Book Review: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

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They are the people you never knew were there. They can be any one, any where. They could be here one minute and gone the next. People see what you want them to see. Jack is one of those people. He is a Ghostman.

People See What You Tell Them To See

When a robbery on a casino’s armored truck in Atlantic City goes wrong, Jack Dalton, the Ghostman is hired to find out what happened. Jack is a special kind of criminal, he is a master of disguise and a master of disappearing. Things become interesting,  when it’s revealed that the armored truck was carrying a Federal Payload and its rigged to blow up 72 hours after it’s taken. Jack must use his wits and skills to find the payload before time runs out and the FBI catch up with him and those that hired him.

Ghostman had an interesting premise focusing on a criminal, his background and criminal operations. Jack Dalton was a compelling character, very serious about his job and behaved like a man who knew what he is doing and what needed to be done. I liked that he explained the different fundamentals of being a criminal.   While reading this book I couldn’t help but think this would make a pretty extraordinary film in the right hands, but back to what I actually think about this book. The actual plot, getting the payload back, wasn’t that appealing to me. Don’t get me wrong, it started off with a bang, It had me hooked, but I have to admit, I completely zoned out parts of it. I came around when a badass character, a drug boss called The Wolf, appeared on the pages. I honestly can’t remember anything after the Jack appeared in Atlantic City and before the Wolf showed up. At least not in the actual story, the flashbacks, however, held me the entire time. In the book Jack was explaining about a job that went wrong and why it was his fault, he’s explaining why he’s so careful in his line of work. The book was  pitched back and forth between his hunt for the payload and his story about the failed job. I fell in love with that. If the book was just about that I would have been happy.

There are poor parts of ‘Ghostman’, it’s pacing wasn’t that great, but once I got to Jack meeting the Wolf, it got a lot better. One of the weaker parts of ‘Ghostman’ was the female FBI agent, I just thought she wasn’t in it enough. She was meant to represent the Law, but it never really felt like the law was a strong presence. From time to time she’d pop up to tell him that the police were closing in but you never really saw it, it never got that close. I guess you could put it down to Jack being damn good at his job, but I felt like it needed that, because it worked so fantastically well during the flashback. That sense of urgency that gets your blood pumping because you want to see them get out of whatever predicament they are in without getting caught by the cops. The flashback had that, and I loved every heart pounding moment of it. I enjoyed that the FBI agent Jack met wasn’t really a love interested, although at times I thought she would fall into that role, especially at the end but she never did, thank god. I loved Angela, Jack’s mentor. She just sounds so awesome, and the fact that it was addressed in the past that there was a physical relationship and that Jack still held that torch for her just made her even more interesting. A woman who even the Ghostman, the man who lives his life with no connections to the world, wants but can never have. She just sounds so powerful, in the short time she was on the page I completely loved her.

Overall Ghostman was an okay read, the pacing was a bit off, but I did enjoy it. There were strong parts as well as weak parts, and while they are distracting it didn’t eclipse my enjoyment of the book. If you want to check out Ghostman on Amazon, Audible or  your local book store.

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