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Overview

(2nd in Dune Chronicles)

The best-selling science-fiction series of all time continues! This second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Maud'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: Do all paths of glory lead to the grave?

"Brilliant . . . It is all that Dune was, and maybe a little more." (Galaxy Magazine)

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Dune Messiah, the second book in the Dune saga, is a dramatic departure from its Hugo and Nebula Award–winning predecessor. The action and adventure in the first novel are replaced by a sort of internalized drama -- Paul Atreides (the messiah Muad'Dib) is the most powerful human in the known universe. He alone controls the spice melange, "the ultimate coin of the realm." Without spice, the Guild Steersmen can't navigate space; the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood's Reverend Mothers lose their powers. Without spice, billions of Imperial citizens could die from withdrawal.

One would expect an assortment of forces to conspire to take control of Atreides' immense power. Among those plotting to destroy him are the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, who are trying to create a royal offspring that they can control; the Guild, who are trying to steal a sandworm to start the spice cycle on another planet; and the Bene Tleilax, who have brought back Paul's weapons master, Duncan Idaho, from the dead by creating a ghola out of his flesh.

While Dune Messiah may not have received the critical acclaim that Dune did, it is just as masterfully written. In fact, once I finished the third book in the series, Children of Dune, I had a newfound respect for Dune Messiah. All the (small) concerns I had about unusual character developments and strange plot twists were all answered quite satisfactorily. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425043462
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/1979
  • Series: Dune Chronicles Series , #2
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer. He died in 1986.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    I Really Liked It

    'Dune Messiah' is a short yet fast-paced book that tells the story of Paul as both the messiah of the Fremen and the emperor of the universe. He struggles with his heavy spicy induce prescience, because he can see humanity's destruction. He is known as a tyrant for what he has done to the worlds who try to stand against the Bene Gesserit's uncontrollable Kwisatz Haderak. Irulan fights for love and for her birthright to bear the heir. Paul is forced to accept the gift of the ghola mentat Hayt, and endure his physical blindness from the stone burner. The conspiracy set against him by a Navigator, Face Dancer, and Reverend Mother unravels into surprising and dramatic events that'll bring the 'Children of Dune', the future of Arrakis turning lush and green, and the continuance of the religion of Paul of Messiah by the efforts of Alia. Paul is trapped by knowing the future. Irulan forced to accept no love or child from Paul, while it may her birthright to bear the heir she is only his wife in name. Can a ghola regain its past?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2001

    Lost in Space?

    This book is a prime illustration of why readers like myself have to come to despise science fiction sagas. Like Asimov's Foundation trilogy, Herbert's Dune series begins with a compelling first book but quickly loses the reader's interest. After the 1st book, both Herbert and Asimov proceed to eviscerate the heroes of their novels in favor of nebulous, far-fetched theories and hazy ideas. In Dune Messiah, Paul and Alia Atreides die and give way to the God Emperor Leto and his 4,000-year plan for humanity. The very notion is surreal and even ludicrous. No omnipotent being can possibly control billions of men on millions of planets for a thousands for millenia after his death, any more than an omniscient historian [Asimov's Hari Seldon] can predict the course of humanity for millenia after HIS death. Science fiction authors like Herbert and Asimov clearly don't care one iota about their characters or about character development. I don't understand how anyone can find the Dune series appealing after this travesty. If I'm missing something, will someone please clue me in.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    As a relative newcomer to the Dune collection, I started reading

    As a relative newcomer to the Dune collection, I started reading the books in a supposed "chronological" order that includes the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson books interspersed w/ the Frank Herbert originals. Dune Messiah, while short, was excellent - even moreso when read immediately following the Paul of Dune installment. Best part was the return of Duncan Idaho, in any form. Interesting to see the Guild's involvement in the conspiracy when you consider how Norma Cenva might have viewed the collusion. Recommended read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Your dumb

    All of you people out there writing reviews are comparing this book to DUNE and this book will never be DUNE. I loved DUNE personally, but DUNE was something that in my opinion happens once in a lifetime. It was such a mastery of all the topics touched upon in the novel and it brought together many concepts that should be lived through everyday life. Dune Messiah on the other hand is still an amzing novel. It however is made to show the imperfect sides of our beloved Paul so we constantly push it to the side. It truly leads up to the events of the next book and is needed to bridge the gap. stop hating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Dune Messiah

    Although the book starts out a little slow the original genius of frank herbert comes to life in this second installment. I forgive him for creating the slow beginning because it was nessecary to create the character development. Overall this was a fabulous book with hidden plots and an intriguing sequel to dune.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

