Zaftan Entrepreneurs: Book 1 of the Zaftan Trilogyby Hank Quense
Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously? Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a unique First Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief. Here, you'll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and--just like the real world--incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies. What more could a fantasy/scifi reader ask for?
Aliens, fantasy creatures and humans in one story? They don't mix very well. Neither do untrustworthy aliens and deceitful government bureaucrats.
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Zaftan Entrepreneurs is an extremely funny and highly entertaining science fantasy novel by Hank Quense. This book has everything: humor, adventure, magic, war, aliens, fantasy creatures and humans. Spiced up with a hilarious political satire and a healthy dose of romance, it's a delightful fast-paced and engaging read, that will leave you craving for more. I can promise you that it's nothing like you've ever read before! The story takes off when a Zaftan space ship approaches the Gundar planet. Zaftans are rather repulsive looking, squid-like creatures, standing seven feet tall and weighing over 400 pounds, with grayish skin oozing green slime. Oh, and did I mention that they don't wear clothes? It's because the slime makes most cloth materials smolder and eventually catch fire. Not only do they look nasty, but they're also quite snarly and treacherous, even toward their own kind. They come from a planet called Zaftan 31B, colorless and depressing place, permanently covered with dark clouds. Living on a planet nearly deployed of natural resources, zaftans are forced to explore the space. During one of the exploration voyages a zaftan space ship, commanded by Captain Yunta, comes across Gundar, a bluish planet populated by diverse races, such as dwarfs, elves, humans, half-pints, yuks and others. After a brief analysis of the surface, Yunta decides to send Shtap, one of her officers, to negotiate the mining treaty with the leader of the natives. After learning the language of the natives, Shtap pays a visit to the president of Gundarland, Albert Webley. In exchange for the mining permission, he offers to teach them how to clean up the pollution and keep their water clean. Shtap says, they will use robotic explorers to explore the surface of the planet and promises to respect the property rights and the people. The officials, tempted by the prospect of having their pollution problem solved, agree to the treaty. Everything seems to be going well for zaftans, up until the point when the robotic explorers start traspassing and causing damage to the private properties. One thing zaftans don't yet realize is how feisty a creature each Gundarians can be when it comes to protencting his/her land and property. Zaftans are about to learn their lesson the hard way! I haven't read any previous novels from Hank Quense, but in this one, he definitely makes his great talent clear. Hank is no doubt an ingenious comedic writer, blessed with intellect and the ability to make the reader laugh out loud. It really doesn't even matter whether you're a fantasy or science fiction fan, if you like a good laugh, this is definitely a book for you. Zaftan Entrepreneurs is remarkably fresh and consistently funny, very Pratchett-ish! The characters in this book are fascinating and even the smallest ones are very relevant to the plot. I loved how the story was told from many different perspectives, all of them complementary to each other. I enjoyed the story and the humor a lot, I found it extremely hard to put this book down and I'm definitely looking forward to the second part of Zaftan Trilogy!
Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a great book. It was very funny and unlike any sci-fi book I've seen out there. It is full of Elf's, Yuk's, Dwarfs, Humans, Half- Pints, and giant oozing octopus's trying to take over a world. The characters are very likeable and realistic (in a fantasy kind of way). The author shows you the view points from both the good and bad sides. I thought it was super original and I was so happy that I added this book; it makes a great and welcome edition to my library. I am extremely excited about the second one though it is still so far away. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh and a great/ fast sci-fi read. I my also try and read some of the authors other works which I'm sure will be good reads as well.
This first Zaftan story in a planned trilogy is one very unique take into fantasy/sci-fi. You can tell from the start, that it's going to poke fun at our elected officials. No matter from what world or galaxy their from, the politicians in the future are the same....all about me and how I can attain more power and stature. When your town officials give the OK to allow the rotten fish smelling Zaftan's to come looking for precious minerals, in exchange for a solution to their pollution problem....the worst smell will come from the ever backstabbing politicians! I don't like to include any spoilers in a review, so I'll end with a thought from one of the heroes,our local mining dwarf MacDrakin. "Perhaps, not all politicians were worthless." I smiled at this thought and there are plenty more thoughts and ideas in the story.....to keep you smiling.
Prepare to fly through a sci-fi world, filled with slimy Zaftans, clever Yuks, a perky Pink Dragon Puppy, and many other colorful characters. Hank Quense's creativity is limitless! You will laugh out loud at lines, such as, "Dwarf romance was filled with peril because males and females had beards." Hank Quense has painted yet another vibrant world of fun and fantasy that will entice and entertain any readers who value his artistic gift.
This tongue-in-cheek novel is a delight for sci-fi fans, wonderfully humorous without descending into silly. Between pms'ing ship captains, napping politicians, conniving aliens, drunken soldiers, budding romance, and unexpected results when magics from two different cultures collide, the story was masterfully woven together to keep me entertained from start to finish. Disclaimer: GoodRead's First Read program provided the book free in return for an honest review.