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Wild Cards VI

Ace in the Hole
Series: Wild Cards, Book 6
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
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George R. R. Martin and science fiction's top authors delve into the adventurous superhero universe Wild Cards in the sixth book of this fan-favorite series.

Since a strange alien virus created the superhuman beings known as Aces and Jokers four decades ago, they have struggled for respect and recognition. Now they are key players in a presidential convention torn by hatred and dissent. Assassins stalk the halls of the convention, and one of the candidates plans to use his secret Wild Card power for evil.

Travel on a journey of intrigue and adventure in this collaborative novel edited by number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and written by five of science fiction's most imaginative talents: Stephen Leigh, Victor Milan, Walton Simons, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and Walter Jon Williams.

©2017 George R. R. Martin (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Top 3 at least!

I guess out of 6 books to say top 3 may not be much but I have listened to all 6 thus far and enjoyed each. Great story, had most of my favorites back in action. Don't listen to this book unless you've read or heard the first 3 books.

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A Good Place to End

I've been reading George RR Martin since before I knew there WAS a George RR Martin. I started with the Wild Cards series 30 years ago. I read the first few anthologies before losing track of the series between installments. This book, the sixth overall, reminds me of all the things I enjoyed about Wild Cards ... and those things that sometimes frustrated me as well. If you happen to own a physical copy of this book, give it a nice hard squeeze and the angst will start dripping out from between the pages. Of course, angst-ridden super folks was all the rage in the 90s when these books first appeared. There's "conflicted" ... and there's CONFLICTED. It just gets a little tedious sometimes, needlessly drawing the story out. The political story at the center of the book is also sometimes cumbersome. But the real strength of the book (and the series) is in the characters. This installment wraps up a major storyline, bringing some major characters full circle while leaving plenty of loose ends to untangle in later books. The performers/narrators are spot on, highlighted by the rumbling voice of Clancy Brown. If you're into the series at all, pick this up. It provides just the right amount of payoff. It may also be the perfect place to end if you're wondering whether or not to keep playing the Wild Cards game. For my part, I imagine I'll be back ... sooner or later.

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The intersection of superpowers and politics

This is still an excellent book in an excellent series. There are elements that read as edgy when I read this years ago. It reads as inappropriate now, but overall the story is excellent. The intersection of real world politicians, believable problems, and colorful characters is entertaining.

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Awesome

A huge turning point for the series,really hope they produce more. This universe is amazing.

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Disappointing end to second triad

After the scattered beginning with book 4; things were looking up with book 5 but failed to land here. Particularly disappointed with the ending, dullest characters come out on top :(

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Perfect

From the performances, to the story, to the conclusion, this book and, in particular this audio book, was fanfrickingtastic!

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i love this series.

Great I miss jack's voice but overall the new guy did a great job. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • 03-09-18

Gripping

A gripping wild card story ending in a crescendo of action.
Didn’t think I’d get used to the multiple narrators but I did.