Well I found the rare +1 in this book, but its more of a +.1
Taref, the Freeman who got some of his buddies to go off world and work for Venport is sent back to try and recruit more Freemen to come work as saboteurs for Venport*. (No, this isn't the +1 part)
When he gets home, wearing his superior offworld stillsuit (KJA just won't let that one go...) his Freemen family (Naib and two sons that are ahead of him in inheritance...) chastise him for all the right reasons.
However, they only kick him out, (and this is why its only a +.1) they don't kill him for selling Freemen for their water, or wearing a collar, or endangering the tribe, or failing to follow water discipline with an untrusted suit, or just plain being an idiot.
I give the rare plus because I was amazed that they even conceived of the Freemen saying No, and had a Fremen reason for it. It of course could have been purely accidental, or perhaps one of the 2-3 paragraphs in this book that Brian actually wrote.
This +1 is annihilated by the micro-plot that has the Emperor's Truthsayer facing off against the Emperor's Suk Scalpel Interrogator to see who is better at their job. They decide to let the Truthsayer go first, since the Scalpel doctor too often kills his subjects.
The truthsayer uncovers that the Suk Scalpel doctor was intentionally killing off his subjects to sell their organs on the black market, and that the Empress was in on it.
So the Emperor hands the Suk Scalpel over to his own interrogation team, who find out the Empress was blackmailing him into being her lover, and then they kill him and sell his organs.
I swear everyone in this book reads like a small businessman. There is NO scale.
You know, its even more ironic that Keith can't comprehend scale when he's dictating this while hiking in the fucking Rocky Mountains. Then again, he spends most of the time in his own head and with that caveat, there can be no accurate scale.
*they hire young Freeman, disguise their eyes, and train them how to sabotage a space-folder ship in a manner that looks like an accident, because the young Freemen hooligans seem to enjoy destroying their spice harvesters, so they must be good at it. Y'know, rather than:
1.Bribing people who already work on the ship
2. Outright buying the company or offering a merger, which they do to another company that is on its last leg.
3. Getting their own engineers/spies to do it.
"Turning his back on the sietch that did not want him, Taref worked his way across the desert back to Arrakis City. The weeklong trek was ardous, and the desert austere and uncomfortable, but he endured the deprivation."
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