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Return to Book Page. 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, 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.
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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published December 22nd by Tor Books first published October 21st More Details Original Title.
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May 09, Peter rated it did not like it Recommends it for: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Shelves: fantasy , science-fiction , library.
Global warming is a lie, and even liberals know it in their heart of hearts. Guantanamo is relatively "nice". Progressives conspired against America, and were roundly defeated by patriotic red-state forces.
Fox News is the only channel that even occasionally tells the truth. A Rush Limbaugh analog is a brave, noble, and lovable hero.
Three thoughts went through my head as I read this: First, that George W. Bush could have written the whole thing. I knew that Card had been getting more and more right-wing over the years, but this surprised even me.
Second, that with each page I found myself disliking Card more and more. Your mileage may differ, but I found his opinions really offensive.
He really seems quite proud of his bigoted opinions; that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has read any of his homophobic and religiously-biased articles.
Third, whatever storytelling talent Card had has long since been replaced with a dumbed-down writing style and an urge to grab the microphone and preach the True Faith.
He's really gotten himself into a rut; he seems utterly dependent on overly-precious banter between precocious kids and their parent s , alternating with warmed-over right-wing political philosophy and rather limp and confused action scenes.
There's a worldwide epidemic and African warfare thread which is slightly less tedious than the rest of the book, but it certainly doesn't make up for the rest of it.
The whole thing rather reminded me of the Left Behind series, and that's a memory I would rather not have dredged up. It's funny; he was able to write well, once upon a time.
It's hard to believe that this book is by the same guy who wrote Songmaster. View 2 comments. I really enjoyed this continuation several years after the first book.
I'd suggest reading the other book first, but you don't have to. Card did fill in just enough that you wouldn't be lost, but he didn't recap in detail, thankfully.
As usual, his afterword which he I really enjoyed this continuation several years after the first book.
As usual, his afterword which he read was excellent. The idea of religion as a way of life which was more successful than what it displaced. Card isn't easy on his characters again.
Card did just the beginning of every chapter which were thoughts by his fictional president. They were truish enough to make me think.
I really liked the beginning of chapter 8: People know many things and half of them are wrong. If only we knew which half, we'd have reason to be proud of our intelligence.
What is knowledge? A belief that is shared by all the respectable people in the community whether there is any real evidence for it or not.
What is faith? A belief that we hold so strongly that we act as if it is true even though we know there are many who do not believe it.
What is opinion? A belief that we expect other people to argue with. What is scientific fact? An oxymoron. Feb 20, Katrina rated it it was ok Shelves: Card is a serviceable storyteller, as seen by earlier books, but if you read his Worldwatch columns, this is pretty much the fictionalized version of those, topped with a liberal dose of what my SO calls Risk fanfic.
If you're a Card purist or can stand the occasional diversions into politics and religion that mark current Card books, go ahead and read.
Otherwise, probably it's best to avoid, for your blood pressure, if nothing else. The postulate for this series of books is that comparing the US to the Roman Empire is an incorrect metaphor, and that we should be comparing ourselves to the Republic.
So Card has set out to write a series of books that transitions the US to an empire much like the Roman Republic gave way to the Roman Empire. I'm not entirely sure this is working, as it relies too heavily on a near-omniscient character occupying the Presidency and our main characters all seem just a bit too competent as well.
It does occasionally grate. I also thought it was awfully convenient that the bad guys, other than the implacable plague spreading across Africa, were all Muslims.
The outright degeneration of an entire religion is something that I thought Card, as a Mormon, would understand, but it's not entirely inconsistent with the above Worldwatch columns.
Will I read the next book in the series? However, the geopolitics are somewhat simple and the politics Thus, unless you're a Card completest, I'd recommend not reading this book.
View 1 comment. May 23, C. Phipps rated it did not like it Shelves: spy-fiction. So, yeah, this book is a thing. Of course, Orson Scott Card chose to write these individuals up as a bunch of extremist liberals.
It's impossible to discuss the plotline of this book without mentioning the premise of the first book so let the SPOILER-averse beware.
Basically, a history professor arranged for So, yeah, this book is a thing. Basically, a history professor arranged for the assassination of George W.
Bush unnamed but described and Dick Cheney. He then caused New York to be conquered by extremist liberals who the people of New York City sided with.
It was all bankrolled by a George Soros stand-in who was tired of all those noble Republicans and their love of freedom.
One of our two heroes was killed and his best buddy successfully captured Soros. The history professor, Averell Torrent, believed that democracies are destined to die and the only way for America to survive is for it to transition into a global empire akin to Imperial Rome.
Now what is the twist here? Averell Torrent is NOT the bad guy. No, instead, he is the secondary protagonist of the series who is a necessary evil for the survival of America.
Oh boy. The rest of the book is how a bunch of Christian missionaries go to Africa to deal with a massive plague of super-cholera because no one in Africa has ever dealt with that before and converts all the black folk to Christianity, especially when contrasted to the evil Muslims who are executing all of the local Christians as well as animist followers.
Speaking as someone who has done missionary work and is proud of the efforts done, this is every bit as condescending and racist as it sounds.
