Paul Atreides, ruler of a thousand planets, great victor of a holy war, prince turned revolutionary leader, messiah of a fanatical religious sisterhood, is to be brought low by the very forces that created him. Yet foreseeing the plans of his enemies, he determines to drive on towards his own, shockingly different, vision of the future. This is ...Read MorePaul Atreides, ruler of a thousand planets, great victor of a holy war, prince turned revolutionary leader, messiah of a fanatical religious sisterhood, is to be brought low by the very forces that created him. Yet foreseeing the plans of his enemies, he determines to drive on towards his own, shockingly different, vision of the future. This is the amazing second Dune novel.Read Less
This whole series is fabulous. I read them and o bought them for my son.
Apr 9, 2009
The Long and Winding Road
Have you already read Dune? If not, read it first before Dune Messiah, the second volume of the sextet. In this book Paul Atreides accepts the mantle of Kwisatz Haderach and, while loathing to do so, becomes a universal religious figure, the least disastrous choice among the possibilities that he sees.
All your favorite characters are here: the Bene Gesserit, CHOAM and the Spacing Guild, but new ones are introduced. House Harkonnen has been subjugated but you become acquainted with the Tleilaxu and their gift to paul: the ghola of Duncan Idaho (a living being made from the cells of a cadaver). The ghola is intended to kill Paul, but the conflict of subconscious commands and ingrained loyalty produces a dramatic and unexpected result -- one that insures Duncan's reappearance in all future novels.
This is the shortest of the Dune novels, but is just as gripping as all the others.
Jan 23, 2008
Arrakis's Environment Is Changing Too Swiftly
Paul is now the Emperor of the universe, and he is worshipped as a God, by all on Dune. This is further complicated by him battleing other planets to bow to him and his sisters attributes to his godliness. She is also troubled because she can not see the future that Paul so easily sees and is not able to avoid. There is a plot out against Paul's life, and the Bene Gesserit are determined to salvage is blood line.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-11-26 In 1965 Frank Herbert published Dune. After it was heralded as a masterpiece of science fiction, he wrote the briefer Dune Messiah in 1969, concentrating eponymously on Paul Atreides, and then, sensing the sales potential, added sequels. They were continued by his son, culminating in the just published finale, Sandworms of Dune. Now, 38 years after its publication, four narrators capture Dune Messiah on discs, while listeners, with no glossary, try to recall the meaning of its esoteric nomenclature. The audio gets off to a lively start as the book opens with nearly all conversation, playing up the camaraderie between the narrators who have partnered on several other readings of classic sci-fi novels. While the cast works well together, some of the male narrators emphasize a stately dullness. Kellgren, the sole feminine voice, supplies real emotion and a true sense of awe. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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