Synopses & Reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestseller, the third of a new generation of Wild Cards tales
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 to mutate into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin (“The American Tolkien”—Time magazine) along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among the one percent.
Ranging from New York and New England to ravaged Africa and New Orleans, encompassing war, devastation, and stubborn hope, Suicide Kings advances the story of the Wild Cards, and their struggle to be fully human in a world that fears and mistrusts them.
"The 20th Wild Cards shared-universe novel (after 2008's Busted Flush), written by six authors, continues developing an alternate present while killing off characters right and left. An alien virus released in 1946 killed 90% of humanity and turned 1% of the rest into superpowered 'aces.' Now many aces, like Noel 'Double Helix' Matthews, want out of the superhero gig, but they reunite to challenge evil idealist Tom 'The Radical' Weathers, possibly the world's most powerful ace. Noel and his comrades also discover children forced into experiments that will make ace soldiers of a few, while being horrendously lethal for the rest. Martin and his stable of authors have created a relentless story that will appeal to readers who like action gritty to the point of ruthlessness, cynical politics and only fragile bubbles of hope." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The Wild Cards...have their hands full and their powers strained to the limit by the sheer magnitude of the conflicts, but make at least a little progress." Booklist
"The third installment of the "next generation" of Wild Cards should attract not only fans of the original series...but also devotees of superhero fiction in general." Booklist
Ranging from New York and New England to ravaged Africa and New Orleans, encompassing war, devastation, and stubborn hope, "Suicide Kings" continues the bestselling Wild Cards series.
From the #1 New York Times bestseller, the third of a new generation of Wild Cards tales.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the perennial New York Times bestselling author of the epic, critically acclaimed, and wildly popular series Song of Ice and Fire.