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Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
Review by Christine Kimmel
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312945
Date: 16 September 2008 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Paul of Dune begins where Dune left off and ends where Dune Messiah begins. Given the hopeful nature of Paul's victory over Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen and the anticipated reign of House Atreides, it's conceivable that Dune fans could very well have been confused and perhaps even alarmed by the fierce political tensions that open Dune Messiah. "How did this happen?," wonders a hypothetical fan. Where did Princess Irulan's animosity come from? And, while that animosity was building, how did Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides maintain his God/Emperor status?

Like any man who fiddles with forces he doesn't fully understand, Emperor Muad'Dib is forced to accept that his Fremen Jihad is spiraling out of control. Professionally and personally, Paul is faced with the daunting task of reconciling the ways of the desert with the ways of the ruling class – ideologically, should he veer more towards Chani (the heart) or Irulan (the head)? And when is it time for a man to step down and admit that he is not, in fact, a God?

A man can step down any time he likes; the great Muad'Dib, however, can only step down when assassinated by a rival House. Yes, House Corrino is at it again, Tleilaxu assassins included, as is House Ecaz, House Harkonnen and, of course, the Bene Gesserit witches – because everybody wants a piece of the Spice Melange pie.

Can Emperor Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides thwart multiple assassins, build an improved desert society and balance life, love and work all at once? Time will tell… in conjunction with Paul of Dune.

Literary Formula: 2/3 cup Frank Herbert's Dune + 1/3 cup Frank Herbert's Dune Messiah.

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