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  • Mass Market Paperback: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812565959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812565959
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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Orson Scott Card keeps returning to his first published story "Ender's Game" (1977). He expanded it into the acclaimed 1985 novel Ender's Game, winning Hugo and Nebula awards and spawning several sequels. More recently, Ender's Shadow reworked the original tale of precocious boy soldier Ender saving the world from alien hordes at terrible personal cost, as told from the different, colder viewpoint of his even younger lieutenant Bean.

Now Ender has been sent to the stars as too dangerously charismatic a military leader to keep on Earth. Without the common alien threat, our global alliance is disintegrating. Ender's top strategists like Bean are in demand by would-be conquering countries. Kidnappings rapidly follow.

Four strange, tortured teenagers dominate the book. Ender's brilliant but twisted brother Peter is already manipulating international politics as respected political pundit "Locke", hoping to become world ruler or Hegemon. He needs the genetically enhanced abilities of Bean, who's mainly concerned with the fate of kidnapped Petra--the only girl to reach the top rank at Ender's Battle School. Meanwhile boy serial killer Achille, the villain of Ender's Shadow, has sold his strategic talents to more than one nation, and has scores to settle ...

Shadow of the Hegemon lacks glittering SF hardware and seems almost old-fashioned after the planet-busting supertechnology of Ender's Game. What makes it compulsive reading is Card's uncannily sure handling of character, especially flawed characters and their painful moral choices. Minor figures like Ender's parents acquire new depth, and we care when people die. Recommended--but do read the books in sequence. A third "Shadow" novel follows. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Orson Scott Card keeps returning to his first published story "Ender's Game" (1977). He expanded it into the acclaimed 1985 novel Ender's Game, winning Hugo and Nebula awards and spawning several sequels. More recently, Ender's Shadow reworked the original tale of precocious boy soldier Ender saving the world from alien hordes at terrible personal cost, as told from the different, colder viewpoint of his even younger lieutenant Bean. (Now Ender has been sent to the stars as too dangerously charismatic a military leader to keep on Earth. Without the common alien threat, our global alliance is disintegrating. Ender's top strategists like Bean are in demand by would-be conquering countrie)

Four strange, tortured teenagers dominate the book. Ender's brilliant but twisted brother Peter is already manipulating international politics as respected political pundit "Locke", hoping to become world ruler or Hegemon. He needs the genetically enhance (Shadow of the Hegemon lacks glittering SF hardware and seems almost old-fashioned after the planet-busting supertechnology of Ender's Game. What makes it compulsive reading is Card's uncannily sure handling of character, especially flawed characters and t)

David Langford, AMAZON.CO.UK ('Haunting, compulsive, urgently readable...Storytelling genius')

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Where do I start? Ah yes, I first of all read the totally amazing Ender's Game and, after being so astounded by the brilliance of the book, decided to read the rest of the Ender Saga. This was the last book of the Saga which I read.
This book, while gripping in places, is in no way an essential chapter of the Saga. Don't get me wrong, it was OK, it was interesting reading about Peter's gradual rise to Hegemony, the sub-plot with Bean was good, but overall I don't think I would have been too upset had I not read this book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
As I liked Ender's Game the best out of the 4-part Saga, I loved this return to the Battle School times. The book developes the story of Bean and his arch nemesis Achilles as set out in the previous book, Ender's Shadow. This is set in the backdrop of Battle School grads being vied over by nations in a bid for world dominance, after the fragile global alliance forged in the face of war has shattered. It's all strategy, wits and gambling on the tables again, and a fantastic return to the beginnings.
What can i say, as usual an inspiring read--Card is a great writer who can create this kind of magic about his characters. I waited so long for the paperback till a friend took pity and bought this for me, and i finished it in three go's. It's a jewel of a story, and everyone should read the whole saga!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Normann Aaboe Nielsen on 30 Oct. 2001
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I have been thinking a lot of what is wrong with this book. Finally, I conclude that the problem is the basic startingpoint. The book is a follow-up on "Enders Shaddow" and - of course - "Enders Game". In these books the idea of teaching brilliant children the rules of tactical decisions is taken to the limit, and that is very well done. But the problem with this book is that the children also is assumed to be strategic geniuses. And here it all fall to pieces, because the author does not know his way around Asia and the world.
By hart, Orson Scott Card is American, as is clearly stated in his afterword - and he doesn't like the Democrats (esp. Clinton). OK, but why do I as a European wish to know that?
Also, Scott Card has perhaps been to Asia, and he might even have visited Thailand - but obviously not that much time! The description of downtown Bangkok is pathetic and simply bad writing. And as to the description of how China, India and Pakistan rally against each other - no, that is not good enough.
Back to the attic again, mr. Scott Card - this book is not one of your best!
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This might be obvious, but I should firstly point out that this is the second of a series of four books (with another one planned apparently). This "Shadow Series" of books (starting with "Ender's Shadow") runs in parallel, at least at the beginning, to the "Ender Series" (starting with "Ender's Game"). Don't read this book unless you have read "Ender's Shadow" as it won't make much sense. I had difficulty remembering what was going on myself. In fact, I would start with the Ender Series personally.

This book follows Bean in the aftermath of the war with the Formics. All the former Battle School graduates return to Earth and are welcomed as military geniuses by their respective countries. It appears that the removal of the alien threat is leading to the disintegration of peace on Earth, and countries are beginning to prepare for the war for power on Earth that everyone is expecting. The Battle School graduates, although still mostly children, are seen as a valuable resource and they become targets for kidnapping, or elimination if that is not possible.

Against this backdrop, Bean must face his old nemesis from Battle School, and before that Rotterdam, Achilles. Achilles is scheming behind the scenes to get influence with various high ranking officials and get himself an army that he can use to gain personal power. Simultanously, Peter Wiggin is still trying to gain power through the office of Hegemon, supposedly to restore peace on Earth permanently.

This is a decent enough book in itself, but you need to be familiar with the background and characters from at least two other books (the first book in each series). It's mainly about Bean, Achilles and Peter trying to influence global politics in various ways, although there is some action and a couple of side plots too. A completely different type of book from the previous ones, but enjoyable in its own right.
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By Irikefe Okonedo on 2 May 2011
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Book two of Orson Scott Card's Shadow saga. The fragile global alliance forged whilst mankind fought against the Buggers is beginning to disintegrate and in the wars to come between various nations and groups of nations seeking hegemony in the world the military genius children trained in Battle School will be the greatest resource that any nation can have. Against this backdrop the megalomaniac Achilles (our protagonist Bean's nemesis) kidnaps most of Ender's `jeesh' - the group of Battle School graduates that supported Ender in the final battles against the Buggers in Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow - and has them taken to Russia to aid in Russia's bid to become the superpower of the world. But Achilles doesn't attempt to capture Bean but instead tries to kill him and his family to get vengeance on Bean for what Bean did to him in Battle School and before that on the streets of Rotterdam when Bean and Achilles were homeless orphans (see `Ender's Shadow'). But he fails to kill Bean because when Bean and his family hear that members of the jeesh are being targeted, they get away (they were on holiday at the time) and escape from their holiday villa before it is blown up by a missile attack. The Greek military then come to the aid of Bean and his family and they go into hiding. But soon their new location is discovered by Achilles. Graff - the former head of Battle School and now Minister of Colonization - and Sister Carlotta - the Catholic nun who recruited Bean for Battle School in Ender's Shadow and who became Bean's mentor - get them out of their confinement and the family is split up: Bean and Sister Carlotta go one way and the rest of Bean's family go another way, so that neither group can ever be found by Achilles and his people. But Bean and Carlotta are now on the run.Read more ›
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