Hunters Of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #7)

ISBN: 0340837489
ISBN 13: 9780340837481
By: Brian Herbert Kevin J. Anderson

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Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert's classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.At the end of Chapterhouse: Dune-Frank Herbert's final novel--a ship carrying the ghola of Duncan Idaho, Sheeana (a young woman who can control sandworms), and a crew of various refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres, dark counterparts to the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The nearly invincible Honored Matres have swarmed into the known universe, driven from their home by a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. As designed by the creative genius of Frank Herbert, the primary story of Hunters and Sandworms is the exotic odyssey of Duncan's no-ship as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy. To strengthen their forces, the fugitives have used genetic technology from Scytale, the last Tleilaxu Master, to revive key figures from Dune's past-including Paul Muad'Dib and his beloved Chani, Lady Jessica, Stilgar, Thufir Hawat, and even Dr. Wellington Yueh. Each of these characters will use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.Failure is unthinkable--not only is their survival at stake, but they hold the fate of the entire human race in their hands.

Reader's Thoughts

Cian Beirdd

What can I say that has not been said? The narrators are too many, and often have no purpose. The writing is poor in that the plot moves slowly. Yes 7 and 8 could have been one novel. The reveals about the Enemy and the Honoured Matres are interesting, but FH might well have done a better job of showing how they combined with the Bene Gesserit. So yes, the book is poorly constructed; I had to recheck the dates to reassure myself that this and the finale weren't the first two offerings by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. "The Oracle of Time"? Please.And yet, it was worth reading. Learning about the Honoured Matres and the Face Dancers, seeing how Baron Harkonnen was always evil and how different things could have been for Paul Atreides, the satisfaction I felt at seeing the Spice duplicated and improved upon, becoming aware that Teg and Duncan were 'supermen' in their own right, the curiosity I felt at the individuals the no-ship crew decided to resurrect. Many of the scenes the book produced were well worth the read. Previous critiques have noted that this pair is no Frank Herbert. Absolutely not! This novel does lose depth against the previous installments, but they can be understood. Frank was brilliant and I would love to meet him in an afterlife, but he was not a great writer; this pair, at their best, is. Sadly, this is nowhere near their best.


I think this was published by Zacky Farms. Yes it was a turkey :)When I read that Brian Herbert and Kevin J, Anderson had taken Frank Herberts outline and completed the final chapter of the Dune saga I was intrigued to sit down and finish it off. Dune 7, as it is sometimes called, contained so much that they had to split it into two books. This one and Sandworms of Dune, so this is only half the final book.First off.. narrative, narrative narrative. The first two thirds of the book contains so much background that there is almost no story as such. It's only towards the end of the book that the story starts to make sense and move forward. Then, it ends, to be concluded in the final volume. Worst of all there is an interview with the authors at the end. In this they admit that Frank Herberts outline was only about two and a half pages! Wow, that had to expand that into over 1,000 pages.If this had not been an audio book I would have had a tough time getting though it. The worst thing is, the story is not done but I want to know how it ends. I guess I will have to read Sandworms of Dune. At least there should be some decent action in the end.


I'm glad I read it, but Brian Herbert's style is so different from his father that it's almost an entirely different series. Brian Herbert is more "Star Wars", where his father was much more Poe, in that Frank Herbert gave his writing a lot of depth. This book seemed to drag on, and I kept waiting for it to get to the point...

