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Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes (Wild Cards) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror.

After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus "The Infamous Black Tongue" Morgan, and ace thief Mollie "Tesseract" Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kazakhstan. There, the coldblooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters' deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally....

The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces--including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, High Stakes features the writing talents of Melinda M. Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, and Ian Tregillis.

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.

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    Good but not great

    A good effort that carries the Wild Cards universe forward and has some great character moments, maintaining Wild Cards character-driven excellence. However, this type of mosaic novel requires careful editing and it was evident that both George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass were too busy to pay careful attention, because the storyline was marred by some jarring continuity errors, with story and even character details varying dramatically as it went from section to section and author to author. They also made the mistake of having some sections that should have been written by a single author written by several, with jarring switches in viewpoint and mismatching story details every couple of paragraphs. I enjoyed the story and character development, but the editorial technique has to return to what it was in earlier volumes if the series is not to lose its quality and integrity.


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