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Empire Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2007
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“[A] blistering read. Card plots hard-boiled action just as well as Tom Clancy, and layers in character detail and dialogue you'll never find in a Jack Ryan novel.” ―Entertainment Weekly on Empire
“A relentless thriller, which couldn't be timelier… Intriguing plot wrinkles come fore and aft of those basic developments, there are many deftly shaped supporting players, and major shocks explode in a split second (no Stephen King slo-mo for Card!). Moreover, all the action doesn't obscure the author's message about the dangers of extreme political polarization and the need to reassert moderation and mutual citizenship; indeed, it drives it home.” ―Booklist on Empire
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington 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, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.
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But this book is poor. It is kind of like when Koontz went off on his Libertarian rants (and I'm Libertarian!) and started weirding out for a while.
Now to the specifics. The characters act like no believable persons ever. Period. Ever.
Even the protagonist's kids are geniuses. His wife is a liberal genius. He is a conservative genius. Their family is perfect. He has a new co-worker who is a genius, and he trusts implicitly in a matter of a few minutes. Everything about the book is improbable and unlikely. By the time you get to Transformer(tm) robots marching through New York city, flying motorcycles and many of the states (and other countries) casually accepting a hostile takeover of NYC, you will probably start to lose faith in the book. Card needs someone to bounce his ideas off of with enough spine to say, "I don't think that one is your best idea yet."
Empire ends up being kind of like someone took Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers series and decided to take him seriously and write a book about his plans to take over the world. There is an element of James Bond in the book, I guess. I am pretty sure that even Robert Ludlum certainly wouldn't even tackle a conspiracy theory this big, though.
Ultimately, I am a HUGE OSC fan and have read everything (except the Alvin series, which I couldn't stand) he has written, (fiction) and find much of it to be fascinating and outstanding. But this book let me down.
He still has a huge credit balance with me though, and I'll buy his next one without blinking an eye. But I will wonder what I am getting into though...