Zaftan Miscreants

Book 2 of the Zaftan trilogy

Fiction - Science Fiction
278 Pages
Reviewed on 02/01/2012
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories. On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun. A member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, he refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news.
Zaftan Entrepreneurs is the first book of a trilogy. In it, an alien ship discovers a planet that holds promise to be a mining bonanza. Unfortunately, it is inhabited by humans, dwarfs and other races and they object to the mining expeditions.
Zaftan Miscreants is the second book in the trilogy. It is awash with unusual characters and with bizarre plots
Hank’s previous works include Tales From Gundarland, a collection of fantasy stories. Readers Favorite awarded the book a medal and EPIC designated it a finalist in its 2011 competition. His Fool’s Gold is a retelling of the ancient Rhinegold myth and Tunnel Vision is a collection of twenty previously published short stories. Build a Better Story is a book of advice for fiction writers.
Altogether, Hank has over forty published short stories and a number of non-fiction articles.
He is presently working on novel that combines the plots and characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Othello with the character Falstaff thrown in for good measure.

    Book Review

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!