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Empire [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card
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Some video-game developers asked Card to write a scenario for "an entertainment franchise . . . about a near-future American civil war." They came to the right man and held off on releasing the game until he completed this relentless thriller, which couldn't be timelier and is, for all its hyperactivity and flip, Hollywoodish one-liners, heartfelt and sobering. Its heroes are two special-ops army officers who keep their oaths to defend the U.S. against all enemies when far too many of their ostensible colleagues have decided to abandon theirs. A rocket hits the west wing of the White House, killing the president, vice-president, and secretary of defense. While those directly responsible are Arabs, the next day, 14-foot-tall, bulletproof, armed globes on mechanical legs, backed by shooters on individual hovercraft, seize New York City by killing anyone in uniform. None of the new attackers looks anything other than American. A "Progressive Restoration" administration is established in the city, and it encourages other cities and states to join it to restore government as it should have been but for the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004. 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. Ray Olson
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"There is no denying the power of his storytelling, and the vision. There is no chance that this commercial House of Card will topple." --SF Commentary
 
"Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries (Ender's Shadow , etc.), which parallels the overarching series that began with Ender's Game (1985), does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult. … Now, as young adults in command of human armies pitted against each other in messy conflicts with no clear solutions, Bean's old cohorts must help create a peaceful future for Earth after they're gone. Card makes the important point that there's always more than one side to every issue. Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Shadow of the Giant

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1725 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 372 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0765355221
  • Verlag: Tor Books; Auflage: 1st (1. April 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003GY0KUM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Klasse "Was wäre möglich" Geschichte 25. Januar 2008
Von Hauke Stammer TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch
Der Roman "Empire" handelt von einem Anschlag auf den aktuellen amerik. Präsidenten (namentlich nie genannt, aber es ist George W. Bush), seinen Vizepräsidenten sowie weite Teile der Legislative und einer daraufhin ausbrechenden Revolution gegen das konservative Establishment. Die Protagonisten, 2 Special Ops namens Reuben und Cole, Reuben`s Ehefrau und sein Afghanistan bewährtes Team werden nach und nach in die Geschichte eingeführt, wobei lediglich die erstgenannten wirklichen Hintergrund erhalten. Spannung erfährt die Geschichte dadurch, dass Reuben selbst den Plan für den Anschlag aufgezeichnet hat - in seiner Funktion als Anti-Terror Spezialist.

Die Handlung selbst verläuft gradlinig, mit wenigen, aber dafür manchmal knallharten Überraschungen und einer Geschichte, die weder den Linken noch Rechten oder gar Islamisten die Schuld an irgendwelchen Geschehnissen in diesem Roman gibt. Vielmehr schildert Card in seinem Nachwort die Hintergründe des Romans und der Geschichte und legt seine Befürchtungen dar, wonach die extreme Linke wie auch Rechte in Amerika tatsächlich dabei ist, das Land zu spalten.

Klasse Roman, der manchmal aber gerne weniger gradlinig sein könnte.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend... 15. August 2013
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Geschrieben, greift die Spaltung der USA mit ein paar guten erzählerischen Ideen auf. Viele gut gezeichnete Charaktere - was tw. Weniger überzeugt., ist die technologische Vision des NY Aufstands - und ein doch sehr deutlich ausgeprägte Verachtung ggn. den liberals . Das hätte etwas weniger schwarz-weiß ablaufen können.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Barely recognizable as OSC. 28. September 2007
Von Hawk Season - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I don't mean to scathe an author I have for so long respected, but given my reaction to this book I don't see how I can do otherwise. On one hand, plot mechanics and the language of the book are blatantly recycled from his Ender series. The obsession with the word "jeesh" and certain actions with .22 pistols are laughable distractions for anyone who's read any other OSC.

The other hand, the more important hand to me, is that Card's language throughout is blatantly offensive to my value system. Card and I have opposite sociopolitical views, which I have known for a long time. That said, I have respected him for years because he always argued his value system in a way that I respect. From reading Card's work in the past, I was able to understand and sympathize with Conservative viewpoints. That said, he abandoned his intellectual approach in this book in favor of cheap shots barely worthy of best seller of the week pulp novels. I had to check the cover every few minutes to make sure it was still an Orson Scott Card book.

