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Suicide Kings (Wild Cards Series #20)
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Suicide Kings (Wild Cards Series #20)

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by George R. R. Martin
 

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Now in development for TV: 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 co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the

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Suicide Kings 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suicide king was a little different than the rest of the books in this series. What makes these books great is the multitude of different stories in each book. This book focuses mainly on redemption. Washing the characters hands of there past. 3 of my favorite charachter in the new series are followed thru the book. Lilith, Rustbelt and Bubbles as the try to shuffle the cards of there lives. Some of the books in this series go so far into politics and the rules of the world as to make the stories mundane. This book really didn't. It took a break from most of the main storyline which I thought was refreshing. This book still holds true to the Wild card series but gives you this idea. Heroes don't always kill the bad guy. Sometimes they kill the bad guy and everyone around the bad guy. It took the idea of PTSD and gave it a super hero tilt. What do they do after the smoke clears? What do they do after the fights over?
apton77 More than 1 year ago
All the characters you have grown attached to and a good story that takes you on a great ride. Very good effort from all the authors!
WoodyCH47 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series in the early 90's and this book is a outstanding read. This series is one of my favorite book collections. I believe this book is one of the best of the recent books.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Suicide Kings  By George R.R. Martin  A great piece of editing Magic… Melinda Snodgrass I bow to your ability to seamlessly blend the story. As a Mosaic novel, many who look into the series may wonder that this book has so many authors. It is due to the dedication of the authors, the commitment to the consortium rules and ideals that create a seamless piece. Even knowing the various authors for a while I could not pull out any individual writing style…  Suicide Kings is the final third in the trilogy of the Wild Card version of American Hero. The book shows the final development of the new batch of characters, and through growth, sacrifice and loss have learned to live beyond the bounds of their Wild Card gifts and abilities or liabilities.  The book in general is a dark story looking into child soldiers in Africa and the destruction of society within by corrupt and ruthless rulers.  The Wild Card virus again has been put to its original use, as a weapon, inflicted on hapless children of war torn Africa for the twisted policies of corrupt and destructive leaders.  Mark Meadows (Tom Weathers) is a key feature in the story. Looking through his eyes at the destruction that his desires and dreams caused and inflicted on millions around the world shows how the ideals of changing the system, may be corrupted by the excess of human need.  His path from innocent idealist, to heartbreaking helplessness shows how ideals can be overdone, and bring destruction in their zeal.  Michelle Pond (Amazing Bubbles) recovers from her heroic sacrifice to stave New Orleans from a nuclear bomb.  What brings her back is the dream of the destruction and violence of child soldiers in Africa.  Her powers are put to the test when facing Tom Weathers, and the last of the “friends”.  Wally Gunderson (Rustbelt) is an idealistic hero, he would strive beyond his capacity to move stand or fight for someone else. The book looks at his quest to find balance with his selfless nature, and learning to love others. It is the final development of his character. Jonathan Tipton-Clarke (Bugsy) one of the first American hero characters learns to let go of the past, by learning to risk what he has for something better. He learns the value of the past to teach us, but also the value of letting go those ties that bind us.  There are many more sub-plots and stories that could be used as discussion pieces in the Wild Card fan club for years. A great book, congratulations for continuing this remarkable series, and inspiring so many to the broad scope of human nature, and possibility. 
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The People's Paradise of Africa (PPA) and Caliphate of Arabia meet in a battle that will determine whose vision of despotic rule in Africa will dominate. Whereas Prince Siraj has the superior military, the PPA leaders, siblings Dr. Nshombo and Alicia, own the Wild Aces though one key Wild Card Tom "Radical" Weathers increasingly is losing mental control of right from wrong. Even after his side wins the fight, the Radical gleefully continues his slaughter of enemy soldiers. Nshombo and Alicia believe they must eliminate Radical , who has gone insane with a berserker blood craving. In the United States, Wally "Rustbelt" Gunderson worries about his friend Lucien being caught up in the war. He begs Jerusha "Gardener" Carter to accompany him when he sneaks into the war zone to rescue Lucien. At the same time Michelle "Amazing Bubbles" LaFleur comes out of her coma with help from a dream girl needing help to escape from a mass grave. Michelle and zombie Hoodoo Mama travel to Africa to rescue the dream girl who may not be real. As Prince Siraj blackmails Noel "Double Helix" Matthews to help him with a counter attack; the Wild Aces converge in Africa for a final confrontation. The latest collaboration (see Busted Flushes and Inside Straight) is a royal flush in international fantasy that grips readers from the opening war in the Sudan until the final climax occurs. Much more than just what is described above happens in the action-packed thriller as the authors somehow keep their cast of a zillion superheroes and supervillains unique from one another. Fans will believe George R.R. Martin, Melinda M. Snodgrass and the other contributors have dealt the audience a royal flush straight with this terrific look at those with extraordinary powers, who for the most part want acceptance not fear from the NT (like a combo Watchmen and X-Men). Harriet Klausner
SusanVT More than 1 year ago
Does this mean that George Martin has the audacity to publish another new book before he finishes the Ice and Fire Series which has been hanging fire for years now?