Dune: The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.

More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against...
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Overview


The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.

More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.

The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.

And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.

Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on bestseller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade.

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Dune: The Machine Crusade, the second book in Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Legends of Dune trilogy, picks up roughly 20 years after the events of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. As the war between Serena Butler's Jihad and the thinking robots stretches on into its second decade, separate groups from distant corners of the galaxy devise new plots to defeat the demon machines -- and change history forever.

After years of war and millions of human deaths, Serena Butler's forces have made only slight gains. Heroes like Vorian Atreides and Xavier Harkonnen have fought valiantly against the never-ending waves of killing machines, but it isn't enough -- something drastic must be done or the human race will inevitably be slaughtered into extinction. Iblis Ginjo, the self-proclaimed Grand Patriarch of the Jihad, receives an undeserved miracle when a free Titan (an ancient machine with a human brain) joins forces with the Jihad. But is it a miracle or just another machine plot?

And on the remote desert planet of Arrakis, an exiled visionary named Selim Wormrider and a small band of outlaws begin to create a disciplined new culture in the desert -- one whose focus is to protect the planet's natural treasures from greedy offworlders and whose religion revolves around the giant sandworms and the rare addictive melange (a spice that will in the near future change the entire power structure of the galaxy).

The Machine Crusade is a must-read for any Dune fan. Like spice from the desert planet Arrakis, this novel was absolutely addictive. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
SF space opera titans Herbert and Anderson continue to investigate the tantalizing origins of Frank Herbert's Dune universe, this time achieving mixed results in their fifth action-packed collaboration, the bloated but occasionally brilliant second installment of the trilogy that started with Dune: The Butlerian Jihad (2002).Twenty-four years have passed since the independent Thinking Machine, Erasmus, killed Serena Butler's son and began a bloody Holy War against Ominius, a computer "evermind." Leading the League's Army of the Jihad are Primeros Xavier Harkonnen and Vorian Atriedes, the son of cymek (human brain/robotic body) General Agamemnon, who, along with his fellow "semi-immortals," shares the computer evermind's wish to eradicate all unnecessary humans but secretly also wants to destroy Ominius. Harkonnen and Atriedes loyally report to their Priestess leader, unknowingly the political puppet of Grand Patriarch Iblis Ginjo, a former Earth slave-master. Unfortunately, the short spacehopping chapters neglect some characterizations and more intriguing story lines, such as the Arrakis conflicts swirling around Selim Wormrider's growing outlaw band and the relationship of Erasmus with his human "son," in favor of too long battle segments and extraneous details about the emotionally remote Ginaz mercenary, Jool Noret. Despite the flaws, Dune fans will still enjoy the sweeping philosophical power that surfaces, invoking the senior Herbert's remarkable vision. Agents, Robert Gottlieb and Mart Bialer of Trident Media Group. (Sept. 16) Forecast: A $250,000 marketing campaign, including extensive advertising in publications for U.S. military personnel, should propel this, like its predecessor, onto bestseller lists. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Herberts, Frank and Brian, specialize in sweeping tales of far-off worlds that immerse listeners in an alien culture that comes alive. The human crusade led by Serena Butler and the unctuous Ivlis Ginjo against thinking machines has ground on for 20 years. In this sequel to Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, human forces are making few advances, and humanity is growing restive with the long conflict. On a backwater planet, the source of the addictive spice melange, Selim Wormrider is gathering his band of outlaws, who will play such a large role in the future. Norma Cenva, the finest mind alive, is working in a slum lab, shunned by everyone except businessman Aurelius Venport. Her discovery of "folding space" will allow instantaneous galaxywide space travel. Unfortunately, Norma is such the absent-minded scientist that she is almost a caricature. And Serena is annoying. It is the murder of her son, Manion, that was the flashpoint for this long-lasting war, yet her inattention allows Ivlis free rein not a good thing, as Ivlis is the complete villain. Still, Scott Brick is an excellent reader; he varies tone and intonation enough to allow the listener to differentiate among characters, and he speaks clearly and with enthusiasm. Dune is a staple in any sf collection; highly recommended. Nancy Reed, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429967891
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: Legends of Dune Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 55,395
  • File size: 840 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert, the son of Frank Herbert, is a multiple New York Times bestseller in his own right. He is the winner of several literary honors and has been nominated for the Nebula Award. His critically acclaimed science fiction novels include Sidney's Comet, Sudanna Sudanna, The Race for God, and Man of Two Worlds (written with Frank Herbert). In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a biography of his illustrious father.

