Ghostman

Ghostman

Book - 2013
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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 is occasionally called Jack. While it is doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything about his true identity, he's in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead, another on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills at large and the FBI already waiting at the airport. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 321 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780307959966
0307959961
Branch Call Number: Hobb
Additional Contributors: Hobbs, Roger

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yvox
Aug 10, 2014

Too violent for me.

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ac_346
Dec 20, 2013

Unreadable dreck. Don't waste your time. If this is a best seller there is no hope for our society. Appears to have been written by a 13 year old attempting to write a Hollywood grade C action script. The writing is quite mediocre, the plot is preposterous. Completely unbelievable and absurd. Many details pertaining to Seattle, automobiles, weapons, communications etc are obviously wrong. Poorly researched. A compelling non recommendation. You are forewarned.

JCLGreggW Dec 05, 2013

Roger Hobbs' debut novel is rollicking crime thriller that moves faster than Usain Bolt after a triple espresso. The story revolves around a "ghost man", a shadowy underworld figure who has the ability to assume disguises, stay off the grid, and be a part of your heist to steal millions of dollars from the most secure places on earth - for the right price.

The ghost man of the title gets an unexpected call from a underworld figure that worked with him before - a job that went spectacularly bad for everyone involved. But the crime lord wants to work with him again, this time tracking down what went wrong with another job where millions of dollars of stolen money went missing. The ghost man is now the hunter, using his skills to track down a blown heist. Crosses and double-crosses abound, and Hobbs is a master at ratcheting up tension yet never slipping into hollow Hollywood cliche, keeping his characters solid and believable and the action purring. This was a fun read and hopefully produce a sequel that I'll be waiting for.

(Update: a sequel, VANISHING GAMES, comes out summer of 2014. Whoo-hoo!)

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StarGladiator
Sep 29, 2013

I loved "The Usual Suspects" but I certainly did like this book, not a bit. Didn't like the writing, wasn't taken with the characterizations, just could not hold my interest.

raydat51 Jul 13, 2013

This author is only 23? 23!!!!!!!! This is an incredibly accomplished work, not a wasted word and a sense of plot to be envied by anyone. I am jealous, envious, any word that can convey how much I wish I could write like this. Only a first novel, hopefully many more to come. Highly recommended.

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Stella04
Jun 04, 2013

For me, this was a slow started. But once into it, I enjoyed it. I'd bet there is a movie made of this one soon.

bdemian May 21, 2013

Fast-paced & smart; lengthy descriptions of weaponry & ammunition add verissimilitude but slow things down. Neat, satisfying ending.

drone154 May 05, 2013

clever, fast-paced and unusual. not what i expected, looking forward to more from the same author

chefinn Mar 11, 2013

I thought this was a really good read by a debut author. I tore through it in a few days & hope this is only the first in a series about the "ghostman." I read that he already has a movie deal on this one!

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cidyer
Mar 03, 2013

If you liked The Usual Suspects, you will love this novel. Intelligent, elegantly written and almost perfectly paced, it is, as the description suggests, a thoroughly addictive ride through a world of disappearances, multi-million dollar bank robberies, and double crosses galore. Highly recommended.

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