Diana Gabaldon teams with Steve Berry for Lee Child’s MatchUp

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

Lee Child returns with a sequel to the anthology novel FaceOff, with MatchUp. This time there’s a twist as 11 of the best thriller female writers team up with the 11 best male thriller writers, and Diana Gabaldon is on the list.

If you’ve read “FaceOff,” you’ll know Lee Child’s idea. The collection of short stories creates one big anthology of thrillers and exciting reads. Now back with a follow-up, “MatchUp” brings a thrilling twist. The top 11 female thriller writes team up with the best 11 male thriller writers, putting their most famous protagonists together in a collection of short stories.

Diana Gabaldon is on the list, bringing Jamie Fraser to life with Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone. It’s the latest story from Gabaldon, who is also still currently working on the ninth book in her “Outlander” series, titled “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.”

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One of the biggest complaints that fans have with the story is that it is too short. That’s not surprising. Gabaldon’s fans are used to 800+ pages of Jamie and Claire, along with side characters. They’re not used to just glimpses of their favorite red-haired Scot. There’s also only snippets of him throughout the short story, as this is a collaboration with another famed writer.

This is highly recommended for those who love the short-story format. It’s possible to read in short bursts, giving you something to get through Droughtlander, without feeling you’ll have to give up a weekend because you just can’t put Gabaldon’s novels down!

As a word of warning, Geillis is in the story. No spoilers on how or why–or when the story is set–but it’s a warning that some fans will appreciate due to their dislike of the character.

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Have you read “FaceOff?” Will you pick up “MatchUp” to read Gabaldon’s collaboration with Berry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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