Synopses & Reviews
This exhilarating 23rd collaborative novel in the Wild Cards series features the contributions of assistant editor Snodgrass David Anthony Durham Stephen Leigh John Jos. Miller Caroline Spector and Ian Tregillis. This version of Earth is populated by superpowered characters who are diverse in age race gender and ethics. Yet this world is eminently recognizable even for readers new to Wild Cards. Some people are “aces” with incomparable powers; others are “jokers” considered debilitated or disfigured by their transformations. The sadistic Baba Yaga pitted jokers against one another for her own entertainment and many cannot forgive her for it. But a mysterious monster of untold power is drawing them all toward chaotic devastation and Baba Yaga who’s now dying may hold the secret to containing it. As a vast number of characters attempt to figure out what’s going on and going wrong they make some unexpected discoveries and learn that Earth’s only hope must come from a most unlikely place. This is a wild ride of good blood pumping fun that packs a surprisingly emotional punch for a book that looks on the surface like just another superhero adventure. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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.