Wild Card

Wild Card

3.2 (20 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 111 x 181mm | 157g
  • Macdonald & Co
  • Sphere Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747400458
  • 9780747400455

Review Text

All set to go. . . off. . . a spellbinding total totalizer set in a frighteningly plausible future Amerika in which guerrilla warfare that claims thousands of lives per year has become a way of life: National Guard I.D. checks at bridges and airports, sabotage of the Lincoln Memorial and Statue of Liberty; endless riots, strikes, assassination attempts in the total splintering disintegration of our country. In desperation, the President approves Operation Wild Card - a super top-secret science group that will fabricate an outer space threat in the form of an accidentally crashing UFO that will release a deadly virus killing approximately 10,000 Angelenos - hopefully unifying the country. The technical difficulties of creating both non-earthly "hardware" and life-forms ("cerebroids" linked organically to each other and the space vessel) and the engineering gimmickry necessary to replicate a bona-fide crash, are as exciting as your average adventure story. As for the dubious morality of the project, the woman with a conscience kills herself, and as for the rest - dead men don't talk, maybe. The President makes Nixon look like St. Jerome - but what about a "national security project" that could truly save the country by killing off a city? (Kirkus Reviews)
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20 ratings
3.2 out of 5 stars
5 10% (2)
4 15% (3)
3 60% (12)
2 15% (3)
1 0% (0)
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