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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. 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 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 award the book a medal and EPIC designated 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 (or a novella, he doesn't which yet) 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. He has a number of links where you can follow his work and his occasional rants: Hank's website: http://hanquense.com?Hank's Blog: http://hankquense.com/blog?Follow him on twitter: http://twitter.com/hanque99 Facebook fan pages: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hank-Quenses-Fiction-Writing-Page/102293491907?v=wall
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Product Details

  • Series: Zaftan Trilogy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456349384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456349387
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,562,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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.

His most recent project has been to write a series of books to explain the publishing and marketing processes involved in self-publishing. There are four books in the series. He decided to stop work on a novel to spend almost all of 2013 writing the Self-publishing Guides. His motivation was two-fold. One was to dispute all the nonsense he saw on the internet claiming that self-publishing is easy; all you have to do is upload the file. His second motive was to warn inexperienced self-publishers about the scammers and sharks who swarm toward new authors with offers to provide "help" in publishing and marketing a book.

He loves to write parodies of famous works. A recent novels is Falstaff's Big Gamble which he describes as "Shakespeare's worst nightmare. It takes two great tragedies, Othello and Hamlet, and turns them into comedies set in a fantasy land. His Wotan's Dilemma is a parody on Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas. Instead of taking place in the Dark Ages, Wotan's Dilemma is set in the future with fantasy creatures replaced by aliens.

Hank often lectures on fiction writing, self-publishing and book marketing.

He has a number of links where you can follow his work and his occasional rants:
Hank's blog: http://hanquense.com/wp
Strange Worlds website:http://strangeworldsonline.com/wp
Follow him on twitter: http://twitter.com/hanque99
Facebook fan pages: https://www.facebook.com/StrangeWorldsOnline

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JannE on May 15, 2012
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I just finished this book and started on book two, Zaftan Miscreants!! I hope I don't have to wait too long for Book 3! I generally don't read fiction of any kind, but something made me download the Ten Great Fantasies book and I have been hooked ever since. I really think it is the way Hank Quense pulls me into the story so I 'see' everything that is happening!! Grandkids and daughters think I am borderline crazy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ELKE on November 22, 2011
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A very unique First Contact story. This one has a greedy bunch of aliens discovering a planet inhabited by fantasy creatures and humans, When the aliens attempt to rip off the natives and steal exotic minerals, a dwarf gem miner rises up and starts a war. th book is filled with wonderful satire that skewers politicians, bureaucracies and corporations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 17, 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mommymessina on February 27, 2012
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Satire-filled sci-fi is here. Hank Quense writes a hysterical action packed story filled with laughs. Hanks nails original, fantasy characters that take you into his elaborate world. What a fun read!
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By LunaMoth on April 11, 2011
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For my sanity, the title will be refered to as Z.E.

Z.E is a scifi/fantasy adventure that involves many characters point of views. It starts off with Yunta, an alien commander in charge of finding rare minerals on other planets and bringing them back to hers. However, things are not going too well and she stumbles upon the world of some pretty feisty natives.

MacDrakin is a dwarf miner who owns his own land, mines day in and out, and hopefully one day he dreams of finding a nice, pretty, ambitous dwarf female to settle down with. His world turns upside down when the aliens invade his planet, he then takes it upon himself (with his legendary battle-axe) to teach the aliens a lesson. Leslie Higginbottom (great name right?) is the constable of the town of Skensfirth and a half dwarf half human. She is a tough girl (arent all dwarves?) and i really liked her character alot. Shes witty and smart and just a tad unsure of things and thats what makes her likeable. We also see events unfold through a myrad of other people such as the assasin dagger, the militia crew, the Yuk leader Gorya and others. All adding charm to the book.

The aliens are harsh beings and i suppose they are to resemble squids as that is what MacDrakin and the others call them, Yunta the leader is merciless and driven only by her greed to advance in her station and make lots of money. There are some redeeming qualities to some of the aliens, Schtap for instance was not entirely all bad, he seemed more curious then hostile towards MacDrakin and his group. However, they were still rutheless in destroying homes and farmland with thier robots and machines and it was easy to root for the Skensfirth folk.
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Following in the wake of Avatar and many other politically correct works of the 21st century comes Hank Quense's first book in the Zaftan trilogy--Zaftan Entrepreneurs. Comfortingly enough, in the comparatively `safe' world of fantasy at least the exploiters can be seen as tangibly less appealing than humans--the zaftans, as the alien race, are presented as intruders with "grayish-black skin covered with green, oozing slime." The robots that they use as prospectors and miners to garner the mineral wealth of Gunderland add yet another element of distancing to the confrontation between the aliens from outer space and the planet-dwelling inhabitants. Rather than being portrayed as warmongers per se, the zaftans employ such a means as only part of their arsenal against those whom they wish to rob of their treasures, only to be brought into play if their chicanery and hoodwinking of the locals fails. That they are unscrupulous exploiters, bent only on their own self-aggrandizement, is without doubt.

Against such an obnoxious force, find pitted the dwarfs, elves, half-pints, humans and yuks of Gunderland, who, despite having their own shortcomings, are generally a much more attractive bunch, who clearly take pride in their appearance (even if that does entail curling and braiding their toe hairs) and in their professionalism. Life in Skensfirth (the town on which the zaftans descend), in short, has much to do with small town life in our everyday world. As Quense puts it, "All social classes need another social class to look down upon, a group that makes them feel socially superior. As long as someone is lower than they are, folks are content and put up with the situation.
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