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Empire by Orson Scott Card
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0765316110
Date: 28 November, 2006 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Reuben Malich is a front line soldier in today's, or perhaps the day after today's war overseas. Brave, smart, serious, he's a team leader that understands the realities of war, and uses what he learns to get results, whether in the foothills of a nameless country in the middle east, or the hallowed halls of Princeton, studying a different, but no less deadly sort of enemy -- Clueless Liberals. But even more dangerous than the brainless grad students who haven't a clue as to the cost of freedom is the one man who does. A charismatic college professor who knows that the world is wrong when it sees America as Empire...and wants to correct that impression by making them right. It's up to Malich and America's armed forces to keep him from turning the country into a high tech battlefield where red and blue tear the union apart.

From official release/information:

Book Description: The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

(Source: Tor Books)

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