House Harkonnen (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 2)

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9780553526660: House Harkonnen (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 2)

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Dune:House Atreides, a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, began the exciting chronicle of events that took place before those of Frank Herbert's Dune, the bestselling sciece fiction novel ever. Now Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, again working from the extensive outines, jounals, and brainstorming sessions between Brian and his father, have created DUNE:HOUSE HARKONNEN, the second novel in the trilogy of prequels.

Here fans of the Dune series can again follow Leo Atreides, Duke Leto, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Jessica, Gurney Halleck, and Duncan Idaho on the inexorable and fascinating journey that will lead to Dune, the novwl that hasheld more than 10 million readers captive for more than thirty years.

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Don't even think about reading House Harkonnen without reading its predecessor Dune: House Atreides; anyone who does so risks sinking in the sands between Frank Herbert's original Dune and this prequel trilogy by Herbert's son, Brian, and Kevin J. Anderson. The purist argument that had Frank Herbert wanted to go backwards he would have done so is, at least in part, negated by the sheer narrative verve, and by the fact that Anderson and Brian Herbert manage to pull some genuine surprises out of this long-running space-opera. House Harkonnen is a massive book, and there are places where it becomes plot heavy, but in following the story of Duke Leto Atreides and the conflicts with House Harkonnen, the authors succeed in spinning a gripping adventure while going off in some unexpected directions. Anderson, who has written many successful Star Wars novels, has noted his particular admiration for The Empire Strikes Back, and his desire to emulate that film's dark take on the genre. In House Harkonnen, the conflict encompasses the tragedy of nuclear war, marked by grief and horror, vengeance and torment, and all while the complex intrigues continue to unfold. As one character puts it:

Everything has its cost. We pay to create our future, we pay for the mistakes of the past. We pay for every change we make--and we pay just as dearly if we refuse to change.

Ultimately this is the theme of a compelling game of consequences, choices, and responsibility, a study of Leto's growth into power and the price of politics and love. --Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk

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Raves for Dune: House Harkonnen

"[Fans] rejoice in this chance to return to one of science fiction's most appealing futures."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Rich interweaving of politics and plotting made the Dune novels special. And Dune: House Atreides does its predecessor justice."
--USA Today

"A spirited and entertaining adventure--The real pleasure here comes from watching the authors lay out the plot threads that will converge in Dune."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"(The authors) have brought this classic saga back to an exciting and dynamic life."
--The Denver Post

"A rousing story."
--The New York Post

"The attendant exciting and myriad revelations not only make this novel a terrific read in its own right bull will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Dune: House Atreides is a terrific prequel, but it's also a first-rate adventure on its own. Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.
--Dean Koontz

"Written in a style so close to the original that it is hard to believe Frank Herbert did not direct it through some mysterious genetic link--I can't wait for the sequel."
--Rocky Mountain News

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Anderson, Kevin, Herbert, Brian
Published by Random House Audio (2000)
ISBN 10: 0553526669 ISBN 13: 9780553526660
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