by Frank Herbert
Far in the future, two powerful families are locked in a bitter feud. The Duke of Atreides has been outmanoeuvered by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, and must move from his home to take up the administration of the planet Arrakis, sometimes known as Dune, a vast desert where every drop of water is worth a fortune. But Dune is also a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire.
Wow! no wonder this book is so famous! The intrigue and subterfuge and "plan within a plan...treachery within treachery" was so fascinating to me. Frank Herbert is a master storyteller in the fullest sense of the term. Some of the syntax was a little weird for me and you have to get used to completely different terminology sometimes, but the story is so compelling that it only took a few pages for me to adjust.