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Author of
The Spectrum Conspiracy

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Hear our latest PodCast interview about The Spectrum Conspiracy
with nationally acclaimed Burke Allen on BlogTalk Radio out of
Washington DC. in April 2017

 Hear a 30 Minute Radio Interview about The Spectrum Conspiracy
January 29, 2014, with Manning Kimmel on WRHI's Straight Talk

This is the full length book trailer for The Spectrum Conspiracy.
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** The Kind Of Review That All Authors Dream About Receiving **

The Spectrum Conspiracy (Paperback),
8 Literary Awar
ds, 92% five-star reviews

 "Wow, what a book! It's a wild, white-knuckle ride, pedal to the metal right from page one, never letting up. I'm very impressed by your book's ambition and scope, by the intricacies of your plotting, by your relentless pacing, your handling of action, and by your grasp of the technical and procedural details that bring such authenticity to the story. Your writing shows real authority and bravura risk-taking.


Congratulations on this outstanding thriller, and thanks for so kindly sending me a copy." 

-- Ted Tally, Academy Award Winning Screenwriter of
The Silence of the Lambs.
Ted Tally
also won the Writers Guild of America Award, Chicago Film Critics Award and an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. After declining to write the screenplay for the sequel, Hannibal, Tally returned to the Hannibal Lecter franchise to write Red Dragon. His other scripts include White Palace, Before and After, The Juror and All the Pretty Horses. Tally is also credited as an associate producer for Mission to Mars , as well as creative consultant for Madagascar and story consultant for Shrek 2.
Tally is originally from North Carolina and educated at Yale College and the Yale School of Drama, where he has taught at each of them.

Ted Tally, far left beside Anthony Hopkins

 2017 UPDATE:
The Spectrum Conspiracy Wins Two More Literary Awards

Reader Favorite Best Suspense Novel Award 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Suspense Novel

Rock Hill, SC author, Craig Faris’ début novel wins its
seventh and eight literary awards.


The Reader's Favorite International Book Award Contest has recognizedThe Spectrum Conspiracy as the Gold Metal winner for Best Suspense Fiction in its 2016 international book competition, and earlier this year, the 4th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards chose The Spectrum Conspiracy as their Best Suspense Novel. Craig and his wife, Deena, traveled to Miami, Florida in late November to accept the Readers’ Favorite gold metal and certificate.

Readers Favorite Award Announcment


The 2016 Readers' Favorite featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. They are fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, the Readers’ Favorite award contest features entries from new authors to NYT best-sellers, as well as celebrities like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler. 

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The Beverly Hill Book Award Winner Seal

Congratulations, you're the Winner of Best Suspense Novel, in the 2016, 4th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards!


    It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the 4th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards.  Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.
    The lists of winners and finalists are also highlighted on our website.  Be sure to go to and see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists.
    The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves.  You have our warmest congratulations. 




Ellen Reid, President & CEO, Beverly Hills Book Awards

* Best Selling Author of more than 115 books, Donald Bain, sent this letter about The Spectrum Conspiracy ****

"Hello Craig, 
First, my apologies for taking so long to respond to your email. I've been swamped with deadlines, and have also been traveling. I'm behind catching up with everyone.

Here's what happened with THE SPECTRUM CONSPIRACY. I read 3/4 of it and loved what I read. I admit that it's the sort of fast-paced, complex thriller that is at odds with the sort of novels I write, which tend to be slower-moving. After reading 3/4 of the novel I got sidetracked with a lot of reading I had to do for research and put the book aside. The end result? It ended up buried under piles of other books. Your email caused me to remember it and I finished reading the past two nights. You're a hell of a good writer. But as I said earlier its unrelenting momentum became for me, to be honest, a little overwhelming. I admire your ability to write with such force and pacing. I sometimes wish that I could do it.

Anyway, Craig, my apologies again. THE SPECTRUM COMSPIRACY is a damn good techo-thriller (Tom Clancy and Craig Thomas would admire it were they still around.)


Donald Bain is the author or ghost/​author of more than 115 books, many of them bestsellers. Among his books, the airline comedy, Coffee Tea or Me?, published more than 40 years ago, together with its sequels sold more than 5-million copies worldwide and was the basis of a television movie-of-the-week. He, along with his wife, Renée Paley-Bain, and the purely fictitious mystery writer, Jessica Fletcher, currently write a series of 43 original novels (hard and softcover) based on the TV series. It's called, "Murder, She Wrote."

*** News From The 2014 Killer Nashville Conference ***

The Spectrum Cosnpiracy was one of 7 finalist in the 2014 attendee catagory of Killer Nashville Sliver Falchion Awards.

The 2014 Silver Falchion Award competition attracted 1000 entries in mutiple categorys from noted authors such as Dean Koontz, Jeffery Deaver, David Baldacci, and Stephen King.

