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FaceOff (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lee Child , Michael Connelly , John Sandford , Lisa Gardner , Dennis Lehane , Steve Berry , Jeffery Deaver , Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child , James Rollins , Joseph Finder , Steve Martini , Heather Graham , Ian Rankin , Linda Fairstein , M. J. Rose , R.L. Stine , Raymond Khoury , Linwood Barclay , John Lescroart , T. Jefferson Parker , F. Paul Wilson , Peter James , David Baldacci
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Face Off


In 2004 two accomplished thriller writers harbored a dream. Their names: Gayle Lynds and David Morrell. To that point both Gayle and David had enjoyed long and successful careers. But something was missing. The ‘who-done-its’ had Mystery Writers of America. Those who specialize in fear, the Horror Writers Association. And the Romance Writers Association had long numbered thousands of members.

Every genre seemed to have a trade group.

Except thriller writers.

So Gayle and David decided to start one.

It began in Toronto on October 9, 2004, and from that small beginning sprang International Thriller Writers. Today over 2,500 men and women, from forty-nine countries around the world, hold membership. Eighty percent are working thriller writers. The rest are industry specialists, agents, editors, and fans. Every July the genre gathers in New York City for Thrillerfest. It’s quite literally summer camp for thriller writers and thriller enthusiasts. The Thriller, awarded every year in a variety of categories, is now the prize thriller writers covet, since it was both created and bestowed by their peers.

From its beginning ITW strived to innovate. Doing what everyone else had done was never in its business plan. So, in 2007, when board member (and superb British thriller writer) David Hewson suggested that the organization not charge dues the idea was immediately embraced. If a writer is published by an ITW-recognized house (of which there are hundreds), then membership is free.

So how would the organization sustain itself? Pay its bills?

The answer came in another innovative way.

The organization would create its own books that would be sold to publishing houses, the revenue from which would generate operating capital.

Risky? You bet. Gutsy? Definitely.

But an idea right up ITW’s alley.

ITW’s first publication, Thriller (2006), was the first anthology of thriller short stories ever compiled (remember that precept about never doing what others had done). Thirty-three ITW members donated stories. James Patterson (an ITW member) agreed to serve as editor, and the result became one of the most popular anthologies of all time—selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. The revenue from that groundbreaking book not only provided ITW with initial operating money, it also endowed the organization. Thriller 2 (2009) and Love Is Murder (2012) followed. Keeping with this innovative theme ITW published the first audio book ever written only for the ear: The Chopin Manuscript, which became a resounding success. Edited by the incomparable Jeffery Deaver (an ITW member), Chopin was named the 2008 Audio Book of the Year. That was followed by another audio success, The Copper Bracelet. A move into the world of nonfiction came with Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, which continues to garner widespread critical acclaim. Another ITW board member, the legendary R. L. Stine (creator of Goosebumps), led the organization into the world of young adult fiction with Fear. Annually, ITW shepherds a class of writers through their challenging inaugural year in what is known as the Debut Author Program. First Thrills, edited by ITW founding member Lee Child, became an anthology of stories from the 2011 class.

What an impressive résumé.

All created by author-editors who volunteer their time and writers who donate their stories. Nearly every single penny earned from ITW’s publications has gone to the organization.

And that will be the case with this book.

I joined ITW early on. I agreed with Gayle and David. It was time for an organization of thriller writers. I’ve been waiting for a project where I could become more involved with the group, so when I was approached about editing FaceOff I immediately said yes.

The entire concept intrigued me.

Take iconic writers with iconic characters and face them off against each other. Normally, this could never happen. Each writer is under contract to his or her own respective publishing house. Teaming with another writer, from another house, and combining characters would contractually be impossible. Which house would publish the story? No way to make that call. And no way either house would allow the story to be published by a third company. Only with ITW’s model—that the stories are donated and the money goes to the organization—would this work.

So this volume is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

All of the contributors are ITW members. All eagerly agreed to participate. When I was told that ITW founding member Steve Berry, who worked with James Patterson on Thriller, would offer assistance as managing editor, I was thrilled. He’s the glue that held this project together. Thanks, Steve, for all you did.

And thanks to all of the contributors.

Where else will you be able to see Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme meet John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport? Or Patrick Kenzie entering the world of Harry Bosch? Fans of Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone and James Rollins’s Gray Pierce have clamored for years to see those characters together. Then there’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher meeting up with Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller in a bar in Boston—and doing what Reacher does best. Plus Steve Martini’s Paul Madriani becoming entangled with Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper. And the ever-odd Aloysius Pendergast coming face-to-face with the scary world of R. L. Stine.

These are just a few examples of what lies in the pages ahead. All of the stories come with an introduction that describes the writers, their characters, and a bit about the story’s gestation. At the end of the book are contributor biographies—a way to learn more about each of these amazing talents.

You’re in for a real treat.

So let the face-offs begin.

