The untold story of the twelve lost years between DUNE and DUNE MESSIAH based on Frank Herbert's own notes and hints.
Between the end of Frank Herbert s Dune and his next novel Dune Messiah lies a mystery: how a hero adored by a planet became a tyrant hated by a universe.
Paul of Dune begins the story of those twelve fateful years and the wars of the jihad of Paul Muad Dib.
It is an epic of battle and betrayal; of love and idealism; of ambition and intrigue. Above all, it is the story of how Paul Atreides who achieved absolute power when scarcely more than a boy changes from an idealist into a dictator who is the prisoner of the bureaucrats and fanatics who surround him.
[Herbert and Anderson] do a great job in investing the plot with heft and complexity and the narrative with pace and momentum, and conveying the sheer ferocity of the betrayals and duplicities . . . a rare, rattling page-turner that no Dune adherent will pass up. - Kirkus Reviews on SANDWORMS OF DUNE
Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision. - Dean Koontz
Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied. - The Times
A triumphant climax to the history of the Dune universe. - Bookseller on THE BATTLE OF CORRIN
For those of us who grew up with the world of spice and sand - how gratifying to revisit characters who felt like old friends, now brought to a satisfying conclusion. - My Weekly on SANDWORMS OF DUNE
FRANK HERBERT, who created Dune, was born in 1920 and spent most of his early life in the Pacific Northwest of America. He was a professional photographer, journalist and occasional oyster-diver; he also had stints as a radio news commentator and jungle survival instructor. BRIAN HERBERT, his son, is a widely-published science fiction author in his own right. This is his first novel to call on his father's work: previously, he has created his own worlds, sometimes in collaboration. He has also written Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive biography of his illustrious father. KEVIN J. ANDERSON is best known for his world-wide best-selling novels based on the universes of Star Wars and the X Files: he has been a Sunday Times number one bestseller. He is also the author of several more critically-acclaimed original novels. An expert on the US space programme, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for ten years.