Francis Gahren

I re-read this before reading the finale “Sandworms of Dune” because I couldn’t remember a whole lot of the story line (read it too fast, I think). Here is a good summary of the book from Wikipedia:Hunters of Dune is the first part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the original Dune series, along with Sandworms of Dune. It was written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and is based on notes left behind by Frank Herbert. The book was released August 22, 2006. It follows up on the themes explored in God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune about the danger posed to humanity by a remote, unnamed, but ever-present "great enemy."Plot summaryThe first main plotline follows the adventures of the passengers of the no-ship used by Sheeana and Duncan Idaho to flee from Chapterhouse as a result of Sheeana's disagreement with Bene Gesserit leader Murbella's plans for the Sisterhood. The second plot involves Murbella's attempts to unite the Bene Gesserit and Honored Matres, while conquering rebellious factions of Honored Matres on various planets and attempting to prepare for a confrontation with an Ancient Enemy. This unknown enemy was responsible for driving the Honored Matres back into the Old Empire.For several years, the no-ship (named the Ithaca by its passengers) has been in an alternate universe, carrying the gholas of Duncan Idaho and the famous military commander Miles Teg as well as the Bene Gesserit Sheeana, who has the mysterious power to control sandworms. Other passengers include the last Bene Tleilax Master Scytale, some Bene Gesserits, a group of Jews saved from Honored Matre oppression on the planet Gammu, and seven small sandworms that can produce spice. Finally, there are four captive Futars, fierce half-man/half-cat creatures bred to hunt Honored Matres. The mysterious Oracle of Time speaks to Duncan and brings the no-ship back into the 'regular' universe. However, it is soon discovered by the "old man" and "old woman" Daniel and Marty, first mentioned at the end of Chapterhouse Dune, who have unknown designs on the Ithaca and its passengers. The no-ship is nearly caught in their tachyon net, but escapes using the space-folding Holtzman engines.Meanwhile, Murbella is trying to prevent civil war on Chapterhouse, the only known source of melange ('the spice') left in the universe (other than the sandworms on the no-ship). She meets an emissary sent by the Spacing Guild, which is desperate for spice. Murbella refuses their requests due to the help the Guild gave to the Honored Matres, and demands the Guild's future loyalty, threatening to cut them off completely. Unbeknownst to the Guild delegation and the rest of the universe, the sandworms on Chapterhouse are not yet producing much melange; the Bene Gesserit are making it seem so, using their own stockpiles. Later, Murbella stops a brutal fight between some polarized Bene Gesserits and Honored Matres.Though the Honored Matres had destroyed all Bene Tleilax worlds, their descendents (the Lost Tleilaxu) have returned from The Scattering. Supposedly under their complete control are their improved Face Dancers, creatures who can mimic other humans exactly and go undetected by all known means. It is soon revealed that the Face Dancers have their own will and motives, as they kill the Tleilaxu Elder Burah and replace him with their own duplicate. They have now replaced all the Lost Tleilaxu Elders, as well as countless humans on various planets in the Old Empire. Their leader Khrone sends the scribe Uxtal (presumably the highest-ranking, if only, Lost Teliaxu left alive) to serve the renegade Honored Matre leader Hellica, who has proclaimed herself Matre Superior and now rules the conquered Bene Tleilax homeworld, Tleilax.The desperate Spacing Guild Administrators go to Ix to find an alternative to the use of their own Navigators (who require spice) for space travel. Unbeknownst to the Ixians or the Guild, Khrone and his Face Dancers have infiltrated Ix. While carefully executing his own plans for Face Dancer domination of the universe, Khrone is doing the bidding of Daniel and Marty by offering their advanced navigation technology to the Guild as if it were of Ixian design. The Guild agrees to the development of this technology if they have a monopoly on it.On Tleilax, Uxtal has been forced (by threat of death) to use Tleilaxu axlotl tank technology to produce the adrenaline-enhancing drug used by Honored Matres. Khrone also tasks Uxtal to make a ghola from recently-found cell samples, which turn out to be those of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. From the start, the young Baron is as sociopathic as the original. Later, Khrone obtains the blood of Paul Atreides from a religious relic on the Atreides homeworld once known as Caladan, and has Uxtal make a ghola of Paul. He plans to twist this Kwisatz Haderach ghola (using the Baron Harkonnen ghola) into a weapon for Daniel and Marty's conquest of the universe. Later, the Guild Navigator Edrik comes to Tleilax seeking Uxtal's knowledge of axlotl tanks; the Navigator fears his kind's obsolescence when the Ixian navigation technology becomes available. He seeks an alternate source of spice to break the Bene Gesserit monopoly, but even Uxtal believes that secret has died with the Tleilaxu Masters murdered by the Honored Matres. Eventually he is able to access the genetic material of deceased Master Waff, and through an accelerated process creates several (ultimately flawed) Waff gholas, hoping to unlock the secret of producing melange in the tanks. The entire universe is unaware that in the events of Chapterhouse Dune, Scytale had given the passengers of the Ithaca the secret, and it was in use on the no-ship as the primary source of spice.On the Ithaca, Scytale