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Wild Cards: Busted Flush

Wild Cards: Busted Flush [Kindle Edition]

George R.R. Martin
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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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In the six decades since the alien plague known as the Wild Card virus spread a wave of mutations around the globe, humanity has begun to come to terms with its consequences. Grotesque half-human creatures known as 'jokers' inhabit an underworld of their own, while the legendary prodigies known as 'aces' have become real-world superheroes, complete with colourful names and costumes.

Now a new generation of aces has taken its place on the world stage, becoming crucial players in international events. At the United Nations, veteran ace John Fortune has assembled a team of young heroes, known as The Committee, to assist at trouble spots around the world - including an invasion of zombies in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, a freak nuclear explosion in a small Texas town, and a fateful showdown with the forces of the oil-rich Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.

But The Committee's opponents have their own aces and jokers ready to do battle, including a Marxist revolutionary, a brutal mercenary, a young boy with apocalyptic powers and - most terrifyingly of all - a sinister arm of the FBI known as SCARE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BU1DG0O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but some lazy writing 17 Feb 2010
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The new trilogy of Wild Cards books continues and by and large this has revived this line of 'mosaic' books. Like most of the previous volumes different writers produce different sections which are overseen and then stiched together by George RR Martin.

In general an easy if perhaps a little uninvolving read. Maybe it suffers from being the middle book of a trilogy?

My main problem with the novel comoes down to what might be considered the central strand of the novel - that of Noel Matthews, the British Ace and secret service double agent written by Melinda Snodgrass. The sections set in the UK or featuring British characters is full of English sterotypes, even down to the old one about British teeth. Maybe you can forgive having a British character referring to a rubbish bin as a trash can or to a Wal-Mart store in England instead of ASDA (which is how everyone knows that chain), but the sterotyping comes across either as a failed joke or simply a writer who doesn't care enough to do basic fact checking.

If you can get past that the actual story is quite good. Perhaps its a little more disjointed than usual with ongoing storylines spread right around the planet, but again, this might be middle-book syndrome. Still, its a good entry in the long running series and I am looking forward to finding out how this trilogy ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars We Could Be Heroes 24 July 2013
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This book really suffers from one big problem it's the middle book in a trilogy and as such has the burden of carrying the story on but not really leading it anywhere of interest.

Now there are some good plot points, the return of the Radical, now as mad as a sack of badgers and at the head of an African liberation army is a promising thread and is the strongest of the book, the theme of what happens when the worlds most powerful ace flips is a good one, also the plot surrounding Niobe (a living baby farm) and Drake (the little fat boy, literally) is also good and really the main meat in the story, other plot threads try to get interesting but mostly add very little (also the Curve ball/Fortune/Drummer Boy love triangle is just so dull) such as zombies, a hurricane, a war for oil, some lesbianism for cheep titillation and some out of date British stereotypes (we are all Cecil Rhodes with bad teeth, apparently.)

so overall not bad, it does feel like a middle volume but the ending does set it up nicely for the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but the xenophobia's showing 26 Oct 2011
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First of all, despite my qualms, I'm more than happy to see a renewed strong showing for the Wild Cards book series. This new trilogy is just what I expect from competent genre fiction - page-turners with plenty of action. To an extent I can overlook characters of restricted depth.

Sadly for latecomers it looks like Inside Straight, the first of this new Wild Cards sequence, is already close to out of print.

That being said, I think you can pick up what's going on in Busted Flush without reading the previous book. The new-minted characters for this sequence are largely graduates of a superhero reality show, so basic character and relationship lines were drawn there and powers aren't necessarily re-explained in depth. Judging by the filling in for characters established in earlier Wild Card runs, some of which I only vaguely remember, there's enough information to work with.

There's a deliberate attempt to adult-orient the stories by putting the series at the front-line of contemporary global issues. In the first book the heroes who failed out of the reality show end up re-fighthing the gulf war. This volume revisits hurricane Katrina, the way the US treats "prisoners of war", and the situation in a non-specific Africa-zania.

There are, inevitably, tropes and cliches at work. In the tradition of none-more-literary sources than what I remember of X-Men comics, there's a wild card/mutant being held in a secret facility set up to hold people with powers and exploit them for military gain. The difference is that the power is driven by sexual activity. In fact, across the books there is more (fairly badly written) sex that you might expect from a superhero franchise, but that's a flaw that runs back through all the Wild Card series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as tight and focussed as the first book 31 July 2010
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if anything quite confusing and definitely not one to start with for either previous Wild Card readers or new. The new cast continues to expand and develop and requires the background knowledge of the first to really appreciate and whilst not directly based on the first book it references events that would leave a new reader with gaps of plot knowledge.

The story itself builds on the first and is primarily concerned with the UN team set up by the aces from the American Hero show at the end of book one. It has at least four strands that as always eventually come together at the end, but for me were just not woven as well or intricately as other books have been.

Most of the time I felt like I was reading a specific strand that just kept being interrupted by the others. Losing one may have helped, especially as the main thread running through the whole book is related to a double agent ace who has three persona.

Despite the complexity and confusion I still enjoyed the book for its Wild Card setting. It is so uniquely designed, with such great care and detail and back history that just being part of the expanding universe is worth reading it for.

It is a middle book and this shows in the non-ending. The book obviously ends and ties up the strands within it, but answers very little of the trilogy and points towards the third book for these. I would hope that what happens to Bubbles would also be resolved one way or the other.

I am waiting for the paperback of Suicide Kings in December and look forward to reading it and the completion of the trilogy just in time for the Fort Freak release in Spring 2011.

If you have read Inside Straight and for some reason have not carried on, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, just bear in mind it will likely be more enjoyable and clearer after reading Suicide Kings on a second read around.
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