The bestselling science fiction series of all time continues! Frank Herbert's second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Maud'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: Do all paths of glory lead to the grave?
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Completely different from Dune but...
just as good. The narrators of Messiah do all the characters justice and make it fun to listen to. The story is not as good as Dune, but still very much worth your time. I now wait for Children of Dune to follow.
It's a nice bridge
On it's own, it's an ok book. Seeing what happened under the leadership of Muad'dib is sad and honest. Paul could not avoid the jihad he saw in Dune. It's a nice bridge between Dune and Children of Dune.
After multiple careful rounds of listening, I must say bravo for what prose Herbert composed..... However this final finish in the Freman Jihad ends as a tradgety for Maud'dib and leaves the final ending of multiple story lines, adrift as a great ship with a broken rudder in a typhoon... then just stops, no resolution for so many beloved characters. It took me awhile to just listen (probably 25 times) and learn to love what was offerred. Frank Herbert still reigns with Niven, Pohl, and Heinlein for crafting amazing other worlds for hard core, science educated, xenophile sci-fi reader.
San Antonio, TX