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Ghostman | [Roger Hobbs]

Ghostman

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - I’m reading Ghostman now, and from the minute I picked it up, I was hooked. The opening chapter drops you into an Atlantic City casino-heist-gone-spectacularly-wrong, and we follow the efforts of “Jack” to clean up the mess in under 36 hours. There’s already enough mystery (Who is “Jack” really? Who else knew about the heist? What’s up with his mysterious employer and even more shadowy mentor? Have the FBI already figured this whole thing out?) to keep me locked in until the end. This debut novel has already gotten a lot of buzz in the publishing world, and I can’t wait to listen to it. —Chris, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Andrew Stone San Diego 06-17-14
    Andrew Stone San Diego 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept my attention...Interesting Plot."
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the detail about the subject matter of theft (at a high-end) skilled level

    .Parts were a bit too grizzly!

    The tough guy the "hero" is.Kinda like a "Jack Reach" type of guy.

    Hero is smart and knows how to fight.

    I initially listened to this book a couple of years ago. Second time thru is still good.

    You will probably like Lee Child's books if you like this one.

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    Katherine VOLCANO, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Katherine VOLCANO, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a "classic", but definitely entertaining"

    This was definitely an entertaining listen. It seems as though many of the reviewers have unrealistic expectations of this kind of book. It's not a "classic" people, it's just meant to be entertainment! Upon starting the book, the narrator was extremely slow, but that is easily fixed; most devices have the ability to change the speed of the playback and that's all it took to fix it. I found the narration of the book quite enjoyable. I questioned the cash handling in a casino setting. It was lax and I think it could have been tightened up a bit more in the writing of the book. I say this because I work in a Casino and the described cash drop security doesn't come close to what I have experienced. Thus the 4 rating instead of 5. Some books are better reads than listens, but I think this would not have been as enjoyable had I read it instead of listening to it. Really, it's just entertaining; easy to listen to and not hard work to follow the plot.

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    Vaughn Louisville, KY, United States 01-29-14
    Vaughn Louisville, KY, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "How many cellphones does a crook need?"
    Would you try another book from Roger Hobbs and/or Jake Weber?

    Probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Roger Hobbs again?

    Probably not


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speed up the reading pace


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghostman?

    All the ones where "I took out the cellphone battery and threw it out the window"

    Like all 20 of them. That was the most ridiculous part (of many ridiculous parts) of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Fairly interesting yarn, however borders on the ridiculous and unbelievable. The narrator bored me to tears with his slow reading pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 12-29-13
    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, Haunting narration"
    What did you love best about Ghostman?

    The story was good don't get me wrong. It was very interesting, kept me guessing and wanting more. But the narration was awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Weber – was your favorite?

    The guy who was looking for ghost man. Weber's narration for this guy was excellent, one of the best I've heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bluestramp 08-25-13
    Bluestramp 08-25-13

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    "A brillant story, a career is born"

    I spend hours researching books: checking number of readers, readers reviews, listening to narrators, ratio of stars to numbers of readers ete.,etc. Sometime I don't find anything that appeals to me so I go to bed. However, Ghostman caught my attention. I've been looking for a modern mystery and it seemed to meet my criteria

    I have been reading Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, John La Carre, Eric Ambler up through Brad Thor,
    Vince Flynn, all the spy,espionage genera and I wanted something current. That's when I found "Ghost Man". and took a shot. Wow. What a surprise. A story and plot just what I was hungry for.

    This is one terrific novel. performance, plot. originality. I really got lucky. Looking for more from this talented writer, Roger Hobbs , together with narrator Jake Weber. Check it out! It's the beginning of a brilliant career, and it's nice to get in on the first novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Wilmington, NC, United States 06-30-13
    Mary Wilmington, NC, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "If a criminal winning does it for you..."
    Any additional comments?

    An interesting concept, but only to answer the question, "who is the least evil?" Keeps your attention, but only if you are incessantly bored. The switch between what was and what is can only be described as "meh." If you are considering listening, save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-14-13
    John 05-14-13

    Retired from a sales and marketing career. I take a lot of long walks while listening to audible books, mainly mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Wow a great read/listen"
    Where does Ghostman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 great narration and the story was close to perfection


    What other book might you compare Ghostman to and why?

    Some of Adrian McKinty's books


    What does Jake Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he got into the character very well and his variation of different accents was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audio stories I have listen to in a couple of years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    critical shopper CA 05-08-13
    critical shopper CA 05-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Best mystery of the year"

    In a welcome change, the hero is the likeable criminal. Well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Boulder, CO, United States 05-07-13
    Tom Boulder, CO, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining and an interesting protagonist."

    Hobbs and Weber make a goo team. As a frequent reader of mystery fiction, I enjoyed listening to Ghostman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 05-03-13
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2015

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "Ridiculous Story"

    SAVE YOUR CREDITS, THIS BOOK IS BARELY THERE AS A STORY. I HAVE TRIED TO LISTEN TO IT THREE TIMES, THAT IS ENOUGH.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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