Kevin J. Anderson has written dozens of national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. His critically acclaimed original novels include Captain Nemo, Hopscotch, and Hidden Empire. He also set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.

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The weakness of thinking machines is that they actually believe all the information they receive, and react accordingly.
--VORIAN ATREIDES, fourth debriefing interview with League Armada


Leading a group of five ballistas in orbit over the canyon-scarred planet, Primero Vorian Atreides studied the robotic enemy forces aligned against him: sleek and silver, like predatory fish. Their efficient, functional design gave them the unintentional grace of sharp knives.
Omnius's combat monstrosities outnumbered the human ships ten to one, but because the Jihad battleships were equipped with overlapping layers of Holtzman shields, the enemy fleet could bombard the human vessels without inflicting any damage, and without advancing toward the surface of IV Anbus.
Although the human defenders did not have the necessary firepower to crush the machine forces or even repel them, the jihadis would continue to fight anyway. It was a standoff, humans and machines facing each other above the planet.
Omnius and his forces had secured many victories in the past seven years, conquering small backwater colonies and establishing outposts from which they launched relentless waves of attack. But now the Army of the Jihad had sworn to defend this Unallied Planet against the thinking machines at all costs--whether or not the native population wanted it.
Down on the planet's surface, his fellow Primero, Xavier Harkonnen, was attempting yet another diplomatic foray with Zenshiite elders, the leaders of a primitive Buddislamic sect. Vor doubted his friend would make much progress. Xavier was too inflexible to be a good negotiator: his sense of duty and strict adherence to the objectives of the mission were always paramount in his mind.
Besides that, Xavier was biased against these people…and they undoubtedly realized it.
The thinking machines wanted IV Anbus. The Army of the Jihad had to stop them. If the Zenshiites wished to isolate themselves from the galactic conflict and not cooperate with the brave soldiers fighting to keep the human race free, then they were worthless. One time, Vor had jokingly compared Xavier to a machine, since he saw things in black-and-white terms, and the other man had scowled icily in response.
According to reports from the surface, the Zenshiite religious leaders had shown themselves to be just as stubborn as Primero Harkonnen. Both sides had dug in their heels.
Vor did not question his friend's command style, though it was quite different from his own. Having grown up among the thinking machines and trained as a trustee for them, Vor now embraced "humanness" in all of its facets, and was giddy with newfound freedom. He felt liberated when he played sports and gambled, or socialized and joked with other officers. It was so different from the way Agamemnon had taught him.…
Out here in orbit, Vor knew the robot battleships would never retreat unless they were convinced, statistically, that they could not possibly win. In recent weeks he had been working on a complicated scheme to cause the Omnius fleet to break down, but wasn't ready to implement it yet. Soon, though.
This orbital stalemate was completely unlike the war games Vor enjoyed playing with the jihadi crewmen on patrol, or the amusing challenges he and the robot Seurat had set for each other years ago, during long voyages between stars. This tedious impasse offered little opportunity for fun.
He had been noticing patterns.
Soon the robotic fleet would cruise toward them like a cluster of piranhas in a retrograde orbit. Standing proud in his crisp dark green military uniform flashed with crimson--the Jihad colors symbolizing life and spilled blood--Vor would give orders directing all the battleships in his sentry fleet to activate Holtzman shields and monitor them for overheating.
The robot warships--bristling with weapons--were woefully predictable, and his men often placed bets on exactly how many shots the enemy would fire.
He watched his forces shift, as he had commanded them to do. Xavier's adopted brother, Vergyl Tantor, captained the vanguard ballista and moved it into position. Vergyl had served the Army of the Jihad for the past seventeen years, always watched closely by Xavier.
Nothing had changed here in over a week, and the fighters were growing impatient, passing the enemy repeatedly but unable to do anything more than puff up their chests and display combat plumage like exotic birds.
"You'd think the machines would learn by now," Vergyl grumbled over the comline. "Do they keep hoping that we'll slip up?"
"They're just testing us, Vergyl." Vor avoided the formality of ranks and the chain of command because it reminded him too much of machine rigidity.
Earlier in the day, when the paths of the two fleets briefly intersected, the robot warships had launched a volley of explosive projectiles that hammered at the impregnable Holtzman shields. Vor had not flinched as he watched the fruitless explosions. For a few moments, the opposing ships had mingled head-on in a crowded, chaotic flurry, then moved past each other.
"All right, give me a total," he called.
"Twenty-eight shots, Primero," reported one of the bridge officers.
Vor had nodded. Always between twenty and thirty incoming shells, but his own guess had been twenty-two. He and the officers of his other ships had transmitted congratulations and good-natured laments about missing by only one or two shots, and had made arrangements to collect on the bets they made. Duty hours would be shifted among the losers and winners, luxury rations transferred back and forth among the ships.
