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Mentats of Dune | [Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson]

Mentats of Dune

In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues. 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.
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In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues. 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 each group knows 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.

©2014 Herbert Properties, LLC (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-16-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Ok story, but very flawed."

    Overall, this is a decent book but is in no way is up to the level of Frank Herbert. The novel is entertaining and it was worth reading to see how the story plays out. Especially since the previous novel was left on a complete cliff hanger and nothing was resolved. It's worth a listen if you are a hardcore dune fan, but be prepared for a long slog (23 hours). If you aren't a major Dune fan or seriously invested after the previous novel pass on this one.

    Not to nerd out, but I did have some problems with factual inconsistancies in the story, for example, Dortea finds out information about herself from genetic memory despite the fact that it occurred after a point at which it would have been in her genetic memory from mom or grandma.

    Plus, the level of cunning and intelligence just isn't there for the characters. The story is chock full of points where you go , man that is just stupid. I could give quite a few examples but I don't want to spoil anything. Still I am invested enough from the previous book to carry on. This is defintiely a step backward from the quality of books in the machine crusade series.

    The pacing is slow.. Glacier slow.. I've had to put this one down and come back several times. The novel is also very repetative, repeating the same facts about the characters over and over again almost like the authors were padding the book to make it longer. It is decently written but I don't know if I will be willing to continue on with the series after this one. Still if you liked the first novel you will get closure on most major issues.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scraper101 Memphis Tennessee 03-24-14
    Scraper101 Memphis Tennessee 03-24-14 Member Since 2012

    Scraper101

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    "Too much repeat not enough original meterial"
    Any additional comments?

    I wish the authors of this book would stop repeating the same material over and over again. Every time you read about Vorian Atreides I am tired of hearing about how he regrets the events that caused the downfall of house Harkonnen. I am tired of every time we hear about Valya Harkonnen and how she wants to cause Vorian harm because of things he never did. This go on and on with other charters as well. I just want the story to move along. I don't need you to explore every possibility of every charter in the book every time you bring them up. Cut the book down by a forth to a half and it would be a 5 star book. I love the history in the book but I just half to wade through a lot of unneeded info to get to it. Please in your next book more story and less filler.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cozy Reader Canada 03-17-14
    Cozy Reader Canada 03-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.

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    "Those Humans Never Learn!"

    I'm a longtime fan of the Dune series and even though I have started with the House trilogy (written by Kevin J Anderson & Brian Herbert) I have read the original Dune books (many, many times) and I continue to read/listen to new books as they come available.

    Mentats of Dune follows Sisterhood of Dune, and the mayhem that is flooding the new empire until the rule of Salvatore Corrino. He ordered the Sisterhood to disband and now they are split into two factions, the Harkonnens are still trying to unleash their fury at the Atreides and at the Mentat school, the headmaster is holding onto a very dangerous secret. There is a lot going on and forever Arrakis stays the same as Venport Holdings retrieve the spice and have their expanded fleet travel across the Empire.

    This is not the original Dune and I don't know if this is how Frank Herbert would've written it. I feel like even though humans never learn from their mistakes, I wonder if they would've made this many mistakes. It will be interesting to see how all of this unravels in Navigators of Dune.

    The original Dune book is an amazing novel of political intrigue and ecological debate. This new series tends to focus more on the houses and the schools and less on Arrakis. They are vastly different, with the same characters. While I like that Kevin J Anderson & Brian Herbert have continued on with the series, I will still love the original books more. Having said that I will continue to read/listen because I'm curious to see how it all plays out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-05-14
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "Great addition to the saga of DUNE"

    I eargerly await the next book in the series. Though Mr. Bricks narration is noticeably slower in some chapters, his performance is still amazing, passionate and precise. His characterizations live in the mind, consistent and recogmozeable page after page and book after book. I enjoy the depth and detail, I do not find anything at all unappealing or dreary, as some reviews have stated. Kudos! to Brian and Kevin for their remarkable work over the many years with the imaginative results of the effort of keeping DUNE alive and well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-18-14
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "I Bet Mentats Could Find Their Keys"

    Oh, to be a Mentat (a human computer) would be an intriguing thing , unless of course you are the child of a person who remembers everything.

    Like all the prequels (original & post) books this one focus' on all the major players and worlds not just the Mentat. I would have liked more focus on the Mentat but was not disappointed by other events taking front & center.

    The prequels give insight as to how events lead up to the original Dune books & beyond. The historian in me really enjoys that.

    I have enjoyed the original Dune books on through all the post & prequels and have read & listened to them many times. This one seemed to leave a lot more loose ends than the previous ones - with the other books you knew there were other questions but they seemed to close more issues than they started. So that means instead of waiting patiently for the next sequel to come out I am a bit more impatient. :)

    It was another very enjoyable collaboration between Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson and very well narrated by Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ori 07-16-15
    Ori 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally! a good book! "

    After being disappointed with previous books in the series by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, this book was good and enjoyable, partly because they didn't almost touch the original canon.

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    Codyak66 07-02-15
    Codyak66 07-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Super annoying narrator"
    Would you listen to Mentats of Dune again? Why?

    Difficult to tolerate narrator. He reads as if he reading to first graders,and he over-pronounces many of the Dune specific words in ways that seem unnecessary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Herbert/Anderson Dune books are fun to read but not nearly as complex as original series.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Difficult to tolerate narrator. He reads as if he reading to first graders,and he over-pronounces many of the Dune specific words in ways that seem unnecessary.


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    carlos aybara 05-14-15
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    "Good listen"

    I loved it so much I listened to it twice. I highly recommend it. No doubt a good progression of the story as a whole.

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    Stephan Hughes 02-13-15
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    "well read."

    Scott brick does an amazing job reading. He breaths life into the characters. the overall story is good. Nothing fantastic, but an appropriate continuation of the series. once again, the reader brings such a life into the story making the characters tangable. I want more.

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    Kyra Smith 01-16-15
    Kyra Smith 01-16-15
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    "Wondering about a conclusion,"

    Loved it! I wonder, though, will there be a conclusion to this story line? Too many questions left unanswered, too many plot twists left unfinished. There needs to be another book to wrap up the loose ends left flapping in the breeze.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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