**Feedback from the judges 2012 Killer Nashville Claymore Awards **

 I received this email Jan 8th containing feedback from the
Claymore Award judges.
The comments below are unedited.

Title: The Spectrum Conspiracy
 Author: Craig Faris

 Strong Beginning:
 The Spectrum Conspiracy had a very strong opening. Using the word "loomed" immediately added to the anticipation for the unsettling phone call. This story reads like a thriller. It was a bit of a cliché to begin with a telephone call in the night waking up the character. One judge said, “I'd rather the senator be on the senate floor or in some other situation and be approached by a human being.”

 Another said, “Although the opening is a phone call, which many claim is overused, the suspense was well crafted and immediately grabbed me as a reader.”

 Special Agent Devrin Crosby has backstory and flaws and is sympathetic. We want to root for him to succeed. You introduced a lot of characters in these 50 pages, but there was no confusion. Each character was distinct. One judge mentioned that Crosby would've had an (inward) moment of concern and wonder at the White House press secretary looking for a mailbox.

 One judge found Kathryn a bit unrealistic

and not especially likable, but this seemed to be a matter of personal preference, since others had no problems with her.

 Your setting was realistic. There was just the right amount of detail to create realism without bogging down the pacing. The level of detail for each scene rang with authenticity. Washington is a well covered backdrop in many stories, so there doesn't need to be volumes written about the locale. The descriptions here are just enough to put the reader into the action, and you do a good job with this. One judge said, “There have been a million thrillers set in Washington DC, so the author has a tough row to hoe here. I think he (or she) can get it done.”

 This was good. It moved the story along and sounded like “real talk.” The characters have definite changes in their speech patterns, making it easy to identify who is speaking without having to use tags. Judges loved the line; "they think a hot date is a five-mile run to a firing range."

 The Spectrum Conspiracy had action and high stakes. Even more, the stakes mattered. To protect their patriotism, the Spectrum group assassinates the President of the U.S., framing and killing an innocent man. Special agent Crosby is just the underdog to ferret out all the details of the case.
 One judge said, “I'm not sure what the plot is at this point, but this is a long thriller, so that's okay.”

 Another said, “I may have needed to read more to discover what will be different about this plot, wherein the president is assassinated.” Since this idea has been used so often, maybe introduce a few ideas earlier that show what makes this story different?

 Suspense and tension are used to good effect in Spectrum Conspiracy. The suspense is created right from the beginning and keeps building. The scene in which the poor camera man is duped into becoming the assassin and sacrificial lamb was harrowing. One judge said, “With such high stakes, I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next.”

 The tire changing incident (for example) is one that shows that every scene in the manuscript shows menace and foreboding.

 With such strong characterization, even the minor characters had story arcs and inner conflicts. The layered conflicts worked well together.

 One judge said, “Conflicts are all over the place. We don't know exactly who is doing what or what side who is on!” As handled, this is a positive, since the reader is kept in suspense, but never confused.

 Another said, “There are numerous conflicts emerging among the characters, and internal conflict concerning alcohol addiction presents early in the protagonist.”

 Well done. You effectively sped the story up and down so that an average reader would be unaware of that story dynamic. Readers are pushed and pulled through the story. One judge said, “Excellent. I'd buy this book.”

 Voice/Writing style:
 Your style and voice were distinctive and engaging. You made great use of 3rd person POV. One judge said, “It's rather Ludlum-like. That's a compliment. But it also means that this has got to be more than the ordinary, stereotypical political thriller.”

 Grammar & Mechanics:
 Exceptionally well done. Few errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, or mechanics were detected. Two minor examples: "...where it will lay in state..." should be “lie in state.” Also, one judge mentioned that it's a lectern, not a podium. Since most people would call it a podium, this may not be an issue.

 Additional Notes:
 One judge said, “A compelling read. I don't read many thrillers, but this one held my interest.”

 Another said, “This book would sell. It needs editing. There are a few grammar and vocabulary slip ups. The formatting is off in places. The beginning could be strengthened. Having the black President be a conservative (my take) is an excellent ploy. I don't know what the rest of the book is like, but I would be disappointed if it is a KKK killer of a black president. I'd love to see a really nasty and complex conspiracy of some kind. I'm a sucker for these kinds of books.”

 Another said, “The writing is crisp, and the plot moves without a lot of unnecessary words. My only concern at just fifty pages is that I didn't get to read enough to see how this story, although well written will be different than another Ludlum type of suspense thriller about a presidential assassination.”

 This was a strong contender.

Note: The Killer Nashville Claymore Award is a contest for unpublished mystery and thriller manuscripts. At the time I entered this contest in May of 2012, my novel, The Spectrum Conspiracy was not yet published or under contract.