The only entertaining parts of the book, which ends in a total fizzle, are the action sequences... which are practically written to go straight to a movie. It's strange, the moment the book goes to an action sequence bizarre sci-fi machines come out of the woodwork. Nothing believable ever happens in the entire book, and the action sequences only serve to drop the credibility of the story.

I don't recognize this author as the man who wrote Ender's Game or Xenocide, two of my favorite books. He spends too much time taking cheap shots at modern pop culture, giving responsibility for a bloody and amoral civil war on absurdly single-minded "progressives" (the word "Progressive" is used in a derogatory fashion the whole book) who are bitter about Gore's loss in 2000, and championing the military much in the style of the Transformers movie to make this anything but a cartoonish joke of a novel. The occasional efforts to lighten this radical right wing blitzkrieg with assertions of right wing wrongdoing are pitiful and forced, quite patronizing.

I have nothing against people of different political persuasions, nothing that would cause me to wish extreme violence upon them, and I know no one who does... on either side of the aisle. This is not about my views as a left leaning American, this is about my views as a human. I'm ashamed of Card right now.

Really, I could go on and on, but I'd rather not. Mr. Card, I expected so much better from you. I'm actually a good bit sad right now.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen John E 24. Januar 2007
Von J. Mattingly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Even being as conservative as I am I has a hard time reading this book. What could have been a action packed military thriller quickly became boring talk fest. One converstaion after another about nothing,that had to do with everything. While the begining of the story is and the initial plot(If there is a plot)are a good basis for a book that quickly goes no where.

I was hoping for a look into what a second American civil war would look like. I have read many books by Harry Turtledove and other writers who have taken on the subject and done wonderful jobs with it. This was not case with this book.

What realy killed the book for me was the ultra right wing angle of the book. As a Republican I can stand a lot of left wing bashing. But comparing Al Gore to the Unabomber was just a little more than I could take.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Wait for the paperback or use your library 8. Dezember 2006
Von Rick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ender's game is one of the great science fiction novels. It's characters are well-rounded and the society Ender lives in gradually unfolds as we see him react to it.

The somewhat lurid cover of Empire--and Card's name--led me to pick the book up from the new books section of my local Barnes and Noble. I really looked forward to several enjoyable hours in Card's universe, thinking, perhaps, that it was a prequel to the Ender novels.

I always give a science fiction author my willing suspension of disbelief when I start a story. To do less is to imply that I already know all about the story line. But this participation by me as a reader is fragile, and depends on the skill of the author and of me as an educated reader to keep alive.

Sadly, that belief died an excruciating death during the first few chapters, and never recovered. Card has complained that Empire is viewed as good or bad depending on the political views of the reader. That may be the case but as an independent voter, leaning toward Libertarian, I am not wedded to either the far right nor the far left. I find them both equally odious.

I enjoy Atlas Shrugged as well as more liberal stories such as Brave New World (liberal in the classic sense that the state knows best). In Empire, Card tries to paint both sides as evil, with the liberals in the most evil column and the conservatives in the "maybe-a-little-evil" position.

Fine. I can live with this when it is skillfully woven into a story line. I didn't see that in Empire. CNN = bad. FOX = good. Red states = good. Blue states = bad. Again, if it is a given, I can accept that in a story. But Card seems to have forgotten that editorializing through characters is a thin film to base a book on.

There are other problems with Empire, such as the unexpected and unsupported actions of various characters. Without giving anything away, an example is "minor character stepping out of place to affect major character and then being tossed aside". Sure, people can act irrationally, but if they do so in a story, more than a couple of paragraphs are needed to explain their actions. If not, the action reeks of Deus ex machina. Worse, this problem occurs several times during the novel.

