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“So good it demands a sequel.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A thriller reader’s ultimate fantasy. How cool would it be if a pair of celebrated crime-fiction protagonists, the creations of different authors, teamed up together on a case, in a story jointly penned by the two writers? Even if it was just 1 pair, it would be pretty darn cool, but 11 pairs? Way cool. . . . Great fun for thriller fans.” (Booklist)

"A marvelous anthology. This innovative concept entertains as each author works in concert with another to deliver a story worth every word on the page." (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Star Review)

“In FaceOff, nearly two dozen authors take their most popular characters and have them interact in 11 stories. . . . Familiarity with the authors and their creations is a huge plus in reading this collection, but not knowing a particular character or writer should not be a deterrent. . . . Some great collaborations and stories.” (The Associated Press)

FaceOff is a unique offering in that it teams up some of the genre’s most esteemed authors in stories that allow their beloved protagonists to combine forces. . . . An impressive accomplishment that celebrates the genre in both style and substance. Enthusiasts will dig it for what it is—an abundance of chills and thrills delivered by an inspired lineup of literary heavyweights—while casual readers just might be tempted to pick it up for the sheer novelty of it all. Regardless of motivation, they will find themselves turning pages late into the night. This just may be the optimal summer read.” (Hartford Books Examiner)

“When I settle in with an anthology, it's that same wonderful feeling of being presented with a box of chocolates. You can start at one corner and methodically gorge yourself, or study the chart and pick out the caramels. With an anthology, you can start at page 1 and read through, or peruse the table of contents for favorite writers. If the anthology is good enough, it won't matter. And FaceOff is. In fact, it is brilliant. . . . The teaming up is what makes this anthology so special. It's a fair bet that fans will first turn to their favorite authors, but after devouring those stories, try the others. It is like a wonderful box of chocolates -- without the guilt.” (The Newark Star-Ledger)

FaceOff is like a literary Mortal Kombat.” (The Chicago Tribune)

“Pow! That’s the sound of thriller fans’ heads exploding when they hear the bold premise of this anthology. . . . This collection is 11 fever dreams come true.” (Reader’s Digest) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and stories by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Lisa Gardner, Dennis Lehane, Steve Berry, Jeffery Deaver, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, James Rollins, Joseph Finder, Steve Martini, Heather Graham, Ian Rankin, Linda Fairstein, M.J. Rose, R.L. Stine, Raymond Khoury, Linwood Barclay, John Lescroart, T. Jefferson Parker, F. Paul Wilson, and Peter James.

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After you have read this compilation, you're reading list just got a whole lot longer:) Fun! Must read for Thriller fans!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unique opportunity 15. Mai 2014
Von G. Henson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This compilation of short stories by the best of the action thriller genre is on the whole very good. The writers are paired up and each contributes a character in a kind of literary mashup. I don't know why, but all the weaker stories are first up in the batting order. I was initially very disappointed as the first stories seemed only long enough to give the heroes an excuse for meeting with little story. After the third story, however, the enjoyment level increased measurably. 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. The mashup of characters is an interesting and unique opportunity to see these characters in the same plots, and, for the most part, it works.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Okay for Short Stories 20. Juni 2014
Von TUCSON ROBERT - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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FACE OFF, edited by David Baldacci, features eleven stories by 22 different authors (two authors team up to write each story). An introduction of several hundred words precedes each story explaining the authors’ backgrounds and how they worked together to develop their story.
The anthology opens with Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and closes with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher—two great anchors. Out of the eleven stories there are some good, some bad but no ugly; some show brilliance and a couple are dogs. However, there’s an ample amount of good writing to make the book a worthwhile read. Following is my rating for each story:
REDEYE, with Harry Bosch—how can you go wrong with Bosch—he made it interesting. Rating, 4.
THE NICK OF TIME, takes place in Scotland and England. A weak plot with little going for it. Rating, 2.
GAS LIGHTING, a compelling tale, a page turner. Rating, 4.
THE LAUGHING BUDDHA, a long drawn out intriguing mystery. Rating, 4.
SURFING THE PANTHER, a fascinating storyline, a true legal page turner. Rating, 5.
RHYMES with PREY, intriguing, a worthwhile read. Rating, 4.
INFERNAL NIGHT, boring. Rating, 2.
PIT STOP, a fast paced criminal chase, a fun read. Rating, 5.
SILENT HUNT, unrealistic, but nevertheless a good read. Rating, 4.
THE DEVILS BONES, boring. Rating, 2.
GOOD AND VALUABLE CONSIDERATION, features Jack Reacher and Nick Heller. A bar scene and a fun read. Rating, 5.
For a short story book Face Off is not a bad read. My overall rating is, 4.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Great Idea. Epic Fail. 6. Mai 2014
Von Brian Baker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really enjoy short-story anthologies, both in the thriller/mystery and sci-fi genres. You get a lot of bang in a small package with a short story; a full story, usually with a punch ending, in a one-sitting read.

