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Wild Cards XIX: Busted Flush

In the six decades since the alien plague known as the "Wild Card" virus spread a wave of mutations around the globe, humanity has begun to come to terms with its consequences.

Grotesque half-human creatures known as "Jokers" inhabit an underworld of their own, while the legendary prodigies known as "Aces" have become real-world superheroes, complete with colorful names and costumes.

Now, in Busted Flush, a new generation of Aces has taken its place on the world stage, crucial players in international events. At the United Nations, John Fortune has assembled a team of young heroes known as The Committee to assist at the trouble spots around the world — including zombies in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, a freak nuclear explosion in Texas, and a showdown with the forces of the oil-rich Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.

But The Committee's opponents have their own Aces and Jokers ready to do battle, including a Marxist revolutionary, a brutal mercenary, a boy with apocalyptic powers, and — most terrifyingly of all — a sinister arm of the FBI known as SCARE.

Edited by George R.R. Martin with assistance from Melinda M. Snodgrass.

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