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House Corrino Fearful of losing his precarious hold on the Golden Lion Throne, Shaddam IV, Emperor of a Million Worlds, has devised a radical scheme to develop an alternative to melange, the addictive spice that binds the Imperium together and that can be found only on the desert world of Dune. In subterranean labs on the machine planet Ix, cruel Tleilaxu overlords use slaves and prisoners as part of a horrific plan to manufacture a synthetic form of melange known as amal. If amal can supplant the spice from Dune, it will give Shaddam what he seeks: But Duke Leto Atreides, grief-stricken yet unbowed by the tragic death of his son Victor, determined to restore the honor and prestige of his House, has his own plans for Ix.

He will free the Ixians from their oppressive conquerors and restore his friend Prince Rhombur, injured scion of the disgraced House Vernius, to his rightful place as Ixian ruler. It is a bold and risky venture, for House Atreides has limited military resources and many ruthless enemies, including the sadistic Baron Harkonnen, despotic master of Dune. Like the Bene Gesserit, Shaddam Corrino is also concerned with making a plan for the future — securing his legacy. Blinded by his need for power, the Emperor will launch a plot against Dune, the only natural source of true spice. If he succeeds, his madness will result in a cataclysmic tragedy not even he foresees: With Duke Leto and other renegades and revolutionaries fighting to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to engulf their universe, the stage is set for a showdown unlike any seen before.

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For Leto Atreides, grown complacent and comfortable as ruler of his House, it is a time of momentous choice: But for the survival of House Atreides, there is just one choice—strive for greatness or be crushed. By his death in , Herbert had completed six novels in the series, but much of his vision remained unwritten. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the prelude to Dune—where we step onto the planet Arrakis.


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Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created, in the time leading up to the momentous events of Dune. But none can envision the fate in store for them: On many occasions, I found myself frustrated to the point of anger, at the immaturity of the story.

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Much of it lacked any credibility, and it was hard to imagine the characters' roles as senior and high ranking individuals in society, politics, religion and the military behaving so naively. The writers clearly have little idea of human behavioural psychology, nor of political and military behaviour. Even though the stories take place in the distant future, they are still mainly about humans, so it is not unreasonable to expect some continuity of basic human characteristics and behaviour.


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Each book has several pages of introduction and credits, naming numerous people who helped in some way. You would think that with so many people, the chances of writing such rubbish would have been reduced, if not eliminated. Sadly, the standard of grammar was also very low, with numerous grammatical errors, and even the use of non-existent words as if they were part of the lexicon. None of their books I've read so far do justice to the history leading up to the Frank Herbert era.

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The history, such as it is, could have been covered in a single book. I could have forgiven a single badly written book about the history of Dune and its universe, but to write book after book with the same low standard, these authors have done Frank Herbert's original masterpiece an injustice. It seems that they are just trying to capitalise on the success of his original books to make as much money as possible, particularly as none of the books add anything noteworthy to the overall series and story line.

I persevered through several of these latter-day cash ins on the Dune name, but this is the last straw. Not only have the authors betrayed a sophisticated legacy by dumbing things down to the "boy's own science fiction" level, but they can't even be factually accurate to that legacy. It is a pity that they didn't buy a copy of the Dune Encyclopedia to use as a reference when writing this rubbish.

Perhaps if they had such a reference nearby, they would have at least been able to maintain continuity with the original Frank Herbert classics.


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  5. I will always treasure the Frank Herbert novels for the multilayered approach to plot, character, history, politics and religion. I just wish that Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson had found something better to do than butcher a classic science fiction series. This book gets one star only because there is no option available for no stars! Formas de pagamento aceitas: Habilitado Leitor de tela: Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: