Faceoff is a compilation of short stories edited by David Baldacci. This book is great because each short story has two characters who are often the heroes from their own series who faceoff (or work together to take down the bad guy). Short stories are so much fun when it is a new story with a beloved character or a great story from a new author. I loved how riddled this book is with some of my favorite mystery authors.
Here is a brief look at a few of my favorites:
When Jack Reacher walks into a bar in Boston to watch the Yankees take on the Red Sox, I knew something fun was going to happen. Nick Heller was sitting two stools away and within a couple of innings they had figured out the man sitting between them was trouble. I loved seeing how each of the characters sizes up the situation and helps in their unique way!
(Lee Child & Joseph Finder)
I thoroughly enjoyed Cotton Malone meeting Gray Pierce in the South American jungle while they were each on the same assignment. Working together the two take care of business and in just a few pages are on their way. It amazed me that the authors can create such a seamless story together and still stay true to their own characters and writing style.
(Steve Berry & James Rollins)
And on the creepy side was R. L. Stine’s Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy against Preston/Child’s Agent Pendergast in a gaslight story of the weirdest kind. There is something for every mystery fan in this book.
Jack Reacher’s Rules is the perfect gift for any Jack Reacher fan. Lee Child has compiled an entire book filled with Reacher’s rules to live by, quotes from the books detailing his rules, and other fun Reacherisms. A few of our favorite rules are: “If in doubt, drink coffee”, “Don’t fight fair”, “Always carry a toothbrush”, just to name a few. Child also included a list of what you will never hear Reacher say, such as “Call me on my cell”, or “My knees are trembling and my hands are shaking”. This book is just an enjoyable and at times laugh out loud funny dip into Reacher’s world.
The latest Jack Reacher novel, A Wanted Man, is sure to please fans. Jack Reacher is trying to find a ride to Virginia and ends up in a car with two men and a very nervous woman. Several miles behind them lies a dead body who looks to have been professionally killed. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to enter the scene and for Reacher to realize that he is knee deep in a murder conspiracy.
Wow! Child has such gripping novels that I find myself unable to stop reading until the very last word. He does an amazing job of putting you right into Reacher’s head and showing you how he thinks. Often Reacher is thinking about a statistic or probability but then he could also be thinking about the best way to disarm an opponent. I really enjoyed how Reacher is starting to ponder his own mortality. I think this is the first time he has ever admitted that he might not survive and is actually aging. We often forget that Reacher is really just a man and not immortal. What a great thriller!