Ten finalists were announced in July 2012, chosen from 223 entries through a blind judging process. Each MS was read by two author/readers to move out of the first round. Then by a third and, in case of a tie, a fourth to move into the final ten.

The finalists were read by Killer Nashville's 2012 publishing partner, Five Star Press/Tekno Books. The publisher then chose the winner and two runners up and the winners were offered publishing contracts.

The Spectrum Conspiracy was NOT chosen as a winner or a finalist in this competition, however I was notified that is fell just outside the final ten and some of the agents requested my contact information. But by that time it was already under contract with Bella Rosa Books.

rated it 4-Stars ****
Fantastic book by a SC author. This action-packed novel is packed with history, science, and government inter-workings. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Lots of moving parts and secret plans and agendas. The end unfolds with twists and turns I never expected! Covert secret government agency plans - yes please!

I was pleasant surprised with this author’s ability to weave so many stories and agendas together. And the details in the scientific fields was impressive.

There were a lot of people and names to keep up with! I actually made myself a cheat sheet of names and code names so I wouldn’t get confused.

Highly recommend this book! Page turner for sure! Action starts almost immediately

James E. Furry
Terrific Storyline, Great Plot, Super Entertaining May 8, 2019
As a retired  FBI Special Agent, I found Mr. Faris' book to be fast paced, exciting and captivating. The storyline moves quickly, always keeping the reader involved delving into the quick twists and turns of a great plot. It is a book that you won't want to put down. Much more exciting than most of the cases the FBI really investigates, Mr. Faris demands much of his writing and it is evident as the book does a wonderful job of character development and the movement of the story to a climactic and exciting ending. I would recommend this one as a "must read." Well done.
Debra J. McCahan
Very suspenseful!April 23, 2019
I enjoyed reading this book and could hardly put it down. The end was a surprise that I did not expect!
Matt Roberts
Five Stars October 20, 2017
Great read, could not sleep all night up reading

Steve Spears
5 Stars New FanSeptember 12, 2017
Just finished the book, I was literally on the edge of my seat for the last few chapters. I hated to put it down and couldn't wait to get back to it.The book was very well written. A wonderful mix of detail, suspense and excitement. Bravo Mr. Faris, Bravo!!!!!!!!!

5 Stars
A thriller!July 6, 2017
I really enjoyed the book. The twists and turns had me wondering who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire read.

5 stars This was a very good book - about midway into it I was hooked ...June 12, 2017
This was a very good book - about midway into it I was hooked and could not put it down. Everything about the story-line seemed realistic and plausible. This was a very thought provoking book!!

5 Stars "I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fast paced, interesting characters. One of those books that you find hard to put down. A real page turner!" Posted by FeFe 1/11/13

5 Stars"This is not the type of book I usually readbut it does drive you to keep reading. It is up to the minute with the technology and plot line. If thrillers are your thing I don't think you will be disappointed with this book. The tension builds and as a reader you want to ask some of these characters how they missed this or that clue. Fans of this genre should not be disappointed. I'd be a big fan of a book where all the bullets in this country were replaced with gummy bears....we could call it the gummy bear conspiracy, but that's just me :-)
Henry Vere Posted on Amazon January 11, 2013

5 Stars"Just finished this book and I am giving it 2 thumbs up! I couldn't put it down once I started. I found it very suspenseful with very engaging characters and a great storyline. I look forward to more books by this author."jwhitecarolinaguy Posted on B&N January 10, 2013

Emailed"I just finished your book yesterday - wow, full of action and intrigue and fast-paced. I enjoyed it. Good job."
Heiko B. Pastor, Neely's Creek Church, Received via email 1/9/2013

5 Stars"This is a great read! Keeps your attention right from the start! If you likewell written suspense novels this book is for you.I think it would make a great movie script. I can't wait to see it on the big screen! Once I started reading I could not put it down until I was finished. What makes it scarey is that it could possibly happen."HoldenBchBoyPosted on Amz 1/4/2013

5 Stars"As a writer, I tend to read critically, andThe Spectrum Conspiracybears scrutiny extremely well.I'm amazed by the intricate plot, believable and memorable characters, and authentic dialogue.If there are inaccuracies in the scientific material or government workings, I didn't pick up on them. A great read start to finish."Betty Beamguard Posted on Amz 1/4/2013

5 Stars"Just got through reading this book and it was excellent.Itkept me in it until the end. Well written and a good read. I could see this book becoming a movie."
Devrin Avant Posted on BAM 1/3/2013

5 Stars"With engaging characters, plenty of suspense, a plausible intricate plot, andmore twists and turns than an Appalachian highway, this novel sucks you in and doesn't let go.Never boring, it takes "what if" to a whole new level."Anonymous Posted on B&N January 4, 2013

