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Paul Of Dune (Heroes of Dune #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  5,607 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews

Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad’Dib in control of the planet Dune. Herbert’s next Dune book, Dune Messiah, picked up the story several years later after Paul’s armies had conquered the galaxy. But what happened between Dune and Dune Messiah? How did Paul create his empire and become the Messiah? Following in the footsteps of Frank Herbert, New York Times

Mass Market Paperback, Reprint, 614 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 2008)
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M Strawberry Reviews
Sigh. Where do we start? The cardboard characters? The plot inconsistencies? The contradictions with Frank Herbert's books?

Again, another unnecessary addition to the Dune series. If Brian and Kevin had put all their effort into writing Dune 7 than piddling around with two prequel trilogies, then we MIGHT have a worthy read.

But no. They just couldn't stop at Dune 7 and move on to go back to writing their own original series. No. Dune is their cash cow, and they're going to milk it, by gum!

Here, w
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My slight obsession with all things Dune began back when I was thirteen when a good buddy of mine recommended to me Frank Herbert’s first Dune novel – which I promptly borrowed from my dad, who had a first printing copy – and the David Lynch cinematic adaptation which coincidentally came out mere months later. From there, I was enraptured with this future historical epic – much as I once was with Narnia and Middle-Earth.

What I loved most about Herbert’s original six-volume Dune series was how h
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly, totally, completely disappointed! :(

I very much liked Dune Chronicles #7 & #8; as for the Legends of Dune & Prelude to Dune series, I found them to be awesome. But this one...

The characters are totally different: the way Paul Atreides and the Fremens are depicted looks like the Harkonnens! No, I'm wrong. The Harkonnens were strong characters, despicable, they could make you go through the whole range of bad feelings about them. Here, Paul and Fremens are a bunch of idiots, brai
Sep 30, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far this is one of the most painful books ever written by Brian Herbert (Frank's son) and Mr. Anderson. I read them only because I know they are working from Frank Herbert's notes, and they do fill in useful information. But frankly, I think if they just published his notes, it would be a lot better reading. Their characterization is nearly non-existent and the dialogue is quite poor.

Final comment: Well, I finished it. God it was torture. I couldn't recommend it to anyone, even a diehard fan-
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: kja
When I first read "Dune" in 1983 I was amazed at how Frank Herbert was able to create an entire universe filled with new planets, alien races, politics and of course, religious fanaticism.

I was deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of all time.

Then to my delight, the team of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson catapulted the Sci-Fi fan base back into the world of "Dune" with some of the best written and imagined stories from the early days of the Dune legacy
Eric Lin
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, shit
I mean, I didn't finish it, but I'm finished, you know what I mean? Or to quote Bean, from Shadow of the Hegemon: "You don't have to eat the whole turd to know it's not crab cake."

Super bad dialogue and poor writing really makes you feel like these aren't the characters we remembered from Dune. Don't we read sequels to get more of what we want? I don't want to read about this imposter Paul, who takes everything too seriously, and alienates everyone he talks to. I know it's supposed to be the sto
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worse books ever written. It really pains me to see that it was allowed to be released. It really shames the Dune series name.
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hopefully the last of Dune. I have read them all. None were as good as "Dune". But then you can't beat the best.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like millions of other people, I loved Frank Herbert's Dune and the five sequels to it that Herbert produced. In general, I've had mixed feelings about the prequels and sequels to Frank Herbert's series of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. It's not that they aren't good -- it's that many of them aren't very . . . Dune, dammit. The difference is something like that between the earliest versions of great movies, e.g., The Poseidon Adventure, and later versions, e.g.,Poseidon -- the originals grab ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I don't know how many of the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson books I will end up reading. I love the universe, am captivated by Dune and the mythology of Maud'dib, but... as so many others have noted, this just doesn't have the same something as the original(s).

I enjoyed the subplot of the Fenrings' daughter. That part was well done, and raised some interesting questions about human cloning and biological engineering. The rest of the book, though, fell flat for me. While superficially interesting,
Mark Henwick
Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Herbert is spinning in his grave. I have read programming manuals that have engaged me more.
The *idea* is good, the writing is limp, and I just gave up.
Phillip Lozano
Feb 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only if the taste of puke on shit seems appetizing to you.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
When I read Dune in the late ‘60s I was fascinated by the depiction of this future(?) society with it’s wonderful technologies mixed with it’s medieval intrigues. The Harkonnens were evil, the Corrinos were corrupt, and I rooted for the noble Atreides. The Bene Gesserits, the Spacing Guild, the Mentats, the Suk doctors, and the other groups provided a sturdy framework for the story.

Some of the echoes of our world were interesting, like The Orange Catholic Bible, and some were odd, li
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Paul is too complex character for Brian's writeing skills so result is not attractive.

I had to push myself to finish it.

It should never existed.

Pročitano i jedva mala dvojčica, više -2.

Knjiga je kronološki smještena između Dune i Dune Messiah te pokušava objasniti nešto Paulovog Jihada, a druga polovica knjige nas vodi u Paulovu mladost s ćaćom Letom te razmiricama s Kućom Moritani (+ prikriveni Harkonneni) s jedne te Ecazima, Verniusima i Atreidisima

Not nearly as bad as I thought this book would be based on reviews I had read before. I know this is going to sound blasphemous to some, but although Frank Herbert is a far superior writer, I wish there was a little more of his son Brian and Kevin Anderson in his books. Frank can be a little long winded and confusing at times. Conversely, I wish there was a lot more Frank in these new "McDune" books- there is nothing profound in this book.

But that's ok. It is what it is, and I enjoyed it as jus
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another book in the long-line of substandard, cash-grab Dune novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. However, I'm such a Dune nerd that when I saw the hardcover in B&N for only $5, I had to grab it. While their first trilogy (House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino) and second trilogy (Butlerian Jihad, Machine Crusade, Battle of Corrin) were at least cohesize and had somewhat gripping plots that expanded the Dune universe, this novel is unfocused and mostly uninteresti ...more
Lauren Magoon

This was a good "Gee, I wonder what happened between...." type of book. I honestly liked it, but it wasn't the best new Dune book that I've read.

In the original Dune novels, or in the TV mini-series, for that matter, there's a considerable gap in time between books. One story ends with Paul defeating the Emperor of the Known Universe, and the next story starts with him firmly entrenched as a god/dictator with this whole religion that's grown up around him. However, we really don't know how all

Sep 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I felt embarrassed reading this book. I wasn't sure who for... for myself? For Herbert? Or for the authors? Buying this book was my part in the Cash for Clunkers program when I handed over my credit card to buy this clunky piece of work: Like a good GM, it was shiny on the outside but after a few miles it squeaked, pulled to one side, the radio was stuck on one station and then all the wheels fell off as the engine exploded.

On the cover its a 'sequel', but in reality it's played as two books: I
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000-2009
it starts off awfully YA'ish. fun. nothing impressive. but fun. i had set my expectations pretty low, so i was quite happy with the fact things weren't getting completely f'd up.

but then it turns into a godawful mess.


"Leto was honor and honor the honor and rules. Rules were honor and respect and honor. Honor, rules, honor, honor rules."

“Good old-fashioned bloodshed,” Gurney said. “If that's what he wants, then we'll give it to him."

"Honor. Surrender by rules and honor justice rules and honor.
Kevin O'Donovan
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the two dimensional characters, dreadful dialogue and apparently non-existent editing in the initial three Butlerian Jihad books would be impossible to surpass in Brian's extension of his father's work, but it seems I was wrong. With "Paul of Dune" he has gone beyond that. Every character feels so jarringly wrong that I found it impossible to read the book with any enjoyment. I'd expected the book to fill out the time between Dune and Messiah, but in reality it was little more tha ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I was especially impressed by Irulan and very pleased that Herbert and Anderson expanded on the character. I developed a real sympathy for her because despite the fact that she is a wife in name only, she loves her husband in her own way and is content to serve as the observer and chronicler of his life and times. The thing that I didn't like, however, was how Chani was pictured in the book. We know that Paul was utterly devoted to her, but in this part of the story the ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is more like "fan fiction" than a proper addition to the Dune cannon. It's as if the authors merely skimmed the original material for names and places, but never actually read the books. The characters are hollow wheels f the originals and at times even contradict things from the original books.

I went straight from re-reading Dune into this book and was bitterly disappointed. The styles was so different, the characters were si different, everything was so different I had to force myself to
Kara Herron
Unless you absolutely need a new Dune book to read, don't bother.
Adds parts of story lines that are fully established and adds things to them or changes them.
I'm becoming totally disenchanted by all the new Dune books, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had already paid for the next one coming out in a few days, I doubt if I would have put out the money for it.
They are writing these just for the money because they know that people like myself will buy books written in the "Duniverse"
Brian Herb
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dune-franchise
The major thing that struck me about the novel was that Irulan seemed different from the Irulan portrayed in the original series.

In the original series, I thought Irulan came across as being a bit incompetent, to be honest. Always scheming and plotting but never actually getting anything done. I didn't really find her likable, though I didn't dislike her either.

In Paul of Dune, she actually seems more accepting of her fate. She doesn't try to get Paul into her bed and she's embraced her role as
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
Paul of Dune alternates between telling events of Paul-Muad'Dib's jihad 1 year and 4 year after the events of "Dune" and before "Dune Messiah" and background of Paul and what affected the Atreides clan as a 12 year old boy.

The good of this book is simply that the Dune story at this period is so great that any new background and insight is a joy for fans. The bad of this book is that while it attempts to fill-in between Frank's original novels it becomes just that that - boring historical backgro
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dune, 2016
I have rarely set aside a book like I did with this one. I can usually find some redeeming quality that will keep me engaged, but I just couldn't stay in this one. Partly because I am trying to read all of Frank and Brian's works in the story order, and I wanted to get to Dune Messiah. And partly because of the stark difference in ability between Frank and Brian's writing abilities. I found Brian's constant recapping of events in Dune to be tedious, and I did not agree with how he portrayed Paul ...more
Kevin J.J. Carpenter
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: faux-dune
This book marks the first time I ever started skim-reading, an action I found rather distasteful until I found this entirely pointless interquel. What started as a bittersweet (while entirely pointless) entry to the Dune Saga, quickly became an overdrawn conglomerate of tiresome scenes. Once the flashbacks started, I was done with it, and if I hadn't been stuck on a train for 8 hours at the time, I doubt I would have finished it.

It joins the House Trilogy with books I recommend skipping.
Ann Thomas
This was publicised as filling the gap between original Dune novels, but only covers one year after he became Emperor and flashback to one year when he was twelve. I will not buy any more, as at this rate it will take too many books to cover it all. Herbert and Anderson are wringing every inch out of Frank Herbert's notes. The book is good, but too detailed.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Not the same as original Dune. Book on CD. Liked seeing more of Count Fenring and Duncan Idaho...but that's about it.
I'm a sucker for all things Dune--even if the new books are not as excellent as those by Frank.
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