Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards, #6)
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Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards #6)

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A world of Wild Cards! The alien virus arrived on Earth just after World War II and the world was never the same. For those who become infected, there are two results; death, or transformation. And depending on the recipient, death is sometimes the preferable outcome. Only a few lucky ones become super-human 'aces' as a side effect of the virus; the rest are turned into ho...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Spectra
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I started this book not knowing what to expect. The Puppetman triad up until this point hadn't had the structure and dramatic build-up of the Astronomer/Swarm triad preceding it. Worrying me more was the fact that I had not yet been sold on the mosaic novel format. Jokers Wild (which, to be fair, was the first mosaic novel ever written), while a very good novel when at its best, felt, at its worse, like the novelization of a PBeM roleplaying game.

And so I started reading Ace in the Hole. I was...more
This book makes up for volume 5 of the series. It's storyline is like a tragedy, and not everybody gets to live happily ever after. It's set during the Democratic Convention in Atlanta in '88, where Senator Hartmann is trying to win the nomination against the far right candidate Reverend Barnett.

The chickens come home to roost, as the histories of all the biggest players in the series come barrelling down out of history and demand their due, while the aces and jokers desperately try to get the r...more
The novel focuses on the Presidential campaign of Gregg Hartmann and the events of the Democratic National Convention of 1988. Hartmann, as readers of the series know, is the Ace Puppetman and has used his manipulative powers to get to this point in his political career. In this novel we get an extra helping of Puppetman and really get to delve into what makes this character work.

The other characters prominent in the events of this novel are Tachyon, Jack "Golden Boy" Braun, and James "Demise" S...more
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It's a continuation of our story back home after the Aces tour and that mess in the streets of Jokertown. And Hartman is on the campaign trail in Atlanta to get the democratic nomination. While the beginning of this book isn't nearly as exciting as Aces High, or Jokers Wild it's intrigue keeps it pretty consistently intriguing; especially since the audience knows so much more than, for instance, Jack does.

Getting a bit spoilery here but (view spoiler)...more
Eric Bauman
As I may have mentioned before, I am on a quest to reread all of the “Wild Cards” books that I have already read (the first thirteen or fourteen books, I think) in order before I start to read the newer ones (which I haven’t read), mainly so that I can remind myself of who all the characters are after all these years. I was looking forward to reading this one because, as I remember it, this was one of my favorite (if not the favorite) books. Having just finished it, that belief was proven correc...more
Every 3rd book in this series wraps up the preceeding 2 books, while keeping with the on-going chronology and exploits of characters previously mentioned. They are also continuous where as the previous two books are arranged as stories by different authors. I'm not sure I can say I like it more than III. This one centers around a political convention and had me, at least, rooting for the bad guy... Well one of the bad guys. I'm hoping the let up a bit on poor Dr. T. he seems to be getting pretty...more
This is one of the 'mosaic' novels that rather than being written by numerous authors in the form of short stories that are then edited together, are written by one or two authors with a definite story-line, much more like an ordinary novel. I prefer the numerous authors and their short stories though.

This one was set around a political campaign, which I wouldn't normally be interested in at all if it wasn't for the various characters. The Jokers and Aces that fill the pages of these wild card n...more
Nathan Burgoine
This was by far the best of the Wild Card series to date that I've read. The villain, "Puppetman"/Gregg Hartman, was a truly chilling villain.

If you've not read the series at all, you do need to start with the first book, but the general overview is thus: an alien virus, called the "wild card" is released into Earth's atmosphere around the end of WW2. The virus kills 9 of 10 infected people - called "Drawing the Black Queen"(luckily, infection isn't all that common), and of the survivors, 9 in t...more
By the sixth book in a series, it seems almost pointless to try to sum up what came before in writing a review - fortunately, Ace In The Hole makes it easy by being the point at which (almost) all the narrative threads and characters from earlier novels converge. And what an epic convergence it is! The stage is, quite literally, set at the 1988 Democratic convention for the election of the party's presidential candidate - and Senator Gregg Hartmann, with his diabolical alter ego Puppetman and mu...more
Mike McDevitt
My lowest level of interest so far. The leads are all insane super-powered killers or, at best, morally bankrupt sleaze bags. I think it's time I either stopped reading them to make my buddy Kirk happy, or started looking at them as horror stories: there's no super heroes to be found anymore.
I miss The Turtle, Modular Man, and Wraith. Dr. Tachyon, my last thread of decency, makes a very poor showing.
Plenty of evisceration, miscarriage (of justice and regular), torrid but unappealing sex, and po...more
using his wild card gifts he tries to subvert the presidential election wow a strong political piece, the violence and temperament keep you wishing that some how or other the man does not get the presidency using his power secretively a wild card attempts to over come the prejudicial and hatred of the people to become president of the us. THe Puppet master manipulates the people around him in a dynamic and explicited way that brings down the whole deck of cards.

Feb 08, 2013 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eric by: Tim
The third book in the second triad. It continues the tale of an alien-engineered virus that slaughters tens of thousands of people, horribly mutates most of the survivors, and confers amazing abilities on a tiny percentage of the infected. A surprisingly complex series.

The resolution of Puppetman's run at the presidency. Murder and chaos at the 1988 Democratic convention. Demise, Golden Boy, Puppetman, Tachyon, Mack the Knife, and Sara Morgenstern are featured.
Probably my favourite Wild Cards book. You know how you read a series with a lot of characters and try to figure out who'd win if they fought? This book answered all my questions in that area. It parallels events in book 7 and has satisfying resolutions to several plots.
Political thriller mixed with superheroics, in an alternate-universe retelling of the 1988 Democratic Convention.
Read in college. A really great series; I'd love to get another copy and reread them all.
This series holds together so remarkably well.
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,...more
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