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Ghostman Paperback – 17 Jul 2014
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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)
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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It is fairly short but a page turner and it is rather good. Looking forward to the next one in the series already.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story starts with a violent armoured car heist outside of a casino in Atlantic City, only one thief makes a getaway and disappears. Enter the Ghostman. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bookworm Pete
Well I liked it. Some of the reviews concerning the flatness of the Ghostman character are correct. Even less than Jack reacher, the protagonist has very little history beyond his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert
Excellent story interweaving 2 big heists, but from the point of view of the perpetrators. The ghostman is a career criminal, who works on really big robberies that are put... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C.Elder
Good story, few twists. Not as dark as i expected. Worth a read though, it's well written novel. I'd like to see another one with the same characters.Published 6 months ago by Jeff porter