Ghostman Epub Ê Paperback

Ghostman Epub Ê Paperback The Trouble with ThrillersWhen you wander through your local bookstore, or a drugstore or Wal Mart, you ll probably pass by a rack of paperback books with lurid covers that are usually labeled as thrillers Pick up one of these books, and what are you likely to find A superhero cop, spy, or private investigator one who combines the strength of an Olympic gold medalist with an IQ of 165 and the ability to outfight the biggest, baddest bad guy ever to come down the pike Apparently, a former Br The Trouble with ThrillersWhen you wander through your local bookstore, or a drugstore or Wal Mart, you ll probably pass by a rack of paperback books with lurid covers that are usually labeled as thrillers Pick up one of these books, and what are you likely to find A superhero cop, spy, or private investigator one who combines the strength of an Olympic gold medalist with an IQ of 165 and the ability to outfight the biggest, baddest bad guy ever to come down the pike Apparently, a former British naval intelligence officer named Ian Fleming started this unfortunate tradition half a century ago Now, it seems, we can t shake it.Here, then, comes young Roger Hobbs with a new twist on the thriller Hobbs protagonist his hero, it would seem is not a superhero cop, spy, or private investigator He is, in fact, an unrepentant, lifelong armed robber and murderer who combines the strength of an Olympic gold medalist with an IQ of 165 and the ability to outfight the biggest, baddest bad guy ever to come down the pike Oh, but this guy never murders anyone unless it s absolutely necessary And, in the course of Roger Hobbs debut novel, Ghostman, he only kills maybe six or eight guys He doesn t like to murder women, we re told Unless it s absolutely necessary The title character is the guy on a team of bankrobbers who makes things disappear, including himself He seamlessly shifts from one disguise to another, adopting a wide variety of names but never revealing his own By applying makeup, coloring his hair, changing his voice and his gait, he manages to put on 20 years in an hour and we re expected to believe that he remains undetected even by someone sitting within two feet of him The few people who really know him call him Ghostman He s rootless as well as ruthless, and he could turn up anywhere in the world there s a huge bank job waiting.Blood, guts, and impossibilities aside, there are a couple of things about Hobbs writing that are laudable His prose flows smoothly, uninterrupted by lyrical turns of phrase to hint that he s really a serious writer And he s clearly done a masterful job of research into the procedural niceties and the argot of bank robbery as well as the workings of Atlantic City casinos and other topics closely related to his story And, by the way, when I say Hobbs is young, I mean young having graduated in 2011 from Reed College, he appears to be in his early twenties.What s missing from Ghostman and other novels of the same ilk is soul Though Hobbs appends an autobiography of his killer hero to illustrate his motivation for doing what he does, there s not so much as a shred of evidence that the man or, for that matter, Roger Hobbs ever considers the needs, the feelings, or the value of other people As I said, no soul.Why do these nihilistic books get written so often, let alone published And why do we read them Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa Is there some bloodthirsty streak in our national character that impels us to make heroes out of people who seem to kill for a living I make things disappear It s what I do This time I m tidying up the loose ends after a casino heist gone bad The loose ends being a million cash But I only havehours, and there s a guy out there who wants my head in a bagHe ll have to find me first They don t call me the Ghostman for nothing I was doing a nickel bit in the hoosegow under glass because of a loose jawed stoolie who d snitched to the bulls That line wasn t penned by Roger Hobbs Actually, it probably doesn t even make sense, but I ve always operated under the notion that if I can t be a hardboiled criminal, at least I can try to coopt their lingo So, if for that reason alone, reading Ghostman was a worthwhile endeavor especially since the Sam Spade terminology is probably getting a bit dated The I was doing a nickel bit in the hoosegow under glass because of a loose jawed stoolie who d snitched to the bulls That line wasn t penned by Roger Hobbs Actually, it probably doesn t even make sense, but I ve always operated under the notion that if I can t be a hardboiled criminal, at least I can try to coopt their lingo So, if for that reason alone, reading Ghostman was a worthwhile endeavor especially since the Sam Spade terminology is probably getting a bit dated The titular role of ghostman is among