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Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1 | [Orson Scott Card]

Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

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.
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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, 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?

©2006 Orson Scott Card; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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"Couldn't be timelier...heartfelt and sobering....All 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...it drives it home." (Booklist)

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    Daniaell LEAVENWORTH, KS, United States 12-11-06
    Daniaell LEAVENWORTH, KS, United States 12-11-06 Member Since 2003

    Runs with scissors.

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    "A Riveting Read"

    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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 07-05-08
    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 07-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Poor"

    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.

    15 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lutz, FL, USA 07-11-09
    Robert Lutz, FL, USA 07-11-09
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    "An empty, right wing cliche"

    I am about half-way through this book. Scott Card remains a good story teller, but, in this book, he really lets his right-wing stripes show. The story, which is not terribly compelling, is simply a vehicle for his rant. In and of itself,I would be OK with that, if the rant had anything intelligent or original to say. While followers of Rush Limbaugh and the like may really enjoy it, the rest of us get really bored of the tired cliche of the anti-military, anti-american left. I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card and have read many of his books, but this book is a dud. If Card was channeling "State of Fear" with "Empire," he succeeded.

    13 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Penfield, NY, USA 02-15-10
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    "very Good Read"

    This was a very good book from start to finish. Well done.

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    Ann B. Williams Katonah, NY United States 09-12-07
    Ann B. Williams Katonah, NY United States 09-12-07

    puginator

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    "Scary and Believable"

    Card paints a picture of the future of America that is both scary and believable.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-16-09
    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Powerful - MUST READ!"

    This was fantastic and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Orson Scott Card is a gifted writer and it really shows in this awesome book!

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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