Hidden Empire: Empire Series, Book 2 (Empire #2)
Card returns to the near future he created for his novel EMPIRE. After a Presidential assassination, the United States shattered into civil war. Now the manipulative Averell Torrent will bring it together again...but with his own imperial agenda.
In this sequel to Card's bestselling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous polit...more
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 thoug ...more
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 ...more
I was wrong.
The series can be summed up thus:
Military = Conservatives = Good guys
Intellectuals = Liberals = SATAN
The characters are two-dimensional to the point of sometimes being silly and the action is pretty far-fetched and full of coincidences that just don't happen in real life.
The characters in both books watch only Fox News because "it's t ...more
It's about a lot more than politics, cool futuristic military tech, or conspiracy theory: it's about whether or not Christianity actually means something more than Mass on Sunday and a few prayers during the week if you feel you need them. It asks disturbing questions about what you'll risk for your faith. Ridicule? Family relationships? Your very life?
And, of course, the characters are compe ...more
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, an ...more
I shall sum-up this book in one sentence: "Do the ends justify the means?" That's the entire point of this book.
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.
1. So-and-so said and other repetiti ...more
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The premise interested me. I was in the mood for outbreaks and deadly viruses. The world handling a crisis. It was even a timely read with this current Ebola crisis, but man was this heavy on the politics. If you are a right-winged, Christian who loves Fox News and don't believe in Global Warming, you'll like this a lot. If you like military jargon and vague action scenes, you'll love this novel. If you enjoy a lot of backst ...more
He fixed that with the sequel. It's not my favorite Card book, or even in the "must read if you want to k ...more
We were left at the end of Empire with a more or less happy ending, foreboding but tidy. In Hidden E ...more
One would typically think of sci-fi as being sort of ... I don't know... cold? no...too techie? no... anyway... whatever that stereotype is that I am trying to put onto it, Card's work does not fall under it. He has depth ...more
democracy to a sham, at least for a while,” said
“It already is,” said Cole. “Whatever we
have, it hasn’t been democracy for decades.”
Orson Scott Card has made a solid name for himself with the
futuristic vision of his Ender series and the magic of his
Alvin Maker novels. With HIDDEN EMPIRE, Card forgoes mysticism and
science fiction advancements to once again settle into the near
future landscape of an America coming out of a new civil war and a
At the beginning of the book we are introduced to Chinma, a ...more
The premise of the first book in the series, Empire, is to imagine a world where red states and blue states wage war for control of America. Instead of just throwing insults and facts that support their opinions, they use bullets and bombs. I'm forgetting many of the details due to the time that's passe ...more
The sequel to the quirky but good "Empire", "Hidden Empire" is also quirky, but not very good. While Card's trademark characterization and pacing are intact, there is a definite lack of action to keep the story interesting. This hasn't always been a problem for me with Card's other books ("Speaker for the Dead" and "Xenocide" are not action-heavy), but it sure is with this one.
There w ...more
This book brings up a very interesting point where there is conflict between two different ways of dealing with a worldwide epidemic. One is to quarantine the people who are infected and hope the v ...more
This is a sequel, but you don't need to have read the first book. I read Empire quite some time ago and honestly didn't remember many of the details. And honestly, if you want the entire story, ...more
The writing felt like a first draft that had been copy edited but never properly re-written. Half the ideas presented were poorly thought-through, half-baked flim-flam that wouldn't hold up to even initial philosophical inspection. The exposition of even the better ideas was clumsy and ham-handed. Ch ...more
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th ...more