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Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert's classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.

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Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert's classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.

At the end of Chapterhouse: Dune--Frank Herbert's final novel--a ship carrying the ghola of Duncan Idaho, Sheeana (a young woman who can control sandworms), and a crew of various refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres, dark counterparts to the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The nearly invincible Honored Matres have swarmed into the known universe, driven from their home by a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. As designed by the creative genius of Frank Herbert, the primary story of Hunters and Sandworms is the exotic odyssey of Duncan's no-ship as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy. To strengthen their forces, the fugitives have used genetic technology from Scytale, the last Tleilaxu Master, to revive key figures from Dune's past--including Paul Muad'Dib and his beloved Chani, Lady Jessica, Stilgar, Thufir Hawat, and even Dr. Wellington Yueh. Each of these characters will use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.

Failure is unthinkable--not only is their survival at stake, but they hold the fate of the entire human race in their hands.

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For two decades, Frank Herbert fans have been vigorously debating what happened after Chapterhouse, the final published Dune episode, ended. During much of this time, the answers to those questions sat in a story outline locked in a safe deposit box. In this episode, crafted by Herbert's son Brian and collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, the secrets of that grand climax begin to unfold….
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"One of the monuments of modern science fiction."--Chicago Tribune on Dune

"I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings."--Sir Arthur C. Clarke on Dune

"A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed . . . a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas. . . . An astonishing science fiction phenomenon."--The Washington Post on Dune

"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious."--Robert A. Heinlein on Dune

"Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction."--Louisville Times on Dune

"The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

"Sit back and enjoy."--Booklist on Dune: The Machine Crusade

"Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy."--Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765351487
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Dune 7 Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 285,244
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert, the author of numerous novels and short stories, has been critically acclaimed by leading reviewers in the United States and around the world. The eldest son of science fiction superstar Frank Herbert, he, with Kevin J. Anderson, is the author of Hellhole and continues his father’s beloved Dune series with books including The Winds of Dune, House Atreides, Sandworms of Dune, among other bestsellers. He also wrote a biography of his father, Dreamer of Dune. Herbert graduated from high school at age 16, and then attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Besides an author, Herbert has been an editor, business manager, board game inventor, creative consultant for television and collectible card games, insurance agent, award-winning encyclopedia salesman, waiter, busboy, maid and a printer. He and his wife once owned a double-decker London bus, which they converted into an unusual gift shop. Herbert and his wife, Jan, have three daughters. They live in Washington state.

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Chapter One

On the day he died, Rakis--the planet commonly known as Dune--died with him.

Dune. Lost forever!

In the archives chamber of the fleeing no-ship Ithaca, the ghola of Miles Teg reviewed the desert world's final moments. Melange-scented steam wafted from a stimulant beverage at his left elbow, but the thirteen-year-old ignored it, descending instead into deep Mentat focus. These historical records and holo-images held great fascination for him.

This was where and how his original body had been killed. How an entire world had been murdered. Rakis . . . the legendary desert planet, now no more than a charred ball.

Projected above a flat table, the archival images showed Honored Matre war vessels gathering above the mottled tan globe. The immense, undetectable no-ships--like the stolen one on which Teg and his fellow refugees now lived--wielded firepower superior to anything the Bene Gesserit had ever employed. Traditional atomics were little more than a pinprick by comparison.

Those new weapons must have been developed out in the Scattering. Teg pursued a Mentat projection. Human ingenuity born out of desperation? Or was it something else entirely?

In the floating image, the bristling ships opened fire, unleashing incineration waves with devices the Bene Gesserit had since named "Obliterators." The bombardment had continued until the planet was devoid of life. The sandy dunes were turned to black glass; even Rakis's atmosphere caught fire. Giant worms and sprawling cities, people and sand plankton, everything annihilated. Nothing could have survived down there, not even him.

Now, nearly fourteen years later and in a vastly changed universe, the gangly teenager adjusted the study chair to a more comfortable height. Reviewing the circumstances of my own death. Again.

By strict definition, Teg was a clone rather than a ghola grown of cells gathered from a dead body, though the latter was the word most people used to describe him. Inside his young flesh lived an old man, a veteran of numerous campaigns for the Bene Gesserit; he could not remember the last few moments of his life, but these records left little doubt.

