Dune: The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune Series #3)

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Following their internationally bestselling novels Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and Dune: The Machine Crusade, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson forge a final tumultuous finish to their prequels to Frank Herbert's Dune.

It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. Synchronized Worlds and Unallied Planets are liberated one by one, and at long last, after years of ...

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Following their internationally bestselling novels Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and Dune: The Machine Crusade, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson forge a final tumultuous finish to their prequels to Frank Herbert's Dune.

It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. Synchronized Worlds and Unallied Planets are liberated one by one, and at long last, after years of victory, the human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. In a last-ditch effort to destroy humankind, virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole planets . . . and once again, the tide of the titanic struggle shifts against the warriors of the human race. At last, the war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin.

In the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time. . . . And on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen of Dune become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Muad'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.

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From Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson comes the spectacular conclusion to their Legends of Dune trilogy (The Butlerian Jihad and The Machine Crusade), an epic saga that takes place 10,000 years before the events in Frank Herbert's classic Dune.

As the brutal galactic war between humans and the thinking machines (led by the evermind Omnius Prime) drags on, the robotic forces of the Synchronized worlds try a new technique to wipe out their carbon-based enemies. A highly contagious plague is bio-engineered and covertly sent to several League planets, where it is released into the atmosphere. Within months, billions of humans are dead or dying. As medical experts rush to find a cure for the mysterious scourge, Omnius gathers together all of its robotic fleet -- hundreds of thousands of warships -- and, in a risky endgame move, launches them all at the League's capital planet.

But because of new space-folding technology that allows ships to travel from one point to another almost instantaneously, Omnius's plans are fatefully uncovered, and the humans launch their own desperate offensive. Led by Varian Atreides, the League forces arm their space-folding ships with atomics in hopes of nuking the more than 500 now unprotected Synchronized worlds. The last planet on the list is Corrin, the stronghold of Omnius Prime and its minions of demon machines...

The Legends of Dune trilogy (especially The Battle of Corrin and its colossal battle sequence, arguably the greatest in the history of the science fiction genre) will absolutely blow readers away. These novels -- which masterfully explain the beginnings of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Order of Mentats, the Spacing Guild, and the irreparable rift between the House Atreides and House Harkonnen -- are a must-read for any Dune fan. Like Frank Herbert's original Dune novels, these three prequels are destined to become classics. Paul Goat Allen

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"Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy."—Publishers Weekly on Dune:The Battle of Corrin

"The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud. . . . Throughout, key revelations regarding the Zensunni Wanderers and their fight for freedom and other historical Dune elements lend an air of discovery to this fast-paced tale."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

"This compelling saga of men and women struggling for their freedom is required reading for Dune fans and an essential purchase for libraries."—Library Journal on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

"Dune fans will enjoy the sweeping philosophical power that surfaces, invoking the senior Herbert's remarkable vision."—Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Machine Crusade

"Sit back and enjoy."—Booklist on Dune: The Machine Crusade

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765340795
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Legends of Dune Series, #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 206,011
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert, the author of numerous novels and short stories, has been critically acclaimed by leading reviewers in the United States and around the world. The eldest son of science fiction superstar Frank Herbert, he, with Kevin J. Anderson, is the author of Hellhole and continues his father’s beloved Dune series with books including The Winds of Dune, House Atreides, Sandworms of Dune, among other bestsellers. He also wrote a biography of his father, Dreamer of Dune. Herbert graduated from high school at age 16, and then attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Besides an author, Herbert has been an editor, business manager, board game inventor, creative consultant for television and collectible card games, insurance agent, award-winning encyclopedia salesman, waiter, busboy, maid and a printer. He and his wife once owned a double-decker London bus, which they converted into an unusual gift shop. Herbert and his wife, Jan, have three daughters. They live in Washington state.

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Machinery does not destroy. It creates, provided always that the controlling hand is strong enough to dominate it.

—-Rivego, a muralist of Old Earth

Erasmus found the pecking order among the dying and hopeless humans fascinating, even amusing. Their reaction was all part of the experimental process, and he considered the results to be very worthwhile.

The robot strolled through the corridors of his meticulously organized laboratory facility on Corrin, swirling his plush crimson robe. The garment itself was an affectation he had developed in order to give himself a more lordly appearance. Alas, the victims in their sealed cells paid little heed to his finery, preoccupied instead with their suffering. Nothing could be done about that, since distractible humans had such difficulty focusing on matters that did not directly affect them.

