but there are more people higher up that inform him it will never be over. He enlists the help of Joey (from a previous book and a former potential Orphan). Just when he thinks he has taken out the person at the top, someone else lets him know it will never be over and this keeps happening as there are a lot of people involved in this.

When they track down the latest person contacting him, it may very well be the biggest challenge of Evan’s live (no spoilers but this is a very intense part of the book). And it takes everything in him to overcome this. Mia also sees him in a new light when he ends up saving her and Peter and then Evan gets a shock with a phone call from someone he is not expecting, which will set up the next book.

This book starts off strong and never lets up. These books are all action and take the readers on a wild ride that never lets up. Gregg Hurwitz is a master with these stories and continually tops himself with each book. And each book is written like a stand-alone, so if you haven’t read any of the previous books, you can jump right in. He gives enough backstory for new readers to understand who is who and what’s going on.

You can pick up Into The Fire in stores on Tuesday, January 28th from Minotaur Books.

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