Empire

Empire

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765316110
0765316110
Branch Call Number: CAR
Characteristics: 351 p. ;,25 cm

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dixiedog
Jul 07, 2015

Not in the Ender’s collection of books. This was my sixth book by Orson Scott Card and while it had a very strong opening, the first 50 pages, and a reasonably good finish, the main body of the book while acceptable just did not maintain for me a high degree of interest. Still, I gave this book an overall 3.5 star rating. Senior Doctor at Bass - DA

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naturalist
Nov 25, 2014

About the author: . . .“Orson Scott Card Outdoes Himself With Insane, Racist Rant” from The Huffington Post, by Alana Horowitz August 15, 3013 see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/orson-scott-card-racist-obama_n_3762891.html . . . . an entry at RationalWiki: . . http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Orson_Scott_Card . . . and some posts at Right Wing Watch: . . http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/orson-scott-card . . . . . Other crazies . . . . see: . . . “White Man Falling : Race, Gender, and White Supremacy” ... by Abby L. Ferber published by Rowman & Littlefield, 1998, ISBN: 084769027X

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StarGladiator
Nov 25, 2014

Another whackjob of a book from neocon whackjob author, Card, who went completely nutso on 9/12/01 [coincidentally, the very same day Microsoft took advantage of to have an unscheduled layoff of over 1,000 employees - - stay classy, M$!]. If only Card knew forensic accounting and bothered to examine the money trails.

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svenoyd
Nov 23, 2014

was unable to read this book because someone had defaced it using ink to underline passages and add their personal responses--including profanity.

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z1699blackie
Jul 05, 2014

'The willing suspension of disbelief'...that is the critical element in any story, and it is provided by the reader.
Alas, I had to stop reading after about the third chapter....Card would have us believe that The Left is so evil that they would deploy killing machines to slay soldiers, police, and firefighters. While I could, at a stretch, imagine Leftists to be that Evil....it is inconceivable that they could be that organized. The book founders on utter unbelievability.
The sad thing here is that some of Card's characters are fascinating, complex people...but put into such an improbable set of circumstances.

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elfster14
Aug 04, 2012

More for teens. a little graphic. Too much swearing for my taste. But still good with an excellent plot.

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

This was a story full of exciting, intriguing and even tender moments. Could a civil war happen in the U.S. today? This book looks at one possible scenario, and it was eerily recognizable to our country today. As one character in the book says, “There are two sides that see the world so radically different that they truly believe that anyone who disagrees with them is evil or stupid or both.” and this leads characters in the book to follow up their words with actual violence.

KileyP May 04, 2012

Fans of OSC - don't be alarmed. Our favourite author hasn't gone W.E.B. Griffin or Tom Clancy on us. We still get Card's unique world view and writing style, with his spin on a few genres in this Thriller. A little spy, and little technie and a little sci-fi, Empire is almost a modern North American retelling of the fall of Rome, and the fallacy of greed. Card tells us of the attempts at creating a new North American empire, and the people behind it and the people willing to fight it. And in classic Card-style, a massive twist at the end!

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Mercius
Sep 30, 2011

A Tom Clancy type techno thriller with a dash of sci-fi.

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