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Robert

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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
    (820)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (251)

    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"
    "Great Premise, Fair Delivery"
    Overall

    This is kind of like a politically-oriented Crichton novel, just not as well thought out or written. I like the premise of a "new civil war", but it's execution is fair at best. Many of the characters are stereotypes -- and cardboard ones at that -- and there are holes in the plot large enough to drive a few "mechs" through. (Read the book and you'll get the reference>)

    That said, I still basically enjoyed to book. The plot moves along fairly quickly, some of the stereotypes are spot on, and Card does make one really consider the impact of overheated political rhetoric.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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