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.

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New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The English Spy by Daniel Silva (The most recent Gabriel Allon) (Hardback)

Us by David Nicholls (Paperback)

The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber (Paperback)

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Paperback)

The Blood of an Englishman by M. C. Beaton (Paperback)

The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey (Paperback)

Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind (Paperback)

Storm by Amanda Sun (Book 4 in the Paper Gods series) (Paperback)

Winter Turning by Tui Sutherland (Book 7 in the Wings of Fire series) (Hardback)

The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown (Book 3 in the Star Wars: Jedi Academy) (Hardback)

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (the final book in the Mortal Instruments series) (Hardback)

Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins (Hardback)

Skin Games  by Jim Butcher (the latest novel in the Dresden Files) (Hardback)

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Hardback)

Numberlys by William Joyce (Hardback)

Pete the Cat:  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by James Dean (Hardback)

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (Paperback)

Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe (Paperback)

White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Paperback)

Emperor of Thorns by Dr. Mark Lawrence (Paperback)

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz (Paperback)

The Cursed by Heather Graham (Paperback)

 

The Third Gate

Lincoln Child is just a fantastic writer. All of his books are so compelling and keep you guessing until the very last page. The action never stops and he adds so many layers to the story that you feel you are in a different world. The Third Gate takes place between Egypt and Sudan in the swamp, marsh, hell on earth as Child describes it.

Professor Jeremy Logan is an enigmalogist. He investigates strange occurrences while teaching at Yale. This time he is asked to help on an exploration beneath the Sudd where accidents, unusual sightings, and disappearances are taking place at an alarming rate.  Once he arrives, the problems escalate.  There is a pharaoh’s curse on the dig, near death experiences, and Jeremy continues to feel the evil that lives deep within the swamp.
If you like adventure, mystery, paranormal or just great writing, this is the book for you.