SOLSC Day 14
I have always been an avid reader. Although I like reading many different kinds of books I usually go back to mystery/adventure. I am a fan of James Patterson and his Alex Cross novels as well as the women’s Murder Club books. I look forward to any new Lincoln Rhyme novel written by Jeffrey Deaver. Of course I can’t leave out the Kay Scarpetta series written by Patricia Cornwell.
I have mixed feelings about reading books in a series. First of all it is always best to start with the first book since many subsequent books refer back to a previous one.Secondly, sometimes the wait between books is so long that I forget what happened in the earlier books. This happens often because I read so many books in between.
On the other hand, I like the characters and want to know what is happening with them. It is also interesting to see how they grow over the series of books.
Recently I finished reading two books by Gregg Hurwitz. I have read a few of his books before, but they have always been stand alone novels. These two seem to be the start of a series, or at least I hope so. the first book is Orphan X.
In this book we are introduced to Evan Smoak a man who was taken off of the street from a group home to be trained by an agency of the government. Of course, as in all these kinds of books there is no documented proof that this agency exists. He hones his skills as an assassin for the government with unlimited funds in several untraceable bank accounts. After something happens for which he blames himself, I will not spoil things by saying what it is, he decides to abandon this life and use his skills to help people who are desperate and in need of help. He becomes known as the “Nowhere Man”.
Trouble develops when someone is out to eliminate him. This person has the same training and skill set as Evan. Who is after him? Can he elude him/her/them? Who is behind this and why? Answers are found in the book.
The second book in the series in “Nowhere Man”.
This continues the adventures of Evan. The twist in this book is that this time Evan is the one needing help. He is kidnapped and held captive by someone who wants something from him. No one knows where he is. He doesn’t even know where he is. He has to rely on the skills he possesses to outwit this mastermind and escape. It is a roller coaster of a ride. As much as I enjoyed Orphan X, I liked this one all the more.
Now my hope is that there will be a third book in the series. After all, with the way book two ended there has to be more. I will now be impatient until that book comes out. One of the problems of enjoying series books.