Decades ago, squads of efficient construction robots had built this high-domed facility according to his exact specifications. The numerous well-equipped chambers—-each one completely isolated and sterile—-contained everything Erasmus required for his experiments.

As he continued his regular inspection rounds, the independent robot passed the glaz windows of sealed chambers in which plague test subjects lay strapped to beds. Some specimens were already paranoid and delirious, displaying the symptoms of the retrovirus, while others were terrified for good and rational reasons.

By now, testing was nearly complete on the engineered disease. The effective direct mortality rate was forty-three percent—-not at all perfect, but still the deadliest viral organism in recorded human history. It would serve the necessary purpose, and Omnius could not wait much longer. Something had to be done soon.

The humans' holy crusade against thinking machines had dragged on for almost a full century, with much destruction and distraction. The constant fanatical attacks from the Army of the Jihad had wrought incalculable damage to the Synchronized empire, destroying robot warships as fast as the various evermind incarnations could rebuild them. The progress of Omnius had been inexcusably stalled. Finally, Omnius demanded a solution. Since direct military conflict had not proved sufficiently effective, alternatives were explored. Biological plagues, for instance.

According to simulations, a fast-moving epidemic could be a superior weapon, serving to eradicate human populations—-including their military forces—-while leaving infrastructures and resources intact for the victorious thinking machines. After the specially designed plague ran its course, Omnius could pick up the pieces and get the systems operating again.

Erasmus had some reservations about the tactic, fearing that a sufficiently terrible disease could wipe out every last human. While Omnius might be satisfied with total extinction, the autonomous robot had no desire for such a final solution. He remained quite interested in these creatures—-especially Gilbertus Albans, whom he had raised as a surrogate son after removing him from the squalid slave pens. In a purely scientific sense, Erasmus needed to keep sufficient organic material for his laboratory and field studies of human nature.

They couldn't all be killed. Just most of them.

But the creatures were remarkably resilient. He doubted that even the worst epidemic could completely wipe out the species. Humans had an intriguing ability to adapt to adversity and overcome it by unorthodox means. If only thinking machines could learn to do the same....

Drawing his exquisite robe tight, the platinum-skinned robot entered the central chamber of the facility, where his turncoat Tlulaxa captive had engineered the perfect RNA retrovirus. Thinking machines were efficient and dedicated, but it took a corrupted human imagination to channel Omnius's wrath into a sufficiently destructive course of action. No robot or computer could have conceived such appalling death and destruction: That required the imagination of a vengeful human.

Rekur Van, a biological engineer and geneticist now reviled across the League of Nobles, squirmed in his life-support socket, unable to move more than his head because he had no arms or legs. A retention socket connected the geneticist's body core to nutrient and waste tubes. Shortly after capturing him, Erasmus had seen to the removal of the man's limbs, rendering him much more manageable. He was certainly not trustworthy, in sharp contrast with Gilbertus Albans.

The robot fashioned a cheery smile on his flowmetal face. "Good morning, Stump. We have much work to do today. Perhaps we will even finish our primary test runs."

The Tlulaxa's narrow face was even more pinched than usual; his dark, close-set eyes flitted about like those of a trapped animal. "It's about time you got here. I've been awake for hours, just staring."

"Then you have had plenty of time to develop remarkable new ideas. I look forward to hearing them."

The captive grunted a coarse insult in response. Then: "How are you coming on the reptilian regrowth experiments? What progress?"

The robot leaned close and lifted a biological flap to look at the bare skin on one of Rekur Van's scarred shoulders.

"Anything yet?" the Tlulaxa asked, anxiously. He bent his head at an odd angle, trying to see details of the stump of his arm.

"Not on this side."

Erasmus checked the biological flap on the other shoulder. "We might have something here. A definite growth bump on the skin." Each test site contained different cellular catalysts injected into the skin in an effort to regenerate the severed limbs.

"Extrapolate from your data, robot. How long before my arms and legs grow back?"

"That is difficult to say. It could be several weeks, or possibly much longer." The robot rubbed a metal finger over the bump on the skin. "Conversely, this growth could be something else entirely. It has a reddish coloration; perhaps it is nothing more than an infection."

"I don't feel any soreness."

"Would you like me to scratch it?"

"No. I'll wait until I can do it myself."

"Don't be rude. This is supposed to be a collaborative effort." Though the results did look promising, this work wasn't the robot's priority. He had something more important in mind.

