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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Hobbs Narrator: Jake Weber Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781101888353
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The gritty, riveting, highly anticipated sequel to the national (and international) best seller Ghostman, by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roger Hobbs

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 them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn’t on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself. If he disappears, he won’t just be wealthy. He’ll have the power to change the course of history.

His boss, Angela, isn’t about to let that happen. She calls in a favor from her onetime protégé: a fixer sometimes known as Jack, or more often as simply the Ghostman. Within hours he’s flying halfway around the world to find her in the glimmering neon slums of Macau. Jack has no real name, no address and no fingerprints—but given the right motivation, he can make serious problems vanish. Though the two haven’t talked since they botched a job six years ago, as soon as Jack’s off the plane they’re back together again, facing down a crime boss, a hit man and a conspiracy bigger than anything they’ve ever encountered and more dangerous than they could’ve imagined.

Their partnership—between people with no lasting relationships whatsoever—is at the very heart of a novel that will cement Roger Hobbs’s status as one of our most talented crime writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Tighter even than Ghostman, Vanishing Games has the confidence and brio of Terry Hayes’s I Am Pilgrim. . . . The opening chapter is one of the most deftly choreographed bits of suspense writing I’ve read. John O’Connell, The Guardian (U.K.)
  • An exhilaratingly swift-moving crime novel [and] a guilt-free guilty pleasure. . . . [Hobbs] is one of the most informative crime novelists working today. Doug Childers, Richmond-Times Dispatch
  • Meaty, violent and riveting [with] a page-burner of a plot. . . . Vanishing Games is meant to be read hard and fast, without slowing down. . . . Hobbs has skillfully loaded this book with detail, device and distractions [and] his command of the language allows the story to come off with brutal authenticity. . . . Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake), the king of heist books and creator of the enduring antihero Parker, finally has a worthy successor.  And that's saying something. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic
  • Swift, strong, and smart as hell. Adam Woog, Seattle Times
  • Amazing. . .  an irresistible ride. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Roger Hobbs isn’t a writer to watch — he’d already blasted past most other novelists, leaving them sucking foam and flailing around in his wake. He’s the guy out on the dark horizon, showing us how fierce and smart and shock thrillers can be. I’m in awe. Duane Swierczynski
  • “Swift, strong, and smart as hell.”

    Seattle Times

  • The fast-paced plot, peppered with details that bring each scene to bloody life, is a thrill. Vanishing Games is a keeper, and a sign that Hobbs is more than a one-hit wonder. Claire Rudy Foster, The Oregonian
  • “Violent and riveting [with] a page-burner of a plot…Vanishing Games is meant to be read hard and fast, without slowing down…His command of the language allows the story to come off with brutal authenticity…Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake), the king of heist books and creator of the enduring antihero Parker, finally has a worthy successor. And that’s saying something.”

    Arizona Republic

  • “Hobbs’ fantastic sequel to 2013’s Ghostman…Jack has no qualms about killing and does his share. Yet Hobbs stops the action, when he sees fit, in the most amazing fashion…Those who can stomach the graphic violence will find this an irresistible ride.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The brilliant criminal mind of Hobbs’ debut, Ghostman, returns to stake his claim to some precious gems—and potentially bigger game…An entertaining romp.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jake Weber brings out the sense of danger and drama in this novel—an international caper worthy of cinema screens…Weber’s bass pitch and raspy timbre work well, and his narrative pace is smooth as the story takes the listener from the mines of Africa to the cities of Asia. He makes the most of the plot’s twists and turns, which thriller lovers will appreciate. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Roger Hobbs graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2011, where he majored in English. He studied film noir, literary theory, and ancient languages. His first book, Ghostman has won numerous awards, including the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, was named a best book of the year in thrillers by the London Guardian, and was a New York Times, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Jake Weber was born in London, the son of a British socialite and a race car driver.  He is best known for his role as Michael in Dawn of the Dead and as Drew in Meet Joe Black. He plays Joe DuBois, husband of medium/psychic, Allison DuBois, in the popular television show Medium. He was also a regular on HBO’s The Mind of the Married Man, and has made appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue.