Hunters Of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #7)
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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 f...more
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Published August 22nd 2006 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Bryan
I hope I live a very long time, but I know that someday, like all human beings, I must die. Nobody knows what happens next. I hope there's an afterlife. If there is, and if, in the afterlife, you get to meet all the people who have lived before, throughout human history, then I hope I get to meet Frank Herbert. When I do, I will fall on my knees and beg Frank for his forgiveness, for having wasted any amount of my life reading this ridiculous, insipid trash posing as a Dune book.

I think Frank wi...more
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.
Kathryn
I volunteered to be a pre-reader for the Endeavor Awards this year. This was one of the books I was assigned. I hadn't read any Dune since the first two books back in college--so 20 years ago or so.

This was one of the most disgusting and badly written books I've ever read. From the complete lack of emotional impact as an entire planet is turned to slag, to the shallow "Sex Wars" theme that didn't do well by either women or men. The pace was stilted, the characters cartoonish. I found it so painf...more
lesmana
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.
Drew Athans
***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

Marketed and hyped as part one of the long lost Dune 7, which was to be Frank Herbert's conclusion to his incredible and essential Dune saga, Hunters of Dune is neither essential nor overall faithful to Frank's vision. When he died in 1986 after the publication of Chapterhouse:Dune (the 6th book in the series), fans were left with an open/cliffhanger ending that left us asking so many questions as to the identities of the mysterious watchers Marty and Daniel, as well as th...more
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. O...more
Christopher Litsinger
sigh.

Debated whether or not this book deserves even a star, but decided otherwise people will think i forgot to rate it.

The characters in this display none of the intelligence or subtlety of the original characters, and the book reads almost like a giant ad for the other Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson books - if you read this having only read the original Dune series you might find yourself a bit lost.

Sometimes I wish that I was still tortured with the Chapterhouse cliffhanger instead of being...more
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...more
Leila
Recommended ONLY for Dune fanatics who MUST know how the saga ends. Oh this book is baaaaaaad. the writing is sub-par, but that is to be expected of these authors if you've read any prior works. The WORST, most inexcusable part of this book is...


...the way they ruin the bene gesserit.

These women are supposed to be the strongest, slyest, most intelligent creatures in the universe! This story depicts them as not being able to intuit things better than lower level non-BGs in the same room? I am of...more
sologdin
The entire exercise is a bait and switch: Chapterhouse ends famously with Marty & Daniel reflecting:

"'That would've been funny. They have such a hard time accepting that Face Dancers can be independent of them.'
'I don't see why. It's a natural consequence. They gave us the power to absorb the memories and experiences of other people. Gather enough of those and...'
'It's personas we take, Marty.'
'Whatever. The Masters should've known we would gather enough of them one day to make our own d...more
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 rea...more
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 ou...more
Tbrierly
After being very disappointed with Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's "Legends of Dune" series, I'm glad to say that this book is the truest to Frank Herbert's style and vision that I've seen yet out of BH&KA. Based on an outline by Frank Herbert for the seventh Dune novel found in a forgotten safe deposit box (how's that for life imitating fiction?), you can often forget that it isn't Frank Herbert at the typewriter. If you liked Dune, and especially if you liked the last two books of the D...more
Andrea
*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.
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...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2007.

The original Dune is one of my favourite books, as it is for many science fiction readers. (The blurb for this novel claims that it is the bestselling science fiction novel of all time.) Frank Herbert's own sequels, while good, were not in the same class as this classic and, particularly later on, began to introduce elements which diluted the force of Dune itself. So when Brian Herbert (Frank's son) and Kevin J Anderson began producing novels...more
Eric Allen
Hunters of Dune
Book 7 of the Dune Saga (Dune 7 Book 1)
By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Based on an outline left by Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen

Beginning with Heretics of Dune, Frank Herbert set out to bring an end to his Dune saga with a trilogy of books detailing the end of times for the Dune Universe. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to complete the final volume. We were left with a cliffhanger ending in Chapterhouse Dune for quite a number of years. Unsatisfi...more
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 rub...more
Spooky
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...
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 quit...more
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...more
Casey
Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson can't capture the writing style of Frank Herbert. The finesse and subtly with words is missing. However, I am appeased that the series can continue and that it gives my brain a break from the Bene Gesserit vocal games of the previous installment. You have to hand it to Frank Herbert that he did an amazing job writing in an intelligent manner while remaining coherent and purposeful.

Even though the quality of style decreased, I had fun with Hunters of Dune. It take...more
Craig
I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Possibly, though, that's more due to the fact that it's a "we're finally going to see what happened!" than any actual positives this book might possess. Because, frankly, that isn't a terribly long list. Do I use too many adverbs? I think so.

The writing style is still dry and repetitive. The chapters are still too damn short. Everything just feels clunky and ill-shaped. And I can't help but find it strange that it bothers me so much in the Dune...more
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...more
Yves
Après avoir lu La Maison des Mères il y a quelques années, j'attendais avec impatience la suite du cycle de Dune. Avant de lire ce tome, j'ai lu la trilogie Avant Dune et la Trilogie La Genèse de Dune de Brian Herbert et Kevin J. Anderson. Honnêtement, j'ai eu bien du plaisir à lire ces six livres. Plusieurs ont été déçu parce que le style des auteurs ne ressemble pas à celui de Frank Herbert. C'était évident que les nouveaux livres ne seraient pas aussi bon que les originaux. Je ne m'était donc...more
Andre
I have truly enjoyed reading the expanded series. This tome and Sandworms of Dune have been out for some time now, but I have waited to read them...wanting to savor them, appreciate them for what they were: the last link to a late great author. FH had an amazing mind and was a seriously awesome storyteller, and though these last two volumes were not penned directly by Frank, I appreciate the tack his son Brian and Kevin Anderson have taken. That is, that they have not attempted to re-create FH's...more
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 m...more
Martin
Good storyline with interesting twists and one great reveal, that puts the Dune universe into entirely new perspective (which, as explained by the author, was originally intended by Frank Herbert). However, I do not seem to able to adapt to the current author's writing style. In my opinion it lacks detail. I would welcome overall more character-driven description and slower pace with the world events. I just don't feel it is enough to just write: "And then after a long fight they killed all the...more
Gregory
It is with great regret that I say that this book just isn't that good. I have been a devoted fan of the Dune novels ever since I read the original Dune when I was twelve years old (I didn't really understand the book at the time but would reread the book every few years, comprehending and appreciating more each time) and have subsequently read every single one of Frank Herbert's Dune books and Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's two wonderful prequel trilogies as well. The trilogy set far before...more
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Brian Patrick Herbert is a best selling American author who lives in Washington state. He is the elder son of famed science fiction author Frank Herbert.

Brian and his wife, Jan Herbert, have been happily married for forty years (as of 2007). They have three daughters, Julie, Kim, and Margaux Beverly. Brian also has an elder half-sister, Penny; their younger brother, gay activist Bruce Calvin Herbe...more
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