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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. For 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 zeros 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.

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  • By Christian4423 on December 21, 2017

    I am a computer science student and I have taken an interest in molecular computing. Upon telling my professor about my interest, he gave me a book on recombinant DNA. He warned me to read The White Plauge first so I can understand that playing with DNA is not full of hope and cures. When I started to read this book, I did not read what it was about and I did not read reviews. I went at it blindly. Honestly, I enjoyed it. When people say that it slows down towards the middle/end I don’t consider that a bad thing. I loved reading the priest and Joseph bicker back and fourth. I thought that their trek through Ireland was very interesting. I didn’t really like Kate and her husband. More her than him. I thought she cried the whole time. However, she had every right to. Their story never really went where I wanted it to go. I especially enjoyed hearing the scientist work through the problems and figure out how the virus spreads. In all, this was a good read and I’m happy I was able to find time to read it while going to school.

  • By Tony on December 31, 2014

    I read the paperback of this book 20 years ago and I have liked this book ever since. I think it is a great book by a great author with a great speculative ending based on potential scientific outcomes! I suspect that since 9-11 books like this are too how-to explicit to make into a movie but I think that if we could go back 40 years and make the movie of the book the movie version would be as valuable a contribution to the SF genre, and society, as the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (the TDTESS remake, is in my mind is too apocalyptic and no longer SF!)Boy this book on kindle if you must but, my advice, is to find a hard copy (preferably hardcover) and keep it around for your later enjoyment.

  • By Reasoning18 on February 28, 2015

    I enjoyed the premise and have always liked Frank Herbert's writing. My only complaint is that there was too much technical detail regarding the biochemical processes. One would have to be a scientist in a related field to enjoy that. However, the plot moved along and the characters were interesting.

  • By Thomas Anonymous on October 21, 2016

    Written by a professional. Starts out with a unique premise then delves into a windy, blustery tome with a finally decent ending. FREE ON GOOGLE.

  • By Dave PS on October 29, 2016

    Although there was some fantasizing about the details of the technology, it is absolutely possible that some genetic plagues are now possible. The only problem is we don't know who controls them.

  • By Kindle Customer on December 27, 2014

    This is one of my favorites of Herbert's though it's less well-known that his Dune series. His exploration of our world and its designs and dangers is just as poignant as when he delves into fantasy, and just as effectively shows us ourselves, at our best and our worst. I'll be using this in my college course soon, and will update after the semester with student feedback.

  • By Matthew Cash on June 9, 2015

    I would lump this stand-alone novel along with Herbert’s final two Dune books as one of his lesser works. Honestly it’s too bad Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson weren’t around to help when he wrote this thing. Their talent for crafting exciting page turners could have injected some much needed fun into a very dull and depressing tale. Herbert was a man of great ideas, but his execution this time was less than satisfactory. The novel drags in the middle quite annoyingly as we follow characters walking around, doing absolutely nothing interesting. We never have a clear protagonist in the story either. Interesting characters like the POTUS, show up here and there every fifty pages and then fade away again. If Herbert had just picked one major character to follow the novel would been a much better read. The Madman himself would have been perfect, but he's missing in too much of the book and comes off almost as a force of nature instead of a man. The setting of early ‘80s Northern Ireland with it’s IRA bombings is dated in 2015 as is the book’s references to computers. In one part of the story a computer program has to be physically flown on a plane from the U.S. to Ireland. It sounds crazy now in our era of broadband. It’s an interesting book, geopolitically, as most post-apocalyptic stories usually are. Things would go to hell quickly no doubt about it. However I found the story flat and emotionless with no redemption for the human race by the end. What’s the point of even trying to save humanity when we’re all just selfish jerks? I’m surprised an editor didn’t get Herbert to tighten this thing up. Entire chapters could have been eliminated and the middle of the book goes nowhere. There’s a good story to be told here, but it needed another couple of drafts. If anything this book does at least provide a warning. A man-made plague is very likely to be the thing that ends the human story once and for all.


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