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4.0 out of 5 stars Through early morning fog I see, Visions of the things to be, 20 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Wild Cards: Suicide Kings (Wild Cards 20) (Paperback)
There is a lot to recommend about this book, it is an improvement on the previous to volumes in this set of three, mainly because the story is more focused, the continuing slide into complete sanity of the radical, (shown on the front cover standing in front of a king of diamonds, even though a king of hearts is a suicide king, would have made a lot more sense matching the title to the card) the length the government of the P.P.A will go to safe guard the revolution, which leaves the aces and jokers of the committee with one task, stop the worlds most powerful Ace before he destroys everyone and everything.

One small problem i have is of the six p.o.v characters used two Hive and the Amazing Bubbles are annoying and fairly unlikable another Double-Helix although better in this volume, is really hard to like (especially because of all the frankly outdated British stereotypes), but this balances out with the other three, Rustbelt, Gardner and the Radical himself really are the saving graces, Rustbelt is a highly naive, slightly dumb hick (think Cletus with a metal body) but his determination to go and help one child he has never met, with no idea of how to do it (let alone where the country he lives in is) is very endearing, of the new characters in this trilogy he is easily the best.
Gardner was a bit part in the previous two books but really comes into her own in this one, tagging along with Rustbelt (he only asks after everyone else says no) to travels to hostile lands to save one boy for no reason other then it seems the right thing to do, the strange friendship they build up along the way is really the heart of the book.
As for the Radical I will not spoil his part for you, just think of all those stories where Superman becomes a threat, it's a little along those lines but with a slight twist.

So overall a good all round effort, I have found with the wild cards books that the ones in a continual format (as every end of trilogy book is) and more engaging then the ones broken into short stories, there are a few stand out moments that are truly terrific edge of your seat reading (a Paris peace conference being one in particular) but this is tempered by some fairly boring sections just so Bubbles can get from where she starts out to be where she needs to be at the end.
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Wild Cards: Suicide Kings (Wild Cards 20) by George R.R. Martin (Paperback - 8 Aug 2013)
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