High Stakes

Cover of HIgh Stakes
Title: Wild Cards XXIII: High Stakes
Series: Wild Cards #23
Published by: Tor Books
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Contributors: David Anthony Durham, Stephen Leigh, George R.R. Martin, John Jos. Miller, Melinda Snodgrass, Caroline Spector, Ian Tregillis

After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus "The Infamous Black Tongue" Morgan, and ace thief Mollie "Tesseract" Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kazakhstan. There, the cold-blooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring. However, her hidden agenda is much darker. Her fighters' deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally.... The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces--including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth.

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