Tor, Aug 2004, 27.95, 624 pp.
The century long war between the human Army of the Jihad and the thinking machine robots of the Synchronized Empire has gone surprisingly well for the carbon based people. Machine leader Ominius concludes that if current trends continue the humans will prove victorious as they keep recruiting new members with ease. Ominus needs a new weapon of mass destruction to change the tide so he introduces plagues to eradicate the enemy.
The virus works. The machines feel victory is imminent. The humans make a last stand at Corrin, but they are not only reeling from the plague infested deaths, they are divided weakening them further. Jihad leader Varian Atreides claims rival Abulurd Harkonnen acted cowardly; thus both major houses are ready to battle one another at a time when unity is the only hope. Others have split apart seeking solace in enclaves by forming a sorceress based sisterhood and the Freemen of Dune. The future looks bleak for mankind.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner