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ISBN: 0765359715
Author: Orson Scott Card
Language: English
Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (December 28, 2010)
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 496
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This is a dangerous planet. Only a politician would try to tell you otherwise. If you want to know what destroyed the Roman Empire, it was two plagues, a century apart, that killed about thirty percent of the population each time.

This is a dangerous planet. And I'm not talking about wars-we're America, we win our wars. There are earthquakes, storms, volcanoes. Plagues can appear out of nowhere and slaughter millions of people. That's why there weren't enough soldiers to keep the legions at full strength. That's why the emperors had to invite in the barbarian tribes to farm the abandoned land and fill the abandoned cities.

Part of Empire series by Orson Scott Card. Torrent had the theory that people who compared America with the Roman Empire always missed the point-we weren't an empire yet, we were still a republic. By this view, America was not going to fall, it was going to change, from republic to empire. And then it would be in a position to last, as Rome had lasted, for four centuries of world domination and another thousand as a successful power among powers. After the civil war ended, Cecily and young Captain Bartholomew Coleman had gone over Reuben's old class notes, which were written in Farsi as a way of keeping them from prying eyes.

Part of Empire series by Orson Scott Card. This does not make us the policeman of the world. It's not our job to save people from every bad government. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34. At this time in history, America is the nation most likely to have the means to intervene, if any nation does. The question really is: Can we live with ourselves, as a people, if we have the power to prevent unspeakable evil, and yet we choose to do nothing?

Empire is a 2006 dystopian novel by Orson Scott Card. It tells the story of a possible Second American Civil War, this time between the Right Wing and Left Wing in the near future.

Empire is a 2006 dystopian novel by Orson Scott Card. It is the first of the two books in The Empire duet, followed by Hidden Empire with the video game Shadow Complex bridging the two. The book follows . Army Major Reuben Malich and .

Unusual for Orson Scott Card, the ending of this book doesn't follow from what we see of the characters in the first three quarters of the novel

Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Unusual for Orson Scott Card, the ending of this book doesn't follow from what we see of the characters in the first three quarters of the novel. Characters are underdeveloped, with some who have an interesting introduction neglected later on. Also atypical for Card, there's much less showing, and much more telling - of what characters think and who they are.

In Hidden Empire, the sequel to Card's bestselling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous .

In Hidden Empire, the sequel to Card's bestselling 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, pire 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.

Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card-Audiobook Excerpt. Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Hidden Empire, read by the author, Stefan Rudnicki and Rusty Humphries

Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card-Audiobook Excerpt. Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Hidden Empire, read by the author, Stefan Rudnicki and Rusty Humphries. In this sequel to Card's bestselling 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.

The war of words between right and left collapsed into a shooting war, and raged between the high-technology weapons on each side, devastating cities and overrunning the countryside.

At the close of Empire, political scientist and government adviser Averell Torrent had maneuvered himself into the presidency of the United States. And now that he has complete power at home, he plans to expand American imperial power around the world.

Opportunity comes quickly. There's a deadly new plague in Africa, and it is devastating the countryside and cities. President Torrent declares American solidarity with the victims, but places all of Africa in quarantine until a vaccine is found or the disease burns itself out. And he sends Captain Bartholomew Coleman, Cole to his friends, to run the relief operations and protect the American scientists working on identifying the virus. If Cole and his team can avoid dying of the plague, or being cut down by the weapons of fearful African nations, they might do some good. Or they might be out of the way for good.

Comments:

Punind
The first "Empire" book seemed a little contrived even though the underlying conflict is real. This one doesn't do much to advance the plot of that book because it goes off on a tangent about treating plague victims in Africa. Card heavily emphasizes his religious beliefs here to hammer home the idea that Christians should throw themselves into danger to help the needy, even when it would make a lot more logical sense to help needy people somewhere less suicidally dangerous. He also heavily pushes the theory that similar behavior during the Roman Empire was the reason for Christianity's growth. Okay, that may or may not be true, but it seems like these messages are at least as important to the author as the actual plotline or characters. I felt like the story of a US cultural conflict breaking out into war and possible dictatorship got lost because of this detour. There's a subplot about high-tech special forces, but it plays second fiddle to the plague treatment. I give this three stars because I did finish it and it was somewhat entertaining.
Zinnthi
Unusual for Orson Scott Card, the ending of this book doesn't follow from what we see of the characters in the first three quarters of the novel. Characters are underdeveloped, with some who have an interesting introduction neglected later on.

Also atypical for Card, there's much less showing, and much more telling — of what characters think and who they are.

It's a disappointing end to the fantastic story begun in Empire.
Onoxyleili
It's interesting to see Card build this up slowly - he takes time and is careful with the plot, unlike in the first book where the action was sudden and early.

The deeper question about benevolent tyranny and what to do about it remains unresolved, suggesting a third edition. But the characters are uncommon and deeper than expected. I give this book 4 stars for that.
Erienan
mostly an interesting thought experiment. Card tries very hard to not identify with either political party, but it does become evident that he's pretty conservative.
Nuliax
Card went from Scify to fantasy to what should be considered for a Pulitzer. This novel of a possible near future, tells a story with such passion, that it brought me to tears more than once. It also made me review and think about politics and government. I hope he completed this triology or expands. One pasage he defines knowledge as a shared belief. I have taken that to my class, for example we label the wave frequency of Red as Red, There was no reason why we could not have called it green with out changing the fact (physics) of the observation. He is more than a novelist, he is a teacher.
Moralsa
I wasn't sure how this story was going to work when I started, but you can always count on OSC to surprise you with some clever plot twists and an unexpected resolution. It's still kind of different reading Card without and true fantasy or supernatural elements, but he is a master at storytelling, and this book was no exception.
Goldendragon
Had to force myself to finish it. First book by Card that I have disliked.
It just isn't quite clear what his politics are, maybe Orson should write a book to clarify. I mean he still has some interesting ideas but the heavy handedness ruined it for me. I don't know why I thought it would be any better than the prequel, my bad.

I really liked Ender's Game as a kid.

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