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Fort Freak by George R. R. Martin

Fort Freak

by George R. R. Martin (Editor)

Other authors: Paul Cornell (Contributor), David Anthony Durham (Contributor), Ty Franck (Contributor), Stephen Leigh (Contributor), Victor Milan (Contributor)5 more, John Jos. Miller (Contributor), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Contributor), Kevin Andrew Murphy (Contributor), Cherie Priest (Contributor), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Contributor)

Series: Wild Cards (21)

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Unlike the first two collections, Fort Freak is more or less a novel with a linear plot, albeit one written by a whole collection of authors. Some of the segments are better than others, of course, but the uncomfortable look at a dirty police station in the Joker's ghetto is pretty effective, and the cold-case main plot stayed interesting and more or less unexpected all the way through. I'm not going to lose sleep hunting up the whole Wild Cards series, but I'm happy to work my way through them as they turn up - this is good stuff. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
A soon to retire Joker detective decides to revisit an old case while an Internal Affairs detective investigates corruption and murder in the same precinct.

The cold case leads back to one of the original aces and goes via several well known Jokertown identities.

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  BlueTysonSS | Jul 26, 2012 |
...Fort Freak is written as a standalone and given the limited availability of the older books in the series, that makes sense. It can be read without having read any of the other volumes but I'm not sure it is a good point to enter the series. There are a lot of nods to other books in the series, and some characters have quite a history. Besides the aforementioned Father Squid, The Sleeper, originally a creation of Roger Zelazny, make an appearance for instance. This novel is a treat for those familiar with the Wild Cards universe, a decent entry in the overall series. For first time readers I would recommend starting with Wild Cards I or Inside Straight though. Martin has mentioned on his blog that a second novel on the fifth precinct cops is in the works. It is tentatively titled Oddball and expected to be released in late 2012. I for one, will keep an eye out for it.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Martin, George R. R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cornell, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Durham, David AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franck, TyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leigh, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Milan, VictorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, John Jos.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mohanraj, Mary AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, Kevin AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Priest, CherieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snodgrass, Melinda M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765325705, Hardcover)

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 hardbitten 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.

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A collaborative novel reveals the world of Fort Freak, a Manhattan police precinct that is operated by mutants and superpowered agents of justice.

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