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Busted Flush (2008)

by George R. R. Martin (Editor)

Other authors: S. L. Farrell (Contributor), Victor Milán (Contributor), John Jos. Miller (Contributor), Kevin Andrew Murphy (Contributor), Walton Simons (Contributor)4 more, Melinda M. Snodgrass (Contributor), Caroline Spector (Contributor), Ian Tregillis (Contributor), Carrie Vaughn (Contributor)

Series: Wild Cards (19)

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In a world where new Aces are recruited to appear on Suvivor meets American Idol type programs, the latest crop of reality TV graduates find themselves making some deadly serious choices. For Neil, Niobe, Michelle, and the rest, having a social conscience is much harder than it appears at first glance. Actions have consequences. Just how far are they willing to go to defend a line in the sand, blood, oil rights, and the future of children. Some things shouldn't be left up to the government - but can a handful of aces do any better?

Not as bleak and scary a picture as was painted in previous installments, but if you're looking for optimistic worldviews, elsewhere would be a better choice. ( )
  SunnySD | Apr 11, 2011 |
...I guess this novel shows the limits of the Wild Cards approach. This book is graced with some very good writing, a number of good action scenes and a fair number of interesting ideas, superpowers and characters. The plot is all over the place however. The Wild Cards collective has failed to make this book into one novel. For the real Wild Cards fan there is still plenty to enjoy compared to the previous entry it isn't a very strong book. Maybe it suffers from the middle book syndrome a bit? Perhaps some of the loose ends will be dealt with in the final book of this trilogy, Suicide Kings, but even that is not going to turn Busted Flush into a truly satisfying read.

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1 vote Valashain | Mar 28, 2010 |
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I love the concept of having multiple writers on books I think you get a different kind of story and many new authors to take a peek at.

I think that you can read this novel without reading the others in the series but I still think that you are missing information of the back story. I have had a hard time reading this book because of this. I have tried to pick it up several times but have not been able to get past page 50. Others have found this book more promising than I have but thats not to say it's not a bad book it just doesn't hold my attention.
  Wolson | Nov 2, 2009 |
The nineteenth Wild Cards volume is quite solid. Having Cameo and Billy Ray involved also adds a little to the 'bunch of kids' story, too.

Martin and helpers again do a fine job of editing. They seem to be able to get more and better writing out of Wild Cards contributors than those people are capable of on their own with solo work in some cases, so that is always a pleasure to see.

The plot involves a Hurricane, and military posturing and action over threats to oil supplies, in general - and the killing and skullduggery that goes along with that. Throw in crazy or out of their depth Aces, again.

Busted Flush : 01 To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 02 Coulda - Caroline Spector
Busted Flush : 03 The sword shall never depart from thy house - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 04 Just cause 1 - Carrie Vaughn
Busted Flush : 05 An abomination of desolation - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 06 Political science 101 - Ian Tregillis and Walton Simons
Busted Flush : 07 Better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious woman - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 08 Just Cause 2 - Carrie Vaughn
Busted Flush : 09 His enemies shall lick the dust - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 10 Tears of Nepthys 1 Isis - Kevin Andrew Murphy
Busted Flush : 11 Volunteers of America - Victor Milan
Busted Flush : 12 For nation shall rise against nation - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 13 Dirge in a major key 1 - S. L. Farrell
Busted Flush : 14 The words of a talebearer are as wounds - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 15 Political science 201 - Ian Tregillis and Walton Simons
Busted Flush : 16 Mortality's strong hand - John J. Miller
Busted Flush : 17 make no treaty with them and show them no mercy - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 18 Tears of Nepthys 2 Aliyah - Kevin Andrew Murphy
Busted Flush : 19 Ye brutish among the people when will ye be wise - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 20 Political science 301 - Walton Simons and Ian Tregillis
Busted Flush : 21 Tears of Nepthys 3 Nick - Kevin Andrew Murphy
Busted Flush : 22 Political science 401 - Walton Simons and Ian Tregillis
Busted Flush : 23 I will redeem them from death - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 24 Won't get fooled again - Victor Milan
Busted Flush : 25 until daybreak and the shadows flee away - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 26 Dirge in a major key 2 - S. L. Farrell
Busted Flush : 27 Just cause 3 - Carrie Vaughn
Busted Flush : 28 go up into Gilead and take balm - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 29 Woulda - Caroline Spector
Busted Flush : 30 Dirge in a major key 3 - S. L. Farrell
Busted Flush : 31 I will tread them in mine anger and trample them in my fury - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 32 Hard rain is a'going to fall - Victor Milan
Busted Flush : 33 they have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Busted Flush : 34 Shoulda - Caroline Spector
Busted Flush : 35 Just cause 4 - Carrie Vaughn
Busted Flush : 36 My heart waketh - Melinda M. Snodgrass.

