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Shadow of the Giant | [Orson Scott Card]

Shadow of the Giant

Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.
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Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.

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©2005 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Nominee, Science-Fiction

"The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games, and psychology." (USA Today)

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    Dana United States 11-21-11
    Dana United States 11-21-11

    Love Science Fiction and some Fantasy books.

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    "No "Ender's Shadow"."

    The story was very slow and not nearly to the quality of Ender's Shadow. When you read this one, only expect it to continue the story of Bean and Petra, but expect these two "main" characters to take a back seat to many other supporting characters. The story seems to be less about Bean and Petra and more about all the supporting characters that haven been introduced in the past. Also, it is very reminiscent of Xenocide, in the way the characters consistently talk and bicker to one another. Just the long, and continuing trend of disappointing books by Orson Scott Card.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Sir Lowry's PassSouth Africa 05-04-10
    Matthew Sir Lowry's PassSouth Africa 05-04-10
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    "Pulling teeth"

    I couldn't get my head into this book, I gave myself plenty of chances to try to care about this fantasy earth paradigm but nothing would keep me in it. I think the mostly the character development was too thin, compared to Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. (which I read in that order)

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    Kricket 09-08-09
    Kricket 09-08-09 Member Since 2006
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    "good conclusion"

    I thought this book was a good conclusion to the series. Very bitter sweat! Watching the characters grow up and seeing Peter become the real Hegemon (that we always knew he would be) was the best part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
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    "not as good as the others"

    this one takes off back where the first two left us, but lands in a field nearby. not nearly as good as the 1st two books.

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    Deep Think Toronto 05-04-05
    Deep Think Toronto 05-04-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Captivating book"

    If you've read all the books up until here you clearly love these characters. And you will get plenty of your fill here, although the book could stand to be even longer. There's still plenty of doors left open for more books to be written so this isn't the end of the love affair either.

    All in all, spending time with the characters is more gratifying than the overall plot of the book, but Card wrote himself into a corner with the Ender series, and he is beyond contradicting himself, so we know how it's all going to end anyhow - at least for Peter Wiggin.

    I can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Azizul Ipoh, PerakMalaysia 04-11-05
    Azizul Ipoh, PerakMalaysia 04-11-05
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    "Discreation Advised"

    When listening to this book one must keep an open mind and keep in mind that this is a work of pure fiction. With its depiction of certain races and religions this book might not be to everyone?s liking. But keep in mind again, Pure Fiction. Although if you are offended by racism and negativity to some religions you might want to skip this book.

    I'm giving this book a low score because of its lack of intelligence. Sure the tactical and drama aspect of the book is good and I think it should be all about it but the fact that the line between good and evil is pre determined, carved in metal and a wall has been build to separate it makes the book mediocre. I could do without the prejudice, the drama and the story itself was fine.

    At the end of it the entire book feels like mere filler between gapes of the previous and the next rather then a full story.

    9 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    05-01-05
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    "Racism!!!"

    This book is laced with racism and sterotypes. It is unfortunate that Orson Scott Card had to go to such depths to write this book.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rgjenks 10-19-06
    Rgjenks 10-19-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    I had a very hard time getting into this book but I persevered. It is the first of the series I have listened to. Perhaps it is just not my thing. I found that it dragged for the first couple of hours and that it took a long time to tie things together. By the end my opinion improved but I donlt think I will listen to others in the series.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 06-17-08
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 06-17-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Shadow of the Giant"

    Could not wait for the ending.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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