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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. Ma ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Tor Books (first published 2008)
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Aleshanee
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Seit den 40er Jahren breitet sich das "Wild-Cards-Virus" unaufhörlich aus. Es kann jeden Menschen treffen und niemand weiß, wann seine "Wild Card" aufgedeckt wird.
Man kann Glück haben und ein Ass ziehen, was bedeutet, dass man eine geniale Fähigkeit entwickelt, oder aber einen Joker, durch den man nur Missbildungen und Missachtung erwarten kann. Zieht man die Pik Dame, hat man so gut wie keine Überlebenschance.

Nachdem man im deutschen ersten Band der Reihe die "American Hero Show" ver
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Steve
Sep 26, 2008 Steve rated it it was ok
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John
Dec 13, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
There are two reasons why I persevered all the way through this well-written but incredibly dull "mosaic novel." The first is that I've heard the overall story gets better once you make it past this book, and the second is that, being in paperback, it was something I could actually read in the tub for a change (most books I own these days are on my Kindle).
What made BUSTED FLUSH such a disappointment was that I really enjoyed the previous WILD CARDS installment, INSIDE STRAIGHT. In that book, th
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Fantasie Träumerei
Dies ist der zweite Teil der "Wild Cards"-Reihe und enthält Spoiler zu Teil eins "Das Spiel der Spiele".

Herausgegeben wird die Serie vom legendären Fantasyautor George R. R. Martin. Schriftstellerisch trägt er jedoch nichts dazu bei. Dies übernehmen viele andere sehr talentierte Autoren. In "Der Sieg der Verlierer" sind das S. L. Farrell, Victor Milán, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Walton Simmons, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Caroline Spector, Ian Tregillis und Carrie Vaughn.

"Der Sieg der Verl
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Nadjab
Erste Sätze
Ich lasse die Abschnitte über Asche und Würmer aus. Die Seiten sind dünn.


Klappentext
Wie weit darf ein Held im Namen der Gerechtigkeit gehen?
Eine Atomexplosion erschüttert Texas! Doch es handelt sich nicht um einen Akt des Terrors, sondern um einen schrecklichen Unfall. Ein kleiner Junge namens Drake kann sein mächtiges Wild-Cards-Talent nicht beherrschen und hat die Katastrophe ausgelöst. Die aus Assen und Jokern bestehende Eingreiftruppe der UNO – genannt Das Komitee – will den Junge
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Alan
Feb 13, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
Unlike the recent semi-rash of novels featuring super-heroes (or more than humans if you depending on the genre) Wild Cards has been around since 1986. Whereas the books originally began as a series of short collections they gradually became what are called mosaic novels. Multiple authors stringing together their respective characters to create a single story.

This installment comes no more than a year after the previous Inside Straight. The UN is using their collection of Aces (look normal but
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Mark
Feb 10, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Goodreads tells me that I first read Busted Flush nearly six years ago. I was not impressed at that time and my previous rating reflected that. I got curious to read the Committee trilogy now that I have experienced some more of the Wild Cards universe, and on the second time through, I liked it much better. Perhaps, already aware of the flaws, they bothered me less, or perhaps I was more able to see things that were good with a different perspective.

As far as what I didn't like, well, generally
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Marcia
Jun 24, 2016 Marcia rated it really liked it
De Azen van American Hero zijn terug! In naam van het comité proberen ze de wereldvrede te handhaven, maar dat is niet altijd gemakkelijk. Verschillende auteurs laten je kennismaken met verschillende personages en hun azenkrachten. Een spannend en origineel verhaal onder redactie van George R. R. Martin.

Mijn complete recensie lees je op Oog op de Toekomst.
Beth Bernier Pratt
Nov 17, 2009 Beth Bernier Pratt rated it liked it
It would seem that even as an editor, George R.R. Martin is extremely enamored of the idea of having different chapters deal with different characters/plotlines, and has an unerring sense of when one character or plotline has really caught your interest, which means it's immediately time to switch to a character/plotline you just don't care about at all. Other than the mild frustration with that particular structure, this was an enjoyable read. I have not read any of the previous books in the se ...more
Funne
Nov 08, 2015 Funne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regal
Das Ass-Komitee der UNO, zusammengestellt aus den Assen der ersten Staffel von "American Hero", hat sich als durchschlagender Erfolg herausgestellt. Gemeinsam machen sich Curveball, Earth Witch und andere begabte Helden daran, das Unglück auf der Welt auszulöschen. Doch diesmal kommt eine Menge auf sie zu: Gleich drei Weltbewegende Ereignisse benötigen die Hilfe des Komitees. Ein nicht kleiner Teil davon ist der vierzehnjährige Drake, auch Little Fat Boy genannt, der innerhalb weniger Sekunden g ...more
Sabrina
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Texas wird von einer Atomexplosion erschüttert. Doch anders als erwartet steckt kein Terrorangriff hinter der Ursache, sondern ein schwerwiegender Unfall!
Ein kleiner Junge namens Drake steckt hinter der verehrenden Katastrophe, denn er ist eins der Wild-Cards-Talente und die Beherrschung seines Talents steckt noch weit in den Anfängen.
Als das Komitee " Uno " den Jungen unter seinen persönlichen Schutz stellen will, geschieht die nächste Katastrophe, denn Drake scheint unauffindbar!

Mein
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Sina
Jul 15, 2015 Sina rated it it was ok
Als eine schwere Explosion Texas erschüttert, machen sich einige Mitglieder des Komitee auf den Weg, um herauszufinden, was genau passiert ist. Es wird von einer Atomexpolsion ausgegangen, die als Akt des Terrors gewertet wird. Doch es kommt anders als gedacht, denn für die Explosion ist Drake verantwortlich, ein kleiner Junge, der sein Talent nicht beherrschen kann. Und er ist verschwunden, keiner weiß wohin.
Währenddessen kämpfen andere Asse in der arabischen Welt. Unter anderem Drummer Boy, de
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Solara300
Jul 08, 2015 Solara300 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eine Atomexplosion erschüttert Texas und der Grund dafür ist ein kleiner Junge Namens Drake, der ein mächtiges Wild Cards Talent sein eigen nennt. Das Problem darin besteht nur, das er mit diesem Talent noch nicht umgehen kann.

Aber auch weitere Unruhen rufen das Komitee auf den Plan, denn es geht rund und die Krise in der arabischen Welt droht zu einem Pulverfass zu werden.

Woraus das Komitee besteht. Nun es sei hier angemerkt das es sich um die Kandidaten aus dem ersten Teil han
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Eva-Maria Obermann
Während Drummer Boy mit Kate im Nahen Osten eine neue Mission hat, soll Fortune in Afrika einen Völkermord verhindern, Amazing Bubbles und Bugsy aber sollen Amerika vor einem Hurrikan bewahren. Und in all diese Baustellen platzt Drake, Little Fat Boy, kaum ein Teenager, aber im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes eine wandelnde Atombombe. Nach seinem ersten Ausbruch wird er gefangen genommen und in ein Institut gebracht, wo er ruhig gestellt werden soll. Dort trifft er auf Niobe, deren Asskinder immer nac ...more
Insi Eule
Darum geht es:

Ein Jahr ist vergangen seit die Helden Bugsy, Amazing Bubbles, Drummer Boy und Co. an der ersten Staffel von American Hero teilgenommen haben. Mittlerweile läuft die zweite Staffel dieser Show und die ehemaligen Helden haben sich auf dem Erdball verstreut. Sie gehören nun dem Komitee an, welches die Asse und Joker in krisenreiche Einsatzgebiete entsendet, um dort Konflikte zu lösen und notfalls mit Gewalt beizulegen.
Das Komitee mischt sich auch ein, als in einem kleinen Ort in Texa
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Svenja
Sep 14, 2015 Svenja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Während in Amerika gerade die zweite Staffel von Americas next Superhero zu gange ist, sind die Helden aus der ersten Staffel immer noch dabei in den Kriesengebieten dieser Welt für Ordnung zu sorgen.
Mit Drake, einem kleinen Jungen steht nun aber in America eine Katastrophe an, denn der Junge ist eine lebende Atombombe und wenn die Angst zu groß ist, geht er hoch. Beim der ersten Explosion hat es Texas erwischt und dann beginnt eine riesige Hetzjagd auf den Jungen von allen Seiten und auch die H
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Hannah (Filia Libri)
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Ich muss zugeben, ich bin extrem verwirrt. Beim ersten Band „Das Spiel der Spiele“ habe ich noch geschrieben, es handle sich um den ersten Teil einer neuen „Wild Cards“-Reihe, die zwar an die 22-teilige „Wild Cards“-Reihe aus den 80/90er-Jahren anschließt, aber nicht direkt Teil davon ist und ich muss zugeben, ich habe gerade keine Ahnung mehr, wie ich da vergangenes Jahr drauf gekommen bin. „Wild Cards: Der Sieg der
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Fraencis Daencis

Wie schon bei dem ersten Band, hatte ich auch bei "Der Sieg der Verlierer" einige Probleme mit den vielen Erzählerinnen und Erzählern sowie den unterschiedlichen Schreibstilen der vielen Autorinnen und Autoren. Die meiste Zeit über war ich während des Lesensverwirrt, was mir ein wenig die Freude am Lesengetrübt hat.




"Ich reiße mich zusammen. Bruckner ist Mitte sechzig. Die Zeiten haben sich geändert, nicht aber Highwayman. Er ist rassistisch und sexistisch und verachtet Fremde mit einem Überlege

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Jim
Jun 10, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
this is a round-robin novel, the individual authors build on an and connect to the previous authors stories. i read the pieces by carrie vaughn and melinda m. snodgrass and skimmed the rest, not the best way to do it. the plot has some similarities to a big-event series marvel comics did a few years ago.
the prude in me doesn't like all the swearing, would probably have given up on the book if not for vaughn's stories. some of the characters are clever and original, snodgrass's for example.
the
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Alex Sarll
You know how world leaders nowadays always look so aged by the years in power? This is a book about that. Inside Straight was almost too pat in showing extraordinary people rejecting hollow celebrity to save lives; its sequel is the payoff, reminding us where good intentions lead. Everyone here is tired, not just the heroes but the agents of the status quo ranged against them, and most of all the triple agent playing both sides against each other. Who is also the book's biggest flaw because, for ...more
Jamie Revell
Nov 29, 2015 Jamie Revell rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
While this is not one of the best books in the Wild Cards series, I still very much enjoyed it. One does wonder how much George R.R. Martin has to do with the editing these days (hasn't he been writing something else recently?), but the book nonetheless has signs of his style, at least in terms of the sorts of themes it covers.

Here, the heroes of the previous volume Inside Straight, now working for the UN, are split up to deal with political problems and humanitarian crises across the world. Thi
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Anna
Dec 08, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
I really liked the Wild Cards series as a teenager and still have a soft spot for it. The X-Men-esque superpowers combined with alternate universe history really appealed to me. Unfortunately, back then my local library didn’t have very many of the books in the series. Then recently I found a library with several I haven’t read, although I have skipped quite a few. That is a shame, really, as ‘Busted Flush’ is 19th in the series and references many characters and events that I hadn’t previously ...more
Gamma Mouse
May 12, 2011 Gamma Mouse rated it really liked it
“Let me get this straight,” Tom said. “You cause nuclear explosions?”
“Yes! Haven’t you been listening? When I get real scared I fucking blow up. Are you some kind of tard?” The spasm of anger passed and his eyes gushed tears again. “I wish I was dead. I’m too dangerous to be around!” – “Busted Flush”

There is an undeniable meta-fictional aspect to a science fiction novel that is written by a talented group of writers which is centered on a team of superheroes. Teamwork is essential in both cases
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Joshua
Jul 16, 2012 Joshua rated it liked it
This is only my second Wild Cards book, starting with Inside Straight and Busted Flush..Not because i don't want to read the others, but my library sucks. These are the only two titles available. I loved Inside Straight, and i do have some background knowledge of the series, so i know what it's about and it's evolution through the decades..I really enjoyed Inside Straight..But, this is about Busted Flush. I'm not big into writing what the book was about, because clearly the info shares that..Wit ...more
Stephen Worman
Mar 23, 2010 Stephen Worman rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
The mosaic approach worked for the first novel in the re-launched series, largely because I was unfamiliar with the world. It offered me a good look at the characters in their different circumstances and how each viewed their powers, and themselves in relation to the rest of the cast. Its flaws, mainly its disjointedness, came from its approach but the story covered well enough for that shortcoming.

Here, Martin continues with the mosaic motif, but for no good reason. He's trying to tell a larger
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Stephen Bates
Mar 30, 2013 Stephen Bates rated it liked it
I loved the first series of Wild Cards books, a series of anthology/mosaic books edited by George R.R. Martin and published in the late 80s and early 90s. Being a big fan of superheroes, the idea of dark tales about people who gain powers (Aces), or bizarre disfigurements (Jokers), due to an alien virus released in Earth's atmosphere sounded brilliant. And it was. The Wild Card series is probably in my top five series of books.

However, this new series - and especially Busted Flush, the second in
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Greyweather
Aug 21, 2013 Greyweather rated it really liked it
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Busted Flush is the nineteenth book in the Wild Cards continuum and the second book of the Committee Triad. The story basically picks up where the opening book of the triad, Inside Straight, left off. The recently formed Committee, a team of superpowered aces enlisted under the auspices of the United Nations Secretariat, is flush with success and new recruits after a series of peacekeeping and disaster relief missions. Unfortunately for them, there is no r
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Alan
Nov 27, 2010 Alan rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Completists
Recommended to Alan by: A venerable corpus
I picked up this particular installment of the venerable Wild Cards shared-world anthology series only after I'd already read its successor, Suicide Kings.

That turns out to have been a mistake, as it made this book seem unnecessary. Everything here became a drawn-out setup for the events in Suicide Kings--there didn't seem to be any major plot arcs resolved, and Suicide Kings handled the updates deftly enough in backstory that I almost felt I'd read this book before.

Busted Flush isn't a bad book
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Alytha
Jan 09, 2012 Alytha rated it really liked it
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Norman Cook
Oct 08, 2013 Norman Cook rated it liked it
This volume in the Wild Cards series seemed more disjointed than usual. Teams of aces were scattered in Africa, New Orleans, and other locations, with some of them zipping back and forth in a way that made it hard to keep track of who was where and who was working with/for whom.

I also had a difficult time remembering who some of the aces were, because sometimes they would use their regular names and sometimes they would use their ace codenames, and in at least one case, a shapeshifter would use
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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,
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