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Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly Lee Child Jeffery Deaver and this one of a kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today Worlds collideIn an unprecedented collaboration twenty three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch Jack Reacher and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers ITW All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos · Harry Bosch vs Patrick Kenzie in “Red Eye” by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane· John Rebus vs Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time” by Ian Rankin and Peter James· Slappy the Ventrilouist Dummy vs Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted” by RL Stine Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child· Malachai Samuels vs DD Warren in “The Laughing Buddha” by MJ Rose and Lisa Gardner· Paul Madriani vs Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein· Lincoln Rhyme vs Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford· Michael uinn vs Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night” by Heather Graham and F Paul Wilson· Sean Reilly vs Glen Garber in “Pit Stop” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay· Wyatt Hunt vs Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt” by John Lescroart and T Jefferson Parker· Cotton Malone vs Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones” by Steve Berry and James Rollins· Jack Reacher vs Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head to head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill a minute read


10 thoughts on “Faceoff

  1. says:

    Posted to The Literary Lawyerca A Uniue and Thrilling Anthology 38 Stars When I saw an anthology that had Cotton Malone and Grayson Pierce in the same story I had to get my hands on the book I don't know about you but I would love to read a cross over novel with my favorite characters Unfortunately the cross over novels will never occur but this is a fun substitute I did a short review of each story and averaged the ratings out to 38 stars Most of the stories were great while a couple lacked Some of the biggest authors here gave a below average stories but there were plenty of great stories to go around This is a fun anthology that is well worth the readRED EYE 35 StarsDennis Lehane vs Michael ConnellyPatrick Kenzie vs Harry BoschThe PI and the Police officer meet in this short story Harry Bosch finds himself in Boston looking for DNA to close a decade old cold case In the process he finds himself on Kenzie's turf while Kenzie is tracking down a missing girl As their interests seem to be the same they assist each other to find some evidence they hope will assist them both to close their caseThere is interesting dialogue between these two type A personalities as each tries to up the other once or twice and one finds himself as the butt end of a joke or two The two writing styles matched well and the result was an above average short story The authors faced an obvious issue of deciding how to get a Boston PI and LA Detective into the same story The reasoning was a bit forced but the writing was good I have not read anything by Lehane or Connelly so I cannot comment on how each author dealt with their characterIN THE NICK OF TIME 4 StarsIan Rankin vs Peter JamesJohn Rebus vs Roy GraceWe have the meeting of the Scot and the Brit in this short story A dying man gives a deathbed confession to John Rebus that tells of a murder he committed 50 years earlier in England In an effort to provide closure to a cold case Rebus is connected with Peter James in England who is provided with the details When the case is investigated not all is as it seems and the story ends with a surprise twistI have read some of the Rebus novels but have not read the Roy Grace novels Rebus was true to character It was interesting to see two generations of Police Officers and two styles and ideas on investigation and policing This story has me looking to go back to the Rebus Series and to give Roy Grace a shotAgain the authors had to figure out how to connect two detectives from two different countries They came up with a plausible reason although I did not understand why Rebus had to fly to England to follow up The writing style flowed exceptionally well and it was a well crafted and complete short storyGASLIGHTED 3 StarsR L Stine vs Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildSlappy the Ventrilouist Dummy vs Aloysius PendergastOdd RL Stine of Goosebumps fame teams up with the PrestonChild writing duo FBI agent Pendergast wakes up to find himself tied to a bed a surrounded by dead people from his past The dead persons tell him he is in fact alive and in a sanatorium Apparently he has cracked from years of traumatic experiences The creepy surroundings are punctuated by a creepy Ventrilouist Dummy sitting on a chair in his room Pendergast has to separate fiction from reality to determine if he is simply dreaming or part of some nefarious schemeI have to say the idea of putting these authors together was interesting I have read several Preston and Child books but have no experience with RL Stine That said I could see Stine`s influence on the story Unfortunately the result was disjointed and confusing I think three cooks in this kitchen was a bit muchApparently Slappy the Ventrilouist Dummy is one of Stine`s most famous characters but the characters involvement in the story was never really clear It didn`t work well