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 Article /
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? From official release/information:
Product Description: Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad'Dib in control of the planet Dune. Herbert's next Dune book, Dune Messiah, picked up the story several years later after Paul's armies had conquered the galaxy. But what happened between Dune and Dune Messiah? How did Paul create his empire and become the Messiah? Following in the footsteps of Frank Herbert, New York Times bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are answering these questions in Paul of Dune.
The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies--those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. . . .
And Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?
(Source: Tor Books)