Empire by Orson Scott Card

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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?

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War.

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About Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card is the author of numerous bestselling novels and the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards two years in a row; first for Ender’s Game and then for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina.
Published November 30, 2009 by Tor Books. 372 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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As a co-narrator, Card sticks mostly to the superfluous job of reading chapter introductions, saving his passion for his afterword, where he lambastes both the left and the right for their extreme and exclusionary acts.

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When the president and vice-president are killed by domestic terrorists (of unknown political identity), a radical leftist army calling itself the Progressive Restoration takes over New York City and declares itself the rightful government of the United States.

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Book Reporter

With HIDDEN EMPIRE, Card forgoes mysticism and.

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Entertainment Weekly

If you've ever read Orson Scott-Card's sci-fi masterpiece Ender's Game (you haven't?

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Deseret News

But he acknowledges that his fictional President Averell Torrent has "even more of a monopoly on power and media attention," with his access to and control of leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties.On the assumption that the U.S. can and should direct the globe's political economy ...

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On more than one occasion I didn’t want to pick the book up, but once I did I had no trouble carrying on reading, which just goes to show how good a writer Card can be when he writes something worth reading.

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Daily Kos

I've been reading science fiction for decades - my second grade teacher gave me a copy of "Flight to the Mushroom Planet" and the first story I ever wrote, in kindergarten and with crayons, was "Space Kitty" - and I've been following politics for almost as long.

Feb 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Empire

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