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Hunters of Dune

(Dune #7)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  12,692 ratings  ·  388 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.
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Tor Books (first published April 2006)
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Apr 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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 s
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
“So I'm back, to the velvet underground”

so sang Stevie Nicks. Me, I sing:

“So I’m back to Dune”

And I’m not a gypsy but a nerd, a Frank Herbert Dune geek back to a storyline I know and love. I reread Dune last year and came away loving it even more, appreciating and being in awe of Herbert’s savage genius all over again.

And so we come to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s 2006 "Dune 7" Hunters of Dune. I have seen this on the shelf and walked away from it for years. Years. It was also years bet
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok

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
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is part one of a two part conclusion to the main Dune series based on notes and an outline by Frank Herbert. I've heard and experienced much trepidation regarding this, but thankfully, as long as I'm mostly focused on the ideas rather than the writing, I got through it without any wounds. :)

This is the continuation of the epic struggle between the Honored Matres and the Face Dancers and the Bene Gesserit and an even greater foe that implacably hunts all of them down. And when I mean "They",
Athena Shardbearer

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

Jul 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 09, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Ruy Asan
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hunters of Dune (Dune Chronicles #7), Brian Herbert

For three 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, seven small sandworms
Aug 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 decisi
Christopher Litsinger
Aug 04, 2010 rated it did not like it

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
Aug 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Sep 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
*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.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but it has its flaws. I recommend this to anyone who loves the Original Dune Books by Frank Herbert but also enjoyed the Legends of Dune by his Son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson.
Karen’s Library
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’ve been working on rereading the original Dune books, again... and this time decided to continue through book 7 and 8 even though they’re not written by Frank Herbert. You can definitely tell the difference in the writing style and the fact that all the philosophical parts aren’t there. But you still get the continuation of the storyline which I did really enjoy.

This time I decided to reread this book by audiobook as I love Scott Brick’s narration. It’s been years since I read this book and, t
Eric Allen
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it

This is what I repeated to myself throughout my entire read of this boring schlock.

You know those cheesy cartoons from your childhood that have characters constantly monologuing every decision they make? Even the supporting cast will do it and before long you feel like someone just cut and paste the same lines just to keep the kiddies entertained for 20 minutes. That is what this book does, except for 20 hours... Jesus. This book is the perfect example of things "happening" without actu
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Dune ...more
Kevin Xu
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
all they did was clone eveyone from the original books
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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 d
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a bit ... no, not a bit, it was huge disappointment. You're reading Dune, an excellent series, book by book.. no, again. Imagine you're flying in the sky like a free bird, being totally happy, and then airplane! Jet engine! Boom! Blood everywhere. That's exactly what happened here. Storytelling? Boring, repetitive, writing quality is unspeakably bad, bad, bad. Okay, we get answers to questions that were unaswered. But I'm not even sure if it is positive thing, I think they should have l ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Dan Stein
Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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Brian Patrick Herbert is an American author who lives in Washington state. He is the elder son of science fiction author Frank Herbert.

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