Empire must reflect the views of the author, else it would be a story and not an apologia. In the end, it robs the reader of money and time, supplies little entertainment, and illustrates how a writer--any writer--can fail when stepping outside their expertise as a story teller.

Empire is a great disappointment. Do yourself a favor and don't let it be one to you, too. Think fondly of the Ender saga and hope the next book returns to Mr. Card's otherwise excellent output. Harry Turtledove could have handled the story very nicely, but then I wouldn't have the chance to complain about Mr. Card's amateurish venture.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Those darn Liberals and their Mech Suits. 21. Oktober 2010
Von Aaron - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
First off, I do give credit to Card for the subject matter. Having seen the frothing hate swing from Bush to Obama, I've started to wonder if some kind of civil war is our fate. That was my main reason for picking up this book from the library.

The problem with Card's take on the subject, is that he feels the answer to the problem is to accept Conservative ways and reject Liberalism.

Key points in the world of Empire

-99.99% of the armed services are noble and honorable Conservatives
-100% of Liberals loathe all members of the armed services
-Liberals are so ignorant and gullible (because they believe in things like global warming), that they would be easily manipulated into triggering a civil war
-Liberals are so inept at the art of fighting (since there are no Liberal soldiers, of course), that they would need to rely heavily on insanely advance technology to even come close to matching the skill and heroism of Conservatives, and yet they still lose, badly
-Conservative soldiers would pine and feel an intense burden at having to fire on fellow Americans, while Liberals would gleefully slaughter anyone standing in the way of their mad agenda, especially members of the armed services
-The heads of the Washington Post would openly discuss with the Conservative soldier, how they're intending to spin his story to the Left and smear him and the military, while Fox News takes great lengths to provide a truly balanced forum for unbias reporting

Card continued to imply thoughtout the book that both sides were to blame, and a lot of people giving this a 5 star review say we missed that point. To them I ask, find me one Conservative villian in this book. Liberal bad guys were everywhere:

-The staff of the Washington Post
-The main character's secretary
-The general pretending to be a Conservative, and threatening a coup, to make Conservatives look bad
-The soldiers and Mech drivers who invade New York
-Canada (they encourage us to accept the Liberal takeover)

I can't think of one single Conservative bad guy in the book. In fact, the only good Liberal in the book is the wife of the main character, and she's really the Colmes to every other character's Hannity. Her purpose there is to show that a truly wise Liberal would know deep down that Conservatives are right about everything. That doesn't scream 'non-bias' to me.

Card's very obvious tilt toward the Right aside, the story is so horrible as it is.

Mech suits and hoverbikes?

Seriously, mech suits and hoverbikes?

.......

Really?

The whole concept of the book, with the 'neutral' character manipulating his way to being the unopposed candidate for president is laughable. You're writing a story about the division between our politics, and you think, even after a civil war, both sides would start falling all over themselves to work together to ensure that the same guy gets elected president

Plus, the Mech suits and hoverbikes, never forget them.

All said, one of the worst written stories I've ever read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Some Good Ideas but Disappointing... 19. Dezember 2006
Von John J. Conway - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I looked forward to Orson Scott Card's novel EMPIRE,since I'm a huge fan of his ENDER'S GAME and ENDER'S SHADOW series as well as THE FOLK ON THE FRINGE.Unfortunately this book was written almost as a big budget action movie,any holes in the plot or characters will be carried along by breathless chases and loud explosions and a James Bond villain with his own secret hideout. There were glimpses of brilliance here,and I was expecting a little more than a Twilight's Last Gleaming or Seven Days In May Right Wing Military coup. ***SPOILER ALERT*** The technology that the villains trot out when they take over Manhattan (I refuse to even comment on that,)was completely ludicrous and unnecessary to the story.

The idea of circles within circles and an Augustus like character were good ideas,but the whole red state/blue state conflict was simple minded and not fleshed out at all.I wish Mr.Card would rethink the idea of a Yugoslavia-like US Civil War because I think he had the makings of a great story there,but I don't think this was it.I wish he had read Robert Kaplan's THE COMING ANARCHY as preparation.
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