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FaceOff (Roy Grace #10.5)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  3,285 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews
Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling 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, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically ac
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Published June 3rd 2014 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2014)
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Tim The Enchanter
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A Unique and Thrilling Anthology - 3.8 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 3.8 stars. Most of the stories were great while a
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
Izzy Gardner
Mar 20, 2014 Izzy Gardner marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-won-this
I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway!

I can't wait for it to arrive. This book features an amazingly talented group of authors!
May 06, 2014 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 together.

A 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 head.

My favorite, and the longest, was RHYMES WIT
Aug 27, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love short stories and I love mystery/thrillers. 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.
Jan 13, 2015 Kaycee rated it did not like it
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Perhaps I'm not a short story kind of person. I listened to 5 of the 10 discs and just didn't enjoy any of the stories. They just weren't long enough for me to get involved with the characters.
Aug 01, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, the total is greater than the sum of its parts -- The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King comes to mind. And sometimes...not! 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 stories.

I think a variation of the following conversation took place more often than we would like to think...

"Hey mate, we promised Dav
Jun 15, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2014 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, a compilation of short stories, gets 5 stars from me not so much because of enjoyability, but rather because it's such a unique work. Where else - except for previous versions featuring different authors - could you possibly find so many top-notch thriller writers in the same book, not to mention with characters paired up as never before and probably never again?

Edited by equally well-known author David Baldacci, sales from the book benefit the group International Thriller Writers, to
Jun 20, 2014 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting premise: ask 22 mostly famous authors, belonging to the International Thriller Writers association, to co-author in pairs 11 short stories, pitting each of their leading characters together in one short story to create this fund-raising anthology for the association. The problem with it is that there’s no time at all in a 25-page or so short tale to give little if any back story to the “stars”, although David Baldacci does his best with brief introductions to each of the ya ...more
I only wanted to read this for the Pendergast vs. Slappy, and that's the absolute truth. However, I had to read the other stories just so that I could review the book-and add it to my read list. Sadly, maybe two of the others were any good at all, and several of them were just god awful, and impress upon me the reason that I do not read most of the authors included.

Red Eye, Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly: 2 stars
Before this, I had read part of a Michael Connelly book and was unimpressed, an
Oct 06, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the FACEOFF collection is one sure to intrigue any fiction buff; pit popular characters from best-selling series together or against one another and see what falls out. As Baldacci explains in his introduction, it is more of a headache than two authors teaming up to create a crossover, thanks to the legalities of publishing contracts. While I choose not to summarise each of the stories within this collection, I will admit that seeing the likes of Nick Heller and Jack Reacher, Patr ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Huma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great way to be introduced to new authors. The last two stories were the ones I was most excited to read as they featured James Rollin's Sigma Force and Lee Child's Reacher. Some of thoughts as recorded with my GR progress updates are below:

- First face-off is between Harry Bosch and Patrick Kenzie. I haven't read Bosch but am a fan of Connelly's Mickey Haller. I haven't read Kenzie either, but I have seen the Gone Baby Gone movie and read Shutter Island. I guess the tone of the two writers real
May 30, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faceoff is a thriller fan's dream. It is a rockin' good anthology. The idea of a bunch of huge names in the thriller book world clashing head to head in battles with some of their best characters is cool. Although I have not read all of these authors books. Some were new to me authors, others it has been a while, and then there were my favorite authors.

What I found the most interesting was the background story about how the two authors met and came up with the short stories. I liked getting thi
Fred Forbes
Oct 26, 2014 Fred Forbes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun for thriller fans. Stories of joint collaboration by the best authors in the business using well known characters who would not appear together. Eleven short stories with 22 major characters in some interesting combinations. Some I know and love - Lehane's Patrick McKenzie and Connelly's Harry Bosch, Child's Jack Reacher and Finder's Nick Heller, Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme and Sandford's Lucas Davenport, etc. Probably half the characters I had not encountered before so the book serves as a ...more
Deana M
Aug 17, 2014 Deana M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I've never read anything like it and glad I gave it a shot. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Lisa Gardner, Linda Fairstein, John Sandford, Jeffery Deaver, and Heather Graham. Because of this book, I have found new authors...Dennis Lehane, Steve Martini, and James Rollins. If I had to pick my favorites it would be the face offs between Dennis Lehane/Michael Connelly, M.J. Rose/Lisa Gardner, Steve Martini/Linda Fairstein, Jeffery Deaver/John Sandford. ...more
Kelli Horne
A handful of the stories were good. Most of the collaborations were fair at best, and there were three I simply could not finish despite valiant attempts. It was frustrating as I have enjoyed reading most of these authors on occasion and savor short stories.

Plots were simplistic. Characters were contrived. Dialogue was unrealistic. These short collaborative thrillers flat-lined prior to any attempt at resuscitation. The idea had potential but this was not realized.

