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Faceoff (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Faceoff - Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series
Author: David Baldacci
A New York Times Bestselling Author In an unprecedented collaboration edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, twenty-three of the world's bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters in a one-of-a-kind eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers. Prepare...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781410472731
ISBN-10: 1410472736
Publication Date: 10/29/2014
Pages: 546
Edition: Lrg
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Thorndike Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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A few of these authors I have read before (Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child) but nearly all of them were new to me. This was a great way to check out such a selection of today's brilliant mystery writers. Of course, I gravitated towards the Pendergast story as I have read a few in this series. I did find Slappy the Dummy rather disturbing, as I found the story on the whole. âRhymes with Prey' was my second favorite, featuring the paraplegic investigator and his clipped phrases and abrupt, sometimes rude, attitude. âThe Laughing Buddha' was an unexpected story. The character Malachai Samuels is a kind of past life psychic, helping people realize who they once were and what their hang ups are from past lives. At first I wasn't sure I would enjoy it, but now I want to check out both M. J. Rose and Lisa Gardner. I aso want to seek out works by Heather Graham after listening to âInfernal Night'. Just a touch of the supernatural gave this mystery an extra facet. Plus that whole mausoleum scene was excellent. Khoury & Barclay kept me on the edge of my seat with âPit Stop'. It was fast paced and intense!

Those were the stories that stood out for me. Many of the rest were interesting. However, âSurfing the Panther' didn't shine for me. I felt like too much was being crammed into a short story and I never really connected to the main characters. I was looking forward to the Reacher versus Heller story as my man is a fan of Lee Child's work. I was intrigued and then it was over. Yep, just like that. It went by too quickly.

Other than those two stories, the anthology was a hit. I now have several more authors on my To-Be-Read list (or some would call it a small mountain range). I was kept entertained for most of the 10+ hours of listening time.

Narration: The narration was very good. With 11 stories, it was great that the publisher went the extra mile and utilized so many narrators. One of the reasons I usually steer clear of audio anthologies is that it is the same reader for the entire book, all the short stories. This makes it difficult for me to keep the individual stories individual. So thank you, S&S, for going the distance and using so many narrators for this book. It really made it stand out as an anthology.
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What would happen if Dorothy and the Scarecrow visited Narnia? How about James Bond assisting the Impossible Missions Force, or perhaps rubbing shoulders with Mossad legend Gabriel Allon? Such crossovers can occasionally be worked out, but are typically impossible due to having to get the various writers together, and worse, getting their PUBLISHERS to cooperate with each other.

Enter the International Thriller Writers. As a fund-raiser for the organization, they DID manage to get authors to collaborate on putting their characters together in a short story. SO ... Raymond Khoury's Sean Reilly can meet Linwood Barclay's Glen Garber. Lee Child and Joseph Finder can tell of the time Jack Reacher met Nick Heller. Lucas Davenport's and Lincoln Rhyme's joint investigation can finally be told by their creators, John Sandford and Jeffrey Deaver. Ian Rankin's John Rebus and Peter James' Roy Grace can both find themselves on the same case (my favorite story in the book, I admit). And in the one of the most bizarre pairing I could imagine, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child can pit Pendergast against R.L. Stine's Slappy, the Ventriloquist Dummy.

I found that some stories worked well, while others were a stretch. (Most readers may feel the same thing, but have different stories in their own plus and minus columns.) However, it's an admirable effort to even TRY to accomplish what the authors and their organization were able to put together, and it's worth a read. You will have the opportunity to read a new, untold adventure of some of your favorite characters, and perhaps be exposed to some you were unfamiliar with, as well.

RATING: 3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4 stars.