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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (13 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847374255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847374257
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,782 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 www.wordfire.com 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Olbrich on 24 May 2014
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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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I'm a big fan of the "Dune" series and I'm happy that there is enough interest in the franchise to keep the series alive. In all honesty no novel is ever going to equal Frank Herbert's original design, although Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have done a pretty good job with their "Legends of Dune" trilogy and the "Prelude to Dune" trilogy. I had hoped that there would be more from the character of Vorian Atreides (the main protagonist of "Legends of Dune" and ancient ancestor to the main characters of Frank Herbert's "Dune" novels) but in this new series (known collectively as the "Schools of Dune" trilogy) he seems to be taking a bit of a back seat. But this entry into the series is not a bad novel, it just seems like it is an unnecessary part of the whole "Dune" mythology and will certainly only appeal to die-hard fans of "Dune".
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There is much criticism out there of Brian Herbert’s & Kevin J Anderson’s continuation / expansion of the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. I’ve read all of their collaborations to date and have generally defended their efforts against that criticism. Then, I read “Sisterhood of Dune” in 2013 and was disappointed with it for lacking any great imagination when compared with those earlier books.

My disappointment deepens with “Mentats of Dune”. This is an uninteresting storyline full of dull, two-dimension characters. The story adds little to the series. It skips around the Dune universe without much regard for any coherent timeline. It lectures without having believable (albeit fictional) characters to deliver the message and uses a language style that just alienates the reader. The end for me, I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booksmith on 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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By Fabrice on 30 July 2014
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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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By lgf on 2 July 2014
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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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By m. dosa on 16 Jun 2014
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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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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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