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A warm day in Dublin, a crowded street corner. Suddenly, a car-bomb explodes, killing and injuring scores of innocent people. From the second-floor window of a building across the street, a visiting American watches, helpless, as his beloved wife and children are sacrificed in the heat and fire of someone else's cause. From this shocking beginning, the author of the phenomenal Dune series has created a masterpiece. The White Plague is a marvelous and terrifyingly plausible blend of fiction and visionary theme. It tells of one man's revenge, of the man watching from the window who is pushed over the edge of sanity by the senseless murder of his family and who, reappearing several months later as the so-called Madman, unleashes a terrible vengeance upon the human race.
John Roe O'Neill is a molecular biologist who has the knowledge, and now the motivation, to devise and disseminate a genetically carried plague - a plague to which, like those that scourged mankind centuries ago, there is no antidote, but one that zeroes in, unerringly and fatally, on women.
As the world slowly recognizes the reality of peril, as its politicians and scientists strive desperately to save themselves and their society from the prospect of human extinction, so does Frank Herbert grapple with one of the great themes of contemporary life: the enormous dangers that lurk at the dark edges of science. The White Plague is a prophetic, believable, and utterly compelling novel.
©2007 Frank Herbert (P)2008 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A tale of awesome revenge." ( The Cincinnati Enquirer)
"A speculative intellect with few rivals in modern SF." ( The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Randall on 11-09-17

Great book and not a rip off

I just finished this book a couple minutes ago, and I enjoyed it very much. This story is about a plague that only affects women. It doesn't seem to be like most of the other Frank Herbert books. That made it even more enjoyable and thought provoking.
The book I listened to right before this book was a Stephen & Owen King and it too coincidentally is about a plague that only affects women. The Herbert book was excellent and the King book was trash and seemed to be ripped off from The White Plague.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie on 03-23-18

Makes you think when you finish it.

This was a good story. some parts were long and drawn out. I think a lot of things could of been left out. It was hard to follow some of the characters which some didn't seem relevant to the story. However the plot and ending really make you think Especially if you are are a womab.

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1 out of 5 stars
By David on 04-09-09

It's long - very long!

This is only the second audiobook I've failed to listen to until the end - it's tedious and drawn out to the pont of one losing the will to live. If you're easily depressed then leave it well alone - it's not the story line so much , as the grinding unrelentless step by step crawl through the plot. You really will have beter things to do!!

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 03-26-09

Excellent

I had only read the books Frank Herbert is arguably most famous for and I am pleased to say that he is a lot more than just Dune. A really excellent, thought-provoking book that I rattled through with pleasure, although the subject is obviously dark and apocalyptic. Well developed characters, especially the protagonist John O'Neil, who wreaks a horrible vengeance on those he sees as responsible for the death of his wife and children. This book is well-narrated though I must leave opinion as to the quality of the Irish accents (that are copiously employed by the narrator) to those better qualified than myself, being English. To my untrained ear, I found them perfectly acceptable, as were all the English characters that sounded like they were Eton-educated to a man, and all of them full of Harry Flashman roguery! Excellent, well-read, moving book - I will be reading more non-Dune FH.

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