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Hunters Of Dune (Dune Chronicles #7)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  7,964 ratings  ·  233 reviews
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
ebook, 528 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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The penultimate chronicle of Dune can be described in four words. The premise of the book, the setting, the whole storyline, the motivations and development of every single character; it all stems from this short sentence:

The Enemy is coming.

Mother Commander Murbella is preparing the New Sisterhood for war against an unknown foe from the far reaches of space. Mysterious hunters are chasing the escaped no-ship containing the prophet Sheeana and her allies. And in desperation to save his own ski
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

Those who think they see most clearly are often more blind than the rest.
-Bene Gesserit aphorism


Buddy Read with Markus


Well, I love a good villain. So much that I want this villain to make my skin crawl, to make the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up and to hate the world this villain inhabits. Some times I want to live in that world just so I c
Drew Athans

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
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.
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
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.
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
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 dec
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
Christopher Litsinger

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
Četiri godine nakon objave i barem dvije kako mi leže na polici konačno pročitah.

Jako dugo sam ovo čekao, najave idu još davno prije objave knjiga kada je lansirana priča kako su pronađeni zapisi Franka Herberta u nekakvom sefu o kosturu i radnji finalnog dijela njegovog remek djela Dune

Zadnje rečenice zadnjeg tatinog dijela ("Kapitol Dina") završavaju izrazito intrigantno, pravi liffhanger no onda je Frank jednostavno umro i ničega ne bijaše više.

No godinama kasnije pojavio se njegov sin Brian
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
J.M. Hushour

There is always something dubious about authors never finishing their works for whatever reason and having someone else take up the mantle. For Frank Herbert, it was his death before completing his mega Dune saga. Sure, the original series had its ups and downs, more ups than downs in my opinion, but could anyone really capture the full, lively, if character-flat, universe that he'd created and then left unresolved? His son, Brian, and Kevin Anderson certainly make a good effort. Using
After being immersed in the Dune universe for quite a few months now, I was looking forward to reading these 'new' books finishing off the original series, which ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger. But to start with, I found it hard to get into. After Frank Herbert's fluid, exciting and intricate writing style, suddenly reverting back to Brian and Kevin's short, jarring, one-dimensional style is a bit of a shock to the system. However, once my brain had fully acclimatised, I started to enjoy the s ...more
*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.
May 28, 2015 Man13east rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Worst Enemy
Recommended to Man13east by: Worst Enemy
PLEASE STOP! If you are considering reading this book after finishing Chapterhouse: Dune, please do yourself a favor and just walk away.

I can say without reservation that this book and its sequel are the worst books I have ever read. A bad author is one thing, but attempting to ride on the shoulders of a genius like Frank Herbert with this trash is despicable. Shame on Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

So awful are they, not only will you feel heartbroken that such an amazing story has been
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
Jeremiah Depta
I could join the bandwagon and complain about the quality of this book and how it stands up to the originals by Frank Herbert, but I’m not going to reiterate all of the other repetitious reviews. Instead, I am going to say that I think that this is the best book that I have read by the son and his little buddy. Amazing and mind blowing? No. A fun read? Yes. And honestly, if you read all the other ones, you are going to want to read this, and Sandworms of Dune, just to know how it ends. If you do ...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
Where to begin...

The authors, in the prefact to Hunters of Dune, state clearly that they had no intention of copying Frank Herbert's style in the sequel to Chapterhouse. Thank goodness for that. The difference in style is jarring. The Dune story moves from thoughtful, well-written divergences to the haphazard journey from plot point to plot point across two decades.

I'm torn about the resurrection of nearly every major character from previous Dune books as gholas. The original idea came from FH b
Better than I expected =)

This is the first book that I read from the son of the original creator. As I expected, it is significantly more accessible than the way his father writes. However, I did not find it detrimental to the fun I got from the book. In any case, after reading the book, I got the impression I should have read the prequels, since this book ties-in with a lot of the lore from there.

The story continues to be interesting, and there are still enough those "weird" stuff that is so ch
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.
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Other Books in the Series

Dune Chronicles (8 books)
  • Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
  • Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)
  • Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
  • God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4)
  • Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #5)
  • Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles, #6)
  • Sandworms of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #8)
House Atreides (Prelude to Dune, #1) The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune, #1) House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune, #2) The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, #2) House Corrino (Prelude to Dune, #3)

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