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Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2 | [Orson Scott Card]

Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2

In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous political and popular support and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy.
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In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become president of the United States, with enormous political and popular support, and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.

But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy and the potential disasters involved in his foreign military adventures. He quickly runs afoul of the president, and on the run, he and a few friends and allies seek proof of how Torrent orchestrated the political takeover - by assassinating a president and nearly starting a civil war.

©2009 Orson Scott Card; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 05-14-10
    Amazon Customer TIGARD, OR, United States 05-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "What happened?"

    I've always been a OSC fan, reading almost all of his books, but I couldn't make it through this one - at least not awake. Often, I go to sleep listening to a book, and this one did a good job of putting me to sleep.

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    Paul Powder Springs, GA, USA 02-15-10
    Paul Powder Springs, GA, USA 02-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book timely and thought provoking"

    Good story couldn't stop till it was done. Was a little disappointed with the narration which changed to Rusty all of sudden 3/4 through the book.

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    Christopher Beckley, WV, United States 12-23-09
    Christopher Beckley, WV, United States 12-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful!"

    I didn't know there was a second installment and continuation of the first book "Empire". This book is great and covers a lot of ground. I particularly like the thoughts on what it is to take up the Christian calling of service. I also like the nature of the characters. I like heroes and the fact that the heroes are true heroes not half good and half bad.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-29-10
    Jenn Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-29-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad, but too much political preaching."

    I've been a fan of OSC for years. I even think Empire is a good action/near future novel, though the idea of a liberal-incited civil war strained my willing suspension of disbelief (any political scientist will tell you that American liberals are far too divided and contentious to band together in any such endeavor--that, and they don't tend to like violence or firearms). However, if you must read Hidden Empire, check it out from your local library or buy it with a credit if you've got them to spare; it's an OK book, but you don't really want to spend money on it. Hidden Empire is packed with what amounts to preaching and terribly overt political propaganda. Rather than use them as flavoring, Card allows his personal leanings to become the main course of this novel; the characters and what should be the main action are relegated to sides and garnish. His one self-professed "liberal" character--a political/policy analyst no less--watches Fox for the "serious" news (MSNBC is staffed by condescending, Christian-hating traitors) and *****spoilers*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************allows her thirteen-year-old son to accompany her to nurse the plague-ridden in strife-torn Nigeria after he convinces her it's the Christian thing to do. Had she gone without him, she would have seemed noble, brave, and virtuous; allowing him to go makes her seem like an unfit mother and a religious nut, which is inconsistent with that character. Cole, the hero of the civil war, becomes a knowing and willing backer of tyranny, which is arguably inconsistent with that character. And would Rube's jeesh so stupidly undertake the suicide mission to assassinate the President?

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    David westminster, CO, USA 05-22-10
    David westminster, CO, USA 05-22-10
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    "Excellent."

    Could become fact too easily. A clear and thought provoking sequal to "Empire". It's relativity to current events is bore out by some of the scores and rants you see in these reviews.

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    Noah Wheaton , IL, USA 02-23-10
    Noah Wheaton , IL, USA 02-23-10
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    "Boring and Preachy"

    This book has the makings of a decent plot, a plot absolutely ruined by dull and extremely long sermons by Card's characters defending what I assume to be his religious and political views. While I am in agreement for the most part with his religious and political views, I do not read fiction to verify my beliefs I read it to enjoy a good story. If your willing to put up with the ponderous dialogue between characters the book may appeal to some as there is a decent story in here, but for most this will be a waste of money and time. On a side note it seems as if the author of the synopsis never read the book he just kind of guessed what the sequel to empire would be like.

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    B. Pearce Charlotte NC 02-14-10
    B. Pearce Charlotte NC 02-14-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Dull and pedantic"

    A sermon rather than a good story.

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    Paul Memphis, TN, USA 01-27-10
    Paul Memphis, TN, USA 01-27-10
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    "FOX News Happy Time"

    Not really sure why this had to be a book when it plays on FOX news every night. Demonized eco-liberal-progressives striking at the heart of everything that is America protected only by the wonderful forces of the all wonderful conservatives. Sorry, just not up to the Ender series at all.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful

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