David Baldacci

June 2014

Revue de presse

“So good it demands a sequel.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A thriller reader’s ultimate fantasy. How cool would it be if a pair of celebrated crime-fiction protagonists, the creations of different authors, teamed up together on a case, in a story jointly penned by the two writers? Even if it was just 1 pair, it would be pretty darn cool, but 11 pairs? Way cool. . . . Great fun for thriller fans.” (Booklist)

"A marvelous anthology. This innovative concept entertains as each author works in concert with another to deliver a story worth every word on the page." (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Star Review)

“In FaceOff, nearly two dozen authors take their most popular characters and have them interact in 11 stories. . . . Familiarity with the authors and their creations is a huge plus in reading this collection, but not knowing a particular character or writer should not be a deterrent. . . . Some great collaborations and stories.” (The Associated Press)

FaceOff is a unique offering in that it teams up some of the genre’s most esteemed authors in stories that allow their beloved protagonists to combine forces. . . . An impressive accomplishment that celebrates the genre in both style and substance. Enthusiasts will dig it for what it is—an abundance of chills and thrills delivered by an inspired lineup of literary heavyweights—while casual readers just might be tempted to pick it up for the sheer novelty of it all. Regardless of motivation, they will find themselves turning pages late into the night. This just may be the optimal summer read.” (Hartford Books Examiner)

“When I settle in with an anthology, it's that same wonderful feeling of being presented with a box of chocolates. You can start at one corner and methodically gorge yourself, or study the chart and pick out the caramels. With an anthology, you can start at page 1 and read through, or peruse the table of contents for favorite writers. If the anthology is good enough, it won't matter. And FaceOff is. In fact, it is brilliant. . . . The teaming up is what makes this anthology so special. It's a fair bet that fans will first turn to their favorite authors, but after devouring those stories, try the others. It is like a wonderful box of chocolates -- without the guilt.” (The Newark Star-Ledger)

FaceOff is like a literary Mortal Kombat.” (The Chicago Tribune)

“Pow! That’s the sound of thriller fans’ heads exploding when they hear the bold premise of this anthology. . . . This collection is 11 fever dreams come true.” (Reader’s Digest)

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 3 décembre 2014
Par J. Ball
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If you're a fan of any of these authors, don't bother with this. I was really disappointed - I get the feeling the authors did this to raise a bit of cash! The Lee child collaboration was the most disappointing. Jack Reacher is a loner - he wasn't created to work with anyone alse, and it simply doesn't work. This book is certainly not worth the 14 euros I paid for it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! 30 juin 2014
Par anonymous
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Belle collaboration entre les plus grands noms du roman policier US...les brèves enquêtes brillamment menées en binôme par leurs célèbres détectives sont un régal.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Unique opportunity 15 mai 2014
Par G. Henson - Publié sur
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This compilation of short stories by the best of the action thriller genre is on the whole very good. The writers are paired up and each contributes a character in a kind of literary mashup. I don't know why, but all the weaker stories are first up in the batting order. I was initially very disappointed as the first stories seemed only long enough to give the heroes an excuse for meeting with little story. After the third story, however, the enjoyment level increased measurably. One word of explanation, though—the cover uses the word "versus" when pairing up the authors. Neither they or their characters are working against one another with only a couple of exceptions. Most work together. Some of the pairings work better than others, but don't give up too soon. While I was familiar with the majority of the writers and their characters, I was exposed to a couple that I want to read more of. The mashup of characters is an interesting and unique opportunity to see these characters in the same plots, and, for the most part, it works.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Okay for Short Stories 20 juin 2014
Par TUCSON ROBERT - Publié sur
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FACE OFF, edited by David Baldacci, features eleven stories by 22 different authors (two authors team up to write each story). An introduction of several hundred words precedes each story explaining the authors’ backgrounds and how they worked together to develop their story.
The anthology opens with Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and closes with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher—two great anchors. Out of the eleven stories there are some good, some bad but no ugly; some show brilliance and a couple are dogs. However, there’s an ample amount of good writing to make the book a worthwhile read. Following is my rating for each story:
REDEYE, with Harry Bosch—how can you go wrong with Bosch—he made it interesting. Rating, 4.
THE NICK OF TIME, takes place in Scotland and England. A weak plot with little going for it. Rating, 2.
GAS LIGHTING, a compelling tale, a page turner. Rating, 4.
THE LAUGHING BUDDHA, a long drawn out intriguing mystery. Rating, 4.
SURFING THE PANTHER, a fascinating storyline, a true legal page turner. Rating, 5.
RHYMES with PREY, intriguing, a worthwhile read. Rating, 4.
INFERNAL NIGHT, boring. Rating, 2.
PIT STOP, a fast paced criminal chase, a fun read. Rating, 5.
SILENT HUNT, unrealistic, but nevertheless a good read. Rating, 4.
THE DEVILS BONES, boring. Rating, 2.
GOOD AND VALUABLE CONSIDERATION, features Jack Reacher and Nick Heller. A bar scene and a fun read. Rating, 5.
For a short story book Face Off is not a bad read. My overall rating is, 4.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Idea. Epic Fail. 6 mai 2014
Par Brian Baker - Publié sur
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I really enjoy short-story anthologies, both in the thriller/mystery and sci-fi genres. You get a lot of bang in a small package with a short story; a full story, usually with a punch ending, in a one-sitting read.

