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Wayne of Gotham [Kindle Edition]

Tracy Hickman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the Batman begins to investigate the events surrounding his parents' murder, he will also uncover the darkest secrets of his family's past. No fan of the Dark Knight will want to miss this one-of-a-kind window into Gotham’s dark protector in this fast-paced thriller from New York Times bestselling fantasy writer Tracy Hickman. Readers of Kevin J. Anderson’s The Last Days of Krypton and Enemies & Allies will know that comic book characters pack a powerful punch when they enter the pages of a novel. Wayne of Gotham is no exception: as the DC Universe’s millionaire playboy journeys into the dark recesses of his own past, his a journey that could spell the end for everything he holds dear—and the end of the hero he has become: the Batman.

Editorial Reviews


“Much closer to the Burton/Nolan Batman films and the Frank Miller graphic novels than to the campy 1960s TV and comicbook incarnations of the character. An imaginative look at the human side of an iconic superhero.” (Booklist )

“Wayne of Gotham truly digs into new ground.” (USA Today )

From the Back Cover

Two men separated by murder: Thomas, the rebellious doctor and heir to the vast Wayne empire, and Bruce, his son, whose life is forever altered by witnessing his parents' murder. The slaying of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the torturous point on which Bruce turns to become Batman.

The Dark Knight's file on the case has long been closed, the foundations of Bruce Wayne's secret life secure in the simple genesis of a mugging gone horribly wrong.

These foundations are shaken, however, when an unexpected guest invades the grounds of Wayne Manor, raising questions about the event that ended the lives of the mother he loved and the father he worshipped, and sparked his unquenchable drive to protect and avenge.

To discover his real family history, Batman must face down old foes, his only confidant, and the evil heart of Arkham Asylum, and shoulder the new burden of a dark legacy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2006 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062074202
  • Publisher: It Books (June 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C6L2HW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a new chapter in the Batman legacy. July 1, 2012
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Tracy Hickman you have taken the Batman legacy and added a completely new chapter to it. The genius of the back story, mystery and intricate detail kept me reading even when I should have been doing something else. I couldn't put it down. I loved the way you included so much of the Batman history that we all know and love. Well done, Tracy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New twists and old Foes July 30, 2012
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I admit I'm not an avid comic reader/ fan. That being said, this book is a really good ride. It has everything a good Batman story should have, cool gadgets, crazy villains (many famous ones making a cameo in the book)and Batman having to out think his opponent while trying to come to terms with the dark legacy his father left him. The gripping final confrontation will have you reading under the covers until the early morning hours. This book weaves an amazing tapestry, twisting the threads of past and present of the Wayne family into a colorful and startling picture. Highly recommend for fans and non fans alike. Loved it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hickman and The Wayne Family Tree July 6, 2012
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I have read the vast majority of Tracy Hickman's books and grew up a fan of Dragonlance. However, I do not read graphic novels, so I approached this work with a certain degree of trepidation. My concern was misplaced. This novel works well as a mystery and has a certain amount of CSI style investigation (complete with flashbacks and computer analysis). It also works well as an action novel complete with narrow escapes, a brief run in with the Joker, and Batman attempting to control another villian.. Hickman also brings insight into Alfred and the role of his family within the Wayne family's search for power.

I wish the flash back scenes would have created a more complete narrative as it jumped from one issue to another without providing closure for the reader. Sure, anytime you have flashbacks temporal leaps are inevitable, but here it seems the narrative leapt as well. A minor problem, but it prevents a five star review.
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Riveting Tale June 30, 2012
You know what really bugs me?

Name dropping. To my way of thinking, it's just a tawdry and desperate attempt by small-minded, vain, insignificant, little people to artificially raise their stature while basking in the reflected glory of people with real achievements.

I was having this very conversation the other day over lunch with my good friend, multiple New York Times best selling author, and all around nice guy, Tracy Hickman. We hang out all the time. We're tight.

Anyway, Tracy has a new book out and color me green, it's a Batman book. Like most people with the social skills and personality suitable for Science Fiction writing and internet blogging, I love Batman. While you were foolishly out in the real world engaging in such passé things as human contact, I learned everything there is to know about the caped crusader and can readily rattle off the name of all five, yes five, Robins -including the first and still best, Dick Grayson. (No I don't want to argue the point, and no, I don't want to read your fan-fiction.)