5 Stars"This book really got my attention right off the mark. Really hard to put it down once you get into it and I would recommended to anyone that likes to be on the edge of their seat while reading.Really phenomenal!"
 Posted on B&N January 2, 2013

5 Stars"Finished readingTHE SPECTRUM CONSPIRACYby Rock Hill's own Craig Faris. Add this book to your"must read"list. Those of you who know me, know that this is not my regular genre. I read Christian fiction, historical fiction, and some mystery. This book is in the action, drama, thriller category. ITHOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE BOOK!Congratulations, Craig! Great job!"
Carolyn Lesslieposted 12/30/2012

5 Stars"When I first started reading "The Spectrum Conspiracy" I didn't think the book would hold my attention. However, I have read all of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series and several of James Patterson's books about Alex Cross and the Spectrum Conspiracy novel was just as exciting and entertaining. I could not put the Spectrum Conspiracy book down once I started reading it. I would rate the book as good as the Flynn/Patterson books. I hope the book becomes a movie. It would be a block buster. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes the Flynn/Patterson novel.You won't be disappointed."
Thomas Fergusonposted 12/31/2012

5 Stars"Wow! What a great read.I could not put it down- literally. Past paced and scary real. I could see this being played out in our country. . Hope it becomes a movie."Lona Gilmoreposted 12/28/2012

5 Stars - Fantastic 
One of the most engaging books I have had the pleasure of reading in the past year. I read the whole thing in about two days because I could just NOT set it down. The way it comes in and just hooks you from the first chapter is brilliant. 10/10 thriller!Posted by Emergentconch Dec, 25, 2012

Five Stars October 20, 2016 

***** 5 Stars Loved this book - would highly recommend. Couldn't put it down 

Review by Shirley 


 ***** 5 Star An Intriguing Political Thriller July 7, 2016 

The Spectrum Conspiracy by Craig Faris is a novel about your worst nightmares: weapons of mass destruction, terrorists, and political conspiracy. It opens with the assassination of the President of theUnited States during a speech, and progresses on a wild ride that involves the FBI, Homeland Security, Cabinet Level officials, scientists, conspirators, and even ordinary, everyday people with an ugly ax to grind with the government. The most interesting of these characters are Special Agent Dervin Crosby, who is struggling to salvage his career after a devastating error several years prior, and his friend Gerald McMullin, a reporter who thinks he's chasing a woman he met on a chance encounter, but is actually on the verge of something much bigger.

The Spectrum Conspiracy is by far one of the most intriguing political thrillers I've read over the past few years. While the cast of characters is expansive, they're tied together in ways that aren't too obvious or too complicated. Likewise, the plot weaves through these characters in an intriguing and interesting way. Directly or indirectly, it all works together perfectly in a story that's fast paced, thrilling, and keeps you guessing until the very end. Craig Faris did an excellent job not only with the research, but with keeping the book and the cast of characters moving together without making the end too obvious. There are plenty of surprises to keep you reading. I'm happy to give this thrilling, fast paced adventure a five star review, and I highly recommend it to anybody that enjoys adventure, suspense, or political thrillers. 

Review by Sherri M. 


 ***** 5 Star Action galore! July 19, 2015 

Great, fast-paced action in the vein of Clancy, Ludlum--only better. Faris crafts an edge-of-your-seat thriller AND unlike those well-known authors who've long relied on ghost-writers and apprentices to craft their worn-out, boilerplated stories, Faris gives unanticipated twists and turns that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. 

Review by Abby

***** Five StarsA Great Action Adventure June 19, 2015
   FBI special agent Devrin Crosby is struggling to put the pieces back together of a blemished career when he gets a call that the president has been assassinated. FBI Section Chief Robert Lynch assigns the case to agent Crosby and FBI forensics specialist Dr. Marti Matthews. During the assassination investigation a terrorist(s) unleashes a weapon of mass destruction in Colorado and the race is on to find those responsible and prevent additional attacks. Together Crosby and Matthews partner with an alphabet soup of federal agencies to stop the madness.
   I quickly became a fanboy of agent Crosby. To not only find those responsible for these heinous crimes but to overcome his personal struggles with past addictions and find a meaningful relationship along the way. Agents Crosby and Matthews just may be the newest dynamic duo!     Enjoy!   
James M Bradley - Trade Paperback


***** Five Stars -- A Fantastic Read --June 7, 2015
 This a fantastic read, a real page-turner! I highly recommend! Sarah S. Williams -

***** Five Stars --  Engrossing, action packed, page turning thriller! June 4, 2015 
    The intricate plot keeps you riveted, wondering who the aliases are, and how will this seemingly monolithic powerhouse ever be brought down. Turns out, there are two "Bad guys" at work, each in opposition to each other, but both could destroy an entire city with relative ease.
 The characterizations are good, the humor not over done, and the heart rendering emotion builds to a crescendo that leaves thinking, "Wow!" 
very good book that has made me want to read more by this author. 
B. Boren - -Trade Paperback

