Hunters of Dune (Dune 7 #1) ★★★☆½

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Hunters of Dune
Series: Dune 7 #1
Author: Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 644
Format: Digital Edition



Duncan Idaho, Sheena and others escape in the noship Ithaca. They journey in another universe altogether for years before coming back to ours. Once back they have multiple run ins with the Old Couple, who are revealed to be Erasmus and Omnius, who are in control of the new Face Dancers and for some reason need a kwisatz haderach of their own to “win” Krazilec. Sheena ends up recovering lots of genetic secrets from their resident Tleixu master, Scytale. She ends up resurrecting many of the Atreides and their retainers “because”. Duncan wants to keep on the move to avoid the Old Couple while other Bene Gesserits on board want to find a planet to settle down on to restart the Bene Gesserit Order without the “impurity” of the Honored Matres that Murbella introduced.

Meanwhile, Murbella has forced her New Sisterhood down the throats of the Bene Gesserit and Honored Matres. Not all Honored Matres submit though and Murbella must subjugate them so as to show a united front for when the Unknown Enemy makes it appearance. She also must contend with the Spacing Guild and Ix and the tech world of Richese. She begins pouring the New Sisterhood’s spice reserves into Richese to build a fleet unlike anything the Old Empire has ever seen.

Khrone, the leader of the New Face Dancers, while under the control of the Old Couple, has plans of his own for the Face Dancer Myriad. Using the last Lost Master of the Tliexu, Krone raises a ghola of the old Baron Harkonnen and one of Paul Atreides.

This book ends with the forces of Omnius beginning the invasion of the Old Empire.


My Thoughts:

Ok, this is my 3rd time reading this. What struck me the most was how busy this was while taking 20 years. A lot of hurry up and wait. The second thing that struck me was this book did not fit in with the previous 2 by Frank Herbert. If you hadn’t read the Legends and Houses of Dune trilogies by Herbert&Anderson, much of this is inexplicable and makes no sense. Frank Herbert wouldn’t have written a book like this. I can see the bare bone ideas that Frank might have used but some of the specifics, not at all. The third issue I had was that in the previous 2 books the Honored Matres were presented as this completely overwhelming force but here they fall before Murbella and the New Sisterhood like a row of dominoes. It didn’t scan.

I found that as long as I didn’t stop to think too hard about things, I had a better time with this. It’s nice to get the final story of Dune but really, it feels as much a sellout as a dedication to a great series. I wasn’t sure if how this would turn out after my 2 other times, but it was still decent. Now though, no more re-reads of this. I’ve still got Sandworms of Dune to finish this duology, but once I’m done with that, I’ll stick to just re-reading Dune every decade or so.

I would recommend this for a hardcore Dune completionist and that’s about it. If you made it through Heretics and Chapterhouse, then I don’t see that kind of person having a hard time with this. They might not like it a lot, but it will scratch the itch of wondering where Frank might have taken us. Consider this authorized Dune fan fiction and you’ll have a good grasp of the style and skill.






21 thoughts on “Hunters of Dune (Dune 7 #1) ★★★☆½

    1. Did you ever make through the entire 6 book dune chronicles? I know we were talking about it on my last Dune review, but can’t remember off the top of my head.

      NO ONE should ever feel guilty for not reading Brian Herbert or Kevin Anderson. hacks, both of them…

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      1. Yep, I finished the sixth book. But my mind wandered a lot as I read because it was SO dry.

        Although I haven’t read any of his books, I kind of wish that Brian Herbert came up with something original. I mean sure, it’s great that he’s trying to continue his father’s legacy and all that but I just don’t like how he’s living off of Frank’s work.

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        1. Thing is, I don’t think that Brian is much of an author on his own. He trades in on his name to “co-author” books.

          Which ties directly into your last sentence. I don’t like it either…

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    1. Yeah, I don’t have much respect for Brian Herbert and I have ZERO respect for Anderson. Even back when all I knew of him was his Star Wars extended universe and I was the biggest fan of that franchise, I still thought he was a loser 😀

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  1. Fan fiction. Ouch.

    Just started the first Dune novel this past week. I gave up on a Terry Brooks novel to do so – I feel that is an important detail to add. Back many years ago we bought a Herbert and Anderson trilogy of Dune novels (can’t remember the names), because “Dune is awesome” and they were cheap. We ended up selling them after not getting more than 50 pages into the first in the trilogy.

    The point being, the original Dune does seem to be a deserving classic. But I’m not sure the later ones are loved.

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    1. Terry Brooks. ha. At some point this year I am hoping to do a giveaway of some of his books. I’ve got a bunch in hardcover that I know I’ll never read again, not even if my life depended on it.

      Dune itself is definitely a classic. The rest of the Chronicles by Frank are for hardcore fans only while the fanfic by Herbert&Anderson, well, like you wrote, 50 pages….

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      1. So you didn’t enjoy Brooks, or it was just a “read once” kind of series?

        It struck me as kinda generic fantasy. Which is harsh of me given he is one of the writers who defined the genre.

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        1. I enjoyed Brooks in my teens and very early 20s. Brooks writes the same story over and over and I got tired of it.
          From what I can tell, he’s the exact same writer now as he was in the 80s.

          That isn’t good enough for me nowadays.

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  2. “authorized Dune fan fiction” well-said. Sort of like Anthony Horowitz’ Sherlock Holmes books. I read them, but man it’s nothing compared to the original stuff. Glad to see that it still got more than a passable 3 stars though. When you say re-read Dune every decade, do you mean the first book only?

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    1. Correct. Only the original Dune every decade. I think I’m good for the rest of the Chronicles for quite some time now, possibly forever.

      And the fanfic? That duo just keeps pumping out the junk. Every 2-3 years another “Dune” book comes out. I don’t know who to despise more, The authors or the so called fans who keep buying them…

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