is desperate. The Tleilaxu had always sustained their lives indefinitely through the use of gholas; his current body is slowly dying, and he does not have another to replace it. Needing to grow a new ghola of himself, he has only one secret to use as a bargaining tool: a hidden nullentropy capsule containing cells carefully and secretly collected by the Tleilaxu for millennia, including the cells of Tleilaxu Masters, Face Dancers, Paul Atreides, Duke Leto Atreides, Lady Jessica, Chani, Stilgar, Leto Atreides II, Gurney Halleck, Thufir Hawat, and even legendary figures dating back to the Butlerian Jihad, including Serena Butler and Xavier Harkonnen. The Bene Gesserit have a vicious debate over whether to create gholas of any of these historical figures. Sheeana believes they may prove useful, while others fear the return of such 'mistakes' as Leto II. Despite the controversy, gholas are created, a few at a time. Scytale is allowed to have his own once the first few have been born.On Chapterhouse, Murbella trains an elite strike force of Bene Gesserit using the combined skills of Bene Gesserits, Honored Matres and 'lost' Sword Masters of Ginaz. Her 'Valkyries' attack the rebel Honored Matre strongholds on other planets with success, in the process discovering that some of the Honored Matres are Face Dancers in disguise, undetectable until death. A former Honored Matre herself, Murbella eventually accesses the Other Memory from her Honored Matre ancestors, and learns their true origins. The core of the Honored Matres were vengeful Tleilaxu females, freed and assimilated by Fish Speakers and Bene Gesserits fleeing in The Scattering. The Tleilaxu women had been used as axlotl tanks by their males for millennia; though the current Honored Matres did not know their own origins, this explains to Murbella why they had been compelled to so mercilessly decimate the Tleilaxu worlds in the Old Empire. Murbella also 'remembers' the attack by a renegade Honored Matre that first antagonized the unknown Enemy.On the no-ship, an attempt by rebel Bene Gesserits to murder the Leto II ghola is foiled by the child himself, seemingly able to change into a sandworm at will. The Paul ghola wants to remember his past; with the help of the Chani ghola, he steals and consumes an overdose of spice. He has a vision in which he has been stabbed by another, evil Paul Atreides. After being discovered by the Bene Gesserit, he concludes that it is prescience. Sheanna’s own visions bring a warning from the legendary Sayyadina Ramallo of Arrakis about the use of the gholas. She stops the ghola program from continuing until she can make sense of it all.Daniel and Marty inform Khrone that they have no further need of his Baron Harkonnen and Paul Atreides gholas. They insist they have lured the Ithaca into a trap, and will soon have the Kwisatz Haderach they have calculated is on board. Khrone, however, continues to prepare the gholas. He finally manages to restore the Baron's memories, and instructs him to train the Paul ghola (named Paolo), who does not yet have his memories. To the Baron's disquiet, he finds the mocking voice of his granddaughter Alia in his thoughts soon after recovering his memories. She also later threatens him should he try to harm Paolo.Murbella contracts Ix's competitor Richese to provide as many armed ships and weaponry as possible, in preparation for the confrontation with the unknown enemy. Later, the Honored Matres destroy the entire planet of Richese to cripple the Sisterhood. In a final assault on Tleilax, the most powerful of the rebel Honored Matre strongholds, Murbella and her Valkyries are victorious. It is revealed that Matre Superior Hellica and several of her elite guard were, in fact, Face Dancers. Many of the surviving Honored Matres then join with Murbella. Uxtal is devoured by hungry sligs, and the sole remaining Waff ghola escapes. He finds refuge with the Spacing Guild, offering Edrik something better than artificial melange — the genetic knowledge for the Guild to create their own, optimized sandworms.The Ithaca stumbles upon the homeworld of the Handlers, masters of the Futars. An exploratory party from the no-ship returns the man-beasts, and soon discovers that the seemingly bucolic Handlers are actually Face Dancers, tasked with their capture. Sheanna and her companions barely escape with their lives. Some Face Dancer ships manage to crash into the Ithaca before its escape, and potentially missing bodies in the wreckage have the no-ship's passengers wondering if the enemies are now among them. The emergency forces Miles Teg to reveal his hidden power of superhuman speed, unlocked in him during torture by Honored Matres in Heretics of Dune. He has kept this ability secret because the Bene Gesserit are suspicious of any males having any 'wild talents', lest another Kwisatz Haderach be created. To them, Paul Atreides and Leto II were disasters never to be repeated.It is revealed that Daniel and Marty, the Ancient Enemy, are in fact new incarnations of the machine overlord Omnius and the independent robot Erasmus, who were destroyed in the Butlerian Jihad. Before its destruction, the Giedi Prime Omnius launched 5,000 probes capable of constructing new machine colonies on any planets encountered. One of these probes eventually intercepted a signal transmitted by the last remaining Omnius on Corrin before it too was destroyed. Its forces finally reassembled, the new version of the Evermind is on the way back to the Old Empire to destroy all humanity.The story concludes with Murbella, in complete control of the Honored Matres and Bene Gesserit, preparing a defense against the forces of Omnius. The Oracle of Time is revealed to be the living consciousness of Norma Cenva, somehow still in existence millennia after the Butlerian Jihad.