***** Five Stars  --  One of the best books I've ever read!
March 24, 2015
 This book was so great, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book! The attention to even the slightest details were what really made this novel one that I would read over and over again. 6 out of 5 stars for me!
Abby Little - - Trade paperback

 **** Four Stars  -- The Spectrum Conspiracy December 14, 2014
 From cover to cover, this book doesn't disappoint. It is an exciting, fast-paced read. The characters are interesting, some are very likeable, and they aren't perfect! I recommend this to anyone who likes to escape into a world of soured politics, everyday heroes and quick travel from one setting to another. Craig Faris has a knack for research, story-telling and dialogue. Helen E. Phillips

***** Five Stars, -- The Spectrum Conspiracy December, 2014 This was a story that had many surprises, was suspenseful with a believable plot and characters. I think this novel would appeal to even those readers that have not been that interested in reading spy or espionage stories. The action is fast pace with a somewhat surprise ending. Betty L. Johnson

***** Five Stars, -- The Spectrum Conspiracy (Trade Paperback)
Oh my gosh I loved it! I finished it in about 4 days. I could not put it down. I've been meaning to write a nice review on Amazon. I truly loved what you did with the story. The ending was such a shocker! (Your daughter) almost ruined the book for me by telling me she was the villain! Well, I thought she was for a little while during the Colorado (incident) but then I empathized with her. And the very last page, when her mom sees the postage stamp and it says (a place in the) Cayman Islands - BRILLIANT!! I actually googled it immediately to see if that place existed. I truly loved it from beginning to end. You are so talented!!! You had me guessing who the FBI mole was the whole book and I was dead wrong. I thought (I knew who) it was. Oh! And the identity of (Scholar)!!!! Brilliant! I did not see that coming at all. In all honesty, it is the best novel I've read in a very long time... And I read about 2 books a week!  Spoilers removed in parenthese ( )
Posted by Kelly Alfonzo 8/15/2014 

***** Five Stars, --
The Spectrum Conspiracy (Kindle Edition)
Loved this book,from the first page to the last, Craig Jim told me about your book. I enjoyed it very much. Great job.
Posted by Jadams 8/12/2014

Thanks to Manning Kimmel for the interview on WRHI's Straight Talk radio talk show. Follow this link if you missed it. 1/29/14

***** Five Stars, --  A Chair Gripping Thriller 
Judging by the cover of this book, I thought Spectrum Conspiracy would be more politically orientated; which is not my usual genre. Boy was I surprised! This chair gripping, page turner, never letting up is more about espionage, clandestine meetings, blackmail, margaritas on a Caribbean beach with a little PG sex thrown in. Faris constructs an intricate plot in which there are nuclear bombs blowing up with expert technical skills. I also enjoyed the humor that was creatively weaved in this web of intrigue. He masterfully draws in precise dates, towns and cities like he actually lived there. What I found so exciting is that all these diverse plots are actually all pulled together in the end! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes action, suspense, thrillers, etc. This would be a great novel for any book club to dissimilate the diversity in the story. I look forward for more from this author in the near future.
Posted by S
usan Parrado on Amazon and Goodreads May 19, 2014

***** The Spectrum Conspiracy -- Finished your book on vacation this past week Craig, EXCELLENT!! I read it from front to back in three days.
Posted by Drenner Tinsley on Facebook March 6, 2014


The Spectrum Conspriacy Books

The Spectrum Conspiracy has already won 8 literary awards and 94% Five-Star reviews on, Barnes and combined. Read the first three chapters or buy it at

 **** Additional Reviews ****

    ***** The Spectrum Conspiracy -- It's one of those novels that comes along just a few times in your life that you can't put down !! This has got "SUCCESS" written all over it and would make a FABULOUS movie !!! Good job Craig...
Posted by Manning Kimmel partner with WRHI Radio, part of Our Three Sons Broadcasting Jan 17, 2014

***** Five - Stars This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in the impact of the new physics on weapons, warfare, morality and conscience. And it does not lack action, romance, and political intrigue. The bad guys all get a voice, and while they are not whitewashed, at least Faris gives us a good (look) at what made them what they are-- a nice change from the stereotypical Middle Eastern Terrorist or the White Supremacist. The ebook version would profit from formatting so as to alert the reader to changes in point of view, especially when dealing with the characters Crosby and Gerald. Like almost every writer I have read recently, Faris has difficulty realistically portraying senior citizens, and I am one. Come to my house and you will not get instant coffee and stale cookies, and I will not describe either my writer son or my artist son and 'such a nice boy.' But I can forgive that of Faris as long as the keeps writing this caliber of political thriller. Posted on Goodreads and Amazon by Linda Root 12/15/13

