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Mentats of Dune (Dune)


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ISBN13: 9780765322746
ISBN10: 0765322749
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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 humanitys 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 familys 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 Torondos 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 humanitys future—whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.

About the Author

BRIAN HERBERT, the son of Frank Herbert, is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a moving biography of his father that was nominated for the Hugo Award. His other novels include Man of Two Worlds (written with Frank Herbert), Sudanna Sudanna, and The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma.

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 the ambitious space opera series The Saga of Seven Suns, including The Dark Between the Stars, as well as the Terra Incognita fantasy epic with its two accompanying rock CDs. He also set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.

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DANE, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by DANE)
Mentats of Dune is the newest in a series of prequels written by Frank Herbert's son. I read the original Dune series as a teenager and although the writing styles are very different, Dune purists should put aside any preconceptions and give them a try as they're exceptionally entertaining. There are actually two sets of prequels: one set in the recent "Dune" past and the other taking place thousands of years earlier during the Machine Wars. Fast-paced, full of action and intrigue, these books are wonderful at telling the story of the origins of everything from the Bene Geserrit Sisterhood to the Mentats to the feud between the Houses Harkonnen and Atreides. If you haven't tried them yet, do pick up a copy!
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Product Details

Herbert, Brian
Tor Books
Anderson, Kevin J.
Brick, Scott
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Science / General
Science / Space Opera
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Mass market paperback
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15 CDs, 18 hours
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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