The Nowhere Man

When we holidayed in Paxos last year the plan was to travel light. After all, we were only going to be there for a week, so one carry-on case each was the rule.

Lightening the load as far as I was concerned meant not taking six or seven books (at least three hardbacks) when I couldn’t possibly read them all in the time available. So I took just two.

But there is always a but and the but in this case was that when you are hanging around waiting for your flight to be called, you’re helplessly drawn by the bookshelves and the holiday bestsellers which is why I bought Orphan X on the basis of the cover blurb.

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the outlandish story of Evan Smoak, the boy taken from an orphanage to be raised and trained in a secret programme to do all the nasty things that governments do when they want to deny that they had anything to do with it.

Except he broke from the programme and for reasons that are his own he dedicates himself to being a non-super-powered super-hero who helps the desperate and deserving mainly by separating the undeserving from their breath.

The problem as far as Evan Smoak is concerned is that being a good-guy has its drawbacks in the shape of the government agencies who would rather that he be suppressed. With extreme prejudice. And so the other members of the secret programme are set on his tail.

All of which is the prelude to the latest Evan Smoak novel, The Nowhere Man, which landed on the doormat from Amazon on Thursday. And which I finished last night.

I suppose there is no point in trying to describe such a book without giving away too many spoilers. I would say though that it is a cross between James Bond, Donald Trump’s wet-dream and most modern comic book heroes. Which isn’t surprising since the author, Gregg Horwitz, has also penned stories for Wolverine and Batman in Marvel and DC comics.

Orphan X and The Nowhere Man will not be to everyone’s taste, but they are to mine and if you like a little high-octane escapism then they might be to yours.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

8 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 30th January 2017

    I get all the high octane escapism I need from three pints of Tetley’s bitter down at the local pub.
    Nice to see that you are one of the few remaining people left in the universe who understands the difference between “lightening” and “lightning”. For this knowledge I award you a gold star to put on your bedroom chart.

  • Trevor Rowley 30th January 2017

    The difference between the verb and the noun aren’t too difficult to work out (despite what milado wants us to believe). However, what must remain a mystery is why the Greeks would want to name one of their islands after a sage and onion stuffing product. Now, where’s mi gravy browning?

    • Yorkshire Pudding 30th January 2017

      The packeted dry sage and onion stuffing product you are thinking of is, I believe, “Paxo” and not “Paxos” Trevor. Glad to have been of service sir. Have a nice day.

  • Trevor Rowley 30th January 2017

    Thanks for the helpful correction, young Pudding. Much obliged.

  • Mr Parrot 30th January 2017

    I didn’t expect this post to take us unto and into an English lesson and had to double back to see where and how I’d used the word ‘lightening’. Even my spellchecker thing things it should be ‘lightning’. Like the difference between wetting and whetting I suppose, but I’m glad you’re keeping me on my toes. Or should that be tows? 🙂

  • Catalyst 31st January 2017

    I’m enjoying the badinage. Or should that be Batman-age?

  • Trevor Rowley 31st January 2017

    …and while we’re on the subject of Greeks (and the rest of the EU), what was wrong with us having Marathon bars and how did they have to become Snickers? Then there was Zif that had to become Cif. Also, whatever happened to Fennings Little Healers and Doctor Collis Brown’s Elixir? It really is quite worrying.

    • Mr Parrot 1st February 2017

      You can blame globalisation for the name changes Trevor. As for Fennings Little Healers (a staple of winter in my youth) they were available until fairly recently but sadly are no longer produced. I’m pleased to say that say that Mentholatum is still going strong though.


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