Roger Hobbs discovered his passion for writing when he was very young. He completed his first novel (a dreadful science fiction book) at just 13 years old. His first play was produced when he was 19. He had his first publication in The New York Times at 20. He signed his first movie deal at 21, graduated Reed College at 22, and signed a book deal with Alfred A. Knopf at 23. By 24 he was an international bestseller, and by 25 he had been nominated for nearly every major award in crime fiction.
He wrote Ghostman, his debut novel, during his senior year of college and sent off the manuscript on the day he graduated. Ghostman has since been published in more than twenty-five countries around the world and climbed numerous bestseller lists. In 2013 Roger became the youngest person ever to win a CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. In 2014 he won the Strand Critics award and was nominated for the prestigious Edgar, Barry, and Anthony awards. Booklist called Ghostman “a triumph on every level.”
It’s just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of the pirates stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn’t on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes, two of the pirates are dead. The last man standing is a coldblooded psychopath who claims the treasure, and the sapphires, as his own. Given the chance, he’ll disappear completely.
But the Jugmarker, a mysterious woman named Angela, won’t let that happen. She calls in a favor from her one-time protege. A man with no name. No address. No fingerprints. A man who can make anything disappear. A man sometimes known as Jack– but better known as Ghostman.
With only hours left to retrieve the treasure, Jack and Angela must race through the glimmering neon slums of Macau to unravel a conspiracy bigger than they’ve ever seen, and more dangerous than they’ve ever imagined. With this much on the line, can Jack still hope to make it all vanish?
I didn’t read this book, i devoured it. I began to read it about 9am and by lunchtime it was gone, i just could not put it down, and i could not slow down, it has a plot line like a rip-tide; it catches you unaware, grabs you before you know it and yanks you along on a hectic danger fueled ride. This really is a stunningly successful follow-up to the impressive debut Ghostman.
Once again we follow our man with no name, only this time we get to see some of his past, a glimpse of the man he was, how he became the Ghostman, and the lady who taught him everything he knows. Set against the stunning and evocative backdrop of HongKong and Macau, Roger Hobbs takes the reader on a tour of the sordid underbelly of the islands, the grime behind the lights of the Las Vegas of the east, and it really is an adventure not to be missed.
Considering many books released at the moment, this is a smaller read at only 304 pages. But it is hover 304 action filled pages, with no room to draw breath, and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. As some on who reads This type of action between historical fiction reads, i always looking for something action packed, fun , full of pace and great characters and also something with an edge, something that sets it apart. Roger Hobbs has hit the nail on the head two books running now… bring on book 3.
Highly recommend this
Vanishing Games (2015)