"No Rest for the Dead" was a s
Sep 10, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A buddy of mine at work, got this at the library and asked me if I wanted to read it. With twenty-three popular thriller writers, pairing their alter ego to work together, I thought this was a pretty cool idea. Fun and a quick read. Here are my favorites, in no particular order -

Rhymes With Prey - Lincoln Rhyme & Lucas Davenport
Infernal Night - Michael Quinn & Repairman Jack
In The Nick Of Time - John Rebus & Roy Grace
Good and Valuable Consideration - Jack Reacher & Nick Heller
Nov 22, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of those books where you can read any chapter you want in any order. A bit like choosing candy from a jar. I loved this book for the fact that two protagonists from different authors have been teamed up to solve crimes. The writing is seamless, and it is an idea that I have wished would happen for a long time. My two favourite stories were the first and last ones. Dennis Lehane/Patrick Kenzie & Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch and Lee Child/Jack Reacher & Joseph Finder/Nick Heller.
Jun 21, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection of short stories - might've found some new authors to follow. If you like detective/cop series, you'll like this book.
Aug 05, 2014 Hobart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
When I was a kid, one of the go-to moves to increase circulation/awareness of a comic book title was to have it cross-over with another title. Or if you had two already well-selling titles, and you wanted a little spike in the selling, that'd work, too (particularly if one title was from DC and the other from Marvel). I, as I was supposed to, grabbed a lot of these. They tended to follow a pattern -- Group/Individual A runs into Group/Individual B, for no explicable reason they start to fight. E ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Now, this is a book that had me hooked from the very first pitch!

Ever wonder who would win in a fight if the most popular thriller characters were paired against their most worthy opponents? Would you bet on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher or Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller, or even Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie over Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch?

Oh yeah! If you love your detectives the way I do, I know that you have daydreamed about pairing them up. FaceOffis less about these characters fighting it out,
The foreword was very good. It explained that this is one of the books the International Thriller Writers (ITW) puts out to support their organization rather than getting dues from their members. Cool idea that's led to a great one! It didn't go into a lot more detail, but each story has its own foreword which is also short & informative. Sometimes they take directly from the story, but aren't really spoilers.

· Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connell
Liz Barnsley
Jul 21, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publication Date: Available now from Sphere.

Thank you to all concerned for the review copy.

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characterssuch as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW).

I’ve had this book for a while, and I have been savouring it by reading one of the stories every now and then instead of in
Really good stories I already have my Thriller list! OMG slappy and Jack Reacher.
Gloria Feit
A faceoff in hockey occurs when two opposing players face each other in a circle or at center ice and attempt to direct the puck to a teammate when the ref tosses it between them. In other circumstances, a faceoff implies one or more forces facing each other, usually in opposition. So at the very least this, the third book to be published on behalf of the International Thrillers Writers, comprising some of the best-known authors of the thriller-mystery genre, whose proceeds fund the organization ...more
Teri Pre
Dec 20, 2015 Teri Pre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Here's my review of every short story. A few I didn't read because I'm not a fan of paranormal books. Quite a few of the stories felt rushed. It would be great if these authors could find ways of working together on full-length books.

Dennis Lehane vs Michael Connelly
Not bad. I could easily tell where Connelly stopped writing and Lehane started. I'm not a big fan of Connelly.

Ian Rankin vs Peter James
A bit odd but ok.

R.L. Stine vs Douglas Preson and Lincon Child
Didn't read

M.J. Rose vs Lisa Gardne
Paula Howard
Jun 06, 2014 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FaceOff is a unique idea in the thriller genre. Eleven stories. Each story is written by 2 authors in which their protagonists must join forces to solve a conflict that requires their unique skills.

A few of these authors, while I had heard of them, I had never read their books. This book provided a way to introduce me to their character and style of writing.
Most of these authors I have read everything they have written. It was great to see my favorite protagonists together.

Of the eleven stories
Oct 31, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are ten short stories and one very-near novella in this book. Each features a collaboration between two leading characters from mystery series: Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch (a story with some nice verbal exchanges between the two), Nick Heller and Jack Reacher (short but to the point), Lucas Davenport and Lincoln Rhymes (the longest of the stories), etc. The introduction to the stories is interesting in itself, especially the description of how differently Sandford and Deaver or Lehane a ...more
May 29, 2015 Ghada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the stories varied between excellent captivating page turners, too short to hold up for a good thriller and a bore. couple of them actually got me snoozing during reading. as a whole I loved the idea behind the book and would like to fetch the rest of the series. being unfamiliar with some of the authors was a bit confusing because you should be aware with the characters backgrounds to follow the storyline. The great advantage is the book introduced to me good writers whom I'll seek their books. ...more
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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