What a waste of perfectly good hours. Only herculean effort can make Frank Herbert's Dune universe this mundane and banal. It's like somebody stole the Mona Lisa and drew over it in crayon.


It's the first non-Frank Herbert written book from the Dune series that i read. It's obvious it wasn't written by Frank Herbert: it's much more superficial. Frank Herbert had this uncanny ability to take us on a journey through each of his character's minds. Not only that, but he was also able to see through entire organizations' (Bene Gesserit, Tleilax, etc)minds. The authors try to do the same, but ultimately fall short. I even stopped reading the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, since hey seem to have lost all mysticism and have now started stating obvious, unrelated or dubious quotes.Now i can't really hold that up against Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson...after all, they are not Frank Herbert. The original author had a lot of subtleties plotted in his mind. Now that he's passed away, even the most talented of authors can only speculate what was going on in his mind. Furthermore, I would say a good 20% of the book is basically summarizing and explaining what happened in previous Dune books. Honestly, if we have made it this far in the Duniverse, we don't need all that "flashbacking".Onto the story. Like i said, it's the first non-Frank Herbert Dune novel i read. I couldn't just leave it at "an unidentifiable ship in an unidentifiable universe"...i wanted to know what happened next! And i have to say I am a bit perplexed. Since the end of "Chapterhouse: Dune", i was under the impression those beings Duncan Idaho had spotted were Face Dancers....nothing ELSE (I don't want to spoil too much). I haven't read anything else, but the use the Oracle of Time is, so far, what appears to me as a simple Deus Ex Machina. What was the point of the vessel going into the unexplored universe....only to be propelled right back into the known universe right at the first chapter concerning the no-ship?There were also some events that could've happened much, MUCH sooner in the book. For example: Murbella searches within her own Other Memories in order to find out where Honoured Matres come from. That mystery has been stressed for hundreds of pages, yet at the end of the novel Murbella does it simply by consuming some spice and consulting her Other Memories. If thatwould've been done sooner, there would have been room for a much more interesting developpement of events, rather than us discovering the origin of Honoured Matres only when they are all dead and gone.Allow to express my doubts as to whether or not this story is what Frank Herbert truly intended in those "secret notes" those two guys found for Dune 7. If only they would publish some form of annotated version of Dune 7, with the notes as an appendix, or even just outright publish the notes in their entirety. Anyways...i will read the next ones, simply because I'm still fascinated by the universe. Also by morbid curiosty.