The senseless annihilation of Dune demonstrated the true ruthlessness of the Honored Matres. Whores, the Sisterhood called them. And with good reason.

Nudging the intuitive finger controls, he called up the images yet again. It felt odd to be an outside observer, knowing that he himself had been down there fighting and dying when these images were recorded. . . .

Teg heard a sound at the door of the archives and saw Sheeana watching him from the corridor. Her face was lean and angular, her skin brown from a Rakian heritage. The unruly umber hair flashed with streaks of copper from a childhood spent under the desert sun. Her eyes were the total blue of lifelong melange consumption, as well as the Spice Agony that had turned her into a Reverend Mother. The youngest ever to survive, Teg had been told.

Sheeana's generous lips held an elusive smile. "Studying battles again, Miles? It's a bad thing for a military commander to be so predictable."

"I have a great many of them to review," Teg answered in his cracking young man's voice. "The Bashar accomplished a great deal in three hundred standard years, before I died."

When Sheeana recognized the projected record, her expression fell into a troubled mask. Teg had been watching those images of Rakis to the point of obsession, ever since they fled into this bizarre and uncharted universe.

"Any word from Duncan yet?" he asked, trying to divert her attention. "He was attempting a new navigation algorithm to get us away from--"

"We know exactly where we are." Sheeana lifted her chin in an unconscious gesture she had come to use more and more often since becoming the leader of this group of refugees. "We are lost."

Teg automatically intercepted the criticism of Duncan Idaho. It had been their intent to prevent anyone--the Honored Matres, the corrupted Bene Gesserit order, or the mysterious Enemy--from finding the ship. "At least we're safe."

Sheeana did not seem convinced. "So many unknowns trouble me, where are we, who is chasing us . . ." Her voice trailed off, and then she said, "I will leave you to your studies. We are about to have another meeting to discuss our situation."

He perked up. "Has anything changed?"

"No, Miles. And I expect the same arguments over and over again." She shrugged. "The other Sisters seem to insist on it." With a quiet rustle of robes, she exited the archives chamber, leaving him with the humming silence of the great invisible ship.

Back to Rakis. Back to my death . . . and the events leading up to it. Teg rewound the recordings, gathering old reports and perspectives, and watched them yet again, traveling farther backward in time.

Now that his memories had been awakened, he knew what he had done up to his death. He did not need these records to see how the old Bashar Teg had gotten into such a predicament on Rakis, how he himself had provoked it. Back then, he and his loyal men--veterans of his many famous military campaigns--had stolen a no-ship on Gammu, a planet that history had once called Giedi Prime, homeworld of the evil but long-exterminated House Harkonnen.

Years earlier, Teg had been brought in to guard the young ghola of Duncan Idaho, after eleven previous Duncan gholas had been assassinated. The old Bashar succeeded in keeping the twelfth alive until adulthood and finally restored Duncan's memories, then helped him escape from Gammu. When one of the Honored Matres, Murbella, tried to sexually enslave Duncan, he instead trapped her with unsuspected abilities wired into him by his Tleilaxu creators. It turned out that Duncan was a living weapon specifically designed to thwart the Honored Matres. No wonder the enraged whores were so desperate to find and kill him.

After slaughtering hundreds of Honored Matres and their minions, the old Bashar hid among men who had sworn their lives to protect him. No great general had commanded such loyalty since Paul Muad'Dib, perhaps not even since the fanatical days of the Butlerian Jihad. Amidst drinks, food, and misty-eyed nostalgia, the Bashar had explained that he needed them to steal a no-ship for him. Though the task seemed impossible, the veterans never questioned a thing.

Ensconced in the archives now, young Miles reviewed surveillance records from Gammu's spaceport security, images taken from tall Guild Bank buildings in the city. Each step of the assault made perfect sense to him, even as he studied the records many years later. It was the only way to succeed, and we accomplished it. . . .

After flying to Rakis, Teg and his men had found Reverend Mother Odrade and Sheeana riding a giant old worm to meet the no-ship out in the great desert. Time was short. The vengeful Honored Matres would be coming, apoplectic because the Bashar had made fools of them on Gammu. On Rakis, he and his surviving men departed the no-ship with armored vehicles and extra weapons. Time for one last, but vital, engagement.

