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Death Draws Five [Hardcover]

George R.R. Martin


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Book Description

Feb. 1 2006
Mr. Nobody wants to do his job. The Midnight Angel wants to serve her Lord. Billy Ray wants some action. John Nighthawk wants to uncover the secret behind his mysterious power. Fortunato wants to rescue his son from the clutches of a cryptic Vatican office. John Fortune wants to catch Siegfried and Ralph's famous Vegas review. The problem is that all roads, no matter where they start, lead to Leo Barnett's Peaceable Kingdom where the difference between the Apocalypse and Peace on Earth is as thin as a razor's edge and where Death himself awaits the final terrible turn of the card.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ibooks, Inc. (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596872977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596872974
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,938,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, Wild Cards, please stay awhile. March 15 2006
By Christopher R. Yates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Wild Cards series of books is THE BEST SUPERHERO FICTION/PROSE EVER WRITTEN. "Death Draws Five" is absolutely a worthy installment. The author, John Miller, is a warmhearted and friendly person, and this book is a reflection of the man. Your first clue is that he dedicates the book to his dearly departed dog; the second is that he smooths a bit of the edge off of some of the characters whose previous appearances in prior installments have been described as "dark" or "depressing." Too much detail here would amount to a "spoiler," so suffice to say that "Death Draws Five," on whole, is uplifting without being predictable, derivative or phony.

Any criticism is solely the fault of the publisher. Typos are peppered throughout. This, according to rumor, was the trend at iBooks, inc., where both the authors and editor's corrections were consistently ignored.

The story develops fast, and keeps a rapid-fire pace that virtually demands a cover-to-cover read in one sitting. The loyal fan of the Wild Cards series will pick-up on a reference or two from prior titles, but a first time reader will have no problem stepping into this universe at this point. "Death Draws Five," can, and does stand alone from other titles in the series. I strongly recommend it to fans of comic-books, science fiction, pulp-fiction and adventure fiction.

It breaks my heart to even think that "Death Draws Five" may be the last installment in the Wild Cards "universe," but with the failure of the publisher (iBooks, inc.), I'm not sure where or if the Wild Cards will find a new home. As good as "Death Draws Five" is, surely other publishers are fighting for rights to a follow-up!!??...

Respectfully,

Chris Yates
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice fix for wild card fever Feb. 1 2006
By Big Debacle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a long time wild cards fan, I had long given up hope of ever seeing another book. A satisfying read in more ways than one...fun story, finishes up at least one long dormant story line, new insight into familiar characters and most importantly, like a trip back to the old neighborhood. The main difference here is that you CAN go home again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Addition to the Wild Cards Series Feb. 23 2006
By Matthew F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
While I wasn't blown away by Death Draws Five, if you're like me, nostalgic for the old Wild Cards series, then you should be pretty satisfied.

The story revolves around the child of the union of Fortunato and Peregrine, John Fortune, who may be the messiah or the devil, but in reality is just a teenager who supposedly just "turned an Ace." I won't get too much into the plot, but overall, it's a fast and fun read.

Through amazing coincidences, several of our favorite Wild Cards characters make appearances, and after a very long absence, we get to witness the return of Fortunato.

I will admit that I was a little disappointed by Deuces Down and even though the Card Sharks storyline was the most recent one, I can't recall much about those books. Given that Miller (the author) was one of the earliest Wild Cards authors, it definitely has the feel of the older books.

One nitpick - there are way too many typos. iBooks needs to hire a few more proofreaders next time. Anyway, enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! March 9 2007
By P. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Death Draws Five is a great installment for the Wild Cards Series. At long last the ace Fortunato has retuned in order to assist his son who has just had the wild card virus affect him. Young John Fortune has turned over an ace - or has he? Some groups think he is the messiah, while others believe that they must destroy him at all costs. Old Friends Popinjay, Billy Ray, Digger Downs, Father Squid, Yeoman and Peregrine all make appearances. The Mysterious "The Angel" (not Angel) makes an excellent addition to the shared universe.

This is a fun book, written in a light manner, where everyone is chasing everyone, and always one step behind. There are plenty of laughs and a lot of action.

Five Stars for Death Draws Five.

Relic113
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars big fan of original Wild Cards and this book is worthy addition March 12 2006
By from california - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I agree with the other reviewer that this book has quite a few typos and odd sloppy sentence constructions but I attribute that to the DIY nature of self publishing giant IBooks. I loved this book. If a few typos are the price for more Wild Cards books, then please more!

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