Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vanishing Games (Jack White #2) by Roger Hobbs

He's gambling.  Mainly to kill time and keep busy, but he's still bored.  Then he gets a call from a woman he hasn't heard from for six years.  And she needs his help...

Knoph sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.  This is the second book in this series.  I missed reading the first one, but this one stands alone fine.

This is a wild ride.  It starts with pirates, has a mercenary and a triad leader involved, and somehow his lady friend of time past has become involved.  She knows something has gone dreadfully wrong when the sniper she sent along with the crew is the only one that survived.  Getting his head delivered to her shakes her.  So she calls in the ghostman from her past.  She's been his mentor in the past and now she needs his help to straighten out this mess.

There's a mix of con, spywork, and manipulation of the finest sort here.  They have multiple passports and identities and they can assume the personality to go with the character type.  They have money, know how to find guns, and have safe spots to rendezvous.  By the end of the story, there are no more safe places.

This was a quick read for me.  They have the "take no prisoners" policy down, everybody they meet is trying to kill them, and they hope to get out alive and take the sapphires with them.  While they try to make that come true, I found myself sitting on the edge of my chair and hoping they would.

Give it a read; you won't be bored.

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