#FaceOff Blog Tour: Samuels VS Warren

Posted June 12, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 8 Comments

#FaceOff Blog Tour: Samuels VS WarrenSource: Paperback Review Copy, Provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations

Format: Paperback

FaceOff by Lisa Gardner, M.J. Rose

Date Read: June 2014

Genre: Forensic Thriller, Thriller

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. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos:

  • Harry Bosch vs. Patrick Kenzie in “Red Eye,” by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane
  • John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James
  • Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
  • Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner
  • Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein
  • Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
  • Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson
  • Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Stop,” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
  • Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker
  • Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins
  • Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder
More Information:
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Also by this author: Maggie's Man, Crash & Burn, 3 Truths and a Lie, Find Her

Samuels VS Warren

FaceOff Blog Tour Samuels VS Warren


In the red corner: Malachai Samuels director of the Phoenix Foundation, a place dedicated to past life studies

Series you will find Malachai in:

In the blue corner: Detective D.D. Warren investigator extraordinaire

Series you will find D.D. Warren in:



Read for Review (Meryl L Moss Media)
Overall Rating: 4.00 (Samuels vs Warren)
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

NOTE:  I will be reviewing the audiobook at a later date but these are my thoughts on The Laughing Buddha by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner

Quick Thoughts: Color me intrigued! I haven’t read M.J. Rose but I loved Malachai Samuels. He is the kind of character that you don’t want to root for but see yourself doing it anyway (Think Blacklist type of character). I have read Lisa Gardner and I am a fan of D.D. Warren.  They made for an interesting “team” (by team I mean 2 people really after 1 thing but not really working together at all). All in all I think this quick story did what it was supposed to do: introduced you to two intriguing characters and made me want to read more about Malachai Samuels! For those that don’t already read Lisa Gardner, I believe this will make you want to read more about D.D. Warren (you won’t be sorry)! As for who is the winner in this match? I would put the nudge in Malachai Samuels corner (for the short term) but he better hope that he doesn’t end up on her long term list because he would lose!

Thank you to Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc for including me on the tour. If you haven’t read MJ Rose or Lisa Gardner what are you waiting for?



M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice…  Books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.

Rose is a the Co-President and founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz. She runs the blog, Museum of Mysteries.



 Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times crime thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, her work as a research analyst for an international consulting firm parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of internationally bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Touch & Go.

Lisa lives in New Hampshire with her auto-racing husband and black-diamond skiing daughter. She spends her days writing in her loft with two barky shelties and one silly puppy.


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Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
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8 responses to “#FaceOff Blog Tour: Samuels VS Warren

  1. So I’m not familiar with either author and don’t tend to go for Thrillers, per say. But the idea of a two people working for the same thing, but not really together is always fun. I may have to check them out!

  2. Marcia Berbeza

    I love when authors merge their characters to create a new story using both. Very interested in reading this one!

  3. How is it I’ve never heard of this book? I love that these authors are all teamed up (in a way) — it’s like playing in familiar but new worlds!

  4. Not read half these series but have always wanted to start..lol. I don’t normally like anthologies but this idea does sound intriguing.