thedifficult to define Probably because there isn t a proper name for what we they do Professional imposters in the business of disappearing is the best I can do for now But, despite their solitary nature, a ghostman doesn t do a job alone far from it This was a job with strict plans, timing and endgame a jugmarker s heist from beginning to end Ajugmarker,of course, can write heists the way Mozart wrote music The jugmarker, from miles away, can bring all the right people together If a safe s involved you ll need a boxman preferably one who s half computer programmer, half demolition expert, maybe a linguist, and a solid wheelman for sure A pair of buttonmen who, though they rarely look tough, hurt people for a living, are a must as well But, there s kind of a catch jugmarkers are notorious for taking revenge on people who rat on them Some don t even kill snitches right away They kill a guy s whole family first, just to get his attention And, though our guy, Jack, is no snitch, he s dealing with one twisted marker the kind who will force feed a guy a jar of nutmeg and leave him to bite off his own tongue and drown in the blood Though I can t speak to the verisimilitude of the criminal lexicon, it does make for fun reading This ghostman s a pro heck, he even accounts for exigent circumstances and the plain view doctrine Oh, and if you actually want to know what the book is about, then I suggest you check out Kemper and or James reviews Ghostman is a very good debut novel told from the first person POV of the Ghostman, whose real name no one really knows, though some refer to him as Jack He s a master criminal who lives way, way off the grid and specializes in disappearing He only emerges when a job especially interests him Five years earlier, Jack was part of a crew that attempted to pull off a huge heist in Kuala Lumpur that was organized by another master criminal named Marcus The caper blew up in spectacular fashion Ghostman is a very good debut novel told from the first person POV of the Ghostman, whose real name no one really knows, though some refer to him as Jack He s a master criminal who lives way, way off the grid and specializes in disappearing He only emerges when a job especially interests him Five years earlier, Jack was part of a crew that attempted to pull off a huge heist in Kuala Lumpur that was organized by another master criminal named Marcus The caper blew up in spectacular fashion and the score was lost Jack managed to escape and disappear, though other members of the team were not so lucky.Jack blames himself for the fact that the job went south and,to the point, so does Marcus Now five years down the road, Marcus wants payback Marcus has organized a hit on a casino in Atlantic City He sends two men to hit an ard car that is delivering 1.2 million dollars to the casino But one of the robbers is killed during the holdup and the other escapes with the loot Marcus tracks down the Ghostman and instructs him to recover the money If he does so, Marcus will finally consider them even.Naturally, the cops and some other bad guys are also searching for the money and all sorts of crosses and double crosses ensue To add insult to injury, the 1.2 mil is shrink wrapped into a bundle that will explode and render the money useless in only a few hours Needless to say, the Ghostman has his hands full, and we watch intently as he attempts to cope with all the obstacles placed in his way At the same time he gradually reveals the back story of the job in Kuala Lumpur that got him into this mess in the first place.There s an enormous amount of detail in this book and some of it, like the way the money is packaged, is pretty intriguing one wonders how Hobbs managed to learn all this minutia After a while, though, the detail begins to overwhelm the story itself and starts to be a distraction Also, his screw up in Malaysia notwithstanding, Jack the Ghostman seems, finally, to be just a little bit too damned good and you get or at least this reader did to the point where you just can t take him seriously any longer.That said, this is still a very entertaining book and Roger Hobbs is clearly a writer to look for It will be interesting to see how he follows Ghostman The Ghost Man by Roger HobbsWell let s clear two interesting facts, one this is a debut author, second he finished this book when he was still at college in his early twenties.When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favour from someone who s sometimes called Jack While it s doubtful 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 30 s and lives completely The Ghost Man by Roger HobbsWell let s clear two interesting facts, one this is a debut author, second he finished this book when he was still at college in his early twenties.When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favour from someone who s sometimes called Jack While it s doubtful 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 30 s 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.