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By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson

In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the pondering machines were defeated however the fight for humanity's destiny maintains.

Gilbertus Albans has based the Mentat college, a spot the place people can examine the effective recommendations of considering machines. yet Gilbertus walks an uneasy line among his personal convictions and compromises that allows you to live to tell the tale the Butlerian fans, led through the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. mom more advantageous Raquella makes an attempt to rebuild her Sisterhood tuition on Wallach IX, together with her so much proficient and impressive pupil, Valya Harkonnen, who additionally has one other goal―to targeted revenge on Vorian Atreides, the mythical hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family's downfall.

Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his personal warfare opposed to the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls approximately all trade due to the very best mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he areas a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo's anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. yet lovers hardly ever give up simply . . .

The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all try to enhance the human race, yet every one crew is aware that as Butlerian fanaticism grows more desirable, the conflict might be to settle on the trail of humanity's future―whether to embody civilization, or to plunge into an never-ending darkish age.

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He smirked, discovering humor in his state of affairs. “You … did that voluntarily? ” “Of path. chief Torondo requested it of me. A small sacrifice on my half for the better glory of the human soul. ” He gazed out on the burgeoning crowds. “And I hold a good guy secure so he can proceed his paintings, whatever the quite a few threats opposed to him. ” Seeing Salvador’s alarm, the pretend Manford attempted to sound reassuring. “I’m yes there’s not anything to worry this day, Sire. you've got a goodly variety of your infantrymen delivering safety alongside the parade course. ” The Emperor mopped chilly perspiration from his brow. “Don’t say one other note to me. ” Now he imagined wild assassins within the crowd, and he desired to bolt from the carriage and run for his lifestyles … yet that may reason him nice public embarrassment. He must whole this procession. His pulse pounded, however the Manford double didn't appear involved. Salvador needed that during retaliation for this trick he might flip the genuine Butlerian chief over to Quemada for a number of questions. As Emperor, Salvador used to be the chief of all humanity, and if the Butlerian chief wanted a double, then the Emperor must have one, too … and Roderick to boot. If whatever occurred to his brother, Salvador might by no means be capable of rule the Imperium on my own. both the Butlerians may run roughshod over him with unreasonable mob calls for, or Josef Venport may insist on unconscionable concessions to learn his strong industries. Salvador was once stuck among those mortal enemies—each rigid and either thinking about their respective passions. even though he and Roderick had shut company and political relationships with Venport Holdings, the Corrinos had additionally made concessions to the mad Butlerians. the placement was once a powder keg ready to blow up. At Manford’s call for, the Emperor had shaped a Committee of Orthodoxy to observe and decide expertise through the Imperium. The Butlerians supplied an inventory of unacceptable items—a record that often replaced, and not grew shorter. Salvador needed to settle for the checklist or rabid mobs could typhoon the capital urban and produce him down. in the meantime, many of the ships within the Imperial military have been carried to their locations aboard VenHold spacefolders, in a provider supplied at affordable with nice safeguard. The VenHold Spacing Fleet used to be sincerely the very best replacement. thankfully for Emperor Salvador, Manford Torondo and Josef Venport hated one another. perhaps they'd neutralize each one other—so lengthy because the clash didn’t take Salvador down with it. Beside him, with gleaming eyes and a vapid smile, the fake Manford persisted to indulge in applause. The throng used to be a mass of faces and expressions, producing rolling swells of noise. ultimately, to Salvador’s aid, the Imperial carriage accomplished its celebratory procession and headed again to the golden-domed corridor of Parliament. With an uncomfortable look on the legless double, he slipped out of the carriage with no looking forward to his army guards or entourage and moved quickly into the development, whereas his liveried attendants attempted to maintain with him.

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