Ross Williams

It must have been a difficult decision whether or not to write the sequels to the incredible original Dune books. To risk tainting the legacy in order to give the world the ending to this magnificent series that they craved.It was the wrong decision Brian and Kevin. However well intentioned it may well have been. Write up the notes, show us what Frank planned and give them to the fans yes. But you wrote some school-boy take on this special, wonderful series of books. Established characters with the depth (suddenly) of a puddle. Dialogue so simple and meritless and completely alien to what we came to love from Frank Herbert. Maybe you couldn't have copied his style (like you said) but knowing this you should never have tried.I wanted with every fibre of my being to love the two sequels from Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. But Dune is my favourite series of books bar none and the sequels (and prequels) are just so very very poor. Terrible books in comparison to the originals, pulp cheap sci-fi if reviewed outside of that.Lastly, Frank, if you are reading this up in heaven, I'm sorry to have a go at your lad. Its just that I loved your books so much and would have given anything to read your ending to the series.


If you are looking for a true sequel to Chapterhouse Dune....this isn't it. Yes, it is technically a continuation of the original Dune Saga, and picks up where Chapterhouse left off. But Brian Herbert simply cannot fill his father's shoes. It isn't necessarily that he is a horrible writer...he's just a mediocre one. Almost any other writer would pale in comparison to Frank Herbert too. So instead of feeling like something epic and deep, it feels like something interesting but shallow. Like a really good episode of Star Trek the Next Generation or Babylon 5. He supposedly based it off of his father's notes, so if you are just DYING to know how the Chapterhouse cliffhanger ends, then go ahead and try this book. Just be prepared for a lot of disappointment. Reading the Brian Herbert novels is like reading a cartoon-drama version of the "real" Dune. Its just not the same. It does have some good spots...there is a point where Murbella confronts an Honored Matre and puts her in her place that literally gave me chills...that feels very much like the Murbella we know from Chapterhouse. But sadly these moments are few and far between. The magic died with Frank Herbert apparently.

Dan Stein

Anyone who has read Frank Herbert's Dune masterpieces will be sorely disappointed by Brian Herbert's weak attempt at furthering his father's legacy. Brian's apology (I am not my father and will not endeavor to write like him) is a pitiful attempt to absolve himself of the culpability of writing such pathetic drivel. I read the final two Dune books because I wanted to know how the story ended. I knew that Brian had taken his father's notes, and I hoped some portion of the master's ability has rubbed off on his progeny. Unfortunately, this was far from the case. The true Dune devotee will be better served reading Franks notes, if they can be had, than slogging through this noisome tome. We would have all been better served if Brian had assigned the task to a second-year English major instead of fumbling with the attempt as he did. Be warned - if you've read the first six Dune novels, you will almost certainly be woefully dissatisfied by the final two.


*wails in frustration* I'M NOT AN IDIOT. YOUR FATHER DIDN'T TREAT ME LIKE AN IDIOT. I got 3 chapters in and returned it in disgust. Don't bother.


Oh god.Anyone who has read any of the books of the original series--the ones that Frank Herbert wrote--will know what travesties of supposed science fiction are Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's contributions to the Dune universe.One of the many things which greatly endeared me to all of Frank Herbert's writing, and not just the Dune chronicles, was the absolute skill and efficiency with which he wrote his prose. What truly struck me was how he wielded his pen like a master swordsman; there were no unnecessary flourishes of purple prose, no scenes which did not intimately contribute to the plot or necessary characterization of the principle figures. Every word seemed to have at least one meaning. Furthermore, Herbert treated the reader as an intellectual equal; there was none of the spoon-feeding of character's traits and feelings, wince-worthy amounts of exposition, and tell-not-show demeanor that seems to have drenched all of Brian Herbert's efforts.While I support the completion of Frank Herbert's absolute masterpiece, its execution falls woefully short of the standards we have been given to expect from the original six books. It would be kinder far to publish and release the manuscript, outline, and assorted materials that Frank Herbert left behind than to cover the beautifully articulated skeleton of a novel with such gross, bulbous obese flesh such as Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have done.

