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Wild Cards: Aces Abroad (Wild Cards 4) Paperback – 8 May 2014


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473205131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473205130
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R. R. Martin, author of A GAME OF THRONES!

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George R. R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA AWARDs in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, science fiction and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation. George R. R. Martin lives in New Mexico.

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By Stranger on 19 May 2014
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This is the first in the second trilogy of wild card stories (a mosaic series written by many different authors and edited by George R.R Martin) and while a knowledge of the first three books (Wild Cards, Aces High and Jokers Wild) helps to fill in the back story this is a self contained story in many ways that gives you the information you need, but it would probably be best enjoyed with the foreknowledge of the previous books.

The main thread of the plot is that a group containing Aces (superheroes), Jokers (people deformed by the wild card virus) and normal human politician and reporters travel the world to see the effect the release of the virus that created the Aces and Jokers has had on the wider world, this does vary the landscape a bit from the previous books which are mainly set in New York but unfortunately the need to set the scene for future events, set up the main villains and introduce new characters bog down the plot quite a lot, that said there are some very good sections, the journal of the Joker Xavier Desmond which tie the stories together are very interesting and also quite sad and the a story starring Dr Tachyon and The Golden Boy (both returning characters from the first book) set in Paris is also very good, even though Tachyon is an alien he is probably the most human of all the main characters.

So even with a slightly uneven plot and the sense this is just the lead in to something bigger there is still enough going on to make this a good read, if you have read the previous books you should know by now if you like this series any people who like the sound of it but haven't read a Wild Cards book before do not be put off you can jump in at this point, it might not make as much sense but it still is possible.
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This was a gift which seemed to be received with anticipation for a lot more good reads from George R R Martin along with a few other titles out of the same series.
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