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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Robert
  • Lutz, FL, USA
  • 07-11-09

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.

15 of 42 people found this review helpful

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social and political commentary that entertains

remarkable storytelling combined with astute observation of human nature and social and political commentary that is very credible and has much applicability in the real world

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Authors comments at the end say it all!

enjoyed the story but the greatest enjoyment was from the authors comments at the end of the book! Thanks Mr. Card for so eloquently stating the truth of where our country is headed and what must be done to stop it!

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  • Vicki
  • New Albany, IN, United States
  • 07-21-15

Absolutely Riveting and a Commentary on Politics

The most frightening thing about this CD is that it appears that it really could happen. Red and Blue states take on a new meaning and it is very up-to-date as a recognition of what is happening in America today.

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Great listen, whether you're left or right.

This book will (hopefully) make you recognize and question your own fanaticism. I know it did for me. Also, I could listen to this narrator all day, he always does a superb job.

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  • Monica
  • St Louis, MO, United States
  • 10-27-10

I wish I had read the reviews first.

I have read and loved many of his books, but this one was a dud. It starts out strong, but the characters and plot become less interesting each chapter. About halfway through it gets preachy and the author's politics stand in the way of what could have been an interesting "What If" story. I don't mind an author having views I disagree with (Hey I forgave Stephen King didn't I?). But publishing an opinion essay and passing it off as fiction is an unforgivable sin for a truly great storyteller.

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Disappointing

If I had picked up this book without looking at the author's name I would never have guessed that Scott Card was the author. Card is one of my favorite authors and I've read many of his books, both fiction and nonfiction. But I was disappointed with this read. The plot depended too much on coincidence to explain the action. And while Card is a master of character development I felt that the characters in Empire were paper thin lacking depth and personality. I simply never got to know these folks.
There were surprises throughout the story which is a good thing in a novel but I felt the explanations for some of these events lacked any believable logic.
While I found the book's basic concept intriguing I just wish Card could have used his magic to bring the story to life as he has so many times before.

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Card…Always a good read.

I listened to so many Card novels that I am getting them mixed up in my head. Like always they cover theology, moral and the plight of man. A good story as always.

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  • Daniel
  • Penfield, NY, USA
  • 02-15-10

very Good Read

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

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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