The same thing had happened almost thirty times already. But now as the two battle groups predictably approached one another, Vor had a surprise up his sleeve.
The Jihad fleet remained in perfect formation, as disciplined as machines.
"Here we go again." Vor turned to his bridge crew. "Prepare for encounter. Increase shields to full power. You know what to do. We've had enough practice at this."
A skin-tingling humming noise vibrated through the deck, layers of shimmering protective force powered by huge generators tied to the engines. The individual commanders would watch carefully for overheating in the shields, the system's fatal flaw, which--so far, at least--the machines did not suspect.
He watched the vanguard ballista cruise ahead along the orbital path. "Vergyl, are you ready?"
"I have been for days, sir. Let's get on with it!"
Vor checked with his demolitions and tactical specialists, led by one of the Ginaz mercenaries, Zon Noret. "Mr. Noret, I presume that you deployed all of our…mousetraps?"
The signal came back. "Every one in perfect position, Primero. I sent each of our ships the precise coordinates, so that we can avoid them ourselves. The question is, will the machines notice?"
"I'll keep them busy, Vor!" Vergyl said.
The machine warships loomed closer, approaching the intercept point. Although the thinking machines had no sense of aesthetics, their calculations and efficient engineering designs still resulted in ships with precise curves and flawlessly smooth hulls.
Vor smiled. "Go!"
As the Omnius battlegroup advanced like a school of imperturbable, menacing fish, Vergyl's ballista suddenly lunged ahead at high acceleration, launching missiles in a new "flicker-and-fire" system that switched the bow shields on and off on a millisecond time scale, precisely coordinated to allow outgoing kinetic projectiles to pass through.
High-intensity rockets bombarded the nearest machine ship, and then Vergyl was off again, changing course and ramming down through the clustered robot vessels like a stampeding Salusan bull.
Vor gave the scatter order, and the rest of his ships broke formation and spread out. To get out of the way.
The machines, attempting to respond to the unexpected situation, could do little more than open fire on the Holtzman-shielded Jihad ships.
Vergyl slammed his vanguard ballista through again. He had orders to empty his ship's weapons batteries in a frenzied attack. Missile after missile detonated against the robot vessels, causing significant damage but not destruction. The comlines reverberated with human cheers.
But Vergyl's gambit was just a diversion. The bulk of the Omnius forces continued on their standard path…directly into the space minefield that the mercenary Zon Noret and his team had laid down in orbit.
The giant proximity mines were coated with stealth films that made them nearly invisible to sensors. Diligent scouts and careful scans could have detected them, but Vergyl's furious and unexpected aggression had turned the machines' focus elsewhere.
The front two machine battleships exploded as they struck a row of powerful mines. Massive detonations ripped holes through bows, hull, and lower engine sheaths. Reeling off course, the devastated enemy vessels sputtered in flames; one blundered into another mine.
Still not realizing precisely what had happened, three more robot ships collided with unseen space mines. Then the machine battlegroup rallied. Ignoring Vergyl's attack, the remaining warships spread out and deployed sensors to detect the rest of the scattered mines, which they removed with a flurry of precisely targeted shots.
"Vergyl--break off," Vor transmitted. "All other ballistas, regroup. We've had our fun." He leaned back in his command chair with a satisfied sigh. "Deploy four fast kindjal scouts to assess how much damage we inflicted."
He opened a private comline, and the image of the Ginaz mercenary appeared on the screen. "Noret, you and your men will receive medals for this." When not in combat camouflage for minelaying and other clandestine operations, the mercenaries wore gold-and-crimson uniforms of their own design, rather than green and crimson. Gold represented the substantial sums they received, and crimson, the blood they spilled.
Behind them, the damaged Omnius battlegroup continued on their orbital patrol, undeterred, like sharks looking for food. Already, swarms of robots had emerged from the ships and crawled like lice over the outer hulls, effecting massive repairs.
"It doesn't look like we even ruffled their feathers!" Vergyl said as his ballista rejoined the Jihad group. He sounded disappointed, then added, "They're still not getting IV Anbus from us."
"Damned right they're not. We've let them get away with enough in the past few years. Time for us to turn this war around."
Vor wondered why the robot forces were waiting so long without escalating this particular conflict. It wasn't part of their usual pattern. As the son of the Titan Agamemnon, he--more than any other human in the Jihad--understood the way computer minds worked. Now, as he thought about it, Vor grew highly suspicious.
Am I the one who's grown too predictable? What if the robots only want me to believe they won't change tactics?
Frowning, he opened the comline to the vanguard ballista. "Vergyl? I've got a bad feeling about this. Disperse scout ships to survey and map the land masses below. I think the machines are up to something."
Vergyl didn't question Vor's intuition. "We'll take a careful look down there, Primero. If they've flipped over so much as a rock, we'll find it."
"I suspect more than that. They're trying to be tricky--in their own predictable way." Vor glanced at the chronometer, knowing he had hours before he needed to worry about the next orbital encounter. He felt restless. "In the meantime, Vergyl, you're in command of the battlegroup. I'll shuttle down to see if your brother has managed to talk any sense into our Zenshiite friends."