Double Helix wonders about being a real girl.

3 out of 5

No missions for Bubbles.

3.5 out of 5

Double Helix with an eye on the Nigerian situation, and Lohengrin's bed.

3.5 out of 5

Worrying about the Curveball.

3.5 out of 5

Investigating a nuking are Double Helix and Bugsy, and they run into SCARE.

3.5 out of 5

Joker babies like rabbits and recruiting.

3 out of 5

So Drummer Boy says no to seduction.

4 out of 5

Committee meets, postures, and Billy Ray of all people comes on all Gyrich get with the program, which is pretty amusing.

4 out of 5

Double Helix's potential bad Bugsy babysitting means wants a raise.

3 out of 5

Mum brought back briefly Cameo.

3.5 out of 5

Mark Meadows, Radically self-conflicted in Africa.

3.5 out of 5

Double Helix is feeling a bit overextended.

3 out of 5

Drummer Boy gets sniped.

3.5 out of 5

Double Helix Fortune double discussion.

3 out of 5

Time to leave the breeding scene.

3 out of 5

Billy Ray might be slowing down, but he still has a Flaming Angel to help him catch bad guys.

4 out of 5

Spies like us, Double Helix.

3 out of 5

The Committee gets sandstormy with zombies, a Cameo, and a Hurricane.

4 out of 5

Double Helix, Radical assassin and father visit.

3.5 out of 5

Heading for Barbarian Days.

3 out of 5

A zombie truce, a lost hat, and lost bits of Bugsy.

4 out of 5

Billy Ray, Bubbles, and nuclear boy showdown in Cross Plains.

3.5 out of 5

Double Helix mini-ace Genetrix and Drake.

3.5 out of 5

John Fortune finds a Radical secret stops you being tanked.

3.5 out of 5

An Orkney island interlude for Double Helix and Genetrix.

3 out of 5

Drummer Boy and Rusty get shot at a lot. Shooting back has a nasty surprise.

3.5 out of 5

Curveball and Lohengrin get shot at too.

3.5 out of 5

Double Helix is surprised by parenthood.

3.5 out of 5

Bubbles and the Zombie Queen's anti-hurricane team up.

4 out of 5

Drummer Boy ain't happy with The Committee and coverups.

3.5 out of 5

Double Helix has had enough of the good servant killer thing.

3.5 out of 5

Dumped Drakes goes nuclear - a Radical opportunity.

3.5 out of 5

A confrontation is coming, and a father is lost.

3.5 out of 5

A confrontation is coming, and a father is lost.

3.5 out of 5

One Fortune nat, one breakup Curveball.

3 out of 5

Double Helix has some Committee work to do.

3.5 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2009/09/busted-flush-george-r-r-martin.html ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Martin, George R. R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farrell, S. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Milán, VictorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, John Jos.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, Kevin AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simons, WaltonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snodgrass, Melinda M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spector, CarolineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tregillis, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughn, CarrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765317826, 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 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.

Now a new generation of heroes has taken its place on the world stage, its members crucial players in international events. At the United Nations, veteran ace John Fortune has assembled a team of young aces known as the Committee, to assist at trouble spots around the world–including a genocidal was in the Niger Delta, an invasion of zombies in hurricane ravaged New Orleans, and a freak nuclear explosion in a small Texas town.

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A collection of "Wild Cards" tales finds veteran ace John Fortune assembling a team of powerful mutants to assist the world's troubled regions, in a volume that includes contributions by such writers as Melinda Snodgrass, Carry Vaughn, and Stephen Leigh.… (more)

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