Possibly the worst book ever. Card's essay at the end has some good things to say, but the plot, characters etc. are overblown, unbelievable and annoying at best. The humor is embarrassing.
I think I've read almost everything Card has written and enjoyed it - I can't believe this is the same person. I listened to the whole thing because I kept thinking it would get better - after a while I realized I was only listening to it because I was angry enough to write a review.
Orson should heed Pat Sajak's axiom - paraphrased - that "Celebrities are the least qualified to comment on politics. They live in a fantasy world."
Aside from the lacking literary value of the book - long, boring political analysis sections - the epilogue is a verbose, if more eloquent restatement, of the Rodney King philosophy, "Can't we all just get along?"
Sorry Mr. Card. I purchased a novel, not a forum for your errant socio-political-religious diatribe. And yes, contrary to your belief, heartfelt or otherwise, there is absolute virtue in the world. And absolute evil. Some things are black and white.
But you do have a right to offer your opinions, but I would challenge the false pretense of the cover of a novel (with a valueless epilogue). I just wish I knew that was what Empire was about before I purchased it.
This book is scarily real. We can't imagine a civil war happening, yet Card really shows us a believable way for that to happen. This book is real good a must read for anybody, who likes fiction, and Card. This is his best book yet. Better then Ender's Game.
While his research may not hold up to the levels of Tom Clancy, his story telling is certainly more than a match and leads the other authors of the genre.
Card manages to critique the radicalism of the left and the right, without coming to judgment on their respective viewpoints, while showing the inherent endgame of radicalism on either front, Totalitarianism.
The premise is very well thought through, the characters are believable, and while my personal beliefs may conflict with the details, yes I am a Conservative, the story is well written and well read, making for a very enjoyable listen!
A must for any Card fan!
Its scrary how plausible he makes this out to be. The parallels drawn between America and Rome and why we aren't Rome is pretty interesting. Also the Red state Blue state issues were addressed well.
Its a really good book and I highly recommend it to any other Card fans.
The only thing I had a problem with is that the civil war wasn't big enough.
This story starts out great and turns into an episode of "Sliders" before you get very far. Although I will applaude Card for giving Today's Press a hard time, the story has gargantuan holes in the technical and strategic aspects. Plus you can see Mr. Card somewhere on vacation here and there noting how he will have to use this in a story somehow. It's kinda thin for modern Sci-Fi. I would have expected a more thorough continuity study before issuing this version. It's only about half done. It really could have been a better book with some more 'due dilligence.'
The premise that the country is deeply divided is a line of silliness that's been going on ever since people could say impressive things like "This country is deeply divided!" for orator effect.
True, I would rather see terrorists invade somewhere in Georgia rather than New York for fear of NY surrendering too soon.
Fun book, but low marks for a master writer.
I am a big Orson Scott Card fan but this book is almost unrecognizable as his work. The characters are shallow, plot lines are left hanging, and you have to suspend your disbelief so may times it is ridiculous. Despite Card's comments at the end of the book the story mostly comes off as a right-wing rant that seems to be based on watching too much FOX news. The main point that Card misses is that most Americans are very patriotic when push comes to shove and the idea that they would turn against the central government is laughable. Indeed, the idea of attacking government is most closely associated with extreme right-wing groups rather than left-wing groups as Card portrays in this book. Card has many other excellent books to choose from; bypass this dreck.
Excellent portrayal of something that could realistically happen, given enough cash and determination.
The point driven home is perfect, Excellent descriptions (accurate) of US .mil tactics and camaraderie. The only "Factual/Technical Issues" are solved by the "waving majik wand" theory of Future Present Sci-Fi.
1000% Excellent, worth buying, let alone a credit.
Be warned tho, this is NOT in the same "Style" as the Enders series, it is a near future US based novel, with politics involved.
One of the few books on here that aren't tailored to the "left wing".
Runs with scissors.
Don't pay attention to the reviews telling you this is too preachy---this guy knows exactly what he is talking about and hammers home the concept in a way that is respectful towards the men and women who spend their lives protecting this country. This is an awesome read, a topic that certainly is plausible in today's ridiculous climate of nasty political division and it made me want to cry. I found it difficult to turn off when I needed to. Great job by the reader as well. I have listened to many of his narrations and he is fantastic. He has read many of OSC's books as well as the Prince Roger MacClintock series by David Weber and John Ringo and as far as I'm concerned he can read any military action book and turn it into an enjoyment.