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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552169161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552169165
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quite astonishing . . . Mature, impeccably researched and written with supreme panache, it moves like a black mamba and is every bit as deadly. Fierce, taut and with an intensity that burns the lungs, I doubt whether there will be a debut thriller to match it this year, or even next" (DAILY MAIL)

"Startling and sparkling assurance . . . A star is born? Quite possibly" (SUNDAY TIMES)

"Full of authentic detail, seedy locations and a high corpse count, it keeps you hooked until the very last page" (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

"Brilliantly clever, gripping and action-packed. Utterly original and bound to become a big-budget movie." (SUNDAY MIRROR)

"Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately!" (LEE CHILD)

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People see what you tell them to see . . .
Oceans Eleven meets Drive meets Lee Child in this extraordinary pulse-pounding debut from the best new thriller writer of the year

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Despite a positive note from Lee Child (normally a kiss of death as it appears he will endorse just about anything) this is a fast moving thriller. It has to be said that the main character is very much in the Reacher mould (highly observant,capable, keeps to himself) and the concept reminded me of Brett Battles' "Cleaner" series. The difference here is that the Ghostman is not on the side of the good guys which puts an interesting dynamic in there, he is an ex-bankrobber turned "ghost" an invisible guy that makes certain problems go away. Here our "hero" (?) is caught between two criminal crime lords where everybody is in someone's pocket and it is very hard to stay invisible and ahead of the game, when the only game in town...is you.

It is fairly short but a page turner and it is rather good. Looking forward to the next one in the series already.
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I went into this with few expectations, given the age of the author, but "Ghostman" turned out to be a serpentine crime novel of the highest order. Hobbs clearly knows what he's doing, and at times, this debut rattles along at a breath-taking pace. It's like each chapter was produced after sniffing a line of cocaine. There are echoes of Richard Stark throughout this, and a little Michael Connelly (think "Void Moon"), and on the whole, I was impressed with his grasp of details (though sometimes, there are a few too many), and his inventive use of the double-narrative, which keeps you turning the pages.

In all, this is a violent crime caper worthy of your attention, and certainly one of the better books I've read by new authors this year. I take my US crime fiction seriously, and so does Hobbs, so he passes the test for me. Only issues I had with it are while it might be compulsive, it treads familiar ground in terms of characterisation and plot, but the twists are well-placed and you can't help but race to the conclusion. As casino/bank heist novels go, it's a good one. Give it a try.
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‘Ghostman’ written by Roger Hobbs is an interesting debut work, a mystery thriller that will be loved by all those who enjoyed the movie Ocean's Twelve and Lee Child’s books which in some ways it resembles.

The story starts with a failed casino robbery in Atlantic City that will make Marcus, a man who was a brain behind all the operation, to call for help man about which very little is known. He is called “Jack” but no one is really sure what his name actually is, where he is coming from, how old he is or anything else about his background. The only known thing is that “Jack” is a master criminal who lives on the other side of the law being specialist in disappearing, appearing only when he is it intrigued by something.
Several years before "Jack" was part of a crew that unsuccessfully attempted a robbery organized by Marcus, when loot was lost and all criminals except Jack were not able to escape, while Ghostman disappeared. Both Marcus and “Jack” blame themselves for the failed operation but five years later Marcus will want payback when his casino robbery in Atlantic City will result in one of the robbers killed and the other escaping with the money.

Marcus will contact the Ghostman instructing him to recover the money and if he succeeds he will consider the two of them even. Of course it is not only the Ghostman who is looking for money, the FBI and some other villains are interested as well, while additional thrilling fact that adds to the excitement is that money will explode in only a few hours due to the attached explosives.
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I don’t think this is a very good book at all but I’m giving it two stars rather than one because it’s obvious that the author has talent. For someone of 22 (when he wrote it) it does show some promise but he must work much harder. Here he forgot to write a good, engaging story with a decent plot and about characters that are even vaguely believable.

For me the whole book was tedious and a waste of time. It’s all surface and no depth. I suppose one could argue that this is the case with most books in this genre but for a master of the form, like Lee Child, he can make it seem like so much more. And I read this book simply because of the recommendation by Lee Child. I will know better next time.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2013
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Ghostman is a book I approached with some caution, I'm not the biggest lover of crime fiction, it takes a seriously good book / synopsis to catch my attention. That said im always open to a change (if you can make me love a genre... I will keep coming back for more).

So when i heard Transworld waxing lyrical about this great new Crime Thriller, I jumped on the internet and did some searching. The concept more than intrigued me. This wasnt another bourne type thriller (i find spy books a big yawn normally). This was a criminal who hides in plain sight, anti hero good guy lead voice.

So I was hooked on the concept.. did the book live up to the hype? This is a new author an unknown. Which is something I enjoy, there is nothing better than finding a new rising star and the potential for more great books, Roger Hobbs did not disappoint.

There were many comparisons in the style of the book, there is a touch of the Jack Reacher about our Ghostman, there is a touch of the dexter about the voice/ style of the book and I can see why the film rights have been purchased by Warner. This has big budget move written all over it. Not because of any lack of reality in the book, although it does push the boundaries of what can be possible. It will be very interesting to see who they get to play Ghostman and can this person act to the ability of the character in the book?

The story its self has it all, A heist, gun fights, car chases and more twists and turns than you can keep up with. It really kept me guessing as to what side he was on, who would live who would die, and who might end up in Jail. There are multi threads all being played off against different angles in this story.
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