Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson It would be churlish to think that son of Frank Herbert, Brian, might be milking his father’s literary legacy with his frequent Dune based novel releases. In fact I admit to having thoughts to that end before I read this. However, as someone who read all the original books I have to admit to some interest in the title.

In the end I needn’t have worried this might be a cheap knock-off. Its no such thing and manages to keep one interested despite its moderately long length. As you can imagine this tells the tale of the Maud’Dib aka Paul Arrakis the new Emperor of the known universe.

As with most Dune novels it tells the tale of the intrigue, killings and non-stop warfare of the Dune universe. What is most amusing of course is that Dune is a desert planet whose inhabitants “fremen’ are known for cruelty and vicious who are heading all over the universe spreading the jihad of the Maud’Dib. Their ferocity is their utter devotion to their emperor and his new religion creates fear and loathing all over the universe.

The tale is told in both current (for Dune) and flashback to Paul’s childhood under the tuteledge of his father the previous Duke of Arrakis. The storyline is compelling and moves along at pace. Needless to say if you are a fan of the series then this is quite a good read. And there is not much better science fiction out there than the Dune series.

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