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 contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity, and self protective instincts They don t call him Ghostman for nothingA great impressive debut thriller from young Roger Hobbs, as you are taken through two stories, one that is the present, and one that is a flashback, both as gripping as each other and important to the story.Winner of the CWA Thriller of the Year 2013A gripping intelligent tense fast paced action packed thriller, with a new star in the Ghost Man, to rival Lee Childs, Joe Pike, Will Robie and others.I enjoyed the writing, the plot and the tension as the book comes to a conclusion with both stories and now looking forward to his second book I wish I read Ghostman on a plane I have a set of plane reading rules.1 Nothing too intense.2 Nothing that makes me think too much.3 Something that would make a good movie is ideal.Since I hate planes and wasn t going anywhere, however, I read Ghostman over a long weekend I only picked up the book because of the online hype filtered through the NY Times and Barnes and Noble sites Now, my expectations were high, and while I didn t love the novel I read the sucker in two days and I only chec I wish I read Ghostman on a plane I have a set of plane reading rules.1 Nothing too intense.2 Nothing that makes me think too much.3 Something that would make a good movie is ideal.Since I hate planes and wasn t going anywhere, however, I read Ghostman over a long weekend I only picked up the book because of the online hype filtered through the NY Times and Barnes and Noble sites Now, my expectations were high, and while I didn t love the novel I read the sucker in two days and I only checked to see how much was left once or twice I m not going to pee my pants in praise, though, probably because I m not a mystery person In fact, the high praise bestowed on Ghostman from fans of that genre makes me wonder if the majority of mystery books on the shelves are way shitty I don t know Maybe the comparison doesn t fit Ghostman functions as a well constructed crime novel, and I think the film has potential, but I wasn t moved or excited and I m not emailing my friends to check out the book Good Not great Better than okay I decided to read this after seeing this Goodreads interview with the author I do not regret the decision I read the entire novel over a weekend.The story is fairly straightforward, told from the first person point of view of Ghostman, while he is working a job to settle an old debt Simultaneously, there are flashbacks to the bank heist that put him in that debt in the first place The mystery of Ghostman including his real name, which the reader never learns is the truly compelling asp I decided to read this after seeing this Goodreads interview with the author I do not regret the decision I read the entire novel over a weekend.The story is fairly straightforward, told from the first person point of view of Ghostman, while he is working a job to settle an old debt Simultaneously, there are flashbacks to the bank heist that put him in that debt in the first place The mystery of Ghostman including his real name, which the reader never learns is the truly compelling aspect of the story,so than the mystery of the missing money, although neither areexciting than the heist flashback.I also loved Ghostman s habit of translating classic literature, which at first seemed like a random hobby thrown in to flesh out the character a bit, but made so much sense as I learned about why he aspired and trained to be an invisible imposter.My biggest complaint is that both the main story and the flashbacks were so interesting that the switches between story lines became moments of frustration This likely contributed to my reading the book so quickly.I desperately hope there is a sequel to this book, as I loved reading about jugmarkers, wheelmen, boxmen, grifters, buttonmen, ghostmen and their glorified lives of crime I d also like to delve deeper into the mysterious Ghostman and, maybe, just maybe, meet his elusive mentor Angela Pretty good thriller The concept is a good one Every now and then a book or movie for that matter that s a relatively new idea, and here we have a Ghostman A Ghostman vanishes people and thingsincluding him or herself apparently Ghostman is generic as he was trained by a woman and she is also called a Ghostman during the book s story Anyway our Ghostman can only be contacted by you if he or she has made that possible.Can you track a Ghostman down Then he s probably not much of Pretty good thriller The concept is a good one Every now and then a book or movie for that matter that s a relatively new idea, and here we have a Ghostman A Ghostman vanishes