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    Bored

    Not sure what it was about this installment but it really drug along and I stopped about halfway. I really enjoyed the first book in the Dune series and of course, the movies and tv show but this was lost on me. I know it's a gap closer for Dune and God Emperor of Dune but I think I can live without completing it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    An underrated sequel

    Even though this may be the shortest book in the series. i think it is underrated sequel. some people think it is too short and boring. I liked it. I thought it was a good sequel to dune. it seemed to touch on more profound ideas to me. It was fun returning to Maud dib. the ending is a surprise. also, this book pretty much sets up the third book,Children Of Dune.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    In the Shadow of a Prophecy, a Destiny is About to Be Fulfilled

    Dune Messiah contains all of the power and captivation of Dune, yet has exceeded the original in intelectual stimulation and sheer excitement. While Dune focused more upon the ascention of Maud'dib, Dune Messiah concentrates upon the beginning of the fulfillment of his destiny as the Kwiswatz Haderach and his fateful yet necesssary demise. I hate to say it, but this one's better than the classic if anything, it'll make you think, and perhaps, rethink, most of what you know about Paul Atreides and the enigmatic land Arrakis, known as Dune.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Dune Messiah-Best of the DUNE sequels

    An okay book, I enjoyd it, but...It lacked the Magic of DUNE.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    The reason why many find it boring and disappointing is because...

    Dune Messiah: known to people as 'a real stinker', or 'a wonderful novel'. Why do those who say it is horrible think this way? It is because this small novel holds BIG messages. Those who think this novel sucks are blind to what this book really holds. It is very complex in writing, and ignorant beings just can't read it. You truly cannot read the Dune series and skip this book, it isn't possible. Frank Herbert is a true genious, and this book IS as much of the series as DUNE is. I do not recommend it, I tell you to read it. If you don't read this book, then you are not a true Dune fan, that is the truth of it. This relatively small novel is too important to skip for all you REAL fans. Get ready for a philosophical roller-coaster...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2005

    fantastic

    This book is amazing. It takes a little while to get going but it pays off. If you plan on reading the other dune books, then this contains to much information to skip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Very intense and exciting but....

    I'm a big fan of sci-fi sagas and fantasies and must say when I read the first thirty pages of this book I couldn't put it down.However somewhere along the way the intensity simmers down and you get this subplot of Paul's wife intriguing against him.Towards the end it draws to quite a bit of an anti-climax.It's a worthy read if you're a follower of the series.As a first for me it didn't really give me the urge to follow up on the preceding and succeeding titles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Continuation from Dune

    A fan of Frank Herbert, and will always be. Great Science Fiction for the archival collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Another great book in the Dune series. Good science fiction read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Great Book

    Great sequel to Dune!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    A classic written by a legend!

    A classic written by a legend!

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    'Dune Messiah' is a short yet fast-paced book that tells the story of Paul as both the messiah of the Fremen and the emperor of the universe. He struggles with his heavy spicy induce prescience, because he can see humanity's destruction. He is known as a tyrant for what he has done to the worlds who try to stand against the Bene Gesserit's uncontrollable Kwisatz Haderak. Irulan fights for love and for her birthright to bear the heir. Paul is forced to accept the gift of the ghola mentat Hayt, and endure his physical blindness from the stone burner. The conspiracy set against him by a Navigator, Face Dancer, and Reverend Mother unravels into surprising and dramatic events that'll bring the 'Children of Dune', the future of Arrakis turning lush and green, and the continuance of the religion of Paul of Messiah by the efforts of Alia. Paul is trapped by knowing the future. Irulan forced to accept no love or child from Paul, while it may her birthright to bear the heir she is only his wife in name. Can a ghola regain its past?

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Dune Messiah, the Dune Chronicles, Book 2

    Paul is now the Emperor of the universe, and he is worshipped as a God, by all on Dune. This is further complicated by him battling other planets to bow to him and his sister's attributes to his godliness. Alia is also troubled because she can not see the future that Paul so easily sees and is not able to avoid. There is a plot out against Paul's life, and the Bene Gesserit are determined to salvage his blood line.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Dune Messiah

    This is a great book. The only problem I had with it is that it seemed to jump around a bit causing some confusion to what was going on. I've never read anything like it that's for sure. I would recommend the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Dune Messiah was kewl

    I'd like to let you all know that Dune Messiah is a great book. It really shows how the belief in the religion and the Oracle determines the fate of people. And if they don't like what is predetermined they do what they can to take a different path for better or worse.

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