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A Brief Book Review: “Hunters of Dune”

In the midst of spending most of my time completing my new novel, and reading as much as possible about the present political shenanigans in the U.S.A. ––– in order to remain sane, I also finished a 520 page science-fiction tome, “Hunters of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. It is a Tor Book, Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue. New York, NY10010, 2006. For those of us, decades ago, who read the original Dune novels, this book is a pale family member. The tale of the struggle between the Bene Gesserit, Honored Matres, and the “Outside Enemy” lacks the “punch” of the original great Dune novels. The story moves slowly up to a climax,  but leaves us nowhere ––– perhaps readying us for a follow-up novel. The writing is plodding and misses the elegance of Frank Herbert’s style. Nevertheless, it serves to give us some clues about the origin of the “scattering” and the events after. And the novel serves to bring back to our memories many exciting details of the original Dune novels including some of our favorite characters –––– Duncan Idaho, Bashar Miles Teg, the hideous Baron Harkonnen, and the noble Paul Atreides. At the end of the novel there is a fascinating “ Brief Timeline of the Dune Universe,” which really should have been placed at the beginning in order to better follow the narrative. I can only recommend this book to those who wish to have a new infusion of “Dune” and the adventures of mankind after the “scattering.”

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