Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole. Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers.
Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who call the planet their home. While the colonists are hard at work developing the planet, General Adolphus secretly builds alliances with the leaders of the other Deep Zone worlds, forming a clandestine coalition against the tyrannical, fossilized government responsible for their exile.
What no one knows is this: the planet Hellhole, though damaged and volatile, hides an amazing secret. Deep beneath its surface lies the remnants of an obliterated alien civilization and the buried memories of its unrecorded past that, when unearthed, could tear the galaxy apart.
All that Dune was not
This book is so well written. The reason I title this review the way I do is because Brian Herbert is simply a far superior writer than his father. The concept is the same, so he's not necessarily more creative. It's still a political drama in space, like the Dune series. But his language just flows. I was never able to say that about Frank. The characters are engaging and well developed. The plot is sufficiently complex without being so heavily detailed that you can't remember what's going on with the last few characters you just read about. And he's good at refreshing the reader's memory without repeating himself too much.
Just like Dune, the story spans an entire galaxy. The main characters are humans. Their technology surpasses ours to an extent, but one can't help but wonder why their communication isn't better. I'm sure an astrophysicist can explain it in 2-3 simple sentences. Probably has something to do with the speed of light.
I'm really looking forward to book 2. Hope I don't have to wait too terribly long.