**** Four - Stars This was a real page turner and very hard to put down. The storyline was captivating and somewhat plausible. The only distraction was the poor editing. There were countless misspellings but the clincher was "Hanger." Hangers are for shirts, hangars are for airplanes. Big difference. I would have awarded five stars if not for the sloppy editing. :-) Posted by Charles Mink on Jan 26, 2014 

 ***** Five-Stars Non-stop intrigue from a master story teller 
 I read this book in three days on my Kindle -- I would have read it in one sitting if it had been the weekend. I absolutely loved the way that Craig spins the web of his plot, his use of terse description, and his interesting characters. He handles the science in this book like a master, and I had to look him up to see if he was a science major in college. His description of raising the damaged boat read like one who had been a scuba diver, and had spent time under water (he used to scuba dive) and his handling of numerous details ring true. Get this book, read this book, you will be glad you did. Only make sure you have time to read it in one sitting -- you will not want to put it down!
By Teresa Wilson (Kindle) Amazon Verified Purchase Sept 18, 2013

51st Review ***** Five-Stars - A HOME RUN
      First things first. Writing this review and getting it to Craig Faris in anything resembling a timely manner has resulted in me becoming a bit paranoid. Why? You may ask. Simple I've now tried four times to email it and once I've sent it via snail mail. None of those efforts have shown up on Craig's door step so to speak. Just what have you gotten me into Mr. Faris?
    Now to lay a little groundwork. I read. I read A LOT. I read mysteries, histories, Sci-Fi, westerns, military thrillers, political thrillers and I've read my share of match book covers along the way. I'm a patron of the local library on a weekly basis and I can be safely left alone in a bookstore without adult supervision by The Lovely Bride for hours on end. Drop me off just about anywhere and I will find, at a bare minimum, a book rack. Heck, I rarely travel any distance without a book.
    Having established all that to your satisfaction lets get to the point. Craig Faris has hit a home run with "The Spectrum Conspiracy". I've read all the "Big Name" authors over the last twenty or thirty years. You know the ones. They churn out the 500 plus page tomes every eight months or so. And I've read most if not all of what they have produced. Over the last several years I've noticed something. The "Big Names" have become, well, boring. they rehash, rearrange, and in my opinion steal from one another on a regular basis. Craig steals from none of them with "The Spectrum Conspiracy" and rehashes nothing. It's all original and very, very possible. Yes, Craig makes it a point to assure the reader that while the science exists it is not any where near the level he takes it to. Or is it? Ok, maybe not today. Or even next week. But this is the 21st century and technology has been known to make huge leaps. So maybe week after next....Are there people who would use the science and technology Craig describes for political and/or financial gain? I have no doubt. I've met some of them. Can you read "The Spectrum Conspiracy" in one day? I'm sure you can. You just might not be able to sleep that night. Or the night after that. Read the "Spectrum Conspiracy" and take a peak around a very scary and very possible corner of the future.  By Dean Mackey, (Paperback)  Dean Mackey is a retired law enforcement Captain with the Pageland, SC, Police Dept, now residing in Aberdeen, Maryland. Sent via email on September 16th 2013.

 I found the Spectrum Conspiracy very hard to put down. I had heard about the book from a friend and bought a copy. I put it aside for several weeks, convincing myself that I really didn't have time to read it with all of the other things on my "to-do" list. One evening I picked it up and read the first chapter. I then found myself picking it up every time I had a few minutes. Soon I was putting off other things to read it, to the point of depriving myself of sleep to finish it. The book has well developed characters, an intriguing plot, and plenty of action and surprises that kept me hooked until I finished it. I highly recommend the book for people that like high tech, fast paced, murder mystery type books.  Posted By David L The Spectrum Conspiracy (Paperback) 7/9/2013

***** "I am always somewhat hesitant in regards to any book my wife hands me.  We have distinctly differing tastes in literature.  This time she hit it right on the nail head.  This is a thinking man's novel. The plot lines were realistic, the research was good and it all came together in the end as a well plotted political thriller should. His debut novel made for far better reading than many similar books by other well known authors. I will be adding Craig Faris to my list of favored authors.  I look forward to his next book."  Posted by R. L. M., Paperback, Email July 2, 2013

5-Stars ***** Fantastic read! 
 I started the Spectrum Conspiracy after reading a David Baldacci novel, and was unsure whether to expect the same captivating thrill as I have previously experienced with his books. I am happy to say that I found the Spectrum Conspiracy to have characters with even more depth than some bestselling political thrillers I have read, and found the plot to be more smooth sailing, and with more unexpected twists and turns. I read it in about 8 total hours and was engrossed every minute. Highly recommended. I look forward to more books from this author. Posted by Michelle K - June 29, 2013 Amazon (Paperback)