Before the Bashar led his loyal soldiers out to face the whores, Odrade casually but expertly scratched the skin of his leathery neck, not-so-subtly collecting cell samples. Both Teg and the Reverend Mother understood it was the Sisterhood's last chance to preserve one of the greatest military minds since the Scattering. They realized he was about to die. Miles Teg's final battle.

By the time the Bashar and his men clashed with Honored Matres on the ground, other groups of the whores were swiftly taking over the Rakian population centers. They slew the Bene Gesserit Sisters who remained behind in Keen. They killed the Tleilaxu Masters and the Priests of the Divided God.

The battle was already lost, but Teg and his troops hurled themselves against the enemy defenses with unparalleled violence. Since Honored Matre hubris would not allow them to accept such humiliation, the whores retaliated against the whole world, destroying everything and everyone there. Including him.

In the meantime, the old Bashar's fighters had created a diversion so the no-ship could escape, carrying Odrade, the Duncan ghola, and Sheeana, who had tempted the ancient sandworm into the vessel's cavernous cargo hold. Soon after the ship flew to safety, Rakis was destroyed--and that worm became the last of its kind.

That had been Teg's first life. His real memories ended there.

Watching images of the final bombardment now, Miles Teg wondered at what point his original body had been obliterated. Did it really matter? Now that he was alive again, he had a second chance.

Using the cells Odrade had taken from his neck, the Sisterhood grew a copy of their Bashar and triggered his genetic memories. The Bene Gesserit knew they would require his tactical genius in the war with the Honored Matres. And the boy Teg had indeed led the Sisterhood to its victory on Gammu and Junction. He had done everything they asked of him.

Later, he and Duncan, along with Sheeana and her dissidents, had stolen the no-ship yet again and fled from Chapterhouse, unable to bear what Murbella was allowing to happen to the Bene Gesserit. Better than anyone else, the escapees understood about the mysterious Enemy that continued to hunt for them, no matter how lost the no-ship might be. . . .

Weary with facts and forced memories, Teg switched off the records, stretched his thin arms, and left the archives sector. He would spend several hours in vigorous physical training, then work on his weapons skills.

Though he lived in the body of a thirteen-year-old, it was his job to remain ready for everything, and never lower his guard.

Copyright © 2006 by Herbert Properties LLC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007


    The original Dune books were awesome! Frank Herbert was a great story teller... Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson - not so much. One reviewer already said most of this book seemed like filler material, and I completely agree. I read the prequels and was disappointed. I avoided Hunters for a long time because I knew the authors couldn't write better than a 14 year old... but decided to give it a chance because I was curious to see how F. Herbert outlined the ending of the story. I don't believe he meant for the story to end as BH and KJA have writtten it. It's just cheesy. The chapters switch off characters and every time you return to a character you feel like you read the exact information in the last chapter about them. Where is the deep plotting? Where is the epic story telling? Where is the emotion? Where are the intelligent thoughts? I should have know better from past experience (prequel novels). The bad thing is I'll read the next darn Dune book just so I can finish the story! But that is because i'm loyal to F. Herbert's amazing tale, not because I give a care about BF and KJA.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    a good continuation of Dune

    Brian did a good job picking up where his father left of. if it has been a while since you have read the original Dune series, reread heritics and chapterhouse before you read this.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    A Commercial Disappointment

    I was sorely disappointed. I know the authors said that they had no intention of mimicking Frank Herbert's style but as I read I could not help but think how they commercialized the series. In the end, what should have been a wonderfully intriguing and satisfying close to an enthralling and provocative series seemed to be nothing more than a drawn-out excuse for someone to get more money.<BR/><BR/>This story was apparently meant to be told in one book, with no help from any prequel novels. The narrative should have been compact, pushed forward by social commentary and final revelations. For me, the book failed even to maintain the spirit of the earlier series. As a Dune fan, I was insulted by it. Still, read it and draw your own conclusions. I just wanted to vent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Awesome storytelling

