This is an original novel set in the widely popular Wild Cards world created by science fiction scion George R.R. Martin. It is edited by Hugo award winning and "New York Times" bestselling author, George R.R. Martin. It's really quite simple. Mr. Nobody wants to do his job. The Midnight Angel wants to serve her Lord. Billy Ray, dying from boredom, wants some action. John Nighthawk wants to uncover the awful secret behind his mysterious power. Fortunato wants to rescue his son from the clutches of a cryptic Vatican office. John Fortune just wants to catch Siegfried and Ralph's famous Vegas review. The problem is that all roads, whether they start in Turin, Italy, Las Vegas, Hokkaido, Japan, Jokertown, Snake Hill, the Short Cut, or Yazoo City, Mississippi, lead to Leo Barnett's Peaceable Kingdon 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. "Wild Cards: Death Draws Five" is an original novel set in this shared world utilizing characters from other "Wild Card" adventures. Splitting his life between the Empire State and The Land of Enchantment, John J. Miller currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife Gail, five cats, two dogs, two goldfish, and too many books to count, approximately ten of which he's written. He's contemplating getting more goldfish, and, probably, books. George R. R. Martin was born in 1948 in Bayonne, NJ. Four-time winner of the Hugo Award, two-time winner of the Nebula and editor of over two dozen novels and anthologies, and the writer of numerous short stories. His "New York Times" bestselling novel, "A Storm of Swords" (the third volume in his epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire") was published in 2000. Martin lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
The latest Wild Card novel, while a new story, is a little bit of a homage to the past, with some old friends turning up. Give the title, you know there will be casualties.
Fortunato returns from Japan, Billy Ray is working for ex-President Leo Barnett, and actually mellowing. Jerry Strauss is bodyguarding Peregrine's son, and working with Jay Ackroyd. Digger Downs is still doing his thing. Cameo makes a cameo, and when the conflict over Peregrine son, the man theme of the book, erupts, Daniel Brennan is there to lend at hand, at one stage.
All very enjoyable for the fan, and new characters - Midnight Angel (the woman on the cover), Nighthawk, and a Cardinal in charge of a bunch of Dominicans tied to the Inquisition. One group thinks Fortune is the antichrist, the other, the opposite. A whole bunch of old friends are caught in the middle.
Not quite a four, but brings a smaile to the face with a more than welcome return for this series.