people and thingsincluding him or herself apparently Ghostman is generic as he was trained by a woman and she is also called a Ghostman during the book s story Anyway our Ghostman can only be contacted by you if he or she has made that possible.Can you track a Ghostman down Then he s probably not much of a Ghostman.The story unfolds on 2 time lines one in the past and one in the present The past story of course bears on the events that are happening in the present.A pretty good book Some factual and nomenclature errors I was aware of so I assume there are others I didn t spot on subjects I m not familiar with but then do the readers really need exact details on things like, how to do a foolproof bank robbery Anyway, nothing bad and a good involving story.I suspect we ll seeof the Ghostmanif he wants us to of course.Recommended, enjoy Jack is a Ghostman, a criminal hired by other criminals to fool people and clean up messes A fixer,a cleaner, a man who gets things done He lives completely off the grid No one knows his real name He lives for the action and the thrill He is a master of disguises and nuances In Atlantic City, a heist is about to go down Two criminals are going to steal 1,200,000 in freshly minted bills from an ard car delivery to a casino The robbery goes off smoothly, when all hell breaks loose, an Jack is a Ghostman, a criminal hired by other criminals to fool people and clean up messes A fixer,a cleaner, a man who gets things done He lives completely off the grid No one knows his real name He lives for the action and the thrill He is a master of disguises and nuances In Atlantic City, a heist is about to go down Two criminals are going to steal 1,200,000 in freshly minted bills from an ard car delivery to a casino The robbery goes off smoothly, when all hell breaks loose, another gunman opens fire on the robbers killing one and wounding the other The money disappears.Marcus, a jugmarker, the criminal mastermind, who hired the robbers, wants the money because he was going to use it against Wolf, another criminal, from Atlantic City Apparently the money is in a package with an explosive die pack There is only a limited time to find the money before its useless He gets in touch with Jack and convinces him to fix the situation, get the money back Jack owes him because he screwed up Marcus Malaysian robbery 5 years before.When Jack arrives in Atlantic City he is confronted by the FBI, must play detective, and figure out the planning of the crime from a criminal s perspective Meanwhile, the Wolf is also on the scene and wants Jack to find the money so he can use it against Marcus As Jack takes steps to find the money, Wolf takesviolent steps to force him to work for him.Meanwhile, the FBI is also following Jack around Hobbs effortlessly switches back and forth between chapters dedicated to the clean up in Atlantic City and the screwup in Malaysia He shows high end heists from all perspectives.Jack is a complex character, violent, smart, a killer with few scruples Although Wolf may think he is working for Marcus, in fact, Jack is a thrill seeker at heart, who lives for the hunt and the excitement.Can he find the money before the FBI captures him or Wolf kills him.Its a smooth ride, very stylistic, with a knowing and sly protagonist.It hits all the right buttons This was fun, if a bit over the top The Ghostman is a man with no name which is apparently a sought after talent in the criminal underworld He can change identities take care of issues, all part of the job description Everyone has a specific job talent in his world There are drivers, jobbers, others Rather neat it gives us some fun characters, including plenty of bad guys to go around There s even one person who is good, a rarity.This is told from the first person heavy on deta This was fun, if a bit over the top The Ghostman is a man with no name which is apparently a sought after talent in the criminal underworld He can change identities take care of issues, all part of the job description Everyone has a specific job talent in his world There are drivers, jobbers, others Rather neat it gives us some fun characters, including plenty of bad guys to go around There s even one person who is good, a rarity.This is told from the first person heavy on detail For the most part, that s fun There were a few that didn t sit well with me a time or two the story skipped without explaining a particularly tricky part, but that was rare Normally it was very well thought out, if occasionally convenient All good, though I really liked the way the story switched between the present job one from 5 years before that made him take this one.Well narrated a good length for the story Definitely recommended, but you ll either like it or hate it, I think It gets an extra 1 2 star for being the author s first

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