estselling writer Orson Scott Card returns to the near-future world created for
Empire - a world where the international power of the United States has grown too
fast, and the fault lines at home have been stressed to the breaking point. 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 over-running the
When the American dream shatters into violence, who could hold the people and
the government together?
At the close of Empire, political scientist and government advisor Averell Torrent
has maneuvered himself into the Presidency of the United States in the aftermath
of the devastating insurrection and civil war. But the truth is, he engineered that
war, and becoming President is just the next step in his plan. Now that he has
complete power, he has two goals: To expand the American imperial power around
the world, and to control or silence the very few people who know that he was
behind the assassination of the last elected President.
But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies
alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy. Cole quickly runs
afoul of Torrent; on the run, he'll need to find hard evidence to prove what he
knows to be true.
Copyright © 2009 Orson Scott Card
A Tor Book - Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
Jacket art by Bob Warner