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Mentats of Dune [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Brian Herbert , Kevin J. Anderson , Scott Brick
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11 Mar 2014 Dune
Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen ...who also has another goal-to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family's downfall. Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo's anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily...The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but know that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity's future-whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.
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  • Audio CD: 17 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (11 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142723633X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427236333
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 13.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Visit his website The son of Frank Herbert (1920-86), Brian Herbert is a bestselling SF author in his own right. He has also written Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive, Hugo Award-nominated biography of Frank Herbert. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Finally a prequel that des not disappoint. It is largely shod of the endless repetitions and nonsensical trying too hard by the authors visibly scared of Herbert's genius. The twists and turns of the storylines are original and exciting anew. All is also highly plausible within the environment delineated for the store. I won't spoil this by referring to any details of the story. Just assume it is exciting, fresh and joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form 18 April 2014
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I've never been completely satisfied with any of the books that were written after the death of Frank Herbert. However, this one shows a great deal of promise. The characters are more well developed and the storyline is much stronger.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disapointed 30 July 2014
By Fabrice
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Difficult to continue defending the Dune prequels. I have been an avid reader of Frank Herbert's original Dune and the prequels up to this one.
The story goes absolutely nowhere. Pages after pages of the same things: Vorian reminiscing over his long life, Raquella trying to find a successor. Valya trying to get her revenge...... The book could have been finished in about 50 pages.
Yet, I am sure I will buy the next one, just to know IF something will happen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel 2 July 2014
By lgf
As usual not to the standard of the writing of Frank Herbert. But the story lines are good and this is what maintains interest in this latest offering of the Dune saga. Authors could do with looking at how Frank Herbert constructed his story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better 16 Jun 2014
By m. dosa
this book recreated a slice of the dune story it was enjoyable to read and fleshed out some of the pre dune story focusing on the pro and anti faction,the schism in the sisterhood.the harkonnen cause strengthened,the mentat school caught in the middle of the pro/anti technology war whilst it hides a great secret.this book caught my imagination and i blasted through it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and complex saga 14 Jun 2014
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Excellent continuation of the story begun in Sisterhood of Dune, can't wait for Navigators of Dune. Hurry up and publish please Messers Anderson & Herbert!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in the series. 2 Jun 2014
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But not quite 5 stars... This is an excellent addition to the Dune universe. The story is split across all the major players and their interactions from an early stage of the Corrino rule. It explains much about the background of the players and ideas behind Dune.

If only (and I say this a lot about KA) there was less explaining of the same back story each time a character becomes the focus of the story... I'm a fan of these books, I don't need to be told in every chapter that X is Y. If players in Star Trek started explaining what warp drive is each time it's mentioned you'd be shouting at the TV saying "I know what it is, MOVE ON".

But hey, it's still a great read and a great addition to the series... or did I already say that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mentats - The best one for a long time! 26 May 2014
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This was a really good read. Having read all of the other Dune books I'd say this is one of the best!
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