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Ghostman [Copertina rigida]

Roger Hobbs


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45 di 52 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Breakneck read 18 febbraio 2013
Di Luanne Ollivier - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
Learn from my mistakes. It was almost bedtime, but I thought I would sample a few chapters of Ghostman by Roger Hobbs before calling it a night. Yeah, good plan - didn't work. And I was very bleary eyed at work the next morning.

Atlantic City. The perfect heist, perfectly planned- treasury bills on their way to a casino. But.....the best laid schemes of mice and men....

When things go horribly wrong, Marcus, the orchestrator (jugmarker) of the heist gets in touch with 'Jack' (aren't all the best anti-heroes named Jack?!) in hopes of salvaging part of his plan. Jack owes Marcus for something that happened on another job. Since that job Jack has disappeared - like a ghost.

"My name isn't really Jack. My name isn't John, George, Robert, Michael or Steven, either. It isn't any of the names that appear on my drivers licenses and it isn't on my passports or credit cards. My real name isn't anywhere, except maybe on a college diploma and a couple of school records in my safety-deposit box. Jack Delton was just an alias, and it was long since retired. I'd used it for a job five years ago and never again since......Only two people in the world knew that name."

Jack is caught between warring criminals, his own proclivity for living on the edge and the past. We slowly learn what happened in the botched robbery five years ago and how Jack came to be the Ghostman.

Hobbs had me hooked from page one. The opening scenes are action filled, addictive and set the pace for the rest of the book. The story never falters or stalls and had me enthralled until I (reluctantly) turned the last page. The plot twists and turns in unexpected directions, taking the reader on a thrill packed ride.

Hobbs has obviously done a great deal of research into the criminal underworld of robberies, casinos, security and more. (Who knew you could kill someone with nutmeg?) The details included are fascinating and really add depth to the story. This is not a glossed over paint by the numbers plot. In fact, I stopped at one point to go online and read about the author. I really could not believe this was a debut novel.

"Roger Hobbs graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2011, where he majored in English. His first book, GHOSTMAN, was written during the summer between his junior and senior years at Reed. He spent the school year rewriting it and editing. The manuscript was sent off on the day he graduated​. A few weeks later it caused an uproar at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has since sold in more than fifteen countries around the world."

Who is going to love this book? Well, in my opinion, everyone. But if you're a fan of Reacher and the 'Oceans' heist movies, then this is one for you. I absolutely loved it - Five stars all the way.

Roger Hobbs: "My protagonist may be on the other side of the law from Lee's (Childs) heroic Jack Reacher, but he's just as smart, rough and principled. If I can get anyone to stay up all night reading, then I've done my job." Job done, Roger - in spades. More please.
111 di 137 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Readable But Empty 16 gennaio 2013
Di Bonner '62 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Recensione cliente vite del prodotto gratuito (Cos'è?)
The author is a good writer. he is concise, clear and keeps the story moving. I give it three stars because it is a worthwhile read. The problem is, by choice, the main character who we follow for 350 pages is a cypher. He is a ghost whose specially is being able to disappear after pulling a job for a mob boss. So he is colorless by choice but at the end of the book you say "so what?" because you never connect. There are some loose ends. This non-person is met by an FBI agent when he arrives at Atlantic City to do a job and she is able to track him at will thereafter. That doesn't seem to get in the way of our "invisible" man. Also the local mob boss has no trouble repeatedly finding the "hero" even though his goons can't seem to kill our boy. The anti-hero repeatedly overcomes long odds to walk away the only man standing even if he is unarmed and outnumbered. I'll let you get back to the usual Amazon 5 star reviews now.
20 di 23 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle The trouble with thrillers 28 febbraio 2013
Di Mal Warwick - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
When 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?
20 di 24 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle An enjoyable enough read, not great literature. 21 febbraio 2013
Di A. Rebchook - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
I really wanted to love this book, and at first it was pretty exciting. His main character is intriguing, and heist novels always promise enough twists and turns to hold a reader's interest.

Ultimately, though, after looking below the surface, the story just doesn't cut it.

The main problem is the failure to develop any of the characters. We learn that the Ghostman is uniquely talented in the fine art of disappearing, though we never really understand why or how he does this. Sure, he somehow has a seemingly endless supply of fake passports and driver's licenses (from where we never learn), but beyond that the obvious questions are left unasked, let alone answered. What does he do with his cash? How do you go about spending $100K in hundred dollar bills without attracting the attention of the IRS? He tells us at one point that he has a bank account in "the South Pacific" that he never visits, but he never tells us how the cash gets into it.

And does he have any emotional attachment to anyone? Does he have a sex life? The subject isn't even mentioned.

Then there's the story itself. To start with, it's intertwined with a tale of a heist in Malaysia that failed because of the narrator's error, but when we finally learn the details it simply makes no sense whatever. And he introduces a female FBI agent, leading us to expect the development of some sort of relationship, but that ultimately goes nowhere, and its resolution just doesn't work.

For me the book jumped the shark in a scene lifted from "The Deer Hunter" that was the culmination of a series of progressively more incredulous narrow escapes.

And, of course, an issue with stories such as these is that the reader has no way of knowing whether the writer is making up all the details or really has some insight into the criminal world. I don't know anything about robbing armored cars. I know enough about gunshot wounds to understand that pretty much every piece of medical information he presents is pure fairy tale, and that raises a lot of questions about the quality of his research.

Then there are the little things. One of the few insights we learn about Ghostman is that he was a brilliant student, has been reading Latin since he was a boy, and, as an avocation, he translates ancient classics. You'd think such a guy would have managed the nuances of the word "like," which he misuses and abuses almost every other sentence.

Still, it was a page turner. If you want a book to pass the time on a long flight you could do worse.
22 di 28 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Best story in the genre in a long, long time 15 febbraio 2013
Di WadeH - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
A well written, engaging tale is becoming harder and harder to find. Others here have given you the story line. This book really entertains. It is enjoyable to a degree unmatched by the last 8 books we have put on our Kindles, most from major authors. I hope to heaven this man keeps writing. I read a book a day. This one was deliberately paced in our house to last longer. That is a rare compliment to any writer. We wish this author every continued professional success. We will be waiting for his next book (and the inevitable movie of this one).

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