5 - Stars ***** I couldn't put it down. I really liked the good characters. He had such special names for the bad characters which made it so interesting. A must read for Craig Faris first book. It is well thought out and interesting and it keeps you on edge till the end. You can't figure out the plot till he tells you as it unfolds all through the book. Everyone go out and order one. You can get it through I promise you will love it. Posted by Janice F, Facebook 6/15/13

5 - Stars ***** Very detailed and well-written thriller,  This book is very impressive in its level of scientific detail and prolonged suspense. The author had to have spent much time in research just to make the science sound plausible, and rich characterization supported the narrative. Posted  June 28, 2013 by Vickie - Amazon (Kindle Edition)

6 - Stars - I'd give it Six Stars - Spoilers deleted (****)
 I finished reading your book (sorry it took so long) and I quite frankly was amazed how good it was. Once I got into the meat of it during my vacation, I had a real hard time putting it down. When I'm doing other things but thinking about such things as what really happened to (****), it's a sign of a really good book. I'm glad you saved (****).
 Good job!  Posted by Mike, Trade Paperback B& Posted June 23, 2013

5 - Stars ***** Exciting book - good read,
The Spectrum Conspiracy 
 This was my first book by Craig Faris and I really enjoyed it. It had enough plot twists to keep me guessing how it would end and who was the real good guys and who was the real bad guys. The technology in the book is interesting and who knows how close it could be to reality, it is a dangerous world we live in. The characters and locations are interesting and add to the enjoyment of the book. I think you will enjoy this book. Posted June 10, 2013 By Ted Amazon
  Kindle Edition

***** Had me a prisoner!  (Kindle Edition)
 I came upon this book by chance searching for political thrillers. Started a little bit slow but picked up right away. The main characters were likable. As it continued the plot had you and you had to keep reading to see where it would go. A completely enjoyable book and I hope there will be more to come from this author. Posted June 10, 2013 by Elizabeth Huffman

5 - Stars *** 43rd 5-star combined review, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Good Read
I really enjoyed this story. Lots of well written action and well developed characters. This was my first book written by this author and I will definitely read more.
Posted by Darrel Riddle, Kindle Edition, May 19, 2013

5 - Stars *** 30th Amazon Review, 42nd 5-star combined review***
The Spectrum Conspiracy
This is a book that will make you wonder if the author has access to secrets. It keeps you hooked right up until the end.
Posted by Holly M., a professional literary agent, Paperback May 14,2013

5 - Stars *** 29th Amazon Review, 41st 5-star combined reviews ***
 "I really enjoyed reading The Spectrum Conspiracy! It kept me guessing to the very end about what would happen next. It also left me wondering about what is next for several of the characters. I think it is a sign of a really good story when you continue to think about the characters when you have finished reading. Looking forward to the next novel by Craig Faris.
 Posted by Karen A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 4/29/2013

5 - Stars Enthralling!  The Spectrum Conspiracy (Paperback)
 Don't miss this one. The thrilling story immediately draws you into the daily lives of the multi-layered characters, as the compelling plot unfolds. Posted by L. King, March 26, 2013

"Just finished the book last night. Great read and kept my attention throughout. I love this genre and am looking forward to another Crosby and Matthews collaboration!"
 Posted by Garrett Lutz on Facebook March 21

5 - Stars Well Written Thriller! 
Good, fast paced book that is very hard to put down. There are many plot twists and turns and lots of interesting characters. Highly recommended!
 Posted by Janet, Paperback on, Feb 28, 2013

5 - Stars Riveting 
Halfway through this book my Kindle died. I immediately ordered a new Kindle so I could complete the book. Lost momentum a little due to the delay but soon got back into it, enjoyed the characters and the plot was brilliantPosted by Sherrin Sutcliffe, Amazon Kindle Feb, 20, 2013

5 - Stars  Read The Spectrum Conspiracy!
 It is a very good book. The characters at first were hard to follow because they have code names and switch back and forth. When I read it again, I will write down who is who. Read it. You will be glad you did. Posted by Ruth Eisenhuth, Amazon 2-18, 2013

5 - Stars Couldn't put it down
Craig Faris did an excellent job with The Spectrum Conspiracy. I have already decided that Matt Damon needs to play the lead when it is made into a movie, which it definitely should be! Posted by J. Christmas Feb, 17, 2013

5- Stars Gifted writer
 I had the pleasure of reading this manuscript about a decade ago. This talented work has evolved through countless hours of Craig Faris' attention to detail and relentless commitment to excellence of story telling. My highest recommendation of a novel certain to please the most seasoned of readers. Posted by Charles Burnette, Feb 17 2013,

