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Four Complete Novels: Whipping Star / The Dosadi Experiment / The Santaroga Barrier / Soul Catcher Hardcover – September 26, 1984
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The four included here have odd titles: Whipping Star, The Dosadi Experiment, The Santaroga Barriet and Soul Catcher.
Whipping Star has a strange concept: Calabans, strange, communicative but confusing creatures have given star gates (called S'Eyes) to the galaxy. But they are disappearing amid waves of madness and death. One Caliban is left, and has been hired by the world's richest and kinkiest woman to be flogged. How do you flog an energy being? Jorg X McKie must communicate with the cryptic Calaban and find the connection between the whippings and the disappearance of the other Calabans and a threat to the entire world.
The Dosadi Experiment brings McKie back again, this time to find out the secret of a Gowachin (froglike sentient being) experiment on the brutal and toxic planet Dosadi. The Gowachin seek to control McKie and manipulate the Dosadi situation, but McKie makes some unexpected moves.
In The Santaroga Barrier, psychologist Gilbert Dasein is sent to Santaroga in Northern California. Why has every company that set down a chain store in Santaroga failed to succeed? Why did previous investigators die in seemingly innocent and coincidental accidents? Dasein finds out much more than anyone ever else did, but can he ultimately escape Santaroga?
The Soul Catcher is set in contemporary times, and is the story of a native American who undergoes a frightening transformation as Katsuk, the avenging spirit who purifies the world. Is it madness or is it the spirit world intruding into modern reality?
All four are different novels, and quite different from Dune. All four are some of the best non-Dune writing Herbert ever did.
Whipping Star is the precursor to Dosadi Experiment, and both treat on human-alien communication and what pitfalls one might find oneself within. Soul Catcher was a surptise to me when I first found it, indeed I wondered if the Frank Herbert on the cover were the same author of which I was familiar. It's a story well worth reading. Oh, wait. Yes, the book was in very good shape, thank you!