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George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards XVII: Death Draws Five Hardcover – February 1, 2006
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The story revolves around the child of the union of Fortunato and Peregrine, John Fortune, who may be the messiah or the devil, but in reality is just a teenager who supposedly just "turned an Ace." I won't get too much into the plot, but overall, it's a fast and fun read.
Through amazing coincidences, several of our favorite Wild Cards characters make appearances, and after a very long absence, we get to witness the return of Fortunato.
I will admit that I was a little disappointed by Deuces Down and even though the Card Sharks storyline was the most recent one, I can't recall much about those books. Given that Miller (the author) was one of the earliest Wild Cards authors, it definitely has the feel of the older books.
One nitpick - there are way too many typos. iBooks needs to hire a few more proofreaders next time. Anyway, enjoy!
Maybe it was because the bar had been set low so my expectation were low whatever the case the book was not bad.
Yes the characters are cartoonish.
Yes all they do is travel from one place to another and fight.
Yes the plot is cartoonish.
But it's a series about super heroes what do you expect War and Peace?
It has been years since I read the original series so when I received this book I was not expecting to find very adult oriented group of characters with real problems looking for real solutions in a spectacular world. After so many years my perspective and my life has changed enough that I realize what I thought the world to be at 13 is a lot different at 31.
I don't want to give excuses for bad editing, poor storylines, or ridiculous plots, but hey if you are basing your review on what you remembered the books to be and what they are a sad realization is in your future.
If you read the original series and liked it, then I think you will like this story simply for a chance to revisit the Wild Card's world.
This is a fun book, written in a light manner, where everyone is chasing everyone, and always one step behind. There are plenty of laughs and a lot of action.
Five Stars for Death Draws Five.
Fortunato returns from Japan, Billy Ray is working for ex-President Leo Barnett, and actually mellowing. Jerry Strauss is bodyguarding Peregrine's son, and working with Jay Ackroyd. Digger Downs is still doing his thing. Cameo makes a cameo, and when the conflict over Peregrine son, the man theme of the book, erupts, Daniel Brennan is there to lend at hand, at one stage.
All very enjoyable for the fan, and new characters - Midnight Angel (the woman on the cover), Nighthawk, and a Cardinal in charge of a bunch of Dominicans tied to the Inquisition. One group thinks Fortune is the antichrist, the other, the opposite. A whole bunch of old friends are caught in the middle.
Not quite a four, but brings a smile to the face with a more than welcome return for this series.
I've known John J. Miller and George R.R. Martin for years. I was recently informed that a whole new series of Wild Cards books is in the works and will continue under another major NY publisher, following the adventures of a 2nd generation of Aces and Jokers.
So snap up this volume Right Now; it's going to be a whole new ballgame, Wild Carders!