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I got a great new book for X-mas, Tunnel Vision.. Hank, you are a sick man or should I say a Wyrd man. Army tanks with Budweiser logos? Satan sending the Pope to sell mortgage loans in NYC? Know that you are bringing a few good chuckles to an old friend.

Steve Chaneski


Tunnel Vision is a collection of short stories with a science fiction theme. The stories,all previously published, have bizarre characters including: witches, the Loch Ness Monster, dwarves and a dead baseball player.

The stories are quick reads and quite amusing. This is a refreshing change from more serious Sci Fi stories.

Readers Favorite Reviews: four stars


Hank knows how to take the every day ordinary and twist it into a parallel universe of you-never-know-that-could-be sense of humor that keeps me hooked.

Tunnel Vision is a collection of Hank's short stories, which make it easy to pick up on an e-reader (I use my Black Berry) and read a story during any "wait time". But be careful where you read; you could find yourself laughing out loud.

My favorite of the bunch - Practical Experience. When I was younger I wanted to be an accountant. Anyone who works in the numbers crunching world will enjoy this story.

Nanci Arvizu


Thinking of a little summertime reading, or perhaps you just want an escape during the rush hour commute while trapped on the train - this collection of Hank Quense's stories are for you. The tales read easily and will make you
laugh out loud at times.

Although a fan of serious science fiction and fantasy, I've loved Quense's humorous work for years. From drunken physics students causing their building to vanish to an odd Dwarf or the undead thrown in for good measure, the stories entertain without effort. Burga the Warrior-Cook? AKnight-Accountant? Can't be too careful in pursuing a degree these days; might just need that second layer of expertise in these trying times. His satire is right on; Quence has a knack of having his, for the most part clueless characters say either just the wrong thing at the wrong moment, or the right thing to make the scene work perfectly.

Oh, and did I mention the hostile aliens?

Read on, Dear Reader and find out for yourself.

Tracy Byford


Comic relief--inspired zaniness

In a not-so-distant version of our own future, the United States military operates on funding from advertising sponsors, and subsidies from the entertainment industry. This has some predictable, or maybe not-so-predictable, results when one beleaguered officer shows a little initiative.

* The three witches from Macbeth take steps to protect the Loch Ness monster, while they search for love, or some semblance thereof.

* Lucretia Borgia, on a temporary assignment to recruit for Hell, strikes a blow for women's rights and finds true love.

* Homeland security zeroes in on undead baseball players in New York.

And that's just the beginning.

If you're tired of science fiction and fantasy that take themselves too seriously, or just want a little relief from the horrors of the daily news, this collection will have you chuckling, snickering, and maybe laughing out loud. Quense has sharpened his satirical pen to let the hot air out of everything from historical characters and classic literature to politics and national defense. Yet "many a truth is spoken in jest" and you'll find plenty of food for thought between giggling fits and guffaws.

Quense's stories are filled with unlikely heroes whose courage and idealism are exceeded only by their inability to understand human relationships. They bumble their way to victory, only to find they failed to understand the situation. Both rescuer and rescued are afflicted with "tunnel vision" and can't see the big picture. But the reader can, and therein lies much of the humor, as we observe human foibles from a safe distance.

Jan Clark

 

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