At one point the SEAL team protagonists infect themselves with super-cholera to make sure they're immune. They also have a fight over whether to assassinate Avrell Torrent for murdering their friend as well as the previous president.
The bad guys are the one who want to bring him to justice. I know Orson Scott Card has some Oct 21, Mary Frances rated it liked it.
These Empire books strain my admiration for Card. He does a poor job of being balanced and presenting a truly even view of opposing world views.
His clear disdain for climate change theories slips in regularly, as does his stereotyped view of liberals as just Marxists who are too stupid to know they are Marxists.
Given the humane and loving views that underpin and add richness to the best of the Ender novels, this limited view of those who disagree with him politically is disturbing and a big These Empire books strain my admiration for Card.
Given the humane and loving views that underpin and add richness to the best of the Ender novels, this limited view of those who disagree with him politically is disturbing and a big disappointment.
Views that do surface in the ender's universe books, which is why I've never loved them either. Yep, I am a liberal-not a progressive-a real old fashioned sixties liberal.
And yep, I am very smart and very well informed and very very much a patriot. How I wish Mr. Card was as able to tell the difference.
PS- I could not read these books in print form- my head felt like exploding. The audio version is so well done I was able to experience the books and form an opinion of them, I think, fairly.
They won't change my love for Ender and Speaker, but may make me cautious about picking up the next Card book. Jan 30, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , In some ways I sort of feel sorry for Orson Scott Card.
He went through a period of genious as a relatively young man when he wrote Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, and it has been all downhill from there.
I still like the science fiction that he writes and I still try to read everything else he writes but his new stuff just doesn't have the originality that used to define his writing.
It feels like he pumps out a book when he needs money. Dec 08, Okaasan59 rated it did not like it. I read this book because I read the first in the series Empire and I thought that surely the second would redeem some of the atrocities of the first.
I was wrong. The characters in both books watch only Fox News because "it's I read this book because I read the first in the series Empire and I thought that surely the second would redeem some of the atrocities of the first.
The characters in both books watch only Fox News because "it's the most truthful. No different than those "liberal" guys. I managed to forgive that, though, because the characters are all military or ex-military or somehow connected to the military which might explain their views.
I say "might" because I know plenty of military folks who would disagree, but whatever. In the second book, the main character is a housewife who just loves to cook and bake for her family.
She is also an advisor to the President of the United States. It was so absurd that I couldn't stop laughing. That being said I think these two books would be perfect for a year-old boy with a military fetish and limited world experience.
Mar 22, Danielle rated it it was ok Recommends it for: fans of sub-par military fiction. Shelves: pans , sci-fi , read.
And also, the movie Outbreak. I shall sum-up this book in one sentence: "Do the ends justify the means? The idea for the story was ok, but the execution was bland at best, and often ventured into horrible territory.
Having the benefit of reading this on my Kindle, I highlighted passages whenever they jolted me out of the book, and I've noted the main ones below.
The lead-in to two paragraphs, one immediately after the other. The protagonists were so overly 'Christian' that every other sentence was "what would God want me to do".
This was compounded by poor humor that made me pity them. Like carrots in orange Jell-O. And minimarshmallows in lime.
That's laugh-worthy? Really poor transitions. For example, at one point: All the people living in those places were steeling themselves for the possibility of evacuation, devastation, rebuilding.
Cecily saw herself in a hurricane. Rushing with her minivan full of children, trying to get out of town as the storm surge battered against the coast.
In the passenger seat, Nick was shouting. Utter fucking lameness It was just a dream. But it felt like so much more than a dream. It felt like an answer.
It felt to her as if she had been given this dream to make things clear to her. The hurricane will find them. All you can do is prepare them to be brave and good and make the best of whatever comes to them.
There's also a major plot-point that makes up the ending that is simply handed to the reader in the second chapter. I will not spoil it here in case you haven't read it, but give me a fucking break.
Inappropriate levity Chinma stood up, turned his back, and raised up his shirt. He knew what they would see, because other nonfavorite children in his family bore similar scars, though perhaps he had the most.
Lettie said nothing at all. Chinma lowered his shirt and turned back to face her. Come, Chinma. He had vaguely understood that they were being tested in Africa, but he had some idea of them being experimental.
Rusty is a radio personality, but he "remembered" what the top-secret exoskeletons were called??? The main badass solider, Coleman, didn't even know about them!
Jun 26, Sean added it. To be honest, I'm not sure why I even read this book--I knew going into it it would just annoy me. Some ongoing inability to let go of Ender's shade, I suppose.
Whither the Card of yore? Well, the last book set us up with a rebellion from the evil liberals led by George Soros ok yes, Card made up some other name for him, but I've forgotten it.
In this one, Fox News is still the only honest news channel, but the focus has moved from evil liberals to evil Muslims. A pandemic is sweeping Africa, To be honest, I'm not sure why I even read this book--I knew going into it it would just annoy me.
A pandemic is sweeping Africa, and America enforces a quarantine. This enables evil Muslims to commit human rights violations on people they don't like, and so America sends in troops despite the quarantine.
