Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz is the fifth book in his Orphan X series. This latest offering is a thriller of the first order. Orphan X continues his exciting personal missions.
Evan Smoak, the operative formerly known as Orphan X, ditched the covert Orphan Program but kept his other alias, the Nowhere Man, and now devotes himself to helping people in dire circumstances. His clients reach him by calling a little-known number, 1-855-2-NOWHERE. Each client is tasked to pay it forward and pass his number to someone else in desperate need. Trevon Gaines, Evan’s last client, honors the agreement and passes the number to an apparently desperate, Max Merriweather. Max’s cousin, Grant Merriweather, left him information that someone is willing to kill for. Evan just has to determine what the information is and who’s willing to kill to get it.
Though part of a series, this novel works well as a standalone, but background from the previous books is helpful in understanding the mindset of the main character. Hurwitz has created a captivating cast of new and recurring characters with complete backstories. These characters are complex but not confusing. Thus, characterization is my favorite element of this novel and the series. The plot is fully engaging with twists that are far from predictable.
Into the Fire is a complete success. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to lovers of thrillers with political intrigue and constant action. There is some violence but not enough to deter the average reader, though the very squeamish may be offended.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: January 28, 2020