This collection was put together by the ITW (International Thriller Writers) group and edited by David Baldacci. ITW has published thriller anthologies before, some of which I've read, and I really enjoyed them. Usually, the stories are a mix from both established and new writers, affording us an opportunity to see our "usual" heroes in a different venue and/or context, as well as allowing us to become acquainted with upcoming talent.

The decision was made that for this anthology, all the contributors would be established thriller writers of series, and that they'd be paired up so that each of the 11 stories would be written by two of the authors, 22 authors in all. The idea would be that we readers would get to see our "favorite" series characters interacting with each other, in addition to solving the crime or whatever.

Sounded highly intriguing to me. This could be something very groundbreaking.

Unfortunately, I think it's a complete fizzle, for a host of reasons.

First of all, 22 authors. I read a lot of thrillers, but I was only truly familiar with the works of 12 of these people, which means that the characters of the other 10 authors were complete strangers to me. Therefore whatever "gimmick" they were bringing to the party flew completely past me. I suspect this is going to be the case with most readers, with the exception of maybe a few people with so much time on their hands that all they do is read thriller novels.

The biggest problem was that the mixing of 2 authors with completely different established styles in the telling of a single story led to such a dilution of those stylistic touches that we really ended up with pretty much nothing in these stories. I love pizza, and I love custard, but I can't imagine trying to mix the two together.

To use the last story as an example, in "Good And Valuable Consideration" we have Lee Child's Jack Reacher running into Joseph Finder's Nick Heller in a Boston bar. The story seems completely dominated by an annoying riff on the watching of pro sports games, and the two characters' differing opinions on their favorite teams, with a teeny bit of action thrown into the mix.

On their own, these are established and interesting characters. But since they're meeting each other for the first time, we have to wade through an inordinate amount of "Hi, how ya doin'" stuff as they meet and greet each other. It's pretty much a waste of space if you already know the characters, and doesn't leave much room for any real "story". The same problem attaches to every story in the book: they are, as far as I'm concerned, boring; some are utterly pointless. And I wouldn't consider any of them "thrillers", as there's no actual "thrill" that I saw anywhere.

The problem is compounded with the stories in which I didn't even know the central characters. In a typical short story there's a single protagonist whose character is quickly but effectively sketched in, from which point the story unfolds. But in this book we have two protagonists written by two different authors competing for space for character development and contrast, again diluting any actual story line.

So, not already knowing the characters, all I was seeing was a whole bunch of meaningless (to me) "insider" blabber that had no context from which I could derive meaning.

All in all, a very major disappointment that I can't recommend to anybody.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thrillerfest 29. April 2014
Von prisrob - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Thrillers, I had no idea some of the writers I followed were known as Thriller Writers. I always thought they were police procedural/mystery writers, but, now I know. In 2004, two thriller writers, Gayle Lyndsey and David Morrell initiated a group of fellow thriller writers. This began in Toronto, and today there are 2,500 members of the International Thriller Writers. They meet every July in New York City, at the Thrillerfest. They have no membership fees. They sustain their group by creating books that are sold to publishing houses, and the money is used to sustain the group. This book, 'Faceoff' is their latest creation.

This year the book is edited by David Baldacci. There are eleven short stories, each co-written by two authors. My two favorite stories follow: The first of the stories was written by Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connolly, with Patrick Kenzie vs Harry Bosch. The story entitled, 'Red Eye', is one of the best. Right away we are caught up in a complex mystery with both detectives on the scene with their own point of view. The second, Ian Rankin ( my all time favorite writer) vs. Peter James, their alter egos, John Rebus vs. Roy Grace, 'In The Nick Of Time'. This pairing could have been tricky, but they pull it off. The other nine short stories are just as well written with the two pairings. The authors are: RL Stine vs. Douglas Preston, M.J. Rose vs. Lisa Gardner, Steve Martini vs. Linda Fairstein, Jeffrey Deaver vs. John Sanford, Heather Graham vs. F. Paul Wilson, Raymond Khoury vs. Linwood Barclay, John Lescroart vs. T. Jefferson Parker, Steve Berry vs. James Rollins, and Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder.

Outstanding thriller writers that are very well known. No short cuts were taken, the writing in every short story is exemplary and satisfying. I enjoyed every story, and I found some new writers to follow. As the book says, there has never been anything like this before. I hope this paring of authors continues, it gives us some insight into the writing process, and the mindset of the authors. So well done!

Recommended. prisrob 04-29-14
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Like All Anthologies, It has highs and lows 19. Juni 2014
Von Matthew Erwin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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No one is ever going to purchase an anthology and read it straight through with equal attention. Faceoff is no different. The idea is great, getting characters from famous authors and putting them in stories together. The big draw is that of Connelly's Bosch and Lehane's Kenzie (no Bubba or Angie though) in the first 29 pages of the book. It is worth the price of admission to see Lehane's likely retired character and Connelly's hero team up to find a child killer. It is seamless work.

Other winners include a bizarre teaming of Pendergast and Slappy the Ventriloquist dummy, a story that starts better than it finishes. It's always fun to see characters like Reacher and others come back, but several stories do tend to benefit those who read the series and leave new readers a bit cold. So if you know the characters, you'll enjoy, if not, this isn't the best introduction.
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