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Sandworms of Dune [Paperback]

Brian Herbert , Kevin J Anderson
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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20 Mar 2008

As the no-ship Ithaca flees through space, the heroes of HUNTERS OF DUNE finally meet the Enemy who followed the violent fanatics, the Honored Matres, back to their universe.

The thinking machines vanquished by Serena Butler's jihad were not destroyed, only driven into exile - and now, tens of thousands of years later, they are back. Can the resurrected heroes on board the Ithaca save our race from annihilation?


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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; paperback / softback edition (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340837527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340837528
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[Herbert and Anderson] do a great job in investing the plot with heft and complexity and the narrative with pace and momentum, and conveying the sheer ferocity of the betrayals and duplicities . . . a rare, rattling page-turner that no Dune adherent will pass up.' (Kirkus Reviews)

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)

'A triumphant climax to the history of the Dune universe.' (Bookseller on THE BATTLE OF CORRIN)

'For those of us who grew up with the world of spice and sand - how gratifying to revisit characters who felt like old friends, now brought to a satisfying conclusion.' (My 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 left unfinished in CHAPTER HOUSE: DUNE, and continued in HUNTERS OF DUNE.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How dare they?!! 31 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
For all readers new to the Dune series....do not fall into the mistake of assuming that Herbert's original six novels bear any resemblance to this hackneyed, ill-conceived, rushed, canon-contradictory, cash-mining, turgid, terminally thoughtless "work" by these two "authors". Imagine, if you will, a newly-discovered and incomplete Shakespeare play that someone had asked Ernie Wise to finish - yes, it's THAT bad! One star is at least five more than it deserves.
Thank you, rant over!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars father knew best 16 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
All of the Herbert sons attempt to recreate the world of Dune have failed. Frank Herbert was a writer who based his books in psychology and philosophy; those following on attempt to promote an over-explained, poorly recognised narrative as such - it isn't.
I have read nearly all of Frank Herberts books and short stories and despair at these imitations.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not in a million years.... (Spoilers included) 22 Nov 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I too have been waiting for this book to appear for some 20 odd years Then here it was, or here they were.

That was the first thing, in a long line of things, that annoyed me.

How on earth did DUNE 7 manage to become DUNE 7.1 and DUNE 7.2? One earlier reviewer stated that they thought it scandalous that some of us may think that the authors might try to milk this series for profit. The proof is right there sunshine, the proof is right there. This was one of the MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS EVER, we did not need warm ups, reminders or other superflua to 'get us back up to speed' no, we just needed the story.

As to the actual story, if you are prepared to grace it with such a honourable descriptive, no way pal. My review title says it all. Not in a million years did Frank Herbert intend his story to end this way. I can see that there would be a reason why the Duncan Ghola character had been kept around all that time. I can see him as the ultimate Super Kwizatz Haderach. Can even see that this as being one of the only true and original Frank Herbert ideas to weave its way through this mess of instant toilet paper. It makes more sense as such because not only has he been around for ages, he has all of his serial Ghola memories inside him. So in a FH kind of way, it would fit in the 'real' DUNE universe

As for the rest...

Characters appear for no real reason, then get killed. Characters appear for no real reason, do not get killed but do NOTHING. Characters who have been around for a while (by this time, about 4 books worth of 'aroundness'!) certainly long enough for you to get used to how they act and react...suddenly start to act and react totally differently to any previous description!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Noooo! 11 July 2009
By Top Tec
Format:Paperback
Brian and Kevin, you should both be pelted with rotten fruit in the town square. Why is this so bad? How can you possibly ruin the Dune-iverse more than your last feeble effort i.e. Hunters? Why didn't the editor make you work harder? Cheap cash in, second rate writing, plot off the wall, such RUBBISH bad guys, cloning everyone silliness, mooching about in a silly invisible spaceship, and so forth. 1/5 and a big NO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sandworms of Dune 9 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Having reviewed the first of the two sequels to the Frank Herbert's original series, I'd like to consider this single book on its own merits and not let the inadequacies of "Hunters of Dune" overshadow it.

Bearing that in mind, this one's still not very good. Sorry.

The writing, as before, is very average but serves the purpose. One extremely strong positive for this book is that the story really moves along, it does have one or two surprises, and there is none of the redundant material or repetition that marred its predecessor. The fairly flat writing serves it fairly well, as an already twisty plot could easily be marred by overcomplicated prose.

I'm disappointed that the writers decided to make two books out of this story, as it just wasn't necessary. This should have been one book with 50% of the first scrapped. It would have made a long novel, but a more focused, enjoyable, and better-paced one.

My primary bugbear is the same that utterly obliterated my hopes for the first instalment: the inclusion of elements from the prequels. I am certain that Frank Herbert harboured no intention of reviving the 'thinking machines' for his series' grand finale. The references to the Butlerian Jihad and the removal of technology from his stories to me was a literary device in order to create story about mankind's future, without it being tech-focused (which, realistically, you can't do without something like the Jihad in your story). I just think that Herbert Jnr et al needed an adversary to frame their ideas for the sequels - evident in the fact that the machines hardly make an appearance except at the end.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish 13 May 2008
By M. Ives
Format:Paperback
If you really want to know how the saga ends - ignore everything up till the last chapter of this awful book. Ignore all impossible references to serina bulter and ignore the newly resurected gholas as they play no part what so ever in the story - space fillers. The plot is just not existant and mostly irrelevant.

In fact I won't bother at all with this book - just use your own imagination as to how it ends. It is what Frank would have wanted.
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Published 21 days ago by Magic
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Reading
Started it, couldn't finish it. The writing style is just dreadful. His son may be a fine person but he is no writer.
The same goes for Hunters of Dune. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JerryW
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended
I first read Dune when it came out and read all of the other Frank Herbert Dune books many times. I remember when he died and feeling that it would be a great shame never to find... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter A
4.0 out of 5 stars Why read if if you didn't like "Hunters"? I did!
--------------WARNING - THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS -------------------
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Published 8 months ago by Mr. D. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dune Saga
A good read and another chapter in the Dune series. A must read if you want to complete the full story.
Published 9 months ago by James 42
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end for an awe inspiring saga
Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson have created a fitting end to a story that has spanned more than 5 millennia.
Published 9 months ago by Gary Joines
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
An interesting end to the saga. It answers many questions, but - perhaps unsurprisingly - it makes heavy use of a deus ex machina to finish off such a major plot line.
Published 13 months ago by Tuomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Started badly and went downhill from there (SPOILERS)
Having read the Dune prequels and Hunters of Dune, I didn't have high expectations for the writing and continuity with the originals. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Crush'd Curiosity
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 16 months ago by A. Chatterjee
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
This book (and Hunters of Dune) are so far removed from the wonderful magic of the original Dune books that it's not even funny. Read more
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