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Zaftan Entrepreneurs (Zaftan Trilogy #1)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Zaftans are coming! These aliens are 7 foot 400 pound squid-like creatures with a nasty disposition (when they are in a good mood)

Ebook ISBN: 978-1458025517

An alien mining ship from Zaftan 31B discovers Gundarland and orbits the planet. Initial scans show promising mining sites that could yield exotic minerals ladened with rare elements. The zaftan crew launch
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Strange Worlds Publishing
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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.
Martha Cheves
Zaftan Entrepreneurs – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

Author Hank Quense describes the backdrop to his new novel, Zaftan Entrepreneurs, this way:

‘When the provinces united to form the People’s Federal Republican Government of Gundarland, the petty wars of the local leaders became a thing of the past. The outbreak of peace caught most folks by surprise and caused major disruptions to many portions of the economy. Weapons and armor manufacturers, many of them one-anvil bl
This one has a fairly interesting premise: it has fantasy races (elves, dwarves, etc) on a planet that's invaded by aliens. The book bills itself as a comic adventure with political satire and for the most part it works. I did have a little trouble getting into it though and I think Quense needs to add a bit more humor to it.
Apologies to the author; I didn't notice until now that my review didn't post over a month ago.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and was very excited to read what sounded like a humorous modern sci-fi novel. It was well crafted, an interesting plot involving many, but not too many, well-developed characters. It was easy to read in that it had a good pace, it didn't get bogged down in details or lost in the middle of its own plot, but it was a full story. It wasn't missing elements and it
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, ambitou
Jan 28, 2011 Lee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
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....
Dan Venton
Overall this book was a pleasant read.
In the first part of the book I thought the descriptions were a bit overdone, but once the story got moving I no longer noticed. There were a few moments of disbelief at the things the Zaftan’s could or couldn’t do. Building a robot that is self aware enough to solve problems, navigate various terrain, and defend itself from threats; yet doesn’t know that it is vulnerable to water and shouldn’t jump in the river seems a stretch.
There were a couple of times
Travis Smith
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 extre ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cheryl by: First Reads program
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.

*Note: This book was provided by Mr. Quense through the GoodReads First Read program with the expectation of an honest review. M
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! This story is filled with action, romance, and Quense's trademark unique, satirical wit. You will laugh out loud at lines such as, "Dwarf romance was fraught with peril because both males and females had beards." Hank Quense has painted yet another vibrant world of fun and fantasy that will entice and entertain any rea ...more
I thought this was a very humorous mix of fantasy (elves, dwarves, wizards, magic, etc.) and sci-fi (robots, spaceships, etc.) with some political jabs thrown in.

I thought that the switching between sub-plots and characters was a bit rough, but not enough to really detract anything from the story.

I'll definitely be looking for the next book.
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Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric scifi and fantasy stories. He also writes about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 14 books and 50 short stories along with a few dozen articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a series of two humorous novels that take place in t ...more
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