By Roger Hobbs
Wow! What an action-filled, hard-driving, authentic-feeling, first novel from Mr Roger Hobbs! This is one book you won’t want to put down. It feels like Mr. Hobbs must have some inside knowledge into the world of high-stakes criminal activities. Maybe he isn’t that innocent, clean-looking, young college graduate that you see when you google his name. He just knows too much to be that young, either that or he has one of the best imaginations of the current crop of new writers.
Make sure that you read this book before you see the movie that is sure to be made. They will never be able to put this much action and tension into a two-hour film.
There are two stories unfolding at the same time. The current robbery of a delivery of cash to an Atlantic City casino ties together with a previous bank robbery of a bank in Kuala Lumpur that went blew up. Jack (not his real name) was responsible for the failure of the bank robbery, so when the casino robbery goes bad, Marcus contacts Jack, tells Jack that he still owes him, and gets him to fly into Atlantic City to fix the problem. He only has 48 hours until the cash self-destructs, and the time is ticking down.
I give this fast-paced, action, thriller 5 stars out of five and 2 big thumbs up. Any fan of well-written action books will enjoy this debut novel by Roger Hobbs!
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Release date: February 12, 2013
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.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
About the Author
Roger Hobbs lives in Portland, Oregon, after graduating in 2011 from Reed College. Ghostman will be published in fourteen countries around the world.
The book description and author information is from Amazon. Ghostman