Erasmus made a minor adjustment to an intravenous connection that smoothed away the discontent in the man's narrow face. Undoubtedly, Rekur Van was undergoing one of his periodic mood swings. Erasmus would observe him closely and administer medication to keep him operating efficiently. Perhaps he could prevent the Tlulaxa from having one of his full-fledged tantrums today. Some mornings, anything could set him off. Other times, Erasmus purposely provoked him just to observe the result.

Controlling humans—-even such a disgusting example—-was a science and an art. This degraded captive was as much a "subject" as any of the humans in the blood-spattered slave pens and chambers. Even when the Tlulaxa was driven to the extreme, when he struggled to rip away his life-support systems using nothing more than his teeth, Erasmus could always get him working on the plagues again. Fortunately, the man despised League humans even more than he hated his machine masters.

Decades ago, during a great political upheaval in the League of Nobles, the dark secret of the Tlulaxa organ farms had been revealed to the horror and disgust of free humanity. On the League Worlds, public opinion had been inflamed against the genetic researchers, and outraged mobs had destroyed the organ farms and driven most of the Tlulaxa into hiding, their reputations irreparably blackened.

On the run, Rekur Van had fled to Synchronized space, bearing what he thought was an irresistible gift—-the cellular material to make a perfect clone of Serena Butler. Erasmus had been amazed, remembering his intriguing discussions with the captive woman. The desperate Van had been certain Erasmus would want her—-but alas the clone that Van had developed had none of Serena's memories, none of her passion. She was merely a shallow replica.

Despite the clone's blandness, however, Erasmus had found Rekur Van himself very interesting—-much to the little man's dismay. The independent robot enjoyed his company. Here at last was someone who spoke his scientific language, a researcher capable of helping him understand more about the countless ramifications and investigative pathways of complex human organisms.

Erasmus found the first few years to be a challenge, even after removing the Tlulaxa's arms and legs. Eventually with careful manipulations, a patiently administered system of rewards and punishments, he had converted Rekur Van into quite a fruitful experimental subject. The limbless man's situation seemed rather like that of Van's own slave subjects in the sham organ farms. Erasmus found it wonderfully ironic.

"Would you like a little treat now, to get us started on our work?" Erasmus suggested. "A flesh cookie, perhaps?"

Van's eyes lit up, for this was one of the few pleasures remaining to him. Made from a variety of laboratory-bred organisms, including human "debris," the flesh cookies were considered delicacies on the Tlulaxa homeworld. "Feed me, or I refuse to continue my work for you."

"You use that threat too often, Stump. You are connected to tanks of nutrient solutions. Even if you refuse to eat, you will not starve."

"You want my cooperation, not just my survival—-and you have left me with too few bargaining chips." The Tlulaxa's face contorted in a grimace.

"Very well. Flesh cookies!" Erasmus shouted. "Four-Arms, see to it."

One of the freakish human laboratory assistants walked in, his quartet of grafted arms balancing a platter mounded with sugary organic treats. The Tlulaxa shifted in his life-support socket to look at the gruesome food—-and the extra set of arms that had once been his own.

With some knowledge of the grafting procedures used by the Tlulaxa race, Erasmus had transplanted the arms and legs of the former slaver onto two laboratory assistants, adding artificial flesh, sinews, and bone to adjust the limbs to the proper length. Although it was just a test case and a learning experience, it had been remarkably successful. Four-Arms was particularly efficient at carrying things; Erasmus hoped someday to teach him to juggle, which Gilbertus might find amusing. Alternatively, Four-Legs could run like an antelope on an open plain.

Whenever either assistant came into view, the Tlulaxa man was harshly reminded of his hopeless situation.

Since Rekur Van had no hands, Four-Arms used two of his own—-the pair formerly belonging to the captive—-to cram flesh cookies into the eager, open mouth. Van looked like a hungry chick demanding worms from a mother bird. Brownish yellow crumbs dripped down his chin onto the black smock covering his torso; some fell into the nutrient bath, where the materials would be recycled.

Erasmus raised a hand, making Four-Arms pause. "Enough for now. You will have more, Stump, but first there is work to do. Together, let us review today's mortality statistics from the various test strains."

Interesting, Erasmus thought, that Vorian Atreides—-son of the treacherous Titan Agamemnon—-had attempted a similar means of wiping out the Omnius everminds, planting a computer virus in the update spheres unwittingly delivered by his robot captain Seurat. But machines weren't the only ones vulnerable to deadly infection....

