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FaceOff by David Baldacci


by David Baldacci (Editor)

Other authors: Linwood Barclay (Contributor), Steve Berry (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor), Lincoln Child (Contributor), Michael Connelly (Contributor)18 more, Jeffery Deaver (Contributor), Linda Fairstein (Contributor), Joseph Finder (Contributor), Lisa Gardner (Contributor), Heather Graham (Contributor), Peter James (Contributor), Raymond Khoury (Contributor), Dennis Lehane (Contributor), John Lescroart (Contributor), Steve Martini (Contributor), T. Jefferson Parker (Contributor), Douglas Preston (Contributor), Ian Rankin (Contributor), James Rollins (Contributor), M. J. Rose (Contributor), John Sandford (Contributor), R. L. Stine (Contributor), F. Paul Wilson (Contributor)

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The first collection of short stories from the ITW (International Thriller Writers) pairing main characters from one author against or with main characters from another author - for example, Aloysius Pendergast, FBI agent by Lincoln Child against Slappy the Dummy from R.L.Stine. All the stories are engaging and well written, smoothly incorporating two characters and two authors who have never worked together before. Totally enjoyable. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Sep 19, 2017 |
Description: twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters in multiple short stories. All your favorite characters and writers in one place. Since I was unfamiliar with all of them, and I enjoy the "thriller" genre, I learned some new authors that might be a fun read. 11 stories...a bit too much to remember as the reader listens to one story after another. How to prioritize my next read/listen? ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 7, 2017 |
Some good stories, some weird to pair two lead characters, a few very original tales! ( )
  fbswss | Jun 1, 2016 |
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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:

· Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
· John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James
· Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
· Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. 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 Quinn 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

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All my favorite authors with all the characters in one place. One word of explanation, though—the cover uses the word "versus" when pairing up the authors. Neither they or their characters are working against one another with only a couple of exceptions. Most work together. Some of the pairings work better than others, but don't give up too soon. While I was familiar with the majority of the writers and their characters, I was exposed to a couple that I want to read more of. I am usually cautious of books written by authors that don't generally write together but the match-up of characters is an interesting and unique opportunity to see these characters in the same plots, and, for the most part, it works. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Some nice stories, interesting pairings. ( )
  bgknighton | May 3, 2016 |
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Baldacci, DavidEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barclay, LinwoodContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berry, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LincolnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connelly, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JefferyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fairstein, LindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finder, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, HeatherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Khoury, RaymondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehane, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lescroart, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martini, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, T. JeffersonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Preston, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rankin, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rollins, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rose, M. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sandford, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stine, R. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, F. PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldacci, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stegner, WallaceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Authors paired for each short story - Dennis Lehane & Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin & Peter James, R L Stine & Douglas Preston, M J Rose & Lisa Gardner, Steve Martin & Linda Fairstein, Jeffrey Deaver & John Sandford, Heather Graham & F Paul Wilson, Raymond Khoury & Linwood Barclay, John Lescroat & T Jefferson Parker, Steve Barry & James Rollins, Lee Child & Joseph Finder.
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An unprecedented collective features pairings by 23 best-selling and critically acclaimed suspense writers, who in short high-action stories pit their most popular characters against one another.

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