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

NumberLord

** spoiler alert ** The first rule of reading Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune books is: read it for fun, don't read it expecting Frank Herbert's style. Having accepted this, I had fun. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. This is considerably better than the prequel novels. The surprise at the end of the book is not THAT surprising in light of the prequels. Knowing it was coming probably made it seem less dorky than it would have otherwise. It was fun having some of the original Dune characters back (like Paul, etc), but of course, they weren't really back, as they didn't have their memories restored until the next book. In this book, we learn about the creation of the Futars (which doesn't contribute much to the story) and the creation of the Honored Matres (which I found quite interesting). It sets things up for the conclusion in Sandworms of Dune.Some drawbacks:Constant jumping forward in time made for awkward reading.As others have mentioned, the story is predictable.The Oracle of Time is too much of a fantasy character.Vladimir Harkonnen is taunted by the inner voice of Alia. WTF? No explanation of this is provided here or in the next book.

Bashar

Jesus! Does the writing suck! So much annoying exposition, plot lines that go nowhere, and a predictable ending. Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson are very far from the caliber of writer that Frank was. But the most annoying part is that they hardly impart any terror or horror in their representation of the 'Enemy'. Unfortunately, I can't help but read it because it's Dune and I have an obsessive need to know what happens next.

Dom

I've had mixed experiences with the Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson Dune novels. Unfortunately, Hunters of Dune falls on the lower end. In the interests of full disclosure, I was never a big fan of Frank Herbert's Heretics and Chapterhouse, but I was curious to see if and how the story ended.Hunters generally lacks a story. There are a lot of little subplots and characters moving around but, aside from the general threat of Face Dancers and the mysterious old man and woman, not much happens. Except for the fact that the crew of the Ithaca and the Face Dancers both decide to grow Gholas of historical figures, including Paul, Alia, Jessica, and just about everybody who had more than a cameo in the original Dune novel.This could have been a great idea if it led to an exploration of the characters. Instead, if feels like the authors thought it would be neat to see the old gang back together again, but didn't know what to do with them. For the most part, the Gholas act just like their old selves. That 9-year-old Baron Harkonnen just loves to torture. Moreover, the book jumps ahead years with little development, either character or plotwise, in between. I got the sense that the only reason the story progressed so far ahead in time was to give the Gholas time to grow up.The subplot with Mother Commander Murbella had some potential. Unlike the Honored Matres, she actually seems to have half a brain. The book follows her attempts to unify the sisterhood against the ominous threat. Unfortunately, her story is undercut by the fact that she conveniently doesn't remember what the threat actually is. So as readers it's tough to care or sympathize with her sense of dread.Here's hoping the conclusion to the series, Sandworms of Dune, at least manages to move the plot along.

AndrewP

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.

Ruy Asan

To paraphrase Roger Ebert: I hated this book. Hated hated hated hated hated this book. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant reader-insulting moment of it.Not just this book, but the entirety of the Brian Herbert body of work that relates to Dune. You may assume this is simply because Brian's writing style does absolutely no justice to his father's work. It doesn't of course -- accusing his writing of being "amateur grade" would be an undeserved insult to many talented amateur writers. Or maybe it's just because the series makes for a flat and unsatisfying ending, which is also the case.But these are all failings that would simply leave me, at worse, very disappointed. Surely "hate" is too strong an emotion to direct towards a weak pulp sci-fi series. Surely we can be adults about this and simply try and forget about this whole business, without having our experience of the original Dune works diminished, because, surely, such a thing isn't really possible, at least not beyond some sort of petulant yet temporary displeasure stemming from the aforementioned disappointment. As it happens, against all reasonable expectations, the Brian Herbert series of books have succeeded in doing exactly that. They have actually managed to ruin the original works retroactively. All the intricate social, political and religious machinations of Dune have been exposed as being driven by extremely trivial, utterly tired science fiction tropes all along. Everything that was magic and mysterious about the universe turned into cheap parlor tricks.The truly unforgivable aspect of it all is that these ridiculous story lines are, undeniably, based on Frank Herbert's own notes and long-term plans for the series. It really was there all along - you can go and re-read the original books and there is no avoiding the fact that yes, all this Micky Mouse shit was in the background all along, just wisely kept out of the foreground by a much more competent author. It is possible Frank would have revealed everything in due time without making the concept insufferable. It is more likely however, that the reason he had so much trouble with "Dune 7" was exactly because he found no way out of the corner he wrote himself into. Hunters/Sandworms of Dune as well the House-prequels and (probably the worst of the bunch) the Bhutlerian Jihad series are awful books written by an awful writer which have the uncanny ability to turn a beloved science fiction classic into hateful garbage. Nobody should ever read these books under any circumstances.