After pouting for a moment, Rekur Van licked his lips and set to work studying the results. He seemed to enjoy the casualty figures. "How delicious," he muttered. "These plagues are the absolute best way to kill trillions of people."

Copyright © 2005 by Herbert Properties LLC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Well worth it!

    No, this is not a Frank Herbert book. Is it worth reading? Yes! The overall effect of this series of books is great because it brings to life the events we got glimpses of in the original books. As for this book I think it pays off in the end.

    Could it have been better? Of course. I think some of the characters could have been fleshed out better. I also think that some of the events in the book could have been delivered with more detail.

    Overall, I say read this book and and the two previous and look forward to the next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    All loose ends are covered.

    It felt GREAT to finally find out what happened at the Battle of Corrin to make the Harkonnens and Atreides hate each other for so long. The authors are brilliant in their story telling, the book covers all ends and doesn't leave you confused or wanting. This is a MUST read for anyone who has read the Dune series, it will answer all your questions that you had from the previous books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong Dune entry

    The century long war between the human Army of the Jihad and the thinking machine robots of the Synchronized Empire has surprisingly gone very well for the carbon based people. Machine leader Ominius concludes that if current trends continue the humans will prove victorious as they keep recruiting new members with ease. Ominus needs a new weapon of mass destruction to change the tide so he introduces pandemic plagues to eradicate the enemy.--- The virus work extremely well. The machines feel victory is eminent. The humans make a last stand at Corrin, but they are not only reeling from the plague infested deaths, they are divided weakening them further. Jihad leader Varian Atreides claims rival Abulurd Harkonnen acted cowardly; thus both major houses are ready to battle one another at a time when unity is the only hope. Others have split apart seeking solace in enclaves by forming a sorceress based sisterhood and the Freemen of Dune. The future looks bleak for mankind.--- Dune fans will appreciate the final tale in the Legends of Dune trilogy (see THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD and THE MACHINE CRUSADE) that is based on references from Frank Herbert¿s original 1960s novels. The story line is relatively fast-paced (at least for a Dune tale), but also contains the typical mythos-religious blending that is a series trademark). The cast seems two dimensional whether they are human or machine (no Johnny Five is alive amongst this crowd) except perhaps the heated rivalry that adds depth to Varian and Abulurd, but only when they are together in some context. Still readers will enjoy the final act of survival prequels to the Dune dynasty.--- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012


    I really enjoyed the original Dune series by Frank Herbert. But this series, written by Brian Hertbert and Kevin Anderson is absolutely the best. It explains everything about how things evolved into the original series. Not completely through with this particular book. But can hardly wait to finish it. I just can't get enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012


    This trilogy to me marks one of the best stories ive ever read. I never felt a dull moment

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Great book

    This classic does not disapoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    A Good Read-I Liked It

    Perhaps just as slow moving as 'The Machine Crusade', 'The Battle of Corrin' will climax to conclude the plots that began in 'The Butlerian Jihad' and were established in the Dune Chronicles.
    Put at a serious disadvantage by the retrovirus against humans, the properties of spice are discovered. Through Ishmael and his stepson El'hiim, we witness the destructive divide between those who wish to keep off-worlders away from their sacred and traditional lives and home and those who wish to make their lives easier and more convenient by selling spice offworld. The military's demanding need to use the still unreliable space folding ships is utilized despite the giant lose of men, ships, and money. Norma's determination/obsessive fixation to solve the puzzle of folding space results in her sacrifice by experimenting on herself. The war against the thinking machines comes down to the last remaining Omnius on Corrin, where the Army of Humanity is led by the long lived Vorian Atreides to face the cruelty of the Bridge of Hrethgir and his goal to clear the name of Xavier Harkonnen.
    I recommend the Legends of Dune prequel trilogy, especially to those who've already read Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles, and/or seen the 1980's movie, and/or the SyFy channel's mini-series. Dune is a space saga for any and all fans of science fiction, readers or not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    It's sad to see what Dune has become.

