Shadow of the Giant

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Macmillan, Mar 1, 2005 - Fiction - 367 pages
380 Reviews
Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School.

For Earth was at war - a terrible war with an inscrutable alien enemy. A war that humanity was near to losing. But the long distances of interstellar space has given hope to the defenders of Earth - they had time to train military geniuses up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School. That story is told in two books,†Orson Scott Card's†beloved classic Ender's Game, and its parallel, Ender's Shadow. Now, in Shadow of the Giant, Bean's story continues.

Bean was the smallest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggins' right hand, Since then he has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he and his wife Petra yearn for a safe place to build a family - something he has never known - but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies - old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.
  

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It was the perfect ending to a great series. - Goodreads
The ending of this made me cry. - Goodreads
The character development was great and believable. - Goodreads
Some plot twists and heartfelt moments... - Goodreads
I HATED that the ending left things unfinished!!!! - Goodreads
... it had a love story! - Goodreads

Review: Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow #4)

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

I really loved the ending to this series. It was incredibly sad, but in a way, I found it very sweet. I don't actually know how to describe my feelings for it... I loved the last letter Bean wrote ... Read full review

Review: Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow #4)

User Review  - Andres Munoz - Goodreads

I've finally finished my favorite saga, and what a beautiful time I had.. Couldn't help but sit there and cry when I found out how everything ended up. Thank you for the ride Orson Scott Card Read full review

Contents

1 MANDATE OF HEAVEN
11
2 MOTHER
23
3 COUP
31
4 BARGAIN
48
5 SHIVA
63
6 EVOLUTION
75
7 AN OFFER
88
8 ENDER
97
15 RATIFICATION
185
16 JEESH
195
17 BOATS
210
18 YEREVAN
225
19 ENEMIES
242
20 PLANS
258
21 PAPERS
274
22 RUMORS OF WAR
296

9 PENSION
107
10 GRIEF
124
11 AFRICAN GOD
132
12 ALLAHU AKBAR
139
13 FOUND
156
14 VIRLOMIS VISITORS
168
23 COLONIST
314
24 SACRIFICE
322
25 LETTERS
335
26 SPEAK FOR ME
353
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
365
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About the author (2005)

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and itís many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past.† Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Enderís Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien ďBuggersĒ.
Card has been a working writer since the 1970s.†Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. † The novel-length version of Enderís Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of† the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. † Card was born in Washington state,†and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writersí workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series ďThe Tales of Alvin MakerĒ (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hartís Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Cardís recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.†† † Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card,† He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.