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Texas Hold'em: A Wild Cards Novel is an adventure in the bestselling shared-universe science fiction superhero series, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin.

San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is also host to the nation's top high school jazz competition, and the musicians at Xavier Desmond High are excited to outplay their rivals. They are also jokers, kids with strange abilities and even stranger looks. On top of that, well, they are teenagers, apt for mischief, mishaps, and romantic misunderstandings.

Michelle Pond, aka The Amazing Bubbles, thinks that her superhero (and supermom) know-how has prepared her to chaperone the event. But when her students start going wayward, she’ll soon discover the true meaning of “Don't mess with Texas.”

Texas Hold'em features the writing talents of David Anthony Durham (Acacia Trilogy), Max Gladstone (the Craft Sequence), Victor Milan (Dinosaur Lords series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian and White Trash Zombie series), Walton Simons, Caroline Spector and William F. Wu.

Rights to develop Wild Cards have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team behind The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass, as executive producer.

The Wild Cards Universe
The Original Triad
#1 Wild Cards
#2 Aces High
#3 Jokers Wild

The Puppetman Quartet
#4: Aces Abroad
#5: Down and Dirty
#6: Ace in the Hole
#7: Dead Man’s Hand

The Rox Triad
#8: One-Eyed Jacks
#9: Jokertown Shuffle
#10: Dealer’s Choice

#11: Double Solitaire
#12: Turn of the Cards

The Card Sharks Triad
#13: Card Sharks
#14: Marked Cards
#15: Black Trump

#16: Deuces Down
#17: Death Draws Five

The Committee Triad
#18: Inside Straight
#19: Busted Flush
#20: Suicide Kings

The Fort Freak Triad
#21: Fort Freak
#22: Lowball
#23: High Stakes

The American Triad
#24: Mississippi Roll
#25: Low Chicago
#26: Texas Hold 'Em

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2018
November 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
360
Pages
PUBLISHER
Tom Doherty Associates
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
3.2
MB

Customer Reviews

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A journey of learning to deal with life

Michelle “the Great Bubbles” Pond is convinced to chaperone her newly teenaged, joker daughters’ school band on a competition in San Antonio, Texas, as the first non-nat group ever participating in this national elite high school band event. Things escalate when protestors against anyone affected with the XTA-virus show up to the site of the event. Prejudices from some lead to attempts to sabotage the Joker band’s performances, almost resulting in extreme tragedy(s).

Some of the other chaperones for the Xavier Desmond High School go through their own life experiences on this trip which teach them great lessons on life, as they navigate the teenagers’ having to deal with prejudice, Love, and their desire to be seen for their talents in music or simply for their hearts.

Michelle maintains the majority of time as the primary protagonist having to learn new ways to accept her growing daughters change from a once lovingly hip joined baby girl into a blossoming teenager with her own idea of what cool is and affectations of the heart. Additionally, Bubbles tries to discover who is the culprit of the seemingly random events of near destruction happening to her group of kids as they perform against bands from other high schools of different States and the prejudices or similarities shared amongst these kids.

Some of the nat (natural human person) kids discover the difficulties of life the joker kids have to live with and how being prejudice against them is morally wrong. Other nats end up discovering their own latent wild cards turn and they’ve drawn an ace, joker, or deuce of their own. Still, other kids who’ve hidden their ace/deuce all their lives see the opportunity to learn from teens like their self about what it’s like to be a wild card.

Throughout the book the feelings of these characters journey through many emotions as they learn to accept who they are and accept those around them who are different.

This is by far one of the best novels in the Wild Card series because of how close to home it comes to life in families who are different from those normally accepted in today’s society. Although it didn’t have any side stories including other major characters in the Wild Card universe (Tachyon, Croyd Crenson, Fortunato to name a few) it still kept me interested and continuing to turn pages.

It may seem to be “woke” by some but I lean towards it being more “real”. I do know the irony in that last statement. However, it is engaging and a joy to read.

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