as a short story but I could see this as an interesting idea were it fleshed out into a full fledged novelTHE LAUGHING BUDDHA 45 StarsM J Rose vs Lisa GardnerMalachai Samuels vs D D WarrenIn this short story each of the authors most popular characters meet in Boston's Chinatown As Detective DD Warren is investigating the death of a prominent antiuities dealer Malachai Samuels becomes a person of interest and Detective Warren has a few uestions to be answered Meanwhile Malachai Samuels is on a uest to find ancient information that will unlock a person's past life memories The pragmatic DD Warren meets the mystical Malachai Samuels and motives for real crimes are revealed by unnatural meansThis story was very well written The two characters are very different and their belief systems are polar opposites At this point in the novel this story is the most polished and well rounded It likely benefits from the fact it is a bit longer but it has tight internal plot The reason it did not get a full 5 stars is that it was really a Malachai Samuels story with DD Warren in a cameo appearance Regardless an interesting mystery with a supernatural twistSURFING THE PANTHER 5 StarsSteve Martini vs Linda FairsteinPaul Madriani vs Alexandra CooperDefence Attorney Paul Madriani and Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper meet up a legal conference where they are both presenters After a heated presentation DA Alex Cooper pushed Madriani for some detail on a high profile trial he has coming up Paul is reluctant to share information with a DA regardless of where she is from Their discussion is interrupted by a gentleman who has evidence that Madriani's client is innocent of the crime What follows is political intruge international connections and just desertsMartini and Fairstein write a flawless short story Their characters remain together for much of the story and the result is a thrilling and interesting tale Since I started practicing law I have shied away from legal thrillers I haven't even read kept up with John Grisham This short story may have sparked my interest once again and Linda Fairstein has made her way to my To Be Read list An excellent storyRHYMES WITH PREY 25Jeffery Deaver vs John SandfordLincoln Rhyme vs Lucas DavenportRhyme Davenport and their sidekicks team up to investigate the death of some women some police and something else Way too much going on in this story Instead of incorporating two people this story deals with four It was difficult to follow and did not flow especially well I did not enjoy this oneINFERNAL NIGHT 4 StarsHeather Graham vs F Paul WilsonMichael uinn vs Repairman JackIn this short story uinn and Jack are unknowingly hired by the same client to complete competing jobs As they are both suspicious from the outset they use a little ingenuity and uick thinking to turn the situation around while serving others their just desertsThe writing styles meshed well As both the characters were aware of the supernatural their shared worldview made the story believable While shorter than most of the others it was interestingPIT STOP 5 StarsRaymond Khoury vs Linwood BarclaySean Reilly vs Glen GarberSince Barclay does not use recurring character he pulled a protagonist from a 2011 novels The average guy Glen Garber is distraught when his daughter is taken hostage by an unknown assailant Fortunately FBI Agent Reilly is on the case The majority of the story is chase scene with the characters in pursuit It is by far the most exciting and thrilling story in this anthology 5 bigs star for this interesting and exciting storySILENT HUNT 45John Lescroart vs Jefferson ParkerWyatt Hunt vs Joe TronaWyatt Hunt and Joe Trona come together on a fishing trip in Mexico While they did not know each other previously they come to trust each other when their fishing guide and his family is threatened by some drug lords who are aware that the family had recently found gold in a mine Using their wits and skills these two characters devise a clever plan to both thwart the would be killers while protecting the villagers and ensuring their future is protectedThe writing styles of the authors meshed well and they wrote an interesting and coherent story As an added bonus the story was one of the most clever and well thought outTHE DEVIL'S BONES 5 STARSJames Rollins vs Steve BerryGrayson Pierce vs Cotton MaloneHonestly I read the entire anthology just for this story I am a big fan of both characters and was excited to see them in a story together The story did not disappoint Both characters were unknowingly in search of a newly developed and highly dangerous plant based toxin To ensure it does not fall into the hands of terrorist both characters have been dispatched to retrieve it When they discover each others goals they decide to work together just as everything thing goes to hell around them In regular Berry and Rollins style guns explosions and grave danger culminate in grand encounter and a narrow escape These two authors worked well together Too bad we won't see a crossover novelGOOD AND VALUABLE CONSIDERATION 15 STARSLee Child vs Joseph FinderJack Reacher vs Nick HellerConsidering Jack Reacher is arguably the most recognizable character in this anthology I expected this final story to be the best of the lot Instead it was a stream of consciousness piece of garbage There was a mirror and Reacher and Heller were there I'm not sure why they were there or what else was going on Maybe the authors told us but they did a crappy job of it Skip the last one


