Faceoff

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.

New Releases

Here are a few new release for the week:

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (Hardback)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Hardback)

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (Hardback)

The Marriage Game by Alison Weir (Hardback)

The Secret of Midwives by Sally Hepworth (Hardback)

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander (Hardback)

Blood Infernal by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell (Hardback)

Missing You by Harlan Coban (Paperback)

By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates (Paperback)

Storm of Dogs by Erin Hunter (Book 6 in the Survivors series) (Hardback)

The Tomb of Shadows by Peter Lerangis (Paperback)

Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin (Hardback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Kill Switch  by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood (the latest Sigma Force book)

The Kraken Project (Book 2 in the Wyman Ford series) by Douglas Preston

The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary Stewart with Susan Mustafa

Raging Star by Moira Young (Book 3 in the Dust Lands series)

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Mila 2.0:  Renegade by Debra Driza (Book 2 in the Mila 2.0 series)

 

Of Neptune by Anna Banks (Book 3 in the Syrena Legacy)

The Tombs of Shadows by Peter Lerangis (Book 3 in the Seven Wonders series)

The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson (paperback)

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (paperback)

The Longest Road by Philip Caputo (paperback)

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (paperback)

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (paperback)

Final Schedule for Tucson Festival of Books Authors 2013

Here is our final schedule for the authors who will be signing with us at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Out booth numbers are 127-130 and we are directly south of the U of A bookstore located in the Student Union Building. Our booth is directly off the sidewalk. As you can see, we have a fantastic group of authors who will be joining us. Be sure to come meet the authors and get their latest book autographed.
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Saturday March 9th

10:00 AM Charles de Lint, Thomas Perry, Nina Kiriki Hoffman

10:00AM Jennifer Nielsen ( this is a half hour signing)

11:00 AM Patrick Rothfuss, JA Jance, Hilary Davidson

11:30 AM Lisa McMann, Joanne Levy

12:00 PM Michael McGarrity, Karen Thompson Walker

1:00 PM Michael Palmer, Jeri Westerson, Conrad Storad

1:30 PM Maggie Stiefvater

2:00 PM Craig Johnson, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Susan Vreeland

2:30 PM James Rollins

3:00 PM Lisa Genova, BA Shapiro, Mary Casanova

4:00 PM Kate Mathis

Sunday March 10th

10:00 AM Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Betty Webb, Judith Knight

11:00 AM Deanne Stillman, Fran Marian, Betty Leavengood

12:00 PM Andrew Gross, Kerrelyn Sparks, Nancy Turner

12:15 PM Susan Cummins Miller

1:00 PM Dana Stabenow

1:30 PM Gayle Forman, Alice LaPlante

2:00 PM Jane Eppinga

2:30 PM Diana Gabaldon

3:00 PM Ellen McMahon

4:00 PM Ben Small

Tucson Festival of Books 2013

Here is our tentative schedule of author signings for this year’s festival.  Our booth is going to be twice as big this year and we are looking forward to the best festival yet.  Our booth numbers are  127-130 (same location as the past four years) and as you can see from the list below we are going to have an excellent line-up of authors to meet and get autographed books.  We are still going to be adding a few more authors to our schedule,  so be sure to check the website the week of the festival to confirm times.  (Most authors will be signing for an hour.)

Saturday March 9th

10:00 AM  Thomas Perry, Charles de Lint,  Nina Kiriki Hoffman

11:00 AM JA Jance, Patrick Rothfuss, Hilary Davidson

11:30 AM Lisa McMann

12:00 PM Michael McGarrity, Karen Thompson Walker

1:00 PM Michael Palmer, Jeri Westerson, Conrad Storad

2:00 PM Craig Johnson, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Susan Vreeland

2:30 PM  James Rollins

3:00 PM  BA Shapiro, Mary Casanova

4:00 PM  Kate Mathis

Sunday March 10th

10:00 AM Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Betty Webb, Judith Knight

11:00 AM Deanne Stillman, Fran Marian, Betty Leavengood

12:00 PM Andrew Gross, Nancy Turner, Kerrelyn Sparks

12:15 PM  Susan Cummins Miller

1:00 PM Dana Stabenow

1:30 PM Alice LaPlante, Gayle Forman

2:00 PM Jane Eppinga

2:30 PM Diana Gabaldon

3:00 PM Ellen McMahon

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel

Bloodline by James Rollins is the latest novel in the Sigma Force series and what an incredibly gripping, and at times terrifying, story. The president’s pregnant daughter is kidnapped by pirates off the coast of the horn of Africa. Due to the sensitive nature of the mission, Sigma Force is recruited to find her. Before long Sigma realizes that they have stumbled onto an even more sinister plot than kidnapping the president’s daughter. They discover people are trying to create immortality through manipulation of genes.
This was an intense, but exhilarating, read. I found myself desperate to get back to my book after I set it down. Rollins always does such a fantastic job with incorporating technology and science into his thrillers, and this was no exception. It was fascinating and frightening to learn what his characters were doing with people’s genetics. I am sure there is more truth than I want to know about in this technology. Rollins is so adept at writing fiction with cutting edge science, which is one of my favorite things about his style. I also thoroughly enjoyed Kane, one of the newest members of the Sigma Force, who happens to be a dog. It was fun to see the mission through his senses and his camera. Overall this was a great read and I am ready for the next book in the series.
James Rollins will be at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 9th and 10th. He will be signing at our booth (#127-#130) on Saturday March 9th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Be sure to stop down and get your autographed copy.