Rock Hill, SCauthor, Craig Faris’ début novel wins its
seventh and eight literary awards.
The Reader's Favorite International Book Award Contest has recognized
The 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.
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
The Beverly Hills (CA) International Book Awards also chose their 2016 annual
top books of the year. The Spectrum Conspiracy was named Best Suspense Novel in a
competition that is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including
publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select
award winners and finalists based on quality in print books from stunning cover designs to
overall excellence in content.
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
The lists of winners and finalists are
also highlighted on our website. Be sure to go to www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com 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
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
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.)
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
*** 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
** The Kind Of Review That Authors
Dream About Receiving **
Received Sept.16th 2013, The Spectrum
5 Literary Awards, 53 five-star
"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
-- Ted Tally, Academy Award Winning Screenwriter of The Silence of the Lambs who 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.
**Feedback from the judges 2012 Killer Nashville Claymore
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
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
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
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
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
The tire changing incident (for example) is one that shows that every scene in the
manuscript shows menace and foreboding.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
MORE REVIEWS Continued
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!"
Anonymous Posted on B&N January 2, 2013
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!
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
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
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
Emergentconch Dec, 25,
The Spectrum Conspiracy has already won 7 literary awards and 94%
Five-Star reviews on Amazon.com, Barnes and BAM.com combined. Read the first three chapters or buy it at Amazon.com
NEWEST REVIEWS ****
***** Five-Stars - Sherri M. 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 the United 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.
***** Five-Stars Abby - 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.
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***** Five-Stars Beverly Hendrix I enjoyed this book. It is an action packed thriller. The characters are interesting and well-developed. July 14, 2015
I enjoyed this book. It is an action packed thriller. The characters are interesting and well-developed. There is never a dull moment. I look forward to reading more from this author.