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The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War.

Review:

"Right-wing rhetoric trumps the logic of story and character in this near-future political thriller about a red-state vs. blue-state American civil war, an implausibly plotted departure from Card's bestselling science fiction (Ender's Game, etc.). When the president and vice-president are killed by domestic terrorists (of unknown political identity), a radical leftist army calling itself the Progressive Restoration takes over New York City and declares itself the rightful government of the United States. Other blue states officially recognize the legitimacy of the group, thus starting a second civil war. Card's heroic red-state protagonists, Maj. Reuben 'Rube' Malek and Capt. Bartholomew 'Cole' Coleman, draw on their Special Ops training to take down the extremist leftists and restore peace to the nation. The action is overshadowed by the novel's polemical message, which Card tops off with an afterword decrying his own politically-motivated exclusion from various conventions and campuses, the 'national media elite' and the divisive excesses of both the right and the left." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[A]ll the action doesn't obscure the author's message about the dangers of extreme political polarization and the need to reassert moderation and mutual citizenship; indeed, it drives it home." Booklist

Review:

"[A] blistering read. Card plots hard-boiled action just as well as Tom Clancy, and layers in character detail and dialogue you'll never find in a Jack Ryan novel. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Enter a brave new world and a high-stakes conflict in Orson Scott Card's Empire

Synopsis:

The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop, and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author of Ender's Game, and is one of Tor's most successful writers. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Charles Svoboda, February 4, 2007 (view all comments by Charles Svoboda)
How very sad. Orson Scott Card, who always presents an underlying 'eye for and eye' philosophy(at least in everything since 'Speaker...'), has, at least, always been entertaining and for me, engaging and thoughtful.
This story is how I picture a paranoid Bushophile presenting his creds to the rest of the Republican convention. "BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!!"
The writing is just sad, the story is full of holes (even Ludlum could have improved on it), and the rank use of sentimentalism, jingoism, and paranoia come right from the head of Cheney and Rove.
If, as Orson Scott Card claims, this story is about finding the middle in US politics, then he is a Sophist.
I spent the entire book, after the first chapter, telling the skeptics in my head that "just wait, there is a more subtle story under this one, just wait...". But no, what you see is what you get.
And I'm being redundant...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765316110
Author:
Card, Orson Scott
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Author:
Rudnicki, Stefan
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Science Fiction - Military
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
Imaginary wars and battles
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 CDs, 11 hours
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
10.3 x 7 x 1.7 in

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Product details 368 pages Tor Books - English 9780765316110 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Right-wing rhetoric trumps the logic of story and character in this near-future political thriller about a red-state vs. blue-state American civil war, an implausibly plotted departure from Card's bestselling science fiction (Ender's Game, etc.). When the president and vice-president are killed by domestic terrorists (of unknown political identity), a radical leftist army calling itself the Progressive Restoration takes over New York City and declares itself the rightful government of the United States. Other blue states officially recognize the legitimacy of the group, thus starting a second civil war. Card's heroic red-state protagonists, Maj. Reuben 'Rube' Malek and Capt. Bartholomew 'Cole' Coleman, draw on their Special Ops training to take down the extremist leftists and restore peace to the nation. The action is overshadowed by the novel's polemical message, which Card tops off with an afterword decrying his own politically-motivated exclusion from various conventions and campuses, the 'national media elite' and the divisive excesses of both the right and the left." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]ll the action doesn't obscure the author's message about the dangers of extreme political polarization and the need to reassert moderation and mutual citizenship; indeed, it drives it home."
"Review" by , "[A] blistering read. Card plots hard-boiled action just as well as Tom Clancy, and layers in character detail and dialogue you'll never find in a Jack Ryan novel. (Grade: B+)"
"Synopsis" by ,
Enter a brave new world and a high-stakes conflict in Orson Scott Card's Empire
"Synopsis" by ,
The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop, and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War.

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