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)
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.
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.
Speed up the reading pace
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.
Fairly interesting yarn, however borders on the ridiculous and unbelievable. The narrator bored me to tears with his slow reading pace.
The story was good don't get me wrong. It was very interesting, kept me guessing and wanting more. But the narration was awesome.
The guy who was looking for ghost man. Weber's narration for this guy was excellent, one of the best I've heard.
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.
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.
Retired from a sales and marketing career. I take a lot of long walks while listening to audible books, mainly mysteries and thrillers.
Top 10 great narration and the story was close to perfection
Some of Adrian McKinty's books
I think he got into the character very well and his variation of different accents was excellent.
One of the best audio stories I have listen to in a couple of years.
Hobbs and Weber make a goo team. As a frequent reader of mystery fiction, I enjoyed listening to Ghostman.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
SAVE YOUR CREDITS, THIS BOOK IS BARELY THERE AS A STORY. I HAVE TRIED TO LISTEN TO IT THREE TIMES, THAT IS ENOUGH.
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