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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. 

Read more:

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."

Killer Nashville Mystery and Thriller Conference

I just wanted to let you know that I attended the Killer Nashville Mystery and Thriller conference in Tennessee on August 22-24, 2014, because my novel, The Spectrum Conspiracy, was one of seven finalists in the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for thrillers published in 2013. While it didn’t win the top honor, I’ve heard that it placed near the head of the list in the category for Attending Authors, which had nearly 300 entries. The Silver Falchion Award contest was open to all types of mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels and attracted entries from authors such as Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King, David Baldacci, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, and Ann Perry to name a few out of a total of over 1000 entries in all categories. Thankfully, I wasn’t competing against any of those. It was a great conference with about 400 attendees and also had speakers and workshops on screenwriting as well.

 While I was at my book signing, a lady approached my table and while she was buying my book, she said that her first cousin was Thomas Harris, the author of The Silence of the Lambs and she had read Ted Tally’s blurb on my cover. I told her I would be happy to give her a copy if she would send one to Mr. Harris. J But she said, they were not that close any more and he was now in Florida.  

 I also just heard that one of my short stories, Den of Rhyme is a finalist in the William Faulkner Pirates Alley contest this November and that another story, House of Ruth is a short-list finalist in the same contest.

****** E-BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE  ******

The Spectrum Conspiracy is now available for the NOOK and KINDLE edition e-book readers. The trade paperback is on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million websites. To receive a signed copy visit the Booknack book store 742 Anderson Rd, in Rock Hill, SC or contact
posted 1/14/2013 CSF

**********  THE RESULTS OF  **********

My Booksigning on Saturday, Feb 8, 2014

I sold 6 copies of my novel and had four  old friends drop by to wish me well and to buy books. Jimmy and Lisa Dale bought three copies, Drew Rade bought a copy and Todd Robertson and his girlfriend, Courtney Dewyer stop by to have me sign their copy. There was one walk-in, Marcy Ceorlet, who also decided to buy a copy. So all-in-all it was a success.

My first, ever book signing on Saturday,
Dec. 29th at
The BookKnack in Rock Hill, SC.

We sold 20 books all together. 17 from the Booknack and 3 bought online that I signed. Thanks to Pam A, Carolyn L, Jeryl C, Mom, Karen & Lauren H, Betty B, Betty R, Mike F, Susan B, Laverne H, Lona G, Ed G, Pete H, Heiko B, Tom & Barb F, Pat & Deb Z, Joe H, for coming by and allowing me to sign your books.
It truly was my pleasure. :-)


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Here is the video featuring The Spectrum Conspiracy 
from WBTV on Arden's Book Club pick
for March 2018
If you are a member, or a friend of a member of a book club in your area, please consider her
recommendation or your club this coming year.
I will be more than willing to attend and speak at any book club
within a reasonable driving distance of Charlotte, NC area.




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



The Spectrum Conspiracy '
trade paperback is now live on,
Barnes and (
The final page count was 372 pages and measure 6" x 9" tall with a 3/4" spine. The e-books are now available for Nook, Kindle. Other formats such as I-pad and other e-readers will be available soon.
 I'll keep you posted if they show up on Amazon and in other sites.
posted 1/2/2013 CSF



" 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."

Excerpt from Den of Rhyme
Craig Faris
, © 2011


Author: Craig Faris
Trade Paperback Original
ISBN 978-1-62268-017-7 print
ISBN 978-1-62268-018-4 ebook
LCCN 2012954785
6"x 9" Trade Paperback; 372pp; Retail $17.95US

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