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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique opportunity, May 14, 2014
This review is from: FaceOff (Hardcover)
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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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Initial post: Oct 1, 2014 6:04:28 AM PDT
D. St James says:
Oh well, now you tell me! I gave up after the first story. Harry Bosch is my # 1 favorite, followed by Lucas Davenport, but this story was just lame. Usually when I see a favorite author's name on a book coupled with someone else as co-author, I just pass on by. The experience has almost never been good. Our species has achieved some astounding accomplishments only possible by the collaboration method, but I don't think writing a book is one of those. It's the author's voice that I want to hear. It's as unique as a fingerprint.

Based on this review however, I think I'll give it another try. Connelly and Sandford must have other things to do besides keeping all of us entertained, so I'm patiently waiting for a new book from either. Amazon has said they are going to do an original series based on Harry Bosch. I saw the pilot, but so far that's all.
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