Copyright © 2003 by Herbert Enterprises LLC
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Go read Dune again. Don't waste your time here.

    I am a huge fan of the original trilogy having read it numerous times. I disliked this and the previous book on the Butlarian Jihad. The story goes no where. Characters appear and disappear for no reason. Over a thousand pages covering two books and they STILL cannot finish the story?? If you are a fan of the Original trilogy or the God Emperor books, don't bother with this or the previous book. They are both a waste of time. If you must read them, do it to just cement in your head how great an author Frank Herbert really was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    Depends on who you are.

    I am currently in the middle (more exactly around the 1/3 mark) of this book. And I agree with many of the reviewers that it doesn't have the spin-you-head-over-heels complexity and drama of the original Frank Herbert Dune books, but it does have its own attractions. I would say that it drags on a little. I think the book would have been better if they shortened it, but who's to say that wouldn't have ruined the whole story? Not me, for sure. The sum: a good book so far. Not up to par with the originals, not great, but decent. Do I recommend it for Dune-lovers? Apparently, it's a love/hate situation here, so I have no clue. Depends on who you are. Read on!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    A great book

    to me this book was really good. And it doesnt really deserve all of the 1 stars it got down there. O and by the the to the guy who wrote something about the dune encyclopedia down their. You do know what history is dont you? versions of a story can be blown out of proportion in 10 thousand bloody years and on top of that you said the encylopedia wasnt written by Frank Herbert it was only made because he said they could make it. So to any one who is reading this stop reading this and read this book. Start with the Butlerian Jihad firs though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    On a par with the Star Wars Prequels

    10 years of preliminary work preceded Frank Herbert's writing of Dune, and it shows. He wrote the six Dune novels over a period of 20 years, and it shows. Now Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert are trying to write six Dune novels over a period of 4 years, and guess what? That shows too. If you think these new Star Wars prequels are super-fantastic, then this book is right up your alley. If not, well...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    Did the authors read this after the cobbled the pieces together.

    I am a big fan of the FH's Dune (and sequels). I also enjoyed the 'House' prequel trilogy. But, I have big issues with this second book of the 'Jihad' trilogy. It is quite obvious that the authors cobbled this together from bits and pieces that each had written. It is also quite evident that none of the authors, editors, etc. read this book in it's entirety. In the first 100 pages they bludgeon you with events from the first book. Yes many people might need to be reminded of what happened in the preceeding book, but we don't have to be told about the event three or four time with int three or four pages. This got so bad that I started to keep track of them. By the time I got to page 300 I stopped, there were just too many. Examples: On Pg 106 & Pg 108 repeated references to Cogitor Eklo. We are constantly reminded why Iblis married Camie. I got that the first time. On page 310 & 311 Vorian volunteered to do the foot work for Serena's new plans. It says 'Even before Xavier returned from Ix.' But in the previous chapter Xaview is sitting and the Jihad council table when Serena outlines her plans. I suggest that the authors pay more attention to what they're doing in the third book (which I intend to read) and the two post FH books there working on. The other book Dune books BH & KJA have written have been much better than this. I agree with the comment about the 'Encycopeadia Dune', but I don't know the full detail of licensing, copyrights, etc. that may have nesseccitated changes. I hope the authors do a better job on the next books, at least produce something up to there usual standards.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    GRAND

    After finnishing the 1st book in the Legend trilogy, this the next book to read. 23 years after the first one, the young adult heros are now middle aged. Great action scenes and gutwrenching deaths, for all to enjoy.
    100%
    A*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Dune Dune Dune

    I love the origial series. I liked the additions. Now readin in chronologial order.... the entire series is amazing. The prequels and other additions really added something and answered questions.

