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Mentats of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert

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The Great Schools of Dune Series continues with this sophisticated and observant novel, chronicling the formation of some of the most important institutions and guilds of Dune. The authors ability to continue this rich, fertile saga set so far in the future yet feeling so very authentic, is testimony to their skill and vision.

The huge and substantial cast feel so very real; they aren't perfect, they have their faults, some are not particularly likeable, but all are fascinating. The rival factions are striving to improve the human race, are they doing this for their own means or for the good of mankind? The warring factions all have valid points to make but will they listen to each other, are they able to adapt their thinking?

The Mentats of Dune is vivid and inspiring, highlighting the complexity and contradictory nature of humans, this is a fabulous read.


Mentats of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert

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 family's 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 Torondo's 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 know that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity's future-whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Visit his website The son of Frank Herbert (1920-86), Brian Herbert is a bestselling SF author in his own right. He has also written Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive, Hugo Award-nominated biography of Frank Herbert.

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Publication date

13th March 2014


Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert

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Simon & Schuster Ltd


448 pages


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