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In The Machine Crusade the story of the battle between humans and the thinking machines continues from where it began in The Butlerian Jihad. The first battle was a victory. But the war is just beginning ...

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BRIAN HERBERT is a widely-published science fiction author in his own right. This is his first novel to call on his father's work: previously, he has created his own worlds, sometimes in collaboration. He has also written Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive biography of his illustrious father. KEVIN J. ANDERSON is best known for his world-wide best-selling novels based on the universes of Star Wars and the X Files: he has been a Sunday Times number one bestseller. He is also the author of several more critically-acclaimed original novels. An expert on the US space programme, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for ten years.

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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.

'Congratulations to Herbert and Anderson for transporting us back to this richly excavated world...A spicy melange treat for both new and long-time fans of the series' Billy Dee Williams (of Star Wars, Lady Sings the Blues etc) 'Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson succeed in weaving their own intricate saga. Dune: House Atreides does its predecessors justice.' USA Today 'In writing a prequel to what is arguably the best science fiction novel of all time, Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson set themselves a monumental task. They succeed brilliantly. This cynical old critic found himself engrossed from page one, and eagerly looks forward to the rest of the series. Buy it now!' Dave Wolverton (NYT bestselling author) 'All these characters and themes will be familiar to fans of the original Dune novels. But new twists added by Herbert and Anderson will have fans, both old and new, turning pages. Having done their research well, Herbert and Anderson have succeeded in laying out the foundation for a new trilogy that will amplify the original novels and stand firmly as a class act in its own right.' - Dorman T Schindler, St Petersburg Times on HA 'This book is written in a style so close to the original that it is hard to believe Frank Herbert did not direct it through some mysterious genetic link - maybe he did. Did I like it? Hey, I'm a Dune addict myself. I can't wait for the sequel to the prequel' - Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News on HA ...a rousing story that juggles eight or so plot lines with ease. The first of a trilogy, the book is written so that those who have never read Dune can strat right here with the prequel.' - Michael Glitz, New York Post on HA 'The author's research and passion for the material have served them well. Dune: House atreides captures the essence of Dune while illuminating further the workings of Frank Herbert's universe' - Seattle Times 'Dune: House Atreides is packed with action, great story lines and twists within twists about favorite Dune villains and heroes. The result is a winning combination that keeps the two in stride with Frank Herbert's vision.' - Beyond the Cover. '...a compelling story that will transport readers back to the world that changed science fiction forever' - Tattered Times, Denver, Colarado 'In a word satisfying: all Dune fans will want to investigate, newcomers will be tempted, and it should promise fresh interest in the magnificent original series' - Kirkus '... Herbert and Anderson have met the challenge admirably. Within a web of relationships in which no act has simple or predictable consequences, they lay the foundations of the Dune saga ... Even readers new to the saga will be able to follow it easily as the narrative weaves among the many interconnected tales. A TERRIFIC READ IN ITS OWN RIGHT ... Will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor.' Publishers Weekly 'This trilogy stands alone!will appeal to Dune fans, and sci-fi addicts.' Bournemouth Daily Echo on THE MACHINE CRUSADE 20040416 'House Harkonnen is compulsive reading. I certainly enjoyed meeting pardot Kynes and Liet, learning more about the Freman, as well as Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho and the Lady Jessica. Such vile villains...and such a fascinating description of splendid places.' -- Anne McCaffrey on House Harkonnen 'Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied' -- The Times 'House Atreides is a terrific prequel, but it's also a first-rate adventure on its own. Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.' -- Dean Koontz

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