Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow Series #2)

Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow Series #2)

by Orson Scott Card
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Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow Series #2) by Orson Scott Card

The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.

But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heroes; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.

Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.

Shadow of the Hegemon is the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429964029
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Series: Ender's Shadow Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 72,406
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".

Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.

The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.


Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

Hometown:

Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington

Education:

B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 203 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This and the next two books in the Shadow parallel novels are among the best works Orson Scott Card ever wrote. Great adventure novels plus brilliant characters and a situation where a handful of smart teens have the fate of the world in their hands= irresistable series! These books also show different sides of every kid from Battle School as well as those who stayed behind. The explanation of how Peter became Hegemon proves that Card did his research- it's almost scary how possible some of the situations shown were. It'd be interesting to see wat would happen if Card wrote this book today... Anyway, read it if you haven't already! It's so worth it.
Jason Cook More than 1 year ago
The Bean series is wonderful. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Card has the uncanny ability to gives you four hundred plus pages pure suspense. From the first chapter on I was instantly glued to this book. This characters are so easy to undrstand and you end up caring for them and cheering for the good guy its hard to stop reading. Card includes wonderful details of the characters and the the details add such realism to the experience. The book is never predictable always changing directons and always leaving you excited to read whats to come up next.I loved this book and love the series an highly recommend it to any one who like science fiction and military novels. I had a hard time finding anything wrong with this and the only thing i could come up with is that some of the language is strong especially for how old the characters are. Children between the ages of seven and fourteen use harsh language seen in more mature books and movies. Otherwise thise book is flawless and will give you a good time. I would recomend reading the prequels to this book to fully understand all the little moments in the book but it could still be enjoyed with reading the previous books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was obvious that Ender's Shadow was not going to be a one-shot spin-off deal; Card envisioned it as the first of a three- and then four-book saga separate from the original Ender quartet. The stage was set for Shadow of the Hegemon - Achilles was just too juicy of a villian, and there were still so many unanswered questions about what happened to Peter and the Battle School children. However, I was more than a little disappointed with the direction this novel took; it felt like a throwback to Cold War-era espionage novels (I hope Card wasn't attempting to mimic Tom Clancy). The author also made a terrible mistake that really disrupted the flow of the story more than once - he included too much of his research (military history in this case) into the novel, as though he were trying to impress the reader with his extensive knowledge of another subject. That was a Michael Crichton thing to do, and I felt it backfired in the hands of a far superior storyteller like Card.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bean, or Julian Delphiki is on Earth after the war. Achilles has taken a seat of power and is trying to kidnap and kill members from Ender's squadron. Bean has gone into hiding and is trying to find a way to rescue his friend Petra. What I liked about this book is it contains action like the others but from a different angle. However, it tends to be a bit slow paced at times. Overall I think it's a great book and I highly recommend it.
PUREfantasy87 More than 1 year ago
wht more could i say just couldnt put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great,if you love Enders Game or Enders Shadow, there wont be disappointments but its a tad different.Ist more for adults than for young adults, besides it gets a little too political at times. But all and all its very entertaining and will satisfy Enders and Enders shadow fans everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this book. When I finaly did it took me a week to read. I couldn't put it down. I have read three of cards book and I love to learn how they get out of situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much but I feel like i have been cut off. I think Orson Scott Card should continue with beans story one way or another. To me this story Just seems incompleted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I'm amazed at how much the author knows about world events and cultures. These books are definitely not for people who don't want their minds jogged. I think this is one of the best books of the whole series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a fantastic book i love books and i didnt really love reading these kinds of books until i read this one. tha author of the book is without a doubt one of the best there are just by the way he wrote one book and continued to write them but by a different character point of view,.. i will continue to read all of the ENDER'S GAME series ive already read,..ENDER'S GAME,..SHAWDOW OF HEGEMON,..AND ENDER'S SHADOW,.. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A BOOK JUST ABOUT ACHILLIES THAT WOULD BE FANTASTIC TY FOR THE EXCELLENT BOOK!!!!! FROM RASHAWN
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great because it had so much action and big events that changed the world, people, and the way they thought.The last half of his books are the gratest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For fans of Sci-fi this may be slightly disappointing from the space and alien oriented Ender's Game, but Card's depiction of the world in a few centuries is strikingly truthful to the present. His view is, especially in recent events, quite a possible, however unlikely as it may be, future world stuggle. His knowledge of Asian culture is very extensive (having years of experience myself in Asia) which i feel was a very important piece of this novel. Shadow of the Hegemon is indeed a must read, even those not very enthusiastic about Sci-fi, can appreciate the depiction of future (if not very like the present) politics of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Formics are defeated and graduates of the IF Battleschool become the tools used by Achilles as he manipulates nations in his quest to dominate the Earth. Ender's Shadow gave insight into Bean, this book gets deeper into his life and persona while fleshing out the characters of Petra Arkanian, Sister Carlotta, Peter Wiggin and numerous others. While it is less sci-fi than most would hope for, it generates interest in politics and world history as it extrapolates a potential future. Card's talent for making his characters human and (generally) likable shines through. Shadow of the Hegemon is a great, fast read,holding the reader captive, particularly those familiar with the family of associated novels that precede it. As with the others, it leaves the reader asking, 'What's next, and do I have to wait long?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orson Scott Card has yet to fail in creating a believable story plot that pulls you right in. Characters previously set in the backgrounds of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are now further developed, giving the Ender-veteran a new outlook on the characters' personalities and points of view. The story starts fast and never slows down, yet still giving the reader enough detail to enable them to visualize every escape, every assassination, every confrontation and emotion as they read this masterpiece. This author has taken a single story and created an entire history of a universe that may yet come to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This time the battlefield is set firmly on terra firma, Earth! Ender and his sister, Valentine are not around. The intelligent children from Battle School were trying to blend back into life on Earth when they were kidnapped, except for Bean. He, his family, and his neighbors were bombed! Bean went into hiding with Sister Carlotta. Ender's brother, Peter Wiggin, was their only hope.

Peter may only have been a teen, but his intelligence at politics and pulling strings were as great as any of the Battle School Grads were at commanding! He held two names on the nets. Both were well known and had much influence. He was 'Locke', known as a peacemaker, and he was 'Demosthene'. He would help retrieve the brilliant children. But Petra was the most important and she was held prisoner by Achilles! Peter intended to rule the world...and soon. He would become the Hegemon. But first, he and Bean must become alliances to defeat Achilles, before he manages to destroy all the nations!

***** Orson Scott Card's deep thinking strategies on national and global politics, as well as, on national and global military tactics are proven once again to the Sci-Fi reading public!

The story mainly follows Bean, with Petra and Peter as secondary characters. But my vanity makes me like Petra the most. After all, change the P in her name to D and you have MY name! But more than that, I enjoyed watching her (as a 14 year old) using logic against grown men who trained in psychiatry. Petra has a way of seeing things more clearly than most. Here is a story that will hit the best seller lists almost immediately! It is not only excellent, it is awesome! *****
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