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    THEY DID IT AGAIN!!!

    A perfect continuation to THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD, Another triumphant feather in the literary caps of Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson.

    As always, my thanks to Barnes & Noble for being the mark of excellence among bookstores.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A Good Read & A Must For Dune Fans

    It does take some time for this book to get going and by the second half it becomes just as interesting a read as its predecessor. Don't discourage and stick with it because it gets so much better and more is revealed about the Dune universe. 'The Machine Crusade' jumps ahead from the end of 'The Butlerian Jihad' to the years at the middle of the war against the thinking machines. Erasmus struggles to maintain his individuality and places a bet with Omnius that'll lead to the first Mentat. Omnius is attacked with a virus by Vorian Atreides, the former cymek sympathizer and son of the Titan Agamemnon, by taking advantage of his old friend Seurat. Poritrin will suffer a violent slave uprising and in all the confusion they will learn firsthand the destructive power of when a lasgun comes in contact with a Holtzman shield. Thanks to the Titan Xerxes, Norma is able to open her latent power as one of the Sorceresses of Rossak, and the beginnings of the monopoly of the Spacing Guild are formed along with the first true chance for the Army of Humanity to take the offensive to the thinking machines in this war. The Poritrin slaves don't give up. Through their desperation and determination to be free, their actions to escape will crash land them on a harsh world of sand and of a much harsher life than promised. But it'll be a life were they are their own masters, as they meet Salim and proclaim themselves to be Free Men of Arrakis.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Machine Crusade, Legends of Dune trilogy, Book 2

    Coming soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    the review

    The mahine crusade was in a sense a volume carring a stock of little books. Each with a different main character and at only the very end do you realize the impact each one had on the other, and by then it is to much, and you try to absorb the amount of activity that is occuring-that you kind of have the same type of ending as the book-but it is the very complexity of the book that had made it 4-d. It has more then just a tale more then just a loss and more then just a story-and naturally became more then just a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    a nice ending for a second book

    The machine Crusade is an excelent read, but not for everyone. The Characters start to take a little more life than in the first Book (Dune- Butlarian Jihad) which focused more on the mechanisms that brought about the Jihad. The Machine Crusade was more about how a good cause can become entrenched leaving Rot to set in. When a group with a good stated purpose starts valuing it's own survival above it's stated goals corruption runs rampant. Iblis Ginjo's methods may remind many of a fun house mirror version of the Machieveli's 'the Prince' but the results end up more like the Iran Contra scandle but deadlier... You remeber that one don't you? But I digress... Still no signs of the origin of the rift that developed between house Harkonen and House Atreides. That Bombshell is being saved for 'the Battle of Corrin' (Book 3 of the trilogy). But other tantalizing things in this Novel include the relationships between Tio Holtzman and Norma Cenva, Norma & her mother's Lover-who first Markets Spice Melange to the League Nobles, Norma & her Mother-a Master Sorceress, the origin of the space folding ships that the Spacing Guild will eventually use, the continuing saga of Selim Worm Rider, The origin of the Fremen, and (Contrary to the 'Professional' review above) the Story of the Ginaz Mercenaries. One of the aspects of the Series that I found most intresting was the th Master Slave relationship that permeates this series. It is at the core of what Herbert and Anderson are writing about. just as the Dune series studied the Nature of Free Will and Prescience (ie can one really make a choice when one already knows the outcome?) this series looks at what truely makes a human (or any creature capable of Choice) free. The Politcal texture at times is a little thin but that is to be expected in a work with such a large scope. This is not to say that the intrigues are weak. On the contrary Mystery fans will enjoy this Book although the organization makes it easy to draw conclusions since the reader has the big picture. Many people who read sequel/prequel series find themselves disappointed when the series does not feel exactly the same. If you are looking to relive that Dune Feeling I would go with the House Books. But the Jihad was something I had longed to hear told around the fire at night in the Desert when the only other voice was the wind dancing with the infinite grains of sand. D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    A Clockwork Dune