Delicious Strawberry

When I first heard that BH/KJA were writing Dune 7 based off some notes they claim to have found, I was all excited. Like any Dune fan after reading 'Chapterhouse Dune', I was left wanting more. I patiently read the Butlerian Jihad and Royal House trilogies, feeling disappointed in both and impatient for them to write Dune 7 already.Alas, this book was better off not written at all. I slogged through it, patiently reading about the struggle between the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Matres, the drama between the gholas on the Ithaca, Duncan Idaho struggling with his addiction, Sheeana trying to figure out her destiny, some drama from the Face Dancers, and a whole bunch of other junk. And then I came to the end of this book. What? After all that drama and meaningless action I have to wait for another book? I was hoping that Dune 7 would be better than the two trilogies penned by Brian and Kevin, but alas. This book holds NOTHING of the essence of Frank Herbert's Dune.

Bob Rawski

In Frank Herbert's Chapterhouse Dune (for which this book is intended to be a posthumous sequel penned by his son), the author cast out a complex web of characters and plot lines. Perhaps, however, too complex; like a tachyon net. Brian Herbert (Frank's son), with the help of Kevin Anderson, galantly attempts to trot us along each of these character threads, overlapping and weaving them together to make an interesting and satisfying read. Unfortunately, the span of Herbert senior's space is too large to allow his son (or any other mere mortal) to weave the web together into whole cloth, leaving many unfulfilling holes.This is evidenced by a sense of uneccesary acceleration of particular plot lines just to get them to some sort of "conclusion". The ironic thing is that the book ultimately ends with a big gaping un-conclusion (sequel of a sequel anyone?).Oh well, it's certainly better than what I could have done, and it's always fun to be in a Herbert Universe. So if you don't have too high of expectations for a tightly composed and uniformly balanced and executed story, this is a GoodRead.

Selim Tlili

I'm a huge fan of this series! I have read every single other Dune book and I can see what a huge difference there is in the writing style between Frank and his son. I guess I understand that if you fell in love with franks style of writing that Brians seems simplistic in contrast.I honestly feel the exact opposite; while Frank Herbert had phenomenal ideas I think his writing style was dense and unclear. Brian Herbert writes with a much simpler and clearer style which is IMHO a good thing.I love how the cycle comes full circle back to Paul Atreides and back to the original enemy. People seem to think it didn't make sense but I disagree. This wasn't the best of the Brian Herbert books but it was definitely enjoyable.

John Metta

The first thing I want to say about this book is that I would highly recommend it for any lover of Frank Herbert's incredible series. Expanded from Herbert senior's own notes, it is the beginning of a much desired closure to this story that has held us all in thrall for decades. Therefore, my summary review would be "read it."My difficulty with this new suite of Dune novels is what reads as a remarkable lack of subtlety. At times, it almost feels like the writers are worried about the readers being able to figure something out, and so feel the need to explain a concept in great detail. What was hints and whispers have become blatant shouts of explication. In the original series, we would get merely a passing mention of chairdogs or sligs, with little but our imagination to fill in what they might actually be. The greatest example are the axlotl tanks. Herbert senior seemed to understand that the unknown is always scarier than the known. The insinuation was always there about what an axlotl tank was, but it was never directly described, and as such, it was a much more ominous– often outright terrifying– thing to imagine. By contrast, these new books not only tell us repeatedly what axlotl tanks are, but have characters choosing that path happily. What was something that caused our skin to crawl became something that was almost normal, mundane, even banal.Where the original Dune books were written with a Bene Gesserit subtlety, these books are as if the Honored Matres have arrived to finish the tale, with a violent directness and lack of subtlety that promises to beat the tale into your head, where the original series forced you to seek it for yourself.

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