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4.6 out of 5 stars
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Hellstrom's Hive (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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on 9 February 2013
When I turned the last page on Hellstrom's hive I was just wishing that a sequel had been written. There's a lot of really enjoyable aspects to this book, and the combination of all of them is what made it a really solid sci-fi/futuristic story.

Even though its very much a novel of its time, from the point of view of technology, Herbert's novel has aged quite well considering that it pre-dated the mass computer market, and while mobile phones are understandably absent, the references to radio links etc are comparable in terms of plot progression. Also, the technology of the hive is still advanced and novel by our standards - as well quite alien in many respects!

The other aspect that makes this a great read is the pacing of the story, and the interaction between the agency and the hive leadership. Firstly, the interaction is intelligent. A real battle of wits unfolds between both sides, and is carried well by the characters involved, who are also well differentiated.

Finally, and definitely the intriguing element which spurred me on to purchase this book, was the fascinating description of a human/insect society, complete all the way down to a caste system. Herbert shows as well as tells, and Janverts run through the hive towards the end of the story leads to one nightmarish revelation after another. While some scenes would perhaps be more shocking if they had not been alluded to beforehand, the real climax comes from the plot itself, and you are never quite sure how the story will end.

An oldie but a goodie!
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on 16 June 2016
Quite different from his world famous "Dune" fare. In many respects its grittier and harsher, but its also more balanced. In Dune the author had over the top baddies facing flawed but ultimately noble goodies. In this we have human authority versus a "hive" human system. Its well written, albeit a little dated, and pulls no punches. It gets 4 rather than 5 stars because it is quite short and I felt that at stages it read a little rushed - many passages could have been expanded more fully realised.
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on 22 January 2014
The next step for human evolution - a hive culture with sterile workers, breeding queens and specially-bred scientists with massive brains! Frank Herbert's "Hellstrom's Hive" is as original as his better known "Dune" and as well thought out. The book concerns the tensions between the normal "wild" humans such as you and me, and the new world order. You'll have to read to the end to see who comes out on top!
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on 15 April 2015
I just loved this book. It is essentially about a hive containing humans not insects and the powers that be trying to find out about the hive. The plot is not overly complicated and the characters are really strong. It is the kind of book that you cannot put down. The ending maybe a bit of an anticlimax for sum but hey I was not disappointed.
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on 28 April 2018
The book was just as I required and I was very pleased with the order
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on 22 October 2014
If you like Speculative Fiction / SicFi absolute must read.
I personally liked it for its ideas but struggled a bit with style and lengthyness.
More details, see my goodreads reveiw: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1071234127?book_show_action=false
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on 8 February 2017
Book was of expected quality considering the amount paid for it .Just happy to get the opportunity to reread a decent novel I first read many many years ago .
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on 18 April 2013
As per many of his tales - we have the alternative culture living in parallel with our world and how the two cultures compare with each other. In some ways a paeon to past American values of simplicity honesty and plain speaking and a protest against corporate greed and disingenuity
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on 24 March 2016
Gripppppppping!
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on 19 August 2015
Good old fashioned science fiction thriller. You may need to be a certain age to appreciate.
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