    Oh! My! God! Just finished, made myself read as slowly as I could, took breaks as long as I could hold myself away from and yet still ... finished, right, as though that word applies when things are just starting. Sure the prose isn't up to I - VI but there are times when the narration sang for me. Thank you, gentlemen, my props to you for you have honored the face of your father (apo to SK) and done true justice to his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006


    I am a fan of both the prequels and the original six books written by Frank Herbert. I took the prequels as a fan-based fiction, even though his son wrote them, it was nice to see how 'Dune' evolved from the beginning. I appreciated them for that - but nothing more. Frank Herbert was the greatest sci-fi writer of all time (at least in my opinion) so it would be impossible to replicate his writing. However, Brian and Kevin don't seem to have much talent for writing a complex story. The prequels complimented original Dune books as a backdrop to where Frank began Dune. However, Hunters of Dune feels and reads cheesy, watered down, and flat. I was expecting more from the authors than they delivered. They couldn't pick up where Chapterhouse left off...they tried, but I think banging out a novel per-year over such a complex story will only result in a crappy outcome. Which it is! I hate bashing Brian and Kevin's work on Dune (they get enough crap for their attempt) cause it was a massive undertaking - but so is being TRUE to the details and story. But it's not the end of the world, and even though I don't really like this one, I'd still read more dune books. Besides, the originals will always be here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    Where did all this come from?

    The original six Dune novels were monumental without question. But the six prequels... well, not so much. Hunters of Dune did not seem to flow with Chapterhouse. The book's ending is completely out of place. Hunters is not a continuation of Chapterhouse, it is a continuation of the six prequel series. Several things in the plot contradict facts that were set in place by the original Herbert. I found myself asking why Dune7 was stretched out into two books. Many of the chapters in Hunters seemed to be filler material and Anderson and Herbert could definitely have condensed it all into one novel, thereby saving us all a good deal of money and headaches. Supposedly, this book was based on the outlines left by the original Herbert. It would've been far better for B. Herbert to have published those outlines. That way, we could have drawn our own conclusions instead of dredging through cheesy and b-grade material like Hunters.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Hunters of Dune

    The "Ithaca" piloted by Duncan is folding in unknown parts of space, in order to escape the tachyon net of the old man and the old woman. The Spacing Guild Administrators go to Ix, to find a way to pilot their ships without the aid of spice (desperately needed by the Navigators), because of what Murbella has demanded from them and what she will not give. Because of the Guild's help to the Honored Matres in destroying Rakis, the Guild will get no spice unless they prove their loyalty to the Bene Gesserit. The Face Dancer leader Khrone, sends Uxtal (the only one of the Lost Tleilax), to serve Matre Superior Hellica, whom is instructed to produce the drug used by the Honored Matres in axlotl tanks. Khrone is doing the work of the old man and the old woman by having Uxtal make the gholas Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and Paul Atreides (Paolo). On the "Ithaca", Scytale is desperate to make a ghola of himself, for he is dying. The nullentrophy capsule is his only way of getting his ghola. His hidden secret is powerful enough, that his is allowed his ghola after the first few have been made. Back on Chapterhouse, Murbella's Valkyries are attacking those Honored Matres on other planets, which refuse to integrate with the Bene Gesserits, to become one powerful group against the great unknown enemy. Murbella accesses Other Memory to learn of the origin of the Honored Matres. And on the no-ship, Sheanna stops the ghola program because of the warning given to her by Sayyadina Ramallo of Arrakis. Also, the children gholas are expressing dangerous and threatening actions of their past lives, to the "Ithaca's" current situation. Usul takes enough spice to induce a vision of his death, but not to awaken his memories. The old man and woman inform Khrone that they have no need of his Paul ghola, because of the trap they have set when the "Ithaca" discovers the Handlers. Khrone goes ahead, and awakens the Baron?s memories, but it comes with the price of the abomination Alia haunting him in his head. In the final assault on Tleilax by Murbella, the Waff ghola finds refuge with the Navigator Edrik, by offering not only spice but sandworms! The book ends with Murbella in control of the Honored Matres and Bene Gesserits, as she intends to launch an offensive attack on the Enemy, revealed to be Omnius. Now a new version of the Evermind, determined to destroy mankind. In contrast, the Oracle of Time is revealed to be Norma Cenva!

