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- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Oct. 2008
- Language: English
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Set 1,500 years after Leto II's death, Herbert has had to start again with the storyboard and the series certainly benefits from it. New characters like the believable Miles Teg and Darwi Odrade are fantastic and the story is inspired. Certain parts are actually spine tingling in execution, and the frentic pace never lets up - the story is told from four viewpoints, namely the Bene Gesserit, the Tleiaxlu, the child Sheeana and the 'new improved' Duncan Idaho. This gives the storytelling a jolt of direction as apposed to the mundane 'God Emperor' book which plodded along to a halt.
This book is inspired in every way, and, -dare I say it-, even better than the marvellous 'Dune'. If you like Science Fiction in the slightest, you really ought to own this book. It'll hook you.
The tyrant, Leto II, has long since disappeared from the scene. He shaped the economic and political systems in the human universe in a way that led to crisis and supreme innovation. First, during a terrible famine - when trade broke down as spice production dropped to near-zero - huge portions of humankind "scattered" into new areas of space. Members from all the great orders, each with niche specialties, disappeared and re-made themselves into new types of power. Second, the original great powers also evolved, incorporating the developments that the Atreides embodied and then created once in power. The Bene Gesserit brought Atreides attributes into the heart of their order, forcing the sisterhood to re-evaluate its mission but also adding genetic attributes. Third, the influence of Leto II could still be found in the worms on Rakis, which he had altered as much as they had altered him when they split from his body upon death. This somehow held a portion of humanity to certain patterns, culminating in a mutant child, Sheanna, who can somehow communicate with them directly. The result was a fantastic era of experimentation, in which the ancient monopolies on spice, space travel, and genetics were eroded decisively, merging in a way as the competing groups gained competencies.Read more ›
Heretics takes place several thousand years after the events of God Emperor, offering Herbert the chance to clear the decks. Prescience, a subject Herbert had all but exhausted as far back as Dune Messiah, takes a back seat here. Much of the action takes place away from the desert planet itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great series of books, Frank Herbert finds a way to keep Dune relevant and gripping. This book is a little slow to start but as you read on the action and drama builds.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved them all so far, this one has proven to be mostly about the relationship between the witches and the facedancer masters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mostly ok. An improvement on number 3 and 4. The Teg character is an interesting one. Looking forward to Chapter housePublished 3 months ago by Weathers1
I have taken about 20 years to get over the tedium of God Emperor of Dune. This volume has made up for all that heavy philosophising. Read morePublished 3 months ago by I. GRAINGER-ALLEN
Slight bending on the dust jacket but otherwise immaculate, very very pleased.Published 7 months ago by colin soane