What an action packed book this was. So many plots intertwining. Such calamities and twists of fate. Excellent.
I'm massive lore nut: I love the background information in the Dune universe. The machine crusade is loaded with political intrigue, horrible crimes, and unremitting war. The best part is the multiple story lines. The original 6 dune books have a very narrow scope, just one or two interlocking stories.
There's a moment in that last few chapters that really resonates with me. After Sabrina Butler throws away her life, Xavier Harkonnen burns up with Iblis Ginjo, Zufa Cenva needlessly gives her life to kill Hecate' (and her ex-husband in collateral), and Hecate's asteroid wipes out the Ginaz archipelago, that several characters find they are all that's left of their associates and dearest friends. Chirox was the most striking. The image of him standing on the island stripped bare, holding the broken body of his long time student and friend; contemplating how the core of the mercenary order happen been exterminated, and that he'd rebuild it. That's a powerful image, and I'm moved by the horror and desolation of that moment.
Very engrossing material....thought-provoking...
I can not say enough good things about Mr. Brick's Narration: I will look for other Audible books based upon his talent (of course, other Dune Books go without saying....).
This continues a well thought-through vision of "Mental Man", that is much more nuanced and political than a Julian May "Utopian" Millieu, or a "Dorsai" perfect warrior...
I had stopped reading Dune Books when I got bogged down in the whole flawed "Genetic Memory" of the later books (Amominations, Baron taking over, etc...), but now this series has renewed my interest in the Dune Setting.
I keep hoping that these later written books are worth the read. They are not. Often they aren't even really on the topic of the title. This one was just a rambling "history" without any real plot. Even when one of the characters looses their life mate, no emotional response & she was human.
This guy can write! This is a story that's based on things that could really come to pass in the future! It's real, yet unreal! Plenty of action and lots of room for thought! Gee, what if? The story is filled with believable people with real lives in a world that come be in our future! Get this one for sure if you like si-fi stories!
All I can say is I hope that the authors are busy writing the next sequel. Even though we know the ultimate outcome of the story it has been really great to learn all the details behind the history of the original Dune.
I listened to the first book on CD then got the audible version of this second book. I highly recommend the biggest format audible file for clearer listening.
Overall Id have to say that this was one of the best books ever as far as man vs machine goes. Amazingly well written and well read. Of course there is the "dune" story here but this takes place 10,000 years before the original Dune book. This is an amazing story of human success and failure and sticks to the reality of war and human frailty. It was amazing to hear some of the familiar family names of the Dune series even though this is 10k years prior to the story. This book makes Terminator 3 and Matrix look like childrens stories. Great battle stories, great sci-fi possibilities and virtually no fake fantasy stories like you see on tv.
Im extremely depressed that the 3rd book isnt out yet. The ending left me silent. An added bonus is Herbert and Anderson explaining how they came to write this story and how the Dune series came to be.