That said, Tracy Hickman has done an amazing thing with his brand new book, Wayne of Gotham. It tells the story of Bruce Wayne's doctor father, Thomas Wayne, bouncing back and forth between past and present. Thomas' early life leads him, as the favored son of a wealthy dynasty, into intrigues and schemes, both personally, and professionally that spin a web of lies and cover ups that extend into present day Gotham.

As Batman discovers the threads of his father's past, he begins to see the man who died in his arms as more of a man and less of the monolithic icon he remembers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wayne of Gotham will make fans of Batman happy. September 3, 2012
I did grow up watching Batman. I never really read the comics but I was interested in the cap crusader. When I saw this book and learned that it was about the past and who Bruce Wayne really was and where he came from, I was intrigued. This is one person that Bruce's past life before he became Batman has been a mystery.

I did enjoy reading this book. In this book, Bruce was more human like versus being the cool demeanor of Batman. This I liked. It helped to bring me more into the story. However, in the beginning, the story felt a little disjointed. Like I had jumped into the middle and then the first several chapters read like little mini stories versus one story. Also, the detailed descriptions, I could do without.

All of the enemies that Bruce/Batman encountered are certifiable nuts. They make for entertaining characters. Mr. Hickman did a good job telling this story. It was like I was in Bruce's shoes and seeing everything that he was seeing and experiencing. Wayne of Gotham will make fans of Batman happy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman fans will love it July 17, 2012
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Bought this novel largely because of the imminent release of The Dark Knight Rises and read it while on vacation.

Hickman does a great job not only of telling a great Batman story, but a great Bruce Wayne story as well. Not heavily leaning either way, Hickman was written a very interesting thriller that kept me interested the entire novel. Since he didn't hang to heavily on the established villain base, he had the freedom to make a story that hasn't been done before. The switch of the narrative from the present to Thomas Wayne's youth, giving the reader an interesting read that illuminates a lot more of Bruce's parent's earlier life. Batman easter eggs are plenty throughout the novel for the eagle-eyed reader.

If you're a Batman fan, I highly recommend purchasing this novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Published 23 days ago by steve mckenna
3.0 out of 5 stars overall this books was good, the only drawback was a lot of the ...
overall this books was good, the only drawback was a lot of the back and forth with the Thomas Wayne storyline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dave bergum
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good read
I felt like this book had its ups and downs. There were definatly some slow points for me, but overall it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to a fellow Batman fan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Nice view and a criminal angle to wayne story.not that engaging though but good for one time read.kudos to idea of giving more substance to thonas wayne.
Published 2 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different History for the Wayne's
I really liked learning about the past history of Thomas Wayne and Alfred's family with the Wayne's. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BigT
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
very enjoyable loved getting more knowledge of the Wayne family and the wear Bruce gets done of his character traits from.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
very in-depth book about a new subject while Inc Iowa reporting tried, and . true Lee'm nets of t :) e bbc Altman . st poo rye
Published 7 months ago by lowell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Not Canon story and didn't capture the essence of Batman lore. Unfortunately I found this to be a disappointing read.
Published 8 months ago by Alex Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, little continuity
All in all this is a good read. But there were bits I found confusing. Like Barbara not being gordans daughter but his nice and apparently Bruce has a brother that I know is just... Read more
Published 9 months ago by raphaela
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read for a Batfan
Great read, the twists and turns and the constant guessing as to who the target is Bruce or Batman is great. I love the silver age Easter eggs, I would have liked to.see.some. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David E Corsini
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More About the Author

`Dragonlance' originators Tracy and Laura Hickman have been publishing game designs and stories together for over thirty-two years - nearly as long as their marriage - and thus started them both on a life of adventure and imagination.

Tracy is a NYT Best-Selling co-author (with Margaret Weis) of many Dragonlance novels including the original `Dragonlance Chronicles', `Dragonlance Legends', `Rose of the Prophet" and "Darksword" trilogies as well as the seven-book "Deathgate Cycle".

Tracy and Laura are remembered together for their role-playing game designs in `Dragonlance' and the `Oasis of the White Palm' series but are perhaps best known for their classic adventure, the original `Ravenloft.'

Life now has provided them the opportunity to fulfill a dream: to write novels together. Tracy and Laura work from adjoining offices in their home and answer questions on their work through their website at

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