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Publisher's Summary

Edited by number-one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most-beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters - such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme - in an 11-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 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
  • And many more...
©2014 International Thriller Writers, Inc. All rights reserved (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Great fusion and introduction of characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this book because I knew several of the characters and this was a great way to introduce me to new authors! The stories were great and the pairing of the characters were excellent. I truly enjoyed the short stories and the new characters....which I have all ready bought 3 books from 2 new authors I was introduced by thid book. I hope to see a Faceoff 2!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Sampler of thrill writers

What did you like best about FaceOff? What did you like least?

This collection is a good way to experience the different writing and story telling styles of some best selling thrill writers. Most of of the stories were entertaining but not great. The excellent narrators made the listening time fly by. Recommended for readers who'd like a survey of some big-name writers in this genre.

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  • Debb
  • Collierville, TN, United States
  • 08-29-14

Excellent! Love the pairing of characters!

Would you listen to FaceOff again? Why?

I would definitely listen to FaceOff again. The short stories are prefect for listening in the car. Each is about 30 minutes but you may find yourself driving farther just to listen more!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had read novels by many of these authors but it was great seeing the characters united: Cotton Malone with Gray Peirce, Jack Reacher with Nick Heller, Lincoln Rhyme with Lucas Davenport.....

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

This collection uses several narrators and all performed wonderfully. I loved the narrator for Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack. He made me think I was definitely in N'awlins.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I definitely could not stop!

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Great Short Stories

I am a fan of several of these writers and the stories are interesting enough to make me curious about the others. Good book.

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Intriguing

I really enjoyed the mixing of characters! I will purchase their next writing venture! My favorite was Lucas Davenport & Lincoln Rhymes!

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  • Mark G
  • Philadelphia, PA USA
  • 05-04-18

A great mix of Thrill Writers

if you are a Thrillers fan, this book is for you. All your favorite characters are in a dozen short stories. It let's you sample various writers working together to mix their favorite characters into scenarios working with other famous characters.

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Well done!

All were perfect pairings of the authors and their iconic characters, and each reader brought the story to life. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense!

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a mixed bag

This accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to get characters together in the same stories . . . and some succeed better than others, no surprise. Its worth a credit for sure.

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Characters are not believable

Would you try another book from David Baldacci (editor) and/or the narrators?

I did not like the narrators. I am a Pendergast follower and just listening to the story line is not believable. The words that Pendergast uses and his thoughts are NOT in line with the character series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

The monotone and some what not in character.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from FaceOff?

I felt that the characters in this book do not reflect the same thoughts, movements and especially, their speech. Pendergast is not easily "frightened" by his brother and never has been. Pendergast is self assured and knows he can always get out of any situation. He also never voices his thoughts, especially to his nemesis.

Any additional comments?

I had to stop listening to this book so that it doesn't derail my image of one of my favorite investigator, Pendergast.

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FaceOff .. A great combo that works,

I have put off listening to this one . I don't usually like short stories . But after reading the description and authors again, well I listened to the whole book yesterday. I loved all the stories except for 2 . Not bad . Overall a wonderful ,scary, and exciting book for thrill seekers !