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Reviewed by Tamera Lawrence for Readers' Favorite
"ZAFTAN MISCREANTS" is a science fiction novel that pits the Zaftans and the Gundies against one another. Ensign Sam is an android, who was created by the navy. Sam is sent on mission aboard the Gundy flagship Tiger. Sam is an android, though she is finding something odd with her sensory human-like (or softie) emotions that she thinks is a test or flaw of some sort. She reports to Admiral Cunningham, who is impressed by the pretty human-like android. Their mission is to engage the Zaftan fleet, a group of raiders or pirates that exploit other planets. Slash 9 is a computer, who runs the Tiger and thinks he rules the ship, demanding Sam’s obedience. Sam thinks the computer’s God-like vision is ludicrous. But Slash 9 is impressed by Sam and her intelligence, wanting to know more about the human emotion called love and determined to find a way to make Sam love him in return. On the Zaftan’s side, Commodore Gongeblazn is power hungry and dangerous. But Lieutenant Klatze can hold her own against the bully. The beautiful Zaftan hates Gongeblazn’s policies and it isn’t long until he turns on her.
"ZAFTAN MISCREANTS" is an interesting read, though at times I had to reread what I read to get a fuller concept of what is going on. Sam is a wonderful character, funny and clever. Slash 9 is an equally compelling character (or computer) whose love and lust for Sam is hilarious. Equally funny is Dot 38. I really enjoyed the banter between all the characters. The fact that Zaftan females have three wombs and can go berserk was humorous in itself. Hank Quense has a vivid, wild imagination and obviously I had a lot of fun with these characters. This is a good read for Science fiction fans!