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.
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 Gatetakes 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.