Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist.
When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only 48 hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.
From its riveting opening, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the listener into Jack's refined and peculiar world - and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.
©2013 Roger Hobbs (P)2013 Random House Audio
"Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!” (Lee Child)
“A slam-bang, pedal-to-the-metal crime story that fires on all cylinders and then some! Ghostman is a gritty, lean, mean adrenaline machine. Mostly, though, it was just plain fun to read. I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough.” (Christopher Reich)
“This watertight debut [is] at once slick and gritty… Straight out of the gate, Hobbs has mastered the essentials of a contemporary thriller: a noirlike tone, no-nonsense prose and a hero with just enough personality to ensure he doesn't come off as an amoral death machine [as well as] heart-stopping scenes that illustrate how small mistakes can turn catastrophic.” (Kirkus, starred review)
PSB from MD
I was engrossed from beginning to end, although it would have been nice to have a good guy or two sprinkled into the plot.
Sure - if they like dark books about criminals.
Jake does a superior job of really making you feel like you are in the book.
Great heist story
It was a bit over the top at times, but it had it's moments.
I felt the narrator did a decent job creating accents and afflictions for the characters and maintaining them through the story.
Surface level adventure story about a couple of bank heists. Entertaining certainly, but no moral high ground attained.
the bank in KL
A very interesting look into the backgrounds for crime. How much does the author really know?
I liked this book. The narrator fit the character. The story drew me in and kept me listening to it every chance I had. There are a couple of characters I would have liked to know more about - Angela, the mentor for one and Rebecca, the FBI agent for another, but not enough to downgrade my five star designation. I'll listen to other books this author publishes
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Jake webber has a good voice overall - When he's speaking normal. The character's he portayed in the story seemed dramatic; with voice's I couldn't relate to, or get in to. I thought the story had a good shot in the beginning - But I was quickly losing interest as it progressed. I was hoping for some revalation at the end that made it worth the time invested in it - Like the "Inside man" movie with Clive Owen... If I used that as my guage - You'd have to dig a hole to find the minus star rating. If you like plain action, with no substance - Then this might be for you.
What a great audiobook. I hadn't read anything by Roger Hobbs before, but was eager to purchase and listen to this book because it was narrated by Jake Weber, one of my favorite actors. I wasn't disappointed. The story definitely kept my interest through the many twists and turns; I couldn't have guessed what was going to happen next. I grew to care for the protagonist and would read another book about the guy. Jake Weber did a most excellent job of narrating Ghostman. I hope Jake narrates more audiobooks!
1. Listen to the book at 1.5 times normal speed if you have any hope of being able to tolerate the narrator's abnormally slow paced reading and odd pauses mid sentence.
2. Lower your expectations for any type of suspense, drama or originality in the plot. "Twists and turns" are clumsily telegraphed way before the story catches up.
3. Prepare to hate the protagonist. You will wish for his capture or torturous death. Or both.
4. Seriously question Audible's recommendations from now on.
The Ghostman, of course. He is flawed and criminal yet you can put yourself in his shoes and see things from his perspective.
I enjoyed breaking it up into my commutes to absorb and think about it as I went along.
Great first novel. The book weaves 2 stories involving the same character at different times in a way that slowly lets you understand why the Ghostman is the person he is and why he is in his current situation. Like any good book, he teaches you a lot about the subject and makes you feel a part of the action. I listen to dozens of books a year and this is one of the best. I usually don't write reviews, but wanted to share this one with people who like criminal thrillers.
I thought this book was quite entertaining. A few observations...
1. The lack of relationships was criticized but in the context of a 'ghost man' I thought this was appropriate. The main character was ruthlessly pragmatic and ultimately unencumbered by emotional attachments.
2. There were similarities between Jack Reacher which was a plus since I am a huge fan of Lee Child. Just more of a good thing.
3. For me, personally, there were plenty of moments in the book where I was pleasantly surprised at the way the way the scenes played out. It was slick and clever.
So all in all, a solid freshman effort that I would recommend to anyone.
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