  2. says:

    Description In an unprecedented collaboration twenty three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch Jack Reacher and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers ITW All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos· Harry Bosch vs Patrick Kenzie in “Red Eye” by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane· John Rebus vs Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time” by Ian Rankin and Peter James· Slappy the Ventrilouist Dummy vs Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted” by RL Stine Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child· Malachai Samuels vs DD Warren in “The Laughing Buddha” by MJ Rose and Lisa Gardner· Paul Madriani vs Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein· Lincoln Rhyme vs Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford· Michael uinn vs Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night” by Heather Graham and F Paul Wilson· Sean Reilly vs Glen Garber in “Pit Stop” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay· Wyatt Hunt vs Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt” by John Lescroart and T Jefferson Parker· Cotton Malone vs Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones” by Steve Berry and James Rollins· Jack Reacher vs Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration” by Lee Child and Joseph FinderSo sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head to head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill a minute readIt will come as no surprise that I ordered this one penny wonder purely for the Grace v Rebus encounter and I did get a kick out of seeing them together on the shingled waterfront Think twice about buying this because you will be left feeling very let down It is a publishing ploy to empty your pockets so borrow where necessary


  3. says:

    I won this book in a GoodReadscom First Reads GiveawayI can't wait for it to arrive This book features an amazingly talented group of authors


  4. says:

    I only read 4 5 of these Most were crap occult crap old dull farts crap paranormal crap horror crap fecking lawyers crap or wildly misogynistic Rhymes with Prey Ugh It was nice to see Patrick Kenzie again even as Connelly was stingy with my wonderful Bosch written as pretty dull It’s also interesting as this story occurs before the last book in the series Moonlight Mile Timing is just as Kenzie and Genarro’s daughter Gabby is due to be born within the week I surely could use some of Patrick and Angela


  5. says:

    Great concept here matching different characters together in short stories Eleven tales with twenty two characters This is an offering fron the International Thriller Writers Brief intros before each story gives us sketches of the characters and how it was decided to put them togetherA lot of them I wasn't familiar with As much as I try Lord knows I can't read everything Nice introductions though and it certainly gave me some directions to headMy favorite and the longest was RHYMES WITH PREY by Jeffrey Deaver and John Sandford putting Lincoln Rhyme and Lucas Davenport working a case together Also liked GASLIGHTED by R L Stine Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child with Slappy the Ventrilouist Dummy againsy Aloysius PendergastBut make no mistake all absorbing storyes No throwaways hereRecommended


  6. says:

    Done a review before just an updateFive starsGreat collection of authors


  7. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book I love short stories and I love mysterythrillers One of my favourites was Pit Stop by Linwood Barclay and Raymond Khoury Another was Rhymes with Prey by Jeffrey Deaver and John Sandford Some of these characters were familiar to me but not all of them I am definitely going to start reading some of the other author's books Great way to find new authors


  8. says:

    While the premise is promising the results fail to deliver The authors are better served sticking to their own characters and stories 2 of 10 stars


  9. says:

    Sometimes the total is greater than the sum of its parts The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King comes to mind And sometimesnot FaceOff is regrettably an example of the latter Most of the collaborations here would not even be publishable if not for the names who did the writing They are just a big yawn Hey not every novelist can write short storiesI think a variation of the following conversation took place often than we would like to thinkHey mate we promised David we would write something for his anthology Got any ideas?Haven't thought about it I'm near the end of a new novel and my agent and publisher are on my case constantly Why don't you cobble something together using your character and I'll sueeze my guy in somehowWell I'm pretty busy too but I'll see if I can dig up some short reject and gussy it up a bitGood boy Hey look people are gonna buy the thing regardless with all us heavy hitters on the cover


  10. says:

    I enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite suspensedetective type characters either suare off or join in an adventure In my opinion the best featured Lee Child's Jack Reacher and the weirdest was Pendergast vs the dummy but I'm still thinking about that bizarre thing a couple of days later