Meanwhile, back in America, Christians are protesting the quarantine because they want to go over and heal the sick or whatever.
So the President lets them go, but wait! Now the evil Muslims are coming after them too! Luckily, Glenn Beck comes to Africa to keep their spirits up.
I wish I was making this up. I gave this book two stars instead of one because Card can still make me care about characters even while I'm making vomiting noises at his blatant politicizing.
May 26, Lydia rated it really liked it. I didn't want to give him a 4 for this book because I disagree with so many statements within the book.
And definitely with the choices Cole made at the end. He even questions himself "What if I watch Torrent and find out that they were right after all, and I wrong?
That sometimes a ruler needs to be killed to save the people? That democracy is more important than peace after all? I do agree with the statement "They really thought they were good guys.
Cole chose a different way then I would have. I did enjoy the characters and all the action! I loved how they analyzed about why Rome survived as long as it did.
It was interesting to see how Card writes about current events. Oh, and I never read the first one in the series Jul 29, Annette rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , christian-worldview.
This book actually made me cry, and I honestly cannot remember the last book that managed that feat. It asks disturbing questions about what you'll risk for your faith.
Family relationships? Your very life? And, of course, the characters are This book actually made me cry, and I honestly cannot remember the last book that managed that feat.
And, of course, the characters are compelling, the smart-sarcastic dialog fun, and the plot interesting. The "Torrent" quotes at the beginning of the chapters are also thought provoking.
It has my definite recommendation, but do make sure you've read the first in the series, Empire , beforehand or you won't know why you should care about Torrent, Cessy, Cole, and the rest.
I really, ridiculously loved this book! That said, I also really like Orson Scott Card Anyway, I liked this one even better than the first one maybe because I couldn't remember all of it?
I giggled, I gasped, and I cried as I read typically not at the same time , and as soon as I put it down I wanted to read it again.
Yes, I know I'm gushing, which means I probably should've Um Yes, I know I'm gushing, which means I probably should've waited a few days to write this!
Sep 09, Dimitar Ivanov rated it did not like it Shelves: , fantasy-and-sci-fi. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. If you want to read about God, American Patriotism, How Conservatism and Fox news are great, Superheroe Solders, Virus , bad Muslims, poor and very "uncivilized" african boy - this is your book.
Boring and predictable final. Oct 22, D. Dutcher rated it did not like it Shelves: science-fiction , bad-novels , immoral-novels. I am a Christian, and though I tend to be anti-political, I lean towards the right when I do.
I say this so this one-star review doesn't get obscured by charges of political bias. This book not only sucks, it's pretty immoral coming from a religious conservative like Card.
In Nigeria, we get an Ebola like pandemic where the less deadly strain still nails thirty percent of people who get it, and the other kills people in six hours.
Cole and his exo-skeleton team are sent to protect Disclaimer. Cole and his exo-skeleton team are sent to protect people from raiders intent on wiping out survivors.
Cecily and Mark come in later to perform Christian acts of mercy on them. Much, much stupidity ensues. Warning: heavy use of spoilers.
I can't avoid them because a lot of my ire is due to plot decisions and themes. The first part of the book is okay. Some arguing about the ethics of quarrantining all of Africa, carnage by people afraid of the disease, and nothing objectionable.
But then we get to a point in the book where it all goes downhill. Northern Nigerians just killed a village. Cole's team is tracking them, and they notice that some of them are probably infected by the pandemic.
Rather than be horrified and try and get to them fast before they start to infect other people, Cole's buds suggest letting them go precisely so they will infect other people.
After all, they can't kill them out of fear from the disease if they have it too, right? This is bizarre. Never mind the fact that it might be possible to contain the disease, as it seems to transmit by fluid contact or sneezes, or at least slow the infection rate down some.
It's absurd. The problem is this mindset keeps returning. The same special ops catch the disease and make it a point to infect the entire base for the same reasons.
They believe that it's going to spread anyways, so might as well infect people, let some die out, and be immune before any other country's fighting force.
There's no real reason why they would think that the virus could spread beyond the borders, they aren't doctors or immunologists, and they aren't generals or people who have the right to condemn their own allies to die like this.
Cole at least is horrified, but rather than, I don't know, throw them in a brig pending court-martial, he grits his teeth and endures it. Meanwhile, we have Christians clamoring to come to Africa to pull a Mother Teresa.
Look, I'm a Christian, and Christian charity and selflessness can inspire people to make noble and heroic sacrifices for others. But a bunch of people clamoring to be let in to an area where again, thirty percent of people will die or more is not showing good discernment.
Especially when all you can really do is carry water to people. So in one hand, you have a really naive Christianity to the point of a martyrdom complex, without seriously examining where or not it is one.
There's no reflection on whether or not this is God's will, and the idea is that this somehow revitalizes faith in Christianity.
On the other hand you have this weird thread of "someone needs to make the tough calls, and survival of the fittest" in Cole's actions, and far worse.
There's a lot of stupidity in the book. All Puzzle. All Multiplayer. All Action. All Adventure. For you. Join for free.
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