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)
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.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I mostly listened to this book because I liked the prospect of listening to Jake Webber, haha. I laugh because that doesn’t sound like a very good reason to listen to a book. I liked the work he did on another book he read. And I liked the plot of Ghost Man. But frankly the book wasn’t all that interesting. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great. Some great details. It just seems like it should have been better. The main character sounds a little like The Saint, like that old TV show (or movie remake) who changes his appearance. That aspect was fun and interesting.
Aside from that, it was your basic Porter type novel. You know, Point Blank. Or Pay Back, the Mel Gibson version. Or was Porter the Mel Gibson version? haha I can’t remember.
Anyway along those lines, but not as good.
Overall, I really enjoyed this fast paced story. The characters were interesting, the plot was entertaining and the narrator was fabulous. I'll be looking forward to the next of this author's books featuring one of my new favorite heroes.
Yes. This book was riveting. I loved the intense detail and the main character being so despicable yet likable.
The book had a dual plot that was wonderful. It was great to see them both play out and see how they informed one another.
I found Jake Weber when he did Night Film. I followed him to this book - an even better book. His performance is dynamite. I love his different voices and pacing.
I wish I could've! I listened to it at work, in the car, while walking my cat...
Great plot, great performance. Beautiful mastery of the nitty gritty - good action sequences and great explanations of underworld workings of which I had no previous knowledge (are they even real? Scatters really exist? I'm off to google...) Wish it had blossomed into a love story a little more, but it leaves it open for another book.
The story was fine at first, standard antihero material but then the author decides to show how bad the villain is so they gratuitously have him feed a little girl drano until she dies. There was no need for this and I strongly urge parents (and other people who like kids) to avoid this book.
No, just this author.
It was fine.
Disgust. The image disturbed me for several days. I'm a 41 year old male so I'm not a wilting flower, but seriously, drano to a little girl?
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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