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Publisher's Summary

Wild Cards now in development for TV!

Dead Man's Hand combines the writing talents of George R. R. Martin and John Jos. Miller.

Chrysalis, the glass-skinned queen of the Joker underworld, has been found brutally murdered in her popular restaurant, the Crystal Palace. Now two men are out to find her killer: Jay Ackroyd, the Ace private investigator who discovered her ruined body, and the vigilante archer known as the Yeoman, who has been framed for the crime.

Their quest leads them on a nightmare odyssey of madness, violence, passion, and political intrigue that will forever alter the fates of Aces and Jokers everywhere.

Experience all the exciting action of this collaborative novel by George R. R. Martin and John Jos. Miller. Dead Man's Hand is both a gripping mystery and a chilling story of suspense, set in the unforgettable world of the Wild Cards.

Rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the coeditor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass, as executive producer.

©1990 George R. R. Martin and the Wild Card Trust (P)2017 Random House Audio

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not worth the credit

not worth a credit imo. the first 5 books were all cohesive with recurring characters put into different situations in a huge world. this book along with #6 were set in the tiny world of specific storyline. several of the chapters in this book were exact word for word re-tellings of the events from the previous book. EXACT verbatim . I finished the book because I have read all others in this series but wish I would have known how limited the story had become and that we would be re-reading the exact same conversations .

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Jay Acovone did great! Paul Adrian not so much.

The Daniel Brennan parts are poorly acted. I do love the Poppin Jay parts. Jay Acovone brings so much life to the character. A great addition to the series.

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If only Audible had the next book ready!

Wildcards is always thrilling, even with that bore Brennan taking up a good part of this book. My plane ride flew past in no time!

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Excellent story but the narration was spotty

It think the story here is one of my favorite Wild Cards stories. The previous book is a political thriller. This one is a noir-ish murder mystery. Poppin Jay is one of my favorite characters in the series and this story gives a good example why. It really shows the range of stories they can do in this world.

So....the narration. Jay Acovone is fine and a good voice choice for Poppin Jay parts. He has enough ranges to make the other characters sound believable and alive. Adrian Paul, sadly is not working here. As the voice of Yeoman he is fine, but his range is lacking. The bits where he is giving voice to female characters is just bad. I hate saying that because I liked him in other things, and his voice for Yeoman, but his voice work on the other characters was so bad it was distracting.

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Great

So sad that book 8 is not yet available on audible, will be anxiously awaiting it.

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Book 7 is really book 6.1

One of the things I love about the wildcard universe is the diversity of writers, and Cryod.
This store is happening parallel to book 6: Ace in the Hole. It isn't necessary to have read / listened to book 6, but it'll make much more sense of both if you have.

This book is really focused on Popinjay and Yeoman. I feel the voice actors carried this to the extent of making all the other Aces / Jokers sound insignificant through use of accents and pitch. They really didn't like Tachyon.

Love the series can't wait for them to release books 10-11-12.

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Part 2 of 1

This combined with book 6 is a great story. The ywo as seperate entities leave a lot of holes. Read both before judging.

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Superheros, crime, and detectives!

While I don't normally read a lot of science fiction, I have to admit that the author(s) have created a very clever premise here in the Wild Cards series. What can be more fun than a world full of superheros? This story line follows two main characters, Private Detective Jay Ackroyd (Popinjay - who can "pop" e.g. teleport people to anywhere he wishes by forming his hand into the shape of a gun) and Daniel Brennan (Yeoman) who is an expert at archery. They both separately try to track down the person who murdered their former love interest, Chrysalis. Jay Acovone and Adrian Paul both did a wonderful job performing this book. I loved the accents and personalities they gave the characters. Adrian was great as the cool, calculated man in the black mask, and Jay was perfect for the voice a New York Private detective with wry humor and quick wits.

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  • Aiken Drum
  • 12-03-17

Great stories, dodgy accents😂

Loved all the Wild card stories published by audible so far. A genius idea by the authors. Can’t wait for the next instalment. Will miss all the dodgy attempts at Hiram Worchesters Scots accent 😂.

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  • jess
  • 08-17-18

wild cards viii not yet available!!!

i am totally addicted to the characters in this series, but so disappointed that this is the last recording. it seems the publishers have skipped ahead to record books 23 and 24 without the ones in between. no way i will purchase them until i’ve finished viii to 22!!!