5- Stars Unbelieveable!  A definite "must read". Had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. Good enough to be made into a movie. Posted by Castelvecki February 15, 2013 Amazon

5- Stars Wow!!!!!!!!!
  I just finished this book I couldn't put it down! I hope there is a sequel. This book kept me guessing to the last page.
 Posted by Luci & Chad Turner February 2, 2013 Kindle edition

5- Stars - Talk about a page turner!
 I typically don't read a lot of thrillers, but I've got say that Craig Faris' The Spectrum Conspiracy has won me over. Fast-paced, engaging plot and terrifically high stakes. I couldn't put it down. Talk about a page turner!  Posted by "aclaimed author," Brenda McClain (Nashville, TN) 1/30/201

5 Stars - The Spectrum Conspiracy  This was a real page-turner ! I read the entire book in about a week, and I'm normally a slow reader. I kept picking it up to find out what was going to happen next. A lot of action, lots of different places, lots of characters, but they all came together in ways I didn't expect. I hope there's a movie, it would be action packed !! Posted by Karen H. on Amazon Jan. 28, 2013

5 Stars - This book has it all!
Fast paced. Murder. Unexpected twists and turns. Corruption at the highest level. Locations - Charlotte, NC, Key West, Jamaica and The Caymans. Broad cast of characters. Do not read this book if you only have a few minutes to give, because you will not put it down until it's done! You are so sucked into the drama, you can't wait to see what's going to happen next! Who is this Craig Faris and where has he been all our lives! We need more!! This is a movie MUST!!The Spectrum Conspiracy   By PrincessMarigold - Posted on Jan. 26, 2013

5 - Stars - Must read! My usual genre is Christian fiction and historical fiction. However, I couldn't put this book down. I was intrigued. Action, drama, suspense, mystery--it's all there - even a little romance. As I read, I saw all the action on the big screen. This would make a great movie! Read the book! I give it 5 stars! Posted by Supersub Jan, 25, 2013

5 - Stars - One of the best thrillers out there! 
I was astonished by how (good) this book actually was. It was great! Kept you on the edge of your seat nearly the entire time! Would be fantastic as a movie! Posted by pirateduck on Amazon Jan, 24 2013

5 Stars Fantastic book!  This is a great read! Interesting, fast paced, thrilling to the end. Would love to see this as a movie. I highly recommend it. By Joni Smith Posted Jan 23, 2013 (Kindle Edition)

4 Stars
 Action-packed, well-crafted thriller 
"I picked up The Spectrum Conspiracy mainly due to the eye-catching cover and I have to say I thought the characters were well developed, the plot was captivating, and the overall premise was plausible. What's interesting is that I had just finished reading a thriller by a popular author, and while it was entertaining, this book from a new author was actually far better crafted. This was a fast-paced and enjoyable book with a very ambitious cast of characters and exotic settings, yet it all came together like Sunday dinner."
By D. Healey  posted Jan 20, 2013 Format:Kindle Edition

5 Stars Great read!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It felt like Dan Brown and John Grisham rolled into one. A true page turner! Love, murder, catastrophes, politics -I couldn't put it down. By Anne H. Lafferty Posted January 23, 2013 Format:Paperback

5 - Stars - Excellent thriller!!
I am an avid reader and love the crime/murder mystery/suspense-thriller-type books such as Cornwell, Connelly and Patterson. This book lives up to all of the popular contemporary authors. Very exciting fast paced action with thought provoking concepts. This would make a great movie as well! Great book, really enjoyed it and look forward to his next one! Posed by Costners Amazon Jan 17, 2013

5 Stars "A one day read for me! So fast paced and action packed I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. I started it Saturday morning and could not put it down until I finished - literally! I hated for it to end.
This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it all the way 'til the end. I got a real feel for the substance of the characters without excessive description and found the plot to be plausible and within the realm of potential reality. The writing flows smoothly.
I agree with other reviewers who have said it will make a great movie. Kudos to Mr. Faris! I look forward to his next novel." Posted by Delia 1/14/13 

5 Stars "I am loving this book it fits into the 'can't put down' category. As an avid reader I am very fussy with what I read and this book gives me the same high as the best of this genre has always done. Indeed it stands up there with best of them. Posted by DI 1/12/13 Amazon

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" Here, in this literary forsaken den, we had gathered, spilling out our hearts and emotions onto twenty pound bond in double-spaced black ink, always in an attempt to move closer to the edge of the publishing abyss. Those of us who made it worked our poems and prose onto a hook as one might an earthworm and flung it as far as we could into the swirling maelstrom of unpublished manuscripts. Some only got a nibble; some a bite, but in landing our catch, each of us was careful that the literary trophy bass we longed for wasn’t a bottom feeding carp."

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