In Zaftan Miscreants, two very different cultures clash in outer space. One, the gundies, is composed of humans, dwarfs, elves and other fantasy creatures. The second, the zaftans, are huge, nasty and belligerent aliens.
Against this backdrop, the two main characters, different from everyone around them, struggle to survive because their uniqueness causes their environments to become decidedly hostile.
One, named Sam, is an android with an organic brain. She develops emotions like flesh-and-blood people and the strongest emotion is loneliness. The second main character is a zaftan named Klatze. She tries to advance using talent and ability in a navy that advocates assassination and treachery as the preferred methods for advancement.
This novel features an android and a computer falling in love, a naval officer struggling to prove ability is better than murder, piracy on a galactic scale, a robotic zealot, humor and satire. What more could a reader ask for?
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Loved the snarky absurdity of this book. I am going to go back and read the rest of what he has written. Goodread review
Fun book with a great sense of humor: by Wulfstan “wulfstan”
Reminded me a lot of the Hitchhikers trilogy, in that we have a similar whacky `evil’ alien race. The humor is also a little like Adam’s, rather satirical in a over-the top fashion. We also have a interesting female android on the opposing side, with conflicting emotions and a struggle with the ship computer. Fun and silly, with a serious satirical edge underneath the silliness. Four Stars
Just because we’ve mastered space flight, doesn’t mean we’re particularly bright. “Zaftan Miscreants” is the second entry into the Zaftan trilogy as he continues his lampoon of science fiction, politics, and business with his unique assortment of characters and their desire to thrive and survive when everything seems out to kill them. “Zaftan Miscreants” is a choice assortment, of wit, wisdom, and humor, not to be overlooked.
Midwest Book Reviews: 5 stars
The story line itself was not just one cut and dried road, it had a lot of little twists and side-stories and I don’t want to give away too much but a lot of the goings-ons could really be paralleled to things happening here and now. Life, love, government, deception, lies, hope, despair, it’s all in there wrapped up with some of the best satirical humor I’ve ever read. Just like a good spaghetti sauce IT’S IN THERE. Once you pick up this book and take a taste, you don’t wanna put it down til your overly full and sated.
I would recommend this first to anyone with a sense of humor! Secondly to all fans of sci-fi who are looking for something just a little different.
Angela Hupp: Goodreads 5 stars
Hank Quense has done it again! His addition of Slash 9, the ship’s computer, who wants to control the ship and demands Sam’s allegiance brings laughter. But his character Dot 38, an antique robot who has been floating in space for years, is absolutely hilarious. It is portrayed as a spreader of the good news waiting for the Mechanical Messiah to come and save all of the mechanical beings. Then after a knock on the head, it decides the best solution is to form unions for all types of mechanical devices including the Council of Clocks and the Amalgamated Appliances Association.
If there was ever an author born to write satire, Hank Quense is our man. While reading Zaftan Miscreants I couldn’t help but compare it to our own world of events. The names and looks may have been changed to protect the innocent, but the insinuations are definitely familiar. As with the 1st book in this series, I have laughed hard as I pictured the scenes in my mind and as I pictured the character from the author’s description. Hank Quense is truly a man with an imagination!
Martha Cheves: 5 stars
Zaftan Miscreants, the second book in the trilogy, is a highly addictive and hilariously funny science fiction story by author Hank Quense. Unlike any sci-fi book out there Quense alternates viewpoints between the Zaftans and the Gundies with many a good laughs in between. The story line is catchy, original, satirical, and will have you hooked from the start. The Zaftans are treacherous alien race from planet Zaftan 31B who explore space conquering other alien species and exploiting there natural resources. On the other the hand, there are the Gundies from Gundarland, a mixed race of dwarfs, humans, half-pints, and their droids. In the book, these two enemies clash in an epic space battle filled with action, political satire, and romance. This book kept me entertained and from start to finish and would make a very good animated film. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good sci-fi fantasy read.
Johnny-Goodreads: 5 stars
I really enjoyed this romp through space with Sam, Slash 9, Klatze, and Gongeblazn.
The story is well-paced and broken up in such a way to make it a very quick and easy read.
I did not read book one in the series, but didn’t feel as though I was missing anything. The world, the characters and the story are well-developed and intriguing.
I look forward to reading more of Hank Quense’s novels about the Zaftans and Gunderlanders.
Welcome to the world of the wacky, the weird, and the morphing miscreants! Bring on the intergalactic battles for treasure, power, and status, spliced with the charming cyber-romance between 2 emotional, electronically-charged characters. Quense’s trademark snarkiness will make you laugh out loud on this exciting and entertaining quest, full of creativity, intrigue, and other-worldly wit.
Lynn Coyle: 5 stars
This book is certainly interesting. The plot is a tad reminiscent of Star Wars type technology with several twists thrown in. This book could be good for both genders too, a rarity.
The main characters are Sam, Slash 9, and Klatze with Gonzeblazn vacillating between secondary and primary characterhood. Sam is the most likable character. For an android, she’s surprisingly sweet and kind. She appears more human than some of the humans in the novel. Slash 9 is slightly charismatic and driven by his desire to become “more than friends” with Sam. The reader will enjoy watching their star crossed romance grow. Klatze is a toughie. However, the book needs a strong female character, makes it an even better read. She’s all about business and fends off Gonzeblazn’s advances. Aside from having a hard time pronouncing the characters’ names (some, not all), they make for an intriguing bunch of characters.
The plot is relatively fast-paced, events take place quickly in the book without too much of a lag. The book is an easy read, switching between different characters’ point of views with ease. This book is recommended to young adults/adults.
Kyrstal’s Reviews: 4 Stars
Once again Hank Quense has created a story so outlandish, so creatively crafted and definitely so unique … You gotta love it because only Hank Quense can create it and develop characters that have unique physical and mental attributes but so many human frailties too.
This is one great novel filled with twists, turns, betrayals, loyalties and tons of fun.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer: 5 stars (Read the complete review on Goodreads)