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The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, Book 2) (original 2002; edition 2004)

by Brian Herbert

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Title:The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, Book 2)
Authors:Brian Herbert
Info:Tor Books (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
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Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson continue their tale of the Butlerian Jihad in this second enormous installment of a trilogy. They continue to plant the seeds which will grow into the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Some of the characters have become a little repetitive, but overall, it makes for interesting reading if you’ve read the Dune novels.

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  mmtz | May 26, 2012 |
I started to read this book immediately after finishing the first in the series, The Butlerian Jihad.The book starts off about 30 years after the first one, and moves forward pretty rapidly from there. Many of the characters are carried over from the first novel, but adapted and changed by the events that have occurred. Some characters become more sympathetic, one character in particular goes from being a likable hero into an absolute monster. The events in this book are interesting, and it reads well. There are some surprising events that shake things up quite a bit, and some very unexpected deaths at this stage of the series.This book brings many elements more inline with the familair Dune canon, explaining away some things that seemed like inconsistencies. I would still highly recommend the series. ( )
  bjh13 | Dec 28, 2011 |
The Machine Crusade is the second in a trilogy of the Legends of Dune, chronicling the Butlerian Jihad of man battling intelligent machines. This book didn't contribute anything sufficiently important to warrant its own volume, it should have been incorporated into the other two works in the series.

I was sorely disappointed in this book. The writing is bad, the dialog horrible. The Dune series is famous for its political intrigue, but in this book, the resolutions came too quickly and felt contrived. It was difficult to work through the book, toward the end, I just wanted to finish it.

This book had extreme violence, which goes against the grain of all other Dune books i've read.

On the positive side, it was good to read about some of the early events in the universe and have things explained. At a high level, there were interesting events taking place, it just wasn't well told. ( )
1 vote Nodosaurus | May 5, 2010 |
Recently finished Dune: The Machine Crusade. This book is a part of the Legends of Dune trilogy. It is the second book in the series. In this book we recognize the formation of the Guild as well as the evolving role of Spice in trade. The battle against the Evermind is still ongoing but the independent Android, Erasmus, is having second thoughts about his loyalty to Omnious. A very good read. In fact, it was hard for me to not go out and buy the third book right away. ( )
  seanvk | Jul 19, 2009 |
My complaint about the first book in the trilogy was the number of character threads being followed. By the end of this book, no fewer than 10 have ended in main character deaths. That leaves very few moving on to the last book of the series.

The war became more complicated, and in spite of an attempt at a "white peace" that lead to one of the major character blood baths, the almost 40 year old war isn't substantially closer to completion. But I'm sure it will be..."space folding" ships capable of instantaneous travel have just been created by the humans. ( )
  JeffV | Apr 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076534078X, Mass Market Paperback)

The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.
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More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.

The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.

And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.

Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on bestseller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade.

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"More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in the Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Iblis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat." "The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius... as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history - a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy." "And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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