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Dean

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  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "Not Ender...and not just Card"
    Overall

    I have read many Card Ender, Bean, Memory of Earth, even his non-fiction helps for budding authors. This was initially a very divergent tale from most as I started the book. As the story unfolded the true Card came out. Characters with depth, relationships, histories....even unfollowed paths that do not show as obvious. Further into the book it does become a little obvious that the conception of the tale was not his own, and others were helping weave the tale though. The pace is quite good for the book. As it progresses through the last third some scenes become obvious, and the entire premise of Red vs Blue seems to be very CNN-Fox like in their marketing.

    For the entire book what was most interesting to me was Card's commentary in the afterward. Even though it is obvious Card is on the conservative side of the political spectrum, he does admit it causes a bias on his part. He chastises both right and left, Democrat and Republican, conservative and liberal in his warnings of the devisive nature or our current political climate. The only item I wish he would have stressed a little more is the press's roll in the escalation on both sides.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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