Vik

The long awaited 'final' book in the brilliant Dune series. The story picks up from where Chapterhouse Dune ended. The final story is fairly large so it has been split into two books.The history of the Honoured Matre's is explained although the mysterious super Face Dancers still appear to be holding all the cards. The Bene Gesserit are also now the sole suppliers of spice with many intrigues and naturally things come to a head with the Honoured Matre's. The Bene Tleilax are now all but wiped out but they hold a few more secrets...All these things are mere distraction from the real enemy for the battle at the end of the universe...I actually quite enjoyed this book, not as good as the original series and lacking the depth but still a very good story in its own right.If you have enjoyed the prequels released in recent years you will enjoy this.

Bricksed

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.

Nare

When I finished Chapterhouse Dune, I was afraid to start this one, because you're always sceptical, when somebody else finishes a work of a really good author. And I even had more doubts about this one being good, because many people told, that despite last two books' main plot was found in a flopy disc, that Frank Herbert left in a bank, it still looked like a fanfic. And I'm a biiiig fanfic hater. But I decided to give it a chance, because I'm also a spoiler lover and the spoilers seemed quite good in wikipedia. And I was very happy, that I did that, because Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson made a really good job. 1.They kept the atmosphere and the writing style of previous books. 2. The plot was perfect. We actually went back to first Dune book. WIth plans within plans within plans within plans and SPOILERS all this gholas. 3. finally we had a glance on a Butlerian Jihad events (I know that there's a book about that, but in the Dune series it was only slightly mentioned). And the amount of potential Kwizats Haderachs is so big, that you know, that epicness is in the air. 4. A lot of answers were given. SPOILERS. Starting with Honored Matres origins and how they provoked the Enemy and finishing with something huge as "What is Letho's Golden Path". In Hunters it isn't 100% clear, but still, you know, that every single event in the books actually braught to this conclusion. 5. I liked so much the thinking machines. Omnius with some kind of Oedipus complex and Erasmus, who saw actually the perfection in human flaws and liked very much our cliches.But! There were some minuses too. 1. Mostly the fictional quotes in the start of each chapter were quite weak and simple unlike in previous books. 2. I was mad about Paul Atreides in messiah of Dune, when he was thinking more about Chani, than the whole Universe, that depended on him. And now again????? Someone as important as was Paul back then makes THE SAME mistake for several times, knowing, that it can bring to very bad ending just because he was imprinted by a whore, with whom he wasn't even romantically involved???Duncan? Seriously? And he did the same thing not just once??? 3.There is a problem with the gholas. When they introduce Duncan's first ghola Heit in Messiah of Dune, he was the same age, as dead Duncan, so he was around 25-30 or smth like that. But 25-30 years didn't pass after his death. Back then we just thought that axlotl tank is something, that can provide an adult, but if this ghola was just born, then he couldn't be that age. And teh same with the Duncan gholas in God Emperor book. This is just a technical thing, but still. And espite those minuses, the book was amazing!

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.

John Shumway

*Same review for the Dune Universe*GREAT books! VERY time consuming! Worth the time!Ok here is the deal. If your not sure about starting a series this big, here is what I would do.1. -- Read the 1st one by Frank Herbert "Dune" if you like it...2. -- Read the "Legends Of Dune" series. Its 3 books written by Frank's son Brian and a author I really like by the name of Keven J. Anderson. Its a prequel that is so far in the past that it doesn't spoil the Original Dune series in any way, and you could stop after that series and be done with Dune.. but if your not done....3. -- Go and read the "House Trilogy" series its also 3 books and is a prequel to the original dune series but just prior so you will learn about some of the characters in the 1st book you read "Dune". 4. -- By now you have committed enough time in the series that you probably NEED to finish it. Go back and re-read Dune, (trust me you will want to) then go on and read the rest of the original Dune series (Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, Chapterhouse Dune) Your devotion to the series will help push you through some of the parts that I think are slightly. Its worth it though!4. -- You will notice the series ends up in the AIR! Frank Herbert died before finishing the series. The authors of the prequel series (his son Bryan Herbert and Keven J. Anderson) finished the series from compiled notes from Frank, Brian's experience talking to his father about the series and both Brian and Kevin's love of the Dune universe. It is very well done. Its two books (Hunters of Dune, and Sandworms of Dune.)OK so sum up here is the order I would do the series. (which ends up being chronological except for the 1st book, even though it wasn't published this way.Dune (to make sure you like it.)Legends of Dune (series of 3 books)House Trilogy (series of 3 books)Dune (again since your restarting the original series)The rest of the Dune seriesHunters of DuneSandworms of DuneOk have fun.