    Anyone who loved Frank Herbert's original Dune series will likely read this book (and all other B. Herbert/K. Anderson Dune books) and be saddened by what Dune has become. Frank Herbert's series was original and driven by multi layered characters. This book is neither of those things. Originality is non existent - the story seems to be pieced together with bits from popular science fiction books and movies like The Matrix, Star Wars, and even B-grade horror films like Phantasm (piranha mites - what were they thinking?!). The characters are one dimensional at best and leave no lasting impression on the reader. This book suffers greatly from poor editing (as do most Brian Herbert books). Some points in the story must be mentioned, usually verbatim, well over a dozen times. What makes this even worse is that the same points that are repeated in this book have already been repeated ad nauseum in the first two books of this trilogy as well. I dare anyone to read this book without resorting to skimming through pages. The pacing is also very poor. The main points of interest to most fans of the original Dune series (Bene Gesserits, space folding and melange, the Fremen, etc) are all thrown together in the last 1/4 or so of the book. It would have been a much better read had these points been revealed throughout the book. So what could make this book worse? How about plot points that don't make any sense. There are many but for the interest of posting a short review I will mention the main one that really bothered me - if the humans had technology that could wipe out the gel circuitry of the computers without damaging the surrounding area or killing any humans why did they completely destroy entire planets and kill billions of people with atomic weapons? Also, why did they only entrap the machines on Corrin with the gel circuitry destroying sattelites rather than destroying them? These enormous plot holes make absolutely no sense. While all the B. Herbert and K. Anderson Dune books have been disappointing this one is the worst. Unfortunately for Dune fans they are planning on picking up the story after Chapterhouse Dune. Let's hope they do a better job with that - it wouldn't be hard.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Utterly worthless

    The fagoty little upstart has struck again! Frank Herbert's universe now joins the ranks of the licensed novel and vanity published genre fiction- bit then again this garbage falls well below even the pitiful standards set by the trash it rests among
    Really we must ask ourselves- what did

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Battle of Corrin, Legends of Dune trilogy, Book 3

    Coming soon.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    A good read, A good addition

    The close of a wonderful prequel. The Battle of Corrin sets the stage for the rest of the Dune Novels. If you have wondered why politics, science, tragedy and the universe became what became DUNE, this is the final episode that strengthens the foundations of one of the greatest SF and Literary Epics of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Recommended without hesitation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    ha ah ha

    Dune the Battle for Corrin was a good book with a long storyline that sometimes got to be annoying. I enjoyed learning finally why House Atreides hates House Harkonnen but I thought it was for a poor reason. Overall the rest of the book I enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006


    The novel is inflated in length, and lacks twists or turns: entirely predictable. The whole series deteriorates from the first book. The 'House' series was much better. Let's hope that when he wraps up his father's work it is much better than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    A wonderful finish to a great series

    When it finally ends you will wish it hadnt. Growing a bond with the world of Dune and its many distinct and individual characters over the last 11 books has engrossed me so much that I lost track of the world around me. I waited for 4 years to finally reach the end and would gladly wait longer if I could experince the Dune world further. It wonderfully explains how the concepts of the Dune reality were born and is a must read for all who enjoy learning about the roots of the greatest science fiction series of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Too Long.

    This last part of the series is just too long. I rated the 3 stars for the series, but this book was very disappointing when compared to the first two. Anyway, it is a good sci-fi story. However, there are too many characters. Moreover, the authors make it sound that taking over a planet is like taking over a city. Plus, 100's of billions dead humans, but jihad is declared because of 1 dead baby? I think the authors found Frank Herberts noted and wanted to cash in on them. Well, overall, it is okay, but !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    Bringing it all together! Awesome Job!

    Three cheers for the authors. I have a sense of longing for more! Guys, please don't stop writing, you have a fan for life. Bene Jesuit, Harrkonnens, The future family of the hawk, Norma, Selim Wormrider and the rest. A must read for all Dune fans. Can I get some more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004


    Dune fans can relax and rejoice - Dune's back with The Battle of Corrin and Scott Brick's performing it. Doesn't get better than that! Brick's deep, well modulated voice can both lull and electrify. His timing is impeccable in this reading of the much anticipated finale to Dune: The Machine Crusade. If you're not familiar with the previous works, I'd like to suggest that you read or listen before enjoying this fantastic sci fi finish. However, on the chance that you're familiar with the earlier tales, it is now a half century later. A horrendous galactic war has been waged between humans and robots (to put it simply). Just when it looks like the humans might win this battle after all, the evil Omnius releases a deadly plague which literally wipes out entire planets and, of course, their people. One final deadly confrontation remains: Battle of Corrin. Listen to sci fi at its best. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    Absolutely Magnificent!!

    ...If you should read at least 1 Science Fiction Masterpiece this Millenia....

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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