This collection was put together by the ITW (International Thriller Writers) group and edited by David Baldacci. ITW has published thriller anthologies before, some of which I've read, and I really enjoyed them. Usually, the stories are a mix from both established and new writers, affording us an opportunity to see our "usual" heroes in a different venue and/or context, as well as allowing us to become acquainted with upcoming talent.

The decision was made that for this anthology, all the contributors would be established thriller writers of series, and that they'd be paired up so that each of the 11 stories would be written by two of the authors, 22 authors in all. The idea would be that we readers would get to see our "favorite" series characters interacting with each other, in addition to solving the crime or whatever.

Sounded highly intriguing to me. This could be something very groundbreaking.

Unfortunately, I think it's a complete fizzle, for a host of reasons.

First of all, 22 authors. I read a lot of thrillers, but I was only truly familiar with the works of 12 of these people, which means that the characters of the other 10 authors were complete strangers to me. Therefore whatever "gimmick" they were bringing to the party flew completely past me. I suspect this is going to be the case with most readers, with the exception of maybe a few people with so much time on their hands that all they do is read thriller novels.

The biggest problem was that the mixing of 2 authors with completely different established styles in the telling of a single story led to such a dilution of those stylistic touches that we really ended up with pretty much nothing in these stories. I love pizza, and I love custard, but I can't imagine trying to mix the two together.

To use the last story as an example, in "Good And Valuable Consideration" we have Lee Child's Jack Reacher running into Joseph Finder's Nick Heller in a Boston bar. The story seems completely dominated by an annoying riff on the watching of pro sports games, and the two characters' differing opinions on their favorite teams, with a teeny bit of action thrown into the mix.

On their own, these are established and interesting characters. But since they're meeting each other for the first time, we have to wade through an inordinate amount of "Hi, how ya doin'" stuff as they meet and greet each other. It's pretty much a waste of space if you already know the characters, and doesn't leave much room for any real "story". The same problem attaches to every story in the book: they are, as far as I'm concerned, boring; some are utterly pointless. And I wouldn't consider any of them "thrillers", as there's no actual "thrill" that I saw anywhere.

The problem is compounded with the stories in which I didn't even know the central characters. In a typical short story there's a single protagonist whose character is quickly but effectively sketched in, from which point the story unfolds. But in this book we have two protagonists written by two different authors competing for space for character development and contrast, again diluting any actual story line.

So, not already knowing the characters, all I was seeing was a whole bunch of meaningless (to me) "insider" blabber that had no context from which I could derive meaning.

All in all, a very major disappointment that I can't recommend to anybody.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Thrillerfest 29 avril 2014
Par prisrob - Publié sur
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Thrillers, I had no idea some of the writers I followed were known as Thriller Writers. I always thought they were police procedural/mystery writers, but, now I know. In 2004, two thriller writers, Gayle Lyndsey and David Morrell initiated a group of fellow thriller writers. This began in Toronto, and today there are 2,500 members of the International Thriller Writers. They meet every July in New York City, at the Thrillerfest. They have no membership fees. They sustain their group by creating books that are sold to publishing houses, and the money is used to sustain the group. This book, 'Faceoff' is their latest creation.

This year the book is edited by David Baldacci. There are eleven short stories, each co-written by two authors. My two favorite stories follow: The first of the stories was written by Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connolly, with Patrick Kenzie vs Harry Bosch. The story entitled, 'Red Eye', is one of the best. Right away we are caught up in a complex mystery with both detectives on the scene with their own point of view. The second, Ian Rankin ( my all time favorite writer) vs. Peter James, their alter egos, John Rebus vs. Roy Grace, 'In The Nick Of Time'. This pairing could have been tricky, but they pull it off. The other nine short stories are just as well written with the two pairings. The authors are: RL Stine vs. Douglas Preston, M.J. Rose vs. Lisa Gardner, Steve Martini vs. Linda Fairstein, Jeffrey Deaver vs. John Sanford, Heather Graham vs. F. Paul Wilson, Raymond Khoury vs. Linwood Barclay, John Lescroart vs. T. Jefferson Parker, Steve Berry vs. James Rollins, and Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder.

Outstanding thriller writers that are very well known. No short cuts were taken, the writing in every short story is exemplary and satisfying. I enjoyed every story, and I found some new writers to follow. As the book says, there has never been anything like this before. I hope this paring of authors continues, it gives us some insight into the writing process, and the mindset of the authors. So well done!

Recommended. prisrob 04-29-14
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect Jumping off Point 16 juin 2014
Par K. Oue - Publié sur
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Of course the stories were all too short, but Im sure that was by design. Just enough to whet your appetite, and get you hungry for more. So far, I have three new authors whose characters Im interested in thanks to this collection.
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