Hunters of Dune is the first part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the classical Dune series, along with Sandworms of Dune, written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Based on notes left behind by Frank Herbert, the book is scheduled for release August 22, 2006. It follows up on the themes explored in God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune about the danger posed to humanity by a remote, unnamed, but ever-present "great enemy."
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Frank Herbert's epic continues
Since 1986, millions of readers have longed to know the ending of the uncompleted story which began in Heretics of Dune and continued in Chapterhouse: Dune. Before his death, Frank Herbert wrote a detailed outline for his chronological grand finale, under the working title of Dune 7, and placed it along with additional material about Dune in a bank safe deposit box. There it remained hidden for ten years, and the great Dune chronicles remained unfinished. His son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have now completed this epic in two volumes, finally answering the questions Dune fans have been debating for almost two decades.
Hunters of Dune is the first of two breathtaking journeys into the world of Dune as it remakes itself in a new form after its greatest crisis.
- Fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres -- dark counterparts of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood -- Duncan Idaho, a woman named Sheeana who can talk to sandworms, the military genius Bashar Miles Teg, 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, Lady Jessica, Thufir Hawat, 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.
The authors are currently writing Sandworms of Dune, which will complete the story. This grand conclusion brings together the great storylines and characters from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond.