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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Empire Series Release Date:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Frances | 2/12/2014

    " See my review of Hidden Empire. Ditto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matthuvius Manhandlinglambs | 2/7/2014

    " Not his best. But entertaining. Not one I'd recommend though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sean Watson | 2/4/2014

    " As a frequent reader of OSC, this book was a monumental disappointment. Its premise is a violent revolution in America as the vocal fight between the Liberal and Conservative movements ultimately results in a civil war as one side becomes determined to take the country back from the traitors who have seized it. These unscrupulous fanatics hoard dirty money in secret, assemble a high tech army, and finally when the moment is right, they pounce and attempt to take the government by force. Which gun-toting movement is fanatical and unprincipled enough to resort to violence to change the country? You guessed it - the Liberals! Card's protagonist is a brilliant right-leaning Special Forces soldier, who despite his conservative nature, has complete empathy and a deep cultural appreciation for the Muslim civilians in the theater wherein he fights because we all know conservatives are never judgmental of those who hold different beliefs. When he uncovers the treachery of the Liberal movement, he knows the media cannot be trusted since it's been completely corrupted, so he goes on the only fair and balanced show left: The O'Reilly Factor with host Bill O'Reilly, and no - I'm not kidding about that. I typically enjoy OSC because he challenges me and presents fresh perspectives. This book was utterly predictable, base, and pandered to the lowest common denominator of our current political landscape. I thought Card was better than this. If you genuinely believe that Fox News is a legitimate news organization, I expect you'll love it and I would encourage you to buy it. It sucked several hours out of my life that I'll never get back. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lillian Shuff | 1/29/2014

    " What a disappointment!! I absolutely love Orson Scott Card but this had none of the insight and compassion found in his other novels. Basically it's an ode to the special forces and a weak rendition of a disturbing view of our future in a red state versus blue state country. "

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