Fort Freak (Wild Cards Series #21)

Fort Freak (Wild Cards Series #21)

by George R. R. Martin, Wild Cards Trust
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Fort Freak (Wild Cards Series #21) by George R. R. Martin, Wild Cards Trust

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 skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent survived, mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin (called "the American Tolkien" by Time), is the tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among the one percent.

Now, in the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, we get to know the hard-bitten world of Manhattan's Fifth Precinct—or "Fort Freak," as cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective, and patrol officer is more than human.

Featuring original work by writers such as Cherie Priest, author of the bestselling Boneshaker; Paul Cornell, Hugo–nominated comic book and Doctor Who writer; David Anthony Durham, winner of 2009's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; and many others, Fort Freak is one of the strongest offerings yet in the ongoing Wild Cards project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765364685
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Wild Cards Series , #21
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 1,266,586
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.


Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1948

Place of Birth:

Bayonne, NJ


B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

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Fort Freak 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Rob_Preece More than 1 year ago
The cops at "Fort Freak," the police station set in the middle of Jokertown, have seen everything. It's no big surprise when a number of women are arrested for public nudity--but it is a bit strange that they all claim they are the victims, that someone stole their clothes while they were walking down the street. It's a crime that most of the cops are happy to "investigate." There's another crime, though, that nobody wants investigated. Thirty years earlier, a horrific mass murder took place in a local bar. A suspect was arrested, but he was killed before going to trial and the case was closed. Still, as he's nearing retirement, Leo (Ramshead) Storgman wonders if something was missed in the investigation... perhaps intentionally. Long-ago police malfeasance is a problem. The blue line is also challenged by a very current crime. A pair of detectives are involved in a shooting and a newcomer to Jokertown, a snake-man claims that the shooting was an assassination rather than a valid bust. Internal affairs investigates, but the blue line remains firm--police unite behind their own, even when they suspect that some of their own may be in the wrong. Meanwhile, the people of Jokertown try to get on with their lives... many living only by their wits or through the strength of whatever mutation made them into the jokers they've become. FORT FREAK is less a short story collection than a multi-author novel with George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass editing to keep the story on track. Overall, it works. The hustle and bustle of a police station allows multiple storylines to be interwoven, and the two major story lines (the 30-year-old mass murder and the prsent-day police shooting) are connected by theme as well as by motive. One thing that's almost impossible to handle in this format is development of character. In FORT FREAK, only Father Octopus seemed to have a real emotional depth, the other characters serving to play their roles without a whole lot of dimension. Martin's Wild Card series is nothing like his Game of Thrones universe. It lacks the political, economic and character depth of that massive fantasy. Still, if you're looking for an enjoyable light read, FORT FREAK might just be the thing.
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reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Fort Freak  by George R.R. Martin (Editor) Going back to the detective work and mystery cross overs of down and Dirty and Death draws five. This new trilogy of the Wild card series is not a reboot but a continuation of a great series. Decades later in our current time a decade after the turn of the century the world of Jokertown has many old stories are coming to light and their repercussions are affecting those who have survived so much.  New characters and events never before come to light. We look into the depravity, and the angelic aspects of the Wild Card virus. How the virus has affected individuals, enhances and devastates their lives in ways unknown and incomprehensible in our modern center genic world? Can a man who has survived war and devastation find peace and love? Can a boy disconnected and abandoned find someone he can believe in? Can an Oddity the combination of three loving people find a conclusion to his/her devastating history? This is a great start to a trilogy that will leave fans waiting impatiently for more. 
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Devin:"I’ll get dinner started." (Burns Joshua’s tent)
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Grey-Paladin More than 1 year ago
An excellent entry into the "Wild Cards" series, and a welcome shift to "street level" problems after the world-spanning geopolitical feel of its three predecessors. Highly enjoyable!
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heltona More than 1 year ago
I agree someone buy it and tell us what its about
Melisa Powell More than 1 year ago
Do you really expect people to spend $14.99 when they dont even know what its about. Come on. I love the author but if u eant my money I need details!!!