    Dune: The Machine Crusade, like the other books in the Dune series by Messrs. Herbert and Anderson, has all of the complexity of a book in the original series, but lacks its subtlety, poetry, and depth. The authors are at their best in scenes set on Arrakis, and come up with interesting scenes in the Butler-Atreides-Harkonnen relationship, but have presented the reader with villains that come nowhere near the original Vladimir Harkonnen in sinister grace. The machines and their cyborg assistants are, like the novel itself, clockwork mechanisms in search of a soul. Still, the story has potential, and it will be interesting to see how it flows in to their earlier series (but later in time) detailing the events of the generation before Paul Atreides.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    has no one read encyclopeidia dune

    in this encyclopedia autherized by frank herbert it goes into deatil about many of the characters and events in tehse books. and they dont match up. tio holtzman was not holtzmans real name. norma cenva was not teh inventor and fold space. and teh butlerian jihad was waged by JEHNNA butler. so i am rather mad that nothing adds up with teh history autherized by MR herbert himself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Some comments on the Dune Prequels

    First, let me state that I'm a Dune fan of longstanding... I own a 1965 hardback original edition of Dune. Read first in the late sixties also. It's been to Saudi Arabia and back (with a friend). I refer to that journey as it's visit to Shai-Hulud. I've read the original 6 books many times. There have been comments about whether all the necessary parts can be written and come together in a third book of this (prequel) trilogy. My answer is that Frank himself took 6 books to write his story and rumor has it he died before the 7th could tie up some loose ends (example.... those two folks behind the shimmering screen or veil - Face Dancers, yeah right !!). So why limit it to a trilogy? My opinion of these prequels are that they are somewhat shallow and seem to like to 'name drop' things far to easily. Perhaps to draw in the fans. But the bottom line is (I'm afraid) that bad_Dune is better and preferable to no_Dune. Gee, is that like a no-ship?? hahaha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    53 Years Old and Still Love Dune

    I loved the first three prequels by Brain and Kevin. These last two, including ¿Machines¿ keep me involved and yearning for more. I can not wait for the third and final prequel at the end of the year. Going back (10,000 years) is the most reading fun I have had in a while. Those that complain about the demise of certain characters need to get over it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    DO NOT READ MIKE'S REVIEW ON 12/17/03

    I have read the Butlerian Jihad but I have yet to read this book. I took a quick look at the reviews to get an idea of whether I would enjoy this saga of the DUNE story. A few reviewers suggested in their write ups about the plot line, but nothing that would absolutely give away the story. Mike's review on 12/17/03 basically gives away the entire book and makes me woder if there's any point to reading it now that I know what happens to most of the characters. Please, ignore this self-minded idiot's comments if you do not want the book's story ruined.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Less is More

    Enough already!The subject is facinating but the authors do not seem to have the knack of making us care about the characters which are paper cutouts. Butler's death is horrific but not tragic.The beginnings of the Dune world are emerging but all too slowly. I hope the next volume is more focused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    Dune/Matrix

    Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have done it again! The Machine Crusade is a wondeful book and a must read. The storyline is similar to The Matrix in many ways. I tend to look at this book as a prequal to the Matrix movies, only on a more Sci-Fi scale (many planets other than Earth...space battles). As in The Matrix, humans are battleing Thinking Machines for a dominate role in the world. The corrupt AI will not give up easily and many have died thying to reach ultimate victory. Selim Wormrider/Morphus Freedom Fighters/Jihad Members etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Thus, if you love The Matrix, you'll love Dune: The Machine Crusade. If you love Dune: The Machine Crusade, go watch the Matrix.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    An Afront to Dune readers

    This book is a slaughter of the universe Brian Herbert¿s father, Frank Herbert, created. I have read all Frank Herbert's Dune series only once and I can point our many mistakes in The Machine Crusade. In its own right the book was not bad if it had been writing and read without any knowledge of the original books, but I have read them and this is not the way things should be. For one, I am assuming the Sorceresses of Rossak will become the Benigeserit (I miss spelled that sorry), but the Sisters DO NOT HAVE TELEPATHIC POWERS. This is clearly stated in the original books and is disappointing that Brian would put this in just to please readers. Also the biggest flaw is Tio Holzman. Holzman lived on the planet IX.He has been described as a selfless inventor that locked him self away for months at times to create his inventions. Many times he would have to be hospitalized after such ordeals, and only lived to 33. Holzman also had a wife and seven children before he died. In this book Holzman is selfish and arrogant, more a politician then a scientist. When he dies he is not married, has no children, and is well into his 50's. Also the greatest mistake is Norma Cenva. NO person has the ability to remake their body from nothing, not even in the last books of Frank Herbert¿s. Also she is not the creator of the Holzman engines, Tio Holzman is. Also the ship yards aren¿t even on IX as they should be. All in all this book was a true failer to any real Dune reader.

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