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Hunters of Dune [Hardcover]

Brian Herbert , Kevin J. Anderson
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7 Sep 2006
Fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres -- dark counterparts of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood -- Duncan Idaho, the military genius Bashar Miles Teg, a woman named Sheeana who can talk to sandworms, and a group of desperate refugees explore the boundaries of the universe. Aboard their sophisticated no-ship, they have used long-stored cells to resurrect heroes and villains from the past, including Paul Muad'dib and his love Chani, Duke Leto Atreides and his Lady Jessica, even the traitor Doctor Yueh, all in preparation for a final confrontation with a mysterious outside Enemy so great it can destroy even the terrible Honored Matres. And, deep in the hold of their giant ship, the refugees carry the last surviving sandworms from devastated Arrakis, as they search the universe for a new Dune.

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st, First Edition, First Printing edition (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312921
  • ASIN: 0340837470
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 16.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.' - Dean Koontz * 'Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied' - The Times * 'Unique among SF novels... I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.' - Arthur C. Clarke on DUNE * 'A terrific read in its own right... Will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor.' - Publishers Weekly"

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Using Frank Herbert's final outline - hidden in a bank safe deposit box for eleven years - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson now tell the grand climax of the story Frank Herbert left unfinished in Chapterhouse: Dune. The final culmination of the story will follow in Sandworms of Dune. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 30 Dec 2007
A truly awful book. For those who loved Dune, don't even attempt to read this, as it will just leave you wishing you hadn't.

The writing style is weak, and far from the excellent prose that Herbert used in the original 6 Dune novels. The storyline meanders throughout the entire book but nothing is actually accomplished, other than the authors managing to tie the poor "prequel" novels into the cumulation of the Dune series. The characters act nonsensically, and all the delicate balance of power and logic that made Dune brilliant is gone, leaving a cast of characters who blindly lash out and act seemingly without purpose or reason, with holes so large in their reasoning you could pilot a guild liner through it. Avoid this book, avoid the prequels, and buy the Enclycopedia off Amazon second hand.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Hunters of Dune" 8 Sep 2010
The Dune prequels by Brian Herbert and KJ Anderson are, unfortunately, bloated, bland, overblown and unbelievable. However they are fairly entertaining in their own right, and you can appreciate the bit of imagination that's gone into tying these books in with the original Dune series by Frank Herbert. They are acceptable - because they are decidedly separate from the originals by character, setting and thousands of years.

My biggest fear for these first true sequels was that the authors would attempt to corrupt the brilliance of the original series with the outlandish and unoriginal elements from the prequels. Without spoiling too much, they do this. Sadly this dilutes and weakens the whole Dune mythos and is actually a little offensive.

The good news is that the authors have actually thought about the natural progression of the stories and some, though not all, of the characters behave in a way very fitting for their established personalities. Scytale in particular, at the start of the book, is used to good advantage until his character becomes superfluous and practically disappears after a few chapters. Some of the characters, through weak writing, become faded versions of their former glory, Duncan Idaho being one of the most upsetting, and Miles Teg almost as much.

One problem is that there are too many characters in Frank Herbert's last official book to begin with, and rather than dealing with this the new authors can't resist infecting the storyline with their own inventions. Not only is a fairly pointless scientist character introduced, but there is in addition his Honoured Matre and Face Dancer masters, who are equally insipid and unnecessary. They take up over half the book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars please, just stop now 21 Feb 2008
It is sad, to the point of being distressing, to see a son attempt to measure up to the works of his father and fall so very short. The prequels were appalling; the writing was shallow, and the plot traipsed through every elderly sci-fi cliché ever minted.

Sadly it hasn't improved in these sequels. I recall reading an interview in which these two authors said they weren't planning to strip-mine Frank Herbert's original universe, they were simply trying to round it off. If only that had turned out to be true. Because as it is, they are bleeding the very soul out of it with every new novel released.

Frank Herbert's Dune novels were soaring achievements of sharp, rich writing, steeped in politics and philosophy -- Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson would rather give you cackling killer robots, endless clones of the original characters, and "ultra spice".

Much as everyone wished for a competent continuation of the Dune saga, this novel and its sequel are not it; I hope they find it in themselves to step back and acknowledge that they are doing more harm than good to the Dune universe, and stop releasing these disappointing cash-ins. As much as a son may wish to measure up to his father, sometimes it simply cannot be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D. Clark VINE VOICE
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* Beware - this review contains spoilers * -

I underwent a bit of soul searching before I read this book, the first of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's two sequels to the original Dune Chronicles.

"Chapterhouse: Dune", the last of Frank Herbert's own 6 Dune novels does answer a lot of questions, but it was fairly clearly not meant to be the end to the series. Frank Herbert leaves several loose ends. At the end of the novel the latest Duncan Idaho, Miles Teg who is one of the finest new characters in the later novels, Sheeana and a host of BG dissidents take a giant no-ship from Chapterhouse and steal away into uncharted space. Amongst the ship's passengers is the last surviving Tleilaxu master, a ghola of Scytale from "Messiah". Unbeknownst to the crew, he has within his skin a nullentropy capsule containing cells from Muad D'ib, Kessica, Chani, Stilgar, Hawat, Leto II and other characters from the original novel. Throughout the book there have been constant hints about a great enemy that drove the Honoured Matres into the old empire, who are doubtless closing in upon it themselves. The ending of the book also introduces us to Daniel and Marty, two enigmatic figures, in the shape of an old man and woman who bear resemblance to Face Dancers from the Scattering. They possess knowledge and power beyond that of other characters, and they seek to capture the no ship bearing Duncan Idaho and the others.

Frank Herbert died before writing what he had started to refer to as Dune 7. This is where his son Brian Herbert, and writing partner Kevin J. Anderson come in.
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Published 2 months ago by Magic
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment upon disappointment
With such a head start as Chapter House Dune, I hoped the substitute team would do a readable job.

They didn't.

Redeeming features: er....
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it..
Started it, couldn't finish it. The writing style is so poor it grated. The plot was turgid. Like everybody else I was disappointed when Frank Herbert died leaving this saga... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JerryW
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not up to Frank Herbert but....
As a big fan of Frank Herbert's Dune series, I had always wanted to know more about that universe. When I started reading the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson prequels, I was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, I suppose
The difference in writing styles between Frank Herbert and his son is phenomenally apparent, once again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tuomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book. Fast shipping and a joy to read. I recommend it highly and hope you enjoy reading it as much as me
Published 18 months ago by A. Chatterjee
5.0 out of 5 stars a great end to a epic series
sad the series is at an end but this wraps everything up nicely, cant wait to crack on with the prequels now!
Published on 4 Sep 2012 by sam
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
For many fans of Dune, having a sequel that continues the story, especially one based on Frank Herbert's notes is reason enough to be happy with this book. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Andrew Scooter Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, unredeeming
When I first heard that BH/KJA were writing Dune 7 based off some notes they claim to have found, I was all excited. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2011 by M
1.0 out of 5 stars Groan
Two words only spring to mind, turn and grave, arange them as you see fit. Anyone who loves Dune should not soil themselves by being in the same room, nay country, nay planet as... Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by Thomas Atkins
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