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“Hellhole is a militaristic SF story of galactic proportions… Brilliant strategist, lover of Old Earth history, and cast-off of a now-defunct noble line, Adolphus is a Robin Hood for the galaxy to unite behind. The characters are easy for the reader to believe in, brought to life through not only their own emotions but also the responses and thoughts of the individuals around them.” Booklist, starred review
“Combines the best of space opera with galactic intrigue and a cast of memorable characters. Fans of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and the Star Wars® novels should enjoy a new entry into this popular category.” Library Journal on Hellhole
“Unquestionably, Herbert & Anderson can spin a great yarn while producing a vivid, mystifying universe, filled with characters that are both endearing, and loathsome.” BookSpotCentral on The Winds of Dune
“Herbert and Anderson create vivid characters--both human and machine--with passionate goals.” RT Bookreviews on Dune: The Battle of Corin
“Exploring the universe created by the late Frank Herbert in his eco-classic Dune, the authors delve into the childhood of the boy who would become Paul Muad'Dib and lead a desert planet in a war that unseats a corrupt emperor. Introducing the world of Dune to a new generation of readers, this novel maintains a high standard of storytelling and world building.” Library Journal on Paul of Dune
Herbert, the Hugo Award-nominated son of legendary sf writer Frank Herbert, joined up with top sf writer Anderson some time back to expand the story of Frank Herbert's blockbuster Dune. Here, as the Xayan civilization reawakens, the burgeoning shadow-Xayan settlement Hellhole gears up for a showdown with a host of enemies. Of course there will be fans.
Part two of the interstellar war/alien contact series that kicked off with Hellhole (2011). Constellation ruler Diadem Michella Duchenet, terrified at the possibility of contamination by the alien Xayans with whom the rebellious colonists of the Deep Zone have formed a partnership, sends a huge battle fleet to annihilate them. Travel between star systems is accomplished via stringline, a sort of interstellar zip line, so Gen. Tiber Adolphus, the rebel leader on planet Hallholme, devises a plan to cut the stringline and isolate the loyalist fleet. Furious when her fleet fails to report back, Michella orders a surprise attack via a different route and readies a second battle fleet under the son of Adolphus' old nemesis, Commodore Percival Hallholme. Back on Hallholme, meanwhile, the humans who have accepted Xayan personalities, the shadow-Xayans, are developing their powers of telemancy, a sort of remote telekinesis, to defend themselves. The Xayans' ultimate goal is to achieve racial transcendence. However, there's something important they aren't telling their human partners. At the heart of the Constellation on planet Sonjeera, Ishop Heer, Michella's spy chief and hatchet man, pursues his private agenda of restoring his family to the nobility, unjustly--as he sees it--ejected 700 years ago. Still, other factions within the aristocracy feel it would be better to reach an accommodation with the rebels. Unfortunately, the plotting owes more to convenience than verisimilitude. No matter who contributes the ideas, and there's nothing here of arresting originality, the style is pure Anderson boilerplate, and it's becoming harder and harder to recall the days when Herbert solo wrote such accomplished and amusing yarns as Sudanna, Sudanna. A routine entry in a mediocre series, strictly for fans already hooked with volume one.