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Empire (Orson Scott Card's Empire Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A cautionary futuristic science fiction thriller

The two extremes in the USA have reached a point of hatred that threatens the fiber of the country. Neither extremist group wants to compromise because they believe that makes them seem weak. The vast center prefers harmony, but they are considered expendable pawns by...
The two extremes in the USA have reached a point of hatred that threatens the fiber of the country. Neither extremist group wants to compromise because they believe that makes them seem weak. The vast center prefers harmony, but they are considered expendable pawns by the right and the left who each assume the mantle of righteousness. In this divisive world of hate, the final blows occur almost simultaneously. Terrorists kill the president, the vice president, the secretary of defense, and other VIPs leaving a chaotic nation without leaders. The right blames the left for being soft on Al Qaeda the Left blames the Right for failing to protect the infrastructure.------------- Major Reuben Malich was near White House when the rocket attack killed POTUS, and the Defense Secretary. Initially considered a hero for saving lives, soon Rube is accused of carrying out the assassination. With his new assistant Captain ┬┐Cole┬┐ Coleman and a few other trusted aides, Rube investigates and soon believes the recent assassinations is the first stage in a coup to turn America into a world dominating empire to outlast the five centuries of Rome. The 'Progressive Restoration' has begun as the second American Civil War has exploded into open hostilities.----------------- Extrapolating from the hatred that has divided the country, Orson Scott Card provides a cautionary futuristic science fiction thriller. The war seems a plausible outcome though the recent election controlled by the middle brings new hope that maybe we can get along. Readers will appreciate this powerful military thriller yet extremists on both sides will condemn Mr. Card for failing to take their opinion while missing the whole point of this strong thriller that either extreme could destroy the values of this country with their no compromise idealism.--------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Disappointment abound

Like many avid readers of science fiction, I enjoyed Ender's Game. In fact, I enjoyed nearly everything Card has written in the Enderverse. But this work was appalling. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I subscribed to Mr. Card's political standpoints, but I do...
Like many avid readers of science fiction, I enjoyed Ender's Game. In fact, I enjoyed nearly everything Card has written in the Enderverse. But this work was appalling. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I subscribed to Mr. Card's political standpoints, but I do not.

It's unfortunate that such a well loved author would alienate such an important segment of his readership. I may be wrong, but I assumed most people who loved science fiction were more progressive than not. And this book is a demonization of progressives.

I would have liked it better had Mr. Card used a pseudonym for this work, so honest lovers of science fiction, and not political commentary, would know to steer clear.

And just so everyone knows, it brings me no pleasure to write a bad review for an author who once captured my imagination so completely.

Ender's Game is still my favorite book.

posted by Irishspartan1775 on February 23, 2010

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

    Story for our times

    The book was a very fun read but left, in my opinon, one big hole at the end. The question of who killed the president and how was not fully explained. However, it does provide a very good look into a possible future. Lastly the cover art and words do imply a much wider war front that is seen in the book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2008

    good but not great

    i'm a long time card fan and have read almost all of his books and empire was as good as many of them. however, it wasn't on the level of ender's game, speaker for the dead, seventh son, or ender's shadow. but you can't write a new york time's bestseller every time. having said that, i think that empire was a book worth reading. it is heavily drenched in american politics of a few years ago, but the real story is driven by fair-minded characters. people have complained that card was too biased in this novel but i didn't get that impression at all. and if it feels too much like a video game it's because card was writing a novelization of a video game with the same name.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    A biased but interesting novel

    There is indeed right-wing slant in the novel, and this title, as Card's first thriller it cannot compete with the classic ones like Tom Clancy/Michael Critchton. But it is still an interesting novel with good imagination. Go read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Great job

    You can imagine this happening right now. Easy read also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Good read

    It was a very intriguing novel, but some pieces were dull or flat

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    i love the action. too much politics

    orson scott card is one of my favorite authors of all time, i decided to read empire because of the cover and and one of my friends recomended it. it lived up to all of my Card expectations, i love the plot line and everything, the only thing that Card could have changed is to not put his own political opinion so deeply inside the story, i think that if anyone who read the book and didnt agree at all he could lose some of his fan basis, ender's game is his best forever !! :D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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