“World collide! Fans rejoice!”
That’s the ad copy I’ve been seeing for the latest ITW anthology, FaceOff. I’ll be spotlighting my anticipated summer releases soon, but this one deserved special mention, especially in light of today’s Armchair BEA topic.
FaceOff, edited by David Baldacci
For the first time ever, the world’s greatest thriller characters meet head-to-head in eleven electrifying stories.
Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today.
I may not read all of these stories. In fact, I probably won’t, especially since the majority are characters and authors I’m not familiar with. It could be an opportunity to get to know them without committing to a whole novel, but with the whole co-author angle, it may not be the best representation.
There are a few stories included in which I only know one half of the duo:
- Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
- Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
- Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder
I’ve only read one Rhyme novel and one Reacher novel, but I’ve read the entire Pendergast series. I can vaguely picture Slappy – I probably saw him on the cover of a book at one point – but I never actually read any of the Goosebumps books. Still, it will be interesting to see Pendergast go up against some sort of demon toy.
But the match-up I’m really waiting for is “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins. These authors have already established that their worlds overlap, if only in a minor way, with subtle mentions of each other’s characters. To see Cotton Malone and Gray Pierce actually come together is something I’ve been looking forward to.
Which two authors would you like to see team up?