Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Review: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Book Overview from

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-thirties 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 forty-eight 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 pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader 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.

My Thoughts

GO READ THIS BOOK! This book caught me off guard. I checked it out on a whim along with about 15 other books like I normally do. I have been reading more, but nothing in the thriller genre in quite some time. This book grabbed in the first 30 pages and never let go.

I loved this book and will find it hard to be beat this year in terms of action, thrill, and story line  I loved the main character. Enough to hate and enough to like in a weird way. The technology and how things move and operate in the world fascinated me. I am sure it all exists right now along with much more, but it felt so futuristic and real at the same time.

Roger Hobbs, the author, has started off his writing career on the right path with a fantastic debut novel. I look forward to seeing where Ghostman could possibly appear again if that is possible and what future stories he has up his sleeve. 

This is one book and one author you need to put on your list. Now the problem becomes what to read next that will compare or even come close to grabbing my attention.

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