Jeff

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.

Tracy Mcaffer

This is not a positive review... nor does it contain any spoilers, this is just ranting about how my heart is broken and all my hope has just been sucked into Kevin J Andersons wallet. The dune series is my FAVOURITE books... of all time! I actually shed a tear when I heard about these two follow ons as I knew one day curiosity would beat me and I would read them, and a little bit of my soul would die and my love for all things Frank Herbert would be tainted a little. God I hate Kevin J Anderson with of the passion of an alcoholic in the process of falling off the wagon, and dear god that is exactly what they have done to this. One star of my whole two stars is for the 'sketchy draft' frank left for them to mutilate. I have read the house books and the histories but approached them as separate entities. I though of them as fan fiction set in the fictional universe I love so much and even managed to get over the fact I am encouraging Kevin j Anderson to write more of his shit by the minute contribution of the price I paid for his books. I tried really hard not to pick up this book with bias, to detach it from their previous works AND from the dune series but this book is just so unforgivably terrible. I don't even know where to start ranting. I am so disappointed, I thought the whole purpose of the prequel trilogy's was to ease into the world of Frank Herbert, taking feedback from the existing fan base, and learn how to approach the dune book 7. No no no! The plot is long winded and obvious, and yet seems over edited if that is even possible. The writing is horrendous, the dialogue is even worse. The characters are flat, they completely bastardised the Bene Gesserit. There is a self satisfied smugness that radiates through the pages to me, probably Kevin's influence. They say in the preface they are approaching this with their own literary styles as it would be impossible to replicate Franks genius, they got that right, and yet I feel like that is what they have tried to do, particularly the wee opening statements to each chapter. Franks were always amazingly insightful and relevant to the following text. BH and JKA's attempt at this is actually painful. I'm going to give these books to charity shop and wait at least three years before I reread Frank's dune, hopefully by then the taint will have worn off. I regret reading these, they were a money making scheme to begin with, but Dune deserved better, much better.

Matty

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.

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.

Dustin

Personally, I was less than thrilled with the two prequel trilogies. Compared to something like Tolkien's world, where the distant past was made up of epic poems and short tales, I found the prequels almost distracting in their "present-tense detail." In reading the dune books, I never needed to know about the details of the Butlerian Jihad, or the specifics of the original split between House Atreides and House Harkonnen. These were just things that were, the past was past, lets move on. To spend 6,000 pages writing the past seemed a little weird.Until Hunters of Dune. Picking up where Frank Herbert left off, and following the master's notes, Hunters of Dune is the long awaited Dune 7, picking up from the end of Chapterhouse: Dune, a welcome change, since the interval between the last three Frank Herbert Dune books (God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune) increased nearly exponentially, with Heretics picking up some 3000 years after the end of God Emperor, and Chapterhouse nearly 10,000 years after that! Basically, my point is this: Read the prequels. There is a lot of set-up, and most likely, without having written them, Hunters of Dune would have been 6,000 pages as they tried to reference a lot of past information on the fly. I may need to revisit the prequels, come to think of it.Hunters of Dune reads as though Frank Herbert wrote it. Maybe not in absolute style, as Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson mention in the forward that they didn't intend to try to ape his style absolutely, but in the cleverly twisted plot, the connections within connections, plans within plans...just the absolute creativity to continue pushing the limits of what is possible in the Dune universe.I was just mentioning this recently: Just because someone is a fan of the original book doesn't guarantee them anything as far as liking the rest; with each book, the universe gets a little bigger, the repercussions of actions travel slightly farther out into the universe at large. With the prequels, the authors showed just how some of the original repercussions were really started, and with Hunters, the real consequences of thousands of years of actions by Humanity start to add up.If you liked the original 6 books, you will love Hunters of Dune, the long awaited Dune 7.

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