Zaftan Entrepreneurs

Book One of the Zaftan Trilogy

Fiction - Fantasy - General
352 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2011
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. 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.
Zaftan Entrepreneurs is his latest work. In it, an alien mining ship discovers a planet that holds promise to be a mining bonanza. Unfortunately, it is inhabited by humans, dwarfs, elves and other races and they object to the mining expeditions.
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.
He is presently working on novel that combines plots and characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello with the character Falstaff thrown in for good measure. He is also working on a follow-up novel to Zaftan Entrepreneurs called Zaftan Miscreants.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

The zaftans had rubbery skin that oozed green slim. The creatures rarely wore clothes because the slime made the cloth catch fire. The females had three wombs (talk about PMS.) They were over 7' tall and weighed over 400 lbs. They had tentacles, holes to receive audio, eye stalks with black eyeballs and red irises, and they had beaks. Can you get any uglier?

Captain Yunta's ship hovered over a small unknown planet. They were on a mission to find rare mineral deposits such as monazite, bastnasite and gadolinite. A promotion was possible if the mission was successful. The zaftans had two methods of gathering the minerals from an inhabited planet: negotiate or military bullying.

On the planet's surface life went on as usual. MacDrakin Gemfinder, a dwarf, mined for emeralds. Leslie Higginbottom the local constable concerned herself with the town's security. Various others went about their daily chores. The zaftans managed to capture a few of the citizenry to attempt negotiations but have no intention of keeping their part of the agreement.

Zaftan Entrepreneurs by Hank Quense is Book 1 of the new series Zaftan Trilogy. Hank is a well known author of science fiction. I have reviewed several other books for him and I think this is by far his best. Zaftan Entrepreneurs is not your usual science fiction read. Hank has taken the genre to a new level. His text is very descriptive without over doing it. At times it felt like prose. Such as in his opening words, "The solar system flaunted unpretentiousness. It existed in a shabby neighborhood at the raggedy end of an unremarkable galaxy and had a common yellow dwarf at its core with five planets in orbit" and the description of the ship, "The ship could charitably be described as ugly, but that failed to account for the unsymmetrical and repulsive sight. The paint had peeled away in many areas showing bare metal in various stages of rust." What an amazing description.

Hank Quense adds more than a dab of humor to this book and a great deal of insight into the workings of the bureaucrats. I'm sure I have not done justice to this book. It is impossible to describe the antics going on from each side of situation. This is a must read book. You'll be glad you did.

Nanci Arvizu

I completely agree with the review. Mr. Quense is one of my favorite story tellers. His imagination knows no bounds and mixed with his gifted ability to tell as story takes readers on a vivid journey. Enjoy!