Hidden Empire

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This article is about the novel by Orson Scott Card. For the novel by Kevin J. Anderson, see The Saga of Seven Suns.
Hidden Empire
Author Orson Scott Card
Country United States
Language English
Series The Empire duet
Genre Science fiction
Publisher St Martin's/Tor
Publication date
December 22, 2009 [1]
Media type print (hard-cover) and Audio book [2]
ISBN 978-0-7653-2004-9
OCLC 317928746
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3553.A655 H54 2009
Preceded by Empire

Hidden Empire is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. It is the second book in The Empire Duet and was a 2010 finalist for the Prometheus Award.

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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 overrunning the countryside.

At the close of Empire, political scientist and government adviser Averell Torrent had maneuvered himself into the presidency of the United States. And now that he has complete power at home, he plans to expand American imperial power around the world.

Opportunity comes quickly. There’s a deadly new plague in Africa, and it is devastating the countryside and cities. President Torrent declares American solidarity with the victims, but places all of Africa in quarantine until a vaccine is found or the disease burns itself out. And he sends Captain Bartholomew Coleman, Cole to his friends, to run the relief operations and protect the American scientists working on identifying the virus. If Cole and his team can avoid dying of the plague, or being cut down by the weapons of fearful African nations, they might do some good. Or they might be out of the way for good.

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