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

    hopes raised

    As many others have said, Frank Herbert's original 6 Dune books are my favorite science fiction series, true masterpieces of writing, imagination and intellect. When the first of the Herbert/Anderson books was published, I eagerly bought it, hoping the experience would continue. And, as so many others, I was sorely disappointed in the writing - hackneyed, prosaic and sadly lacking in depth of plot, character and thought. I continued reading them however, (waiting for the paperback versions since they weren't worth the hardcover price) because I knew they were based on Frank Herbert's outlines and therefore contained his basic ideas, just poorly conveyed. And I felt that as the series progressed the authors' work improved, but never got beyond average quality.

    I found a deeply discounted hardcover copy of Hunters of Dune and was pleasantly surprised by it. I felt it was closest in style and depth to the original series and it made me hopeful that the subsequent Sandworms of Dune would continue to be closer in value to the originals. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. I'm plowing through Sandworms now but have again been disappointed in it's quality. I guess you really can't regain the genius of the originals without Frank Herbert himself.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    Not too bad....

    While it certainly doesn't live up to the standard of Frank Herbert, it is not a bad continuation to a classic storyline. It plods along quite a bit and doesn't have a great deal of action, but I still plan on reading the next one just I can see the conclusion to a great saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    better than sandworms

    a good book speciella murbella there was a balance b the actions on the ship and chapterhouse of course it is not equal to frank but would be a classic with time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2007

    Just Finish It

    None of the Dune novels by Brian Herbert or Kevin J. Anderson can hold a candle to the originals by Frank Herbert. These books were written for the sole purpose of milking money out of a popular franchise much like how the 'Star Wars' prequels cannot match the original triology. All these books lack the subtle nuances, religious and philosophical themes, and deep political scheming that made the originals so great. Everything has been 'dumbed down'. The only reason to read these is for the self-satisfaction of saying you've read every book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    Great job!

    what more can I say? Such a good read. I went from cover to cover in a weekend. I saw Dune all around me. My senses were excited as I traveled with our familiar crew across the galaxy.... i'm left wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    Dune Seven a Winner

    Like Isaac Asimov, Herbert has a timeline that goes from near our century to Dune. Some of the comments against the connectiveity from Chapterhouse Dune, have more to do with people missing other of his books, like Hellstroms Hive, Destination Void and the books in that series. One wonders if there wont be a continuum story written in the years to come that bridges these books I've mentioned. In Hellstrom's Hive, women are dissected and used as receptacles for birth to serve the hive. In Destination Void, and the Jesus Incident, Herbert explores the role of God and Thinking Machines. So all of this is fairgame to put into a final two. I for one felt like I had an old friend come back to visit. I read the book over several days, and rate this book ( Hunters of Dune), with my favorites, Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune. Herbert and Anderson Scored Big.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fleeing CHAPTERHOUSE and the deadly Honored Matres, the darker side of the all female Bene Geserit, the vessel Ithaca sails into uncharted regions of the galaxy with a crew and led by Mother Commander Murabella and 150 mostly frightened exiles. At any point on this dangerous trek, the Mother Commander and her former love slave Duncan know that the known enemy could overtake them with death being the better option. Worse would be if the unknown invincible foe of who has the Honored Matres on the run catches up with the Ithaca. However, as the trek to safety continues Murabella finds some of her passengers have other plans for her and those accompanying her. She must unmask the enemy from within who has caused havoc with violence and murder on board.--------------------- At the same time, Murabella and company struggle to survive by using genetics to bring back long dead heroes, the Omnuis of the Synchronized Empire has managed to gain access to the Honored Matres from the inside they plan to devastate the powerful sect. Also the Face Dancer plans to end man¿s reign with a race of machines taking over as the acme of sentient beings. Finally the unknown enemy intends to destroy everyone and everything. The galaxy is teetering on the eve of destruction.------------------ Though somewhat overblown, the first Dune novel in two decades is a fun entry that fans of the series will appreciate as the galaxy is in trouble from conflicting factions. The story line is action-packed though somewhat complex and hard to follow as the galaxy is crowded with contenders. Still this is a fine entry that adds to the mythos while paying tribute to its tribute to its founding father as the scientific techno concerns involving genetic engineering that Frank Herbert voiced years ago seems so valid now.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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