DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO
Bantam, Oct 2001, 27.95, 496 pp.
Emperor Shaddam Corrino sees his plan to become the sole ruler of the Million Worlds nearing fruition on the planet Ix. Shaddam may be a maniac, but his plot is rather simplistic yet with a high probability of success. To achieve his goal, he has researchers using slave labor to invent and subsequently produce Amal, a synthetic spice to replace that found on Dune.
Duke Atreides has his own agenda for Ix. He plans to free the planet's population so as to thwart the plan of the Emperor though how remains a mystery. On the other hand, Duke Harkonnen of Dune has his own concept for Ix in which he becomes the great dictator. As the three forces come closer to a final confrontation, a universe hangs in the balance.
The third Dune novel based on the notes of the late Frank Herbert is an entertaining tale that the diehard fans of the series will enjoy. The story line is action packed and filled with political, social, and military confrontations. At times DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO seems forced as if the authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson had to remind the audience (or themselves) that this is a Dune tale. Still, the plot draws to a satisfying conclusion the threads left from the previous two novels (see DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES and DUNE: HOUSE HARKONNEN).
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner
Jonathan Schneoderman on 2/28/2015 9:31:33 AM says: I am not writing about my opinion on the book but what I think might be a serious continuity issue. Hasimir Fenring is captured by Duncan Idaho during the Atriedes invasion of Ix (p. 603-604 in the softcover version). Next we hear that the Spacing Guild landed a highliner in the Ixian grotto. The Guild then announces through the Ixian comsystem the following proclamation: "The Spacing Guild celebrates the victory of Prince Rhombar Verinus on Ix..." Fenring is said to look defeated at this point in the story (p. 619). Next we hear a highliner drops Fenring off via a small Guild ship to meet with Shaddam who is in orbit above Arrikis. I assume that Fenrng was given to the Spacing Guild by Duncan and the troops of Duke Leto but there is no mention of this that I can find or why. I have scanned the